How to build a union

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Announcement
Category
Activism

Forty per cent of all work in Australia is insecure, and there are now 1.2 million Australians living below the poverty line who derive their main income from wages (not welfare). These facts are confronting and the NUW has made the campaign for jobs all workers can count on a priority industrially. But we know that inequality extends outside the workplace and that workers’ issues are not just industrial issues. That’s why we’ve launched a community membership program.

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Article
Category
Politics
Technology

Tales from the compliance unit

It is not totally clear whether the ghastly name given to the operation – ‘Ice Pick’, as in the weapon used to mortally wound Leon Trotsky – originates from inside the party or was thought up by an especially sardonic critic, but the contention that its ultimate aim may be to root out radicals has some intuitive merit: given the presence among the candidates of an insurgent with considerable appeal among disaffected voters and activists, trawling for past declarations of criticism in order to disqualify new members would have precisely that effect.

Equal-Love
Type
Polemic
Category
Politics

Who’s afraid of the plebiscite?

Now, only Gillard knows her private thoughts. But, in 2011, her public rationale for opposing same-sex marriage was entirely unambiguous. She explained that she was ‘on the conservative side’ of the debate ‘because of the way our society is and how we got here’. Rather than attacking marriage as being innately oppressive, she defended it on the basis of tradition: ‘I think for our culture, for our heritage, the Marriage Act and marriage being between a man and a woman has a special status.’