[Marxism] Burke Gives Limited Protection To Tarkine

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 15:39:51 MST 2013


I am due to give a talk to the local Socialist Alliance group on Friday.
Sort of feels like being wheeled out of retirement actually.  I think we
know what needs to be done down here in Oz but getting traction is very
difficult. By and large the Trade Union movement has been in retreat since
the sacking of the Whitlam government in 1975.  That is a long time!  The
neo-liberal policies and above all the legislation passed have succeeded in
weakening the unions and emboldening the bosses. Currently the Labor
government is preparing to give into multi-billionaire Gina Reinhart and
permit the creation of special economic zones operating with cheap migrant
labour.

Reinhart is a gross figure with a personal fortune of 17 billion and
rising. How or why someone can be allowed to accumulate such a fortune out
of the resources boom beggars belief.  I feel like weeping when I think of
what Chavez does with his resources boom and then compare him to Reinhart.

Still while Australian is economically and politically fairly stagnant -
the system as a whole is extremely unstable and who knows?  In front the
sun climbs slow, how slowly, but westward look the land is bright..
Comradely

Gary



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