[Marxism] Burke Gives Limited Protection To Tarkine

Nick Fredman nick.fredman at optusnet.com.au
Wed Feb 20 16:40:49 MST 2013

On 21/02/13 8:28 AM, "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> It is entirely possible that the Australian trade union leaders are even
> more bankrupt than the Americans.
> http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/ore-values-over-core-values-as-labor-gi
> ves-tarkine-to-miners-20130219-2epdp.html

Both of your stories feature the Australian Workers Union and this one in
particular its national secretary, the slimy rat-fink Paul Howes. His aim in
life appears to be as outrageously pro-corporate, pro-mining, pro-nuclear,
pro-Zionist etc. etc. as possible in order to both grab media coverage in
preparation for his later parliamentary career and to disown his teenage
years in the DSP in the 90s. He's probably quite happy now to help the
Liberals get in, and destroy the Labor Party for several years, so he can
emerge as a messiah down the track. At any rate to build his base he's
pandering to the Tasmanian unions who openly campaigned for John Howard in
2004, and quite possibly swung that election, because Labor made a slight
tilt to forest protection then.

Howes was particularly smugly cynical when a few years ago he lectured Cuban
workers on having bureaucratic and undemocratic unions. Howes has never
faced an opponent in an election nor worked a day in his life at any jobs
his members do. Bob Brown, who's got quite a bit of old Laborism in his
complex make-up, has this scumbag nailed.

The mainstream of the leadership isn't as bankrupt as Howes and the
Tasmanian logger and miner leaders but are generally pathetically inert
which isn't much better than being outrageously reactionary. 

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