Features from the Freedom Socialist Bulletin
Summer/Autumn 2010
Per person, healthcare costs in the United States are the highest of any country in the world; U.S. spending is twice that of countries such as France and Germany. What does all that money buy? Not much! The U.S. ranks only 42nd for life expectancy...
Summer/Autumn 2010
It's a common concern of older unionists - young workers joining unions have no concept of industrial disputes. Most have never even been affected by a strike. Why is this? It goes back to 1983, when the unions did a deal with the Hawke Labor...
Summer/Autumn 2010
Guilty as charged. Last issue, I argued that, at the root, the February 2009 fires in Victoria were the result of politicians' fundamental failure to protect citizens from a well-known risk. That position has been vindicated by the masses of...
Summer/Autumn 2010
There's a theme running through Matt Peacock's book. It's about a culture of denial, orchestrated by the board of James Hardie. Matt's been involved in the fight against the deadly mineral, asbestos, for more than 30 years. My involvement isn't...
Summer/Autumn 2010
An invitation from my union to join Union Climate Connectors and "raise awareness and action in workplaces and communities around Australia" sounded great. I requested an action kit. Organised labour has the collective power to put the necessary...
Summer/Autumn 2010
Equal marriage can revolutionise relationships Thank you for the terrific editorial about gay rights last issue of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin. Having attended the Equal Love rally to start the national year of action on November 28th, I believe...
Summer/Autumn 2010
The Freedom Socialist Bulletin was overwhelmed by the response we received to our feature, Rebel Poets: Shaking Up the Status Quo, published last issue. We decided to publish some of the reactions from our readers who also shared some of their own...
Winter/Spring 2009
Review of Framework of Flesh: Builders’ Labourers Battle for Health and Safety, Humphrey McQueen, Ginninderra press, 2009. Will they jail him? Hundreds of unionists in South Australia cheered Ark Tribe as he entered court on 10 March 2009. Tribe...
Winter/Spring 2009
Last February, Nahanni Fontaine and Leslie Spillett, two First Nations women from Canada, visited Melbourne for a brief visit. Alison Thorne caught up with them to explore similarities and differences between Indigenous struggles in Canada and...
Winter/Spring 2009
Australians are in for a treat this spring! Revolutionary feminist poet and organiser, Nellie Wong, will visit for five weeks. Nellie Wong, who currently resides in San Francisco, is a leader with both Radical Women (RW) and the Freedom Socialist...