Common Sense: workplace democracy

I never understood the way the world worked until I had to work. It was scooping out frozen yoghurt in the middle of the night in the bowels of a giant casino for youth wages, that I felt a deep anger about the way things are. There’s something painful about doing something you deeply hate everyday because you have to. You feel trapped. And if I’m honest, I was one of the privileged few. I could still work to earn a wage, and I was studying so I could have a role with more autonomy and meaning. Continue reading “Common Sense: workplace democracy”

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Fashioning a new windmill – the ALP as if the future matters

It’s February, school is back and so is the blog. I thought I might saddle up and tilt at a windmill for a change.

Today’s piece is about the Australian Labor Party. No, I’m not going to write some bit of turgid prose about ‘party reform’ – you know about  bringing the Party back into the 21st century or some shit. It’s usually a cover for stamping 30 years of largely neoliberal policy-making with a neoliberal structure (read: trade unions are kind of embarassing). All hail to the next CEO (read Labor Leader) who is theoretically accountable to a broad mass of shareholders (read Party members) but in reality only to a few key investors who hold proxy votes (read branch stackers). Instead, what I’d like to do is fashion a castle in the air called an Australian Labor Party that might (a) inspire people, (b) record a decent primary vote, and therefore (c) win elections into the future. Continue reading “Fashioning a new windmill – the ALP as if the future matters”