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Humphrey McQueen on democracy

Humphrey McQueen

The speech was given at the Wheelers' Centre (the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne) on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 as part of the launch of the Museum of Democracy (the old Eureka centre in Ballarat).

I’m doubly grateful for your invitation. First, it gives me the chance to spend time with friends.

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Edward Snowden: Saving us from the United Stasi of America

by Daniel Ellsberg

Global Research, June 10, 2013

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Edward Snowden

This article by Daniel Ellsberg cogently presents the case that surveillance and spying by the United States administration is no less repressive than other nations it criticizes and is more than willing to override its own citizen's rights and liberties.

Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us a chance to roll back what is tantamount to an ‘executive coup’ against the US constitution. In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an “executive coup” against the US constitution.

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Compulsory income management: Say no! An attack on welfare rights!

Income Manag Protest AThe information below is a flier produced by SPAG (Single Parents Action Group) and SIMPla (Stop Income Management in Playford, South Australia), and distributed at a protest outside Nick Champion's electoral office on 20th May.

If you would like further information about any of the issues mentioned, or to get involved, contact Sherre Clay on 0423 041 443 or Pas Forgione at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heard about Compulsory Income Management? It’s being “trialled” in Playford. People on welfare payments considered “vulnerable” by Centrelink or referred by child-protection agencies will be forced onto the scheme.

They’ll have 50-70 percent of their payments put onto the BasicsCard (people can also volunteer). It’s claimed Compulsory Income Management will improve health and financial situations, by ensuring payments are spent on “essentials”.

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Ford goes to where the profits are, goodbye Australia!

Ban Ford logoFord Australia announced recently that by 2016 it was closing down their car plants at Geelong and Broadmeadows in Victoria, with 1200 workers to be made redundant. In addition, thousands more jobs will now also be threatened in industries and services that supply Ford.

The duplicity of this multinational giant knows no bounds, especially after receiving the Federal Government’s $34 million “co-investment” bail-out in 2011. Ford has sponged up to $1.1 billion off the Australian taxpayer over the past decade. Despite of all this assistance it has just dumped the Australian economy and its workers!

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Trans Pacific Partnership and the public sector

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Shirley Winton and Ted Murphy speaking at Community and Union Rally in Melbourne, May 11.

Below is a talk given by Shirley Winton, organiser with the Communication Workers Union – Postal Division (Vic), at the VictorianTrades Hall Council information evening on the implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. 3 May 2013.

I’m going to talk mainly about the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement requirements for State Owned Enterprises, Public Services and Corporate Investor Rights and what it means for the last few remaining publicly owned, but corporatized entities, like Australia Post, Medibank, the NBN and even the recently announced decision by the Qld. premier not to privatise Queensland electricity.  All three clauses in the TPP are connected and should be viewed together.  Other speakers will talk about labour laws, PBS (health), and the erosion of democratic rights.

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