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Tristan Ewins
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My latest progressive letters (most unpublished)  PLS read and comment.
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My latest article now at On Line Opinion.  PLS Read, Share, Comment
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Reflecting on the Leader’s Debate and what it means for Australia
above: Arguably Bill Shorten won the recent Leaders' Debate for Labor ; But the leader needs to maker clearer the connection between education and infrastructure, and a strong and fair economy.  Labor could also do with more policy ambition ; and needs to '...
above: Arguably Bill Shorten won the recent Leaders' Debate for Labor ; But the leader needs to maker clearer the connection between education and infrastructure, and a strong and fair economy. Labor could also do with more ...
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Jose ; Though the Swedes had to start from somewhere as well.  Australia used to have a reputation as one of the most egalitarian countries in the world.  Today's arrangements make a mockery of that.  Even if we managed to extend social expenditure by 5% of GDP over 10 years I think that would be great progress.  Priorities include aged care, health, welfare, public housing, Education and child care, infrastructure.  In today's terms 5% of GDP is $80 billion.  To match the Swedes would require $400 billion.  Just to put it all in perspective.   The point is also that socialising health, education, infrastructure etc actually cuts costs. (ie: with natural public monopolies, superior borrowing power, no need to marketing, dividends etc)  So the funny thing is that even after raising tax people can be left with more disposable income after the essentials are seen to....
We welcome contributions with Green, Socialist (including Fabian), Social-Democratic, Left liberal, and Libertarian Left perspectives. Supportive and critical commentary are also welcome. (but no trolling) Please feel welcome to discuss the posts, or submit your own posts for consideration by ...
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Pls read my latest article on the Federal Budget :)   And Share.
above: Treasurer, Scott Morrison's pitch on 'Jobs and Growth' is more of a Slogan than a 'Plan' or a reality Some are interpreting the Morrison Federal Budget as 'modest' and 'non-controversial' ; A closer look reveals that...
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From Aged Care to Austerity ; Issues facing the Labor Party and the Left as the Federal Election Approaches.  PLS Share.
above: Scott Morrison will likely bring down an Austerity Federal Budget in May ; But he is taking a harder line on Superannuation Concessions than Labor. Labor needs to 'up the Ante' on Superannuation Concessions to mainta...
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From the place of socialism in modern Australian politics, to 'Record High Taxes', and Police Powers
  above:  In the Herald-Sun (4/6/16) Joe Hildebrand laments the decline of  'Third Way Centrism' and the rise of the 'margins' in European (and to his mind probably Australian) politics.  But democracy must mean pluralism and real choices.  In this the real...
above: In the Herald-Sun (4/6/16) Joe Hildebrand laments the decline of 'Third Way Centrism' and the rise of the 'margins' in European (and to his mind probably Australian) politics. But democracy must mean pluralism and r...
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above: Arguably Bill Shorten won the recent Leaders' Debate for Labor ; But the leader needs to make clearer the connection between education and infrastructure, and a strong and fair economy. Labor could also do with more p...
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My most recent letters ; On the Melbourne Homeless , on the Character Assassination on Duncan Storrar ; and more.  PLS read, comment and Share. :-)
above: An Iranian refugee, Herald-Sun columnist Rita Panahi has little tolerance for Conservative Islam when it comes to the role of women ; But since being a Labor Party activist in the 1990s Panahi has now 'swung Right' , ...
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Refuting Rita Panahi on Melbourne's Homeless ; Opposing Small Government; Rejecting the Character Assassination of Duncan Storrar
above:  An Iranian refugee, Herald-Sun columnist Rita Panahi has little tolerance for Conservative Islam when it comes to the role of women ; But since being a Labor Party activist in the 1990s Panahi has now 'swung Right' , and seems to have little patienc...
above: An Iranian refugee, Herald-Sun columnist Rita Panahi has little tolerance for Conservative Islam when it comes to the role of women ; But since being a Labor Party activist in the 1990s Panahi has now 'swung Right' , ...
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Analysing the Morrison Federal Election Budget, and Considering the Shorten Labor response
above:  Treasurer, Scott Morrison's pitch on 'Jobs and Growth' is more of a Slogan than a 'Plan' or a reality Some are interpreting the Morrison Federal Budget as 'modest' and 'non-controversial' ; A closer look reveals much of the Hockey austerity agenda r...
above: Treasurer, Scott Morrison's pitch on 'Jobs and Growth' is more of a Slogan than a 'Plan' or a reality Some are interpreting the Morrison Federal Budget as 'modest' and 'non-controversial' ; A closer look reveals much...
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From Aged Care to Austerity ; Issues of Concern to Progressives as the Federal Budget Approaches
above:  Scott Morrison will likely bring down an Austerity Federal Budget in May ; But he is taking a harder line on Superannuation Concessions than Labor.  Labor needs to 'up the Ante' on Superannuation Concessions to maintain as much credibility as it can...
above: Scott Morrison will likely bring down an Austerity Federal Budget in May ; But he is taking a harder line on Superannuation Concessions than Labor. Labor needs to 'up the Ante' on Superannuation Concessions to mainta...
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Tristan's areas of expertise include Australian and world politics, social theory, education, history, and computer gaming for PC. He considers himself a liberal, and also a socialist, but has also referred to himself as a left social democrat. He says such - conscious that there was once a time when 'social democracy' and 'socialism' were synonymous. Furthermore, Tristan is a long-time member of the Australian Labor Party - specifically its Socialist Left wing. He is also involved in the Australian Fabian Society. Tristan has written for many publications - including a stint freelancing for 'The Canberra Times': the daily broadsheet of the Australian Capital. Tristan's Personal Homepage is here: http://sites.google.com/site/tristanewinsfreelancewriter
Education
  • RMIT
    PhD Global, Urban and Social Studies, 2010 - present
    Graduated on the basis of a thesis on 'Third Roads and Third Ways in Social Democracy 1848-1934.
  • LaTrobe Univeristy
    Arts (Social Science) with 1st Class Honours
    BA Social Sciences Majoring in Sociology with First Class Honours
  • Monash University
    Grad Dip Education
    Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Doncaster Secondary College
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From the place of socialism in modern Australian politics, to 'Record Hi...
alpsocialistleft.blogspot.com

above: In the Herald-Sun (4/6/16) Joe Hildebrand laments the decline of 'Third Way Centrism' and the rise of the 'margins' in European (and

Reflecting on the Leader’s Debate and what it means for Australia
alpsocialistleft.blogspot.com

above: Arguably Bill Shorten won the recent Leaders' Debate for Labor ; But the leader needs to make clearer the connection between educatio

From Privatisation to the GST - Letters of Relevance to Labor
alpsocialistleft.blogspot.com

Above: South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill has Upset and Awful Lot of People in the ALP with his Position on the GST! Dr Tristan E

Recent Observations on the Media ; And Observations on the ALP's Policy ...
alpsocialistleft.blogspot.com

above: Bill Shorten needs to focus more on Policy Substance and Depth; Very Little is possible without a serious commitment of resources Wha

Can we really raise GST but improve the lot of the poor? –
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Beware the assumptions underpinning politicised economic modelling, write Richard Denniss and Cameron Amos from The Australia Institute.