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Responding to Chris Bowen on Labor's 'Socialist Objective'
above: Federal Labor Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen The following article is a critique of a recent contribution on debate surrounding the   ALP’s ‘Socialist Objective ’ by ALP Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen in a Fabian Pamphlet . Bowen’s ‘Crosland-ite’ agend...
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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ADDENDUM re: ALP Economic Platform
ADDENDUM: In a recent post on the ALP economic platform there was a passage which read as follows: "Finally, in keeping with our principles we will not deliver natural public monopolies or near-monopolies into the private sector because this may result in a...
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A Response to the 'Consultaiton Draft Platform' of the ALP - Chapter 2 'A Strong Economy for all Australians'
  by Tristan Ewins, ALP Socialist Left member of over 20 years   Friends and
Comrades; Not long ago a ‘Consultation Draft’ of the National Platform of
the Australian Labor Party was released for purposes of feedback between now
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Labor needs to think of policies in terms of tens of billions – not just ‘token policies’ which attempt to win over voters on appearances only
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Wasted Opportunity on Superannuation Concessions needs to be ‘Put Right’ at ALP National Conference in July!
  above: Where to for Labor in July? Wasted Opportunity on Superannuation Concessions needs to be ‘Put Right’ at ALP National Conference in July!  Australia Institute Data shows a stronger line on reform is needed. Tristan
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Treasury ‘White Paper on Tax’ seized upon by an Abbott Government Considering Regressive ‘reform’ of Tax
  The Abbott Government's 'White Paper' on Tax could see big changes to superannuation and the overall tax mix.  But the Paper seems oriented towards the Government's Ideological preference for 'small government', 'low tax' and 'simple/regressive tax' as op...
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Responding to Chris Bowen on Labor's 'Socialist Objective'
above: Federal Labor Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen The
following article is a critique of a recent contribution on debate surrounding the   ALP’s ‘Socialist
Objective ’ by ALP Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen in a Fabian Pamphlet . Bowen’s
‘Crosland-ite’ agend...
above: Federal Labor Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen The following article is a critique of a recent contribution on debate surrounding the  ALP’s ‘Socialist Objective’ by ALP Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen in a Fabian Pamphle...
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Eric Aarons on The Middle Class Today
Above: Eric Aarons some years ago now, pursuing his passion for sculpture In the following notes and reflections former Communist Party of Australia Secretary Eric Aarons considers the historical and current social and economic importance of the Middle Clas...
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A Response to the 'Consultaiton Draft Platform' of the ALP - Chapter 2 'A Strong Economy for all Australians'
  by Tristan Ewins, ALP Socialist Left member of over 20 years   Friends and
Comrades; Not long ago a ‘Consultation Draft’ of the National Platform of
the Australian Labor Party was released for purposes of feedback between now
and National Conference in Ju...
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By the time Labor were relected in 1983, they had firmly embraced the neo-liberal agenda and eschewed direct government manipulation of the economy and promoted the pursuit of fiscal surpluses to a number one priority.

The Labor governments since that time (Hawke-Keating then Rudd-Gillard) became increaseing to the right of the conservatives that ruled for so long in the post-WWII period.

The Labor governments became increasingly full of university educated careerists rather than people who had worked their way up through the trade union movement. That changing demographic is highly significant in the way the Labor party has deteriorated and embraced anti-worker, neo-liberal policies.

Lawyers replaced people who had worked more directly face-to-face against capital.

The emphasis was no longer on ensuring a fair distribution of income, which in part required that real wages grow in line with labour productivity growth (to keep the shares in national income between wages and profits stable) but on pursuing an ever bigger economic pie irrespective of how it was distributed.

The claim was that workers would become better off in absolute terms and that it didn’t matter if some people became spectacularly rich in the process.

These governments rejected the traditional Labour ambit to maintain full employment and provide those without work for whatever reason with adequate income support until they could get jobs (usually a short period). Instead they bought the full employability myth and deliberately kept the unemployment benefit below the poverty line and inflicted meaningless training programs and pernicious work tests on the recipients.

They also bought in – some might say were trapped into accepting – the priority of the ‘apirational’ voter who had been hardened into believing that the unemployed and poor were different to them because they didn’t work hard or were not motivated enough.

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Wasted Opportunity on Superannuation Concessions needs to be ‘Put Right’ at ALP National Conference in July!
Above: Where to for Labor in July? Wasted Opportunity on Superannuation Concessions needs to be 'Put Right' at ALP National Conference in July!    Australia Institute data shows a stronger line on reform is needed. Tristan
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My most recent article on the White Paper on Tax.  PLS Read and Comment at OLO. :)
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Treasury ‘White Paper on Tax’ seized upon by an Abbott Government Considering Regressive ‘reform’ of Tax
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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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    PhD Politics, present
  • LaTrobe Univeristy
    Arts (Social Science) with 1st Class Honours
  • Monash University
    Grad Dip Education
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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

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

Putting a healthy surplus before personal well-being - On Line Opinion -...
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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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above: newly published by Connor Court - 'Turning Left or Right' The essay that follows was an original draft of an essay on 'The Democratic

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