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The lesser of two evils

The principle of the lesser of two evils is derived from Homer’s Odyssey. In the story Odysseus must sail through the Straits of Messina to get home. On either side of the straight are two monsters, Scylla, a six headed monster who chucks rocks at boats and Charybdis, a giant whirlpool.

Odysseus decides to sail past Scylla, losing six of his crew but avoiding Charybdis, who would have sucked down the ship killing everyone. The point is that Odysseus has to sail though the straight and therefore has to decide which of the two evils will cause the least harm.

Trade Union Rights in Jordan

Please support our new campaign in support of trade unionists in Jordan.

Last month, thousands of you sent a message to the Jordanian parliament urging members not to move forward with deeply flawed amendments to the labour law. Unfortunately, those amendments were adopted by the legislature and have been sent to King Abdullah II for his royal assent. We are now asking you to call on the King to reject this legislation and instead work with trade unions to adopt a labour law that fully respects international labour rights.

Myanmar Unionists Released from Prison

In Myanmar, hotel union leaders and members were released from prison on March 29 to an emotional welcome from family and union members after serving their full 30-day sentences. The six were arrested in December for attempting to lead a peaceful march to protest the brutal police destruction of their solidarity picket. Their release is great news, but the struggle for reinstatement and recognition of trade union rights in one of Myanmar's key tourism regions continues.

France Castro wins Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights 2019

France Castro, a trade union activist from the Philippines, has been awarded the Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights 2019. She won the prize in recognition of her struggle throughout many years to organize teachers and to fight for basic workers' rights. According to the ITUC, the Philippines is among the ten worst countries in the world for workers and trade unionists.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 8

Day 8 of the election and the LNP lose another candidate with Murray Angus, candidate for Corio, being disendorsed for breaking party rules. He had the boldness to suggesting that his Labor opponent, shadow defence spokesman Richard Marles, was a "good bloke" that unions aren't such a bad idea.

https://www.theage.com.au/federal-election-2019/liberal-party-disendorse...

Federal Election Campaign: Day 7

On day 7 the hysterics of privilege hit. Much as been made about about Labor's plans to end a loophole in our tax system which allows for people who have paid no tax to receive a subsidy when they already have a high income. How is such a thing possible? Because under Howard and Costello the sensible system of dividend imputation (introduced by Labor in 1987 to end a "double-tax") was modified to allow for a fully franked system even when no income tax had been paid - and this includes superannuation payments for those over 60 which doesn't count as taxable income.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 6

Day 6 of the election campaign and the LNP is already preparing for defeat with Tony Abbott raising the possibility that he would return to the Liberal Party leadership if the party asked him after the election. Given the popularity of Tony Abbott, I raise the possibility that this is a weird psy-op to get people to vote for ScuMo so we don't have to put up with Abbott.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 5

Liberal candidate for Chisholm, Gladys Liu, has made the top story for day 5 of the campaign. First, she claims LGBTI issues as "ridiculous rubbish", then tried to claim it was "fake news" (we have recordings, you know), and then tried to say that it was the views of the Chinese community. Congratulations, Gladys! Not only are you a vile homophobe, you also managed to lie about what you said, and then you also tried to smear the Chinese community as being as homophobic as you are. You know what its called when you use a generalised smear against a community? That's racism.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 4

Day 4 of the election and we turn to those who think should treat all of this as a big joke.

LNP Senator for putting more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Matthew Canavan, shows that he as as smart as Tony Abbott by chowing down on a whole raw onion.
https://twitter.com/mattjcan/status/1117170594318041089

Federal Election Campaign: Day 3

On Day 3 of the election campaign, the Prime Minister was introducing himself to anyone of vaguely SE Asian appearance with a "nǐ hǎo" only to do so to a woman who informs him that she's Korean. Once again, his exceptional skills in marketing are evident.

More importantly, it's the dumping season. The Tories have ditched three candidates already because two of them have dual citizenship issues and a third because they won't give up their job at Australia Post.

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