Federal Election Campaign: Day 17

Day 17 of the election campaign and the big item of discussion is the LNP-UAP preference deal with the smell of PHON around as well. Bill Shorten has come out with the blunt assessment "A vote for Scott Morrison is a vote for Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson... if they are successful, of the most extreme right-wing government in Australia's history", and it's hard to fault that claim.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 16

Day 16 of the election campaign and the mass media has paid scant regard to the big announcement of the day by the opposition for an extra $332 million for early intervention, frontline services, emergency accommodation, and legal support, for domestic violence victims. You would think that that would be a matter of some importance, but I guess there was some interesting footage elsewhere.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 15

Day 15 of the Federal election campaign is a slow news day, presumably because ANZAC day is a truce in politics. Pity there can't be more truces in armed conflicts. Still, there is one significant item of note and that's the preference deal between Australia's biggest dead-beat, Clive Palmer and his United Australia Party and the LNP.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 14

Day 14 of the Federal election campaign

The big ticket policy item has been a promise by Labor to give Australia's 2.6 million casual workers an easier pathway to full time employment. Employers, who always prefer workers to have less power, are "wary" and even "nervous". As Shorten said: "Too often, long-term casual work is used as a mechanism to pay workers less, deprive them of leave, and make them easier to sack". I guess this is what employers are wary and nervous about.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 13

Day 13 of the election campaign and oh my goodness that #watergate issue has become quite a big deal! I present to you, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, in one of the amazing train-wreck interviews of all time.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 11 and 12

Day 12 of the Federal election campaign and there was supposed to be a "true" yesterday for Easter Sunday. But guess who broke it? Well, the Prime Minister that's who, by bringing in the media entourage to see him in full glory at his fundamentalist church.

Then, when people mocked him, and his *cough* Bellamy Salute *cough* (but mostly the hypocrisy of calling oneself a Christian with his actions), he had a hissy fit. There is also the little matter of something in the Gospels.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 9 and 10

Day 10 of the election campaign. Yes I did skip yesterday being a slow news day and all. Today the main stories relate to coal and water, and sometimes at the same time with the case of Adani, now it has been revealed that they who rejected scientific advice its groundwater modelling was "not fit for purpose". Adani have also refused to commit to corrective action if a new model showed the mine would have more extensive groundwater impacts.

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.

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.

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.


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