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A Malpractices Commission - Part 3: The Labor lieutenants of capital

The final installment of a three part series of articles by Humphrey McQueen (Read part one here, part two here.)

Free for all

Throughout the 1970s, the exchange rate had come off the boil. Early in 1983, the $A was at parity with the $US. The incoming Hawke-Keating gang failed to staunch the bleeding. They gave Howard’s de-regulation agenda its biggest boost. Their floating of the dollar in December 1983 set the field for everything that has followed. Only the tip of which is being exposed at the Malpractice Commission. Euromoney magazine named Keating ‘Treasurer of the Year’ in October 1984. Why wouldn’t they?

Keating proved a quick study—too clever by half for the good of working people. He could parrot lines fed to him by the anti-union free-trade Treasury. Whatever happened to his ‘J-curve’?

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Political Climate Is Changing

School Strike 4 Climate 15 March 2019On Friday the 15th March, the country’s attention was drawn to the “School Strike for Climate Action”. Protests demanding that urgent steps be taken to reverse climate change were held in 60 locations covering metropolitan and regional areas across the country. An estimated 150,000 students changed their place of education from the classroom to the street on this day. Large numbers of adults also attended in support.

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At War (En Guerre) - a movie not to miss

A movie from the 2019 French Film Festival at the Palace Cinemas across Australia from early March into April. Session times, dates and locations  online.

https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/film/at-war/

Festival synopsis:

At War - 2019 French Film FestivalFilmmaker Stéphane Brizé created a rousing "cri du coeur" (a cry from the heart) for the proletariat with his critically acclaimed feature, The Measure of a Man (AF FFF2016). With the electrifying At War, he channels the spirit underpinning the current "gilets jaunes" (Yellow Vests) movement long before it began, and this time empowering his protagonist – once again played with grand bravura by Cannes award-winner Vincent Lindon (The White Knights, AF FFF2016; Rodin, AF FFF2018) – as a leader of people, rather than a follower.

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Statement on Far-right Terrorist Attack in New Zealand & Our Fight Against Fascism

Spirit of Eureka condemns in the strongest possible terms the far-right terrorist attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand on March 15th. We express our absolute solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand, Australia and anywhere around the world where Muslims are the victims of such hate crimes. We reiterate that we will always stand with the Muslim community and welcome them as a part of Australian society. 

Spirit of Eureka stands resolutely opposed to the racism, hatred, bigotry, ignorance and evil of the reactionary white supremacist, ultra-nationalist, fascist ideologies of the far-right that attempts to weaken and divide the working class along lines of colour, religion, gender and nationality.

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A Malpractices Commission - Part Two: Global Regimes of Profit

The second of a three part series of articles by Humphrey McQueen (Read part one here.)

De-regulation

A Peoples Court into the current financial system would begin from its de-regulation. In January 1979, then treasurer Howard appointed the Campbell Committee, headed by the boss of a real estate giant, Hookers. The other four Committee members came from the financial sector: one from the AMP, then still a mutual; one out of the bank and stock-broking business run by the shyster Sir Ian Potter; one from the Reserve Bank; and one from the government’s Resources Development Bank. That only one of the members was any kind of screen jockey is a sign of how different the political economy was before de-regulation.

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