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Class War Is For Us Not For You: Australian Labour and the 2019 Election

The Australian Labor Party lost the 2019 federal election because it is a victim of its own success. Continue reading

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Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

The Australian labour market increasingly exhibits the classical signs of market failure due to positive externalities. The best approximation to Paul Krugman in Australia is the economic correspondent for The Guardian Greg Jericho. Economic literacy is a critical component of … Continue reading

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Australia and North Korea: Farewell Great and Powerful Friends?

For more than 10 years I have been writing about the North Korean nuclear crisis, arguing that it has serious potential implications for Australia. I had long argued that we are “sleepwalking” toward catastrophe, but oddly the issue barely gained … Continue reading

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Yes, (Almost) Prime Minister! Jeremy Corbyn and the Rebirth of Left Wing Politics

The election results in the UK are wonderful. The result is wonderful, above all else, because it gives all of us hope that we can together fashion a better world. I would like to write more about these developments over … Continue reading

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Climate Insurgency to Save the Earth: Trump and the Paris Agreement

Having participated in nonviolent civil disobedience on climate change I fear that meaningful action on global warming will require a large scale climate insurgency that has nonviolent civil disobedience at its core. Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris … Continue reading

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1992-1993 Cabinet Papers Show Keating Government had a Neoliberal Lie at its Core

Bob Hawke has the degrees but Paul Keating has the wisdom. That aspect of Keating, the self-educated working class intellectual from western Sydney, is one I, a fellow Westie, have long had a soft spot for although this does not … Continue reading

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FFS Close the *Bloody* Camps: Rally August 27 1pm Bring the Refugees to Sanctuary.

This Saturday tens of thousands of Australians all over the length and breadth of the continent will be assembling in protest demanding the closure of the refugee detention centres in Manus and Nauru, and for Australia to adhere to the … Continue reading

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Crisis and Rationality: Behavioural Economics and the Ideology of Irrational Exuberance.

The rise to prominence of behavioural economics, and behavioural finance, following the global financial crisis or the great recession or whatever you want to call it is a curious affair, well worth pondering especially given the way that behavioural economics … Continue reading

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Federal Election 2016: Some Quick Preliminary Thoughts

Just some quick thoughts on the 2016 Federal Election, which I would hope to return to in a more substantive post later on. The Result. All kinds of speculation exists on this. Most seems to be of the view that … Continue reading

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From True Believers to True Hacks: Why No Corbyn or Sanders in Australia?

As lefty Australians observed from across the seas with wonderment and joy the Sanders campaign in the United States, and the rise to the Labour leadership of Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom, they increasingly asked in frustration; where are … Continue reading

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