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Things to Think About as the Federal Budget Approaches
  above:  Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott will claim Australia 'is living beyond its means' - but behind this rhetoric there is simply an Ideology of small government - regardless of the human cost. Tristan
Ewins As the Federal Budget approaches for 2014-2015 th...
  above:  Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott will claim Australia 'is living beyond its means' - but behind this rhetoric there is simply an Ideology of small government - regardless of the human cost. Tristan Ewins As the Federal...
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My latest article on Speculation regarding the upcoming Federal Budget.  Pls Read, Share and Comment.
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Someone has hacked my account and is adding the links you will find in the above text.  I just changed my passwords and my accounts on some computer games have been hacked too.  I just changed my password so all I can think is that there's a keystroke detector/Trojan on my computer....
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Instrument of Change, ‘Barometer’ of Class Struggle, or ‘Parliamentary Talking Shop’?
In this new article, Tristan Ewins explores the conflict between social democratic parliamentarianism and far-Left critiques of parliamentary democracy.  He argues for the strategic worth of parliamentary interventions, but that social change involves more ...
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My latest article on the upcoming Budget - This time published at Left Focus
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Thanks for the comment, Shayn.  You're right about ultra-leftism; but there's also a worrying naivety amongst more moderate social democratic forces as well.  What's needed, again, is a kind of 'middle way': recognising the opportunities and internal contradictions re: the state; but also confronting the potentially hostile sectors of the 'state field' as well.
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Jimmy; One of the points in the article is that we cannot necessarily depend on the state to comprise a 'neutral instrument' or a 'neutral channel';  The point of Austro-Marxism is that they were originally prepared to defend democracy by force in the face of fascism.  (hence their 'Schutzbund' paramilitary)  And the point of Poulantzas is the state as a 'contested field' with the 'logic of class struggle' 'imprinted upon it'.  I'm not a structuralist - but I do think that does convey some of the complexity around the state's composition and internal conflicts - that is often missed. Though individual state apparatus are different from each other.  The task still remains before us - of entrenching democratic ideology thoroughly in the state apparatus.  And while we cannot follow the Austro-Marxist example in this day and age (there is not a catalyst for this, such as the world war was for them) - the option of political strike action is more realistic.  Though even then there's a long way to go - from Left rhetoric - to the reality of politicising and organising working people.  Defending basic liberties - freedom of association, speech and assembly - is the terrain we're fighting on today also - and judging by the editorials in the Herald Sun, and the legislation passed in Victoria - it's a struggle we're currently losing. :-( 
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New article of mine derived from some work I've been doing on my PhD.  Debate welcome!
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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
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Andrew Bolt simply does not understand Marxism - On Line Opinion - 24/2/...
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Andrew Bolt simply does not understand Marxism - On Line Opinion - 24/2/...
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In response to Andrew: You're entitled to your opinion as a conservative to oppose Marxism, or leftism in general. But get your facts straig

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Terry Barnes, a former former senior advisor to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has suggested a $6 dollar surcharge on bulk-billing via Medicare

Abbott Government in crisis as the end of year approaches - On Line Opin...
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All that said: it is not as if they didn’t have options. The floating dollar could have been temporarily suspended – and maybe pegged at 75

Abbott's agenda: did Australians really vote for this? - On Line Opinion...
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The Abbott government is playing at 'Robin Hood in Reverse' – as a number of observations demonstrate.

Abbott's agenda: did Australians really vote for this? - On Line Opinion...
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The Abbott government is playing at 'Robin Hood in Reverse' – as a number of observations demonstrate.

What is the 'Democratic Mixed Economy'?
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Candidate Questions for the ALP Leadership Contest
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above: the contenders for the ALP Leadership - Albo and Shorten Dear friends and comrades; As the publisher of the ALP Socialist Left Forum

Library Denizen versus Oxford Blue - On Line Opinion - 14/8/2013
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There wasn't much to distinguish the two contestants, but Rudd is to be preferred.

Does the ALP have a social democratic vision? - On Line Opinion - 2/8/2013
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Or does it stand for small government, corporate welfare, regressive taxation, 'survival of the fittest', 'the top end of town', and a prefe

Does the ALP have a social democratic vision? - On Line Opinion - 2/8/2013
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Or does it stand for small government, corporate welfare, regressive taxation, 'survival of the fittest', 'the top end of town', and a prefe

Aged care crisis - Australia's greatest shame - On Line Opinion - 17/7/2013
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We need a comprehensive National Aged Care Insurance Scheme along similar lines to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Aged Care Crisis - Australia’s Greatest Shame
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And What are Rudd, Milne and Abbott going to do about it? above: The needs of Australia's Aged citizens are just as urgent as the needs of t

ALP Organisational Reform; and Urgent Policy Prescriptions
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above: Could Rudd 'break through' on ALP internal organisational reform? In this two-part article, Tristan Ewins responds to critical perspe

Leadership Speculation Again: Resolving the Crisis with Good Policy
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above: With a possible Abbott government looming, Labor needs a clearer sense of where the real threat is coming from; Tristan Ewins argues

Social Justice for the Aged, the vulnerable and Low Income Australians
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above: Federal Minister for Ageing, Mark Butler has had some victories for Aged Australians - But there's a lot that's left to be done!!! In

Budget 2013 - lunge and riposte - On Line Opinion - 24/5/2013
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There are several areas in which Labor could have further minimised the deficit, preventing austerity and actually expanding the social wage

Budget 2013: An Analysis of Labor's Budget, and of Abbott's reply
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above: Treasurer Wayne Swan has delivered a Budget that could have been worse; but also could have been better. In the following article Tri

Labor's 'last best chance' to prevent a 'downwards spiral' of austerity
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above: As Finance Minister Penny Wong is well-placed to attempt to 'head off' any strategy of unnecessary austerity for Labor's May Federal