Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Support Pacific workers’ access to Australia

September 2, 2008

What is in fact a very old dispute has currently been simmering again in the labour movement, about migration in general, and in particular about unskilled migrant access to Australia. This always-present controversy has now sharpened around a new scheme requested by the governments of small Pacific states, and introduced by the Australian Labor Government for organised and controlled access of seasonal workers from the Pacific nations to Australia to fill specific labour shortages in unskilled jobs in agriculture.


Advice from the Planet Zot

August 15, 2006

Marcus Strom sets local Marxists straight

Bob Gould

Like poor Michael Berrell, Marcus Strom from the Planet Zot has the gentle knack of mistiming his pretentious and superior commentaries on events. Marcus is going to set Marxists in these parts straight in five seconds flat by introducing us to the mysteries of Marcus thought about the republic and other matters.


Mental health and immigration detainees

September 21, 2005

Jenny Haines

The social justice committees of the Catholic churches, St Brigid’s Marrickville and St Mary’s Erskineville, organised a forum on September 9, with the billed speakers, Julian Burnside QC and Dr Louise Newman, both drawcards because of their forthright campaigning on refugees issues. As Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian intellectual, critic of the Mubarak Government and long term campaigner for democracy in Egypt, said recently, “the role of the intellectual is to speak the truth to power”. Burnside and Newman more than fufill that role.


From Tampa to Alvarez

September 7, 2005

Recent immigration policy in Australia

Jenny Haines

Sydney University law school assembly hall was packed to standing room only for this forum on September 6, 2005. The speakers put various perspectives on comments David Marr.


Bring 100,000 tsunami refugees to Australia, fast

January 6, 2005

Bob Gould

The awesome scale of the natural disaster around the Indian Ocean rim has moved the world, including Australia, deeply. Australian doctors and nurses, military personnel and Federal Police have volunteered in large numbers, and are doing courageous and dangerous work in immediate disaster relief with the full support of other Australians, who are responding generously to the relief funds. The enormous proportion of the disaster is brought home to Australians by our increasing connections with the region. Many relatively recent migrants have relatives in the affected areas. Southern Thailand in particular is a favorite Australian tourist spot, which is why the Australian victims are largely concentrated there. The Australian Government has pledged an initial $60 million in immediate disaster relief, a good start.


Odious debts and war crimes trials

April 5, 2004

Jay Bulworth

Any meaningful discussion of strategic policy alternatives for Australia must begin with the question of agency: who is going to implement the policy? Certainly not our rulers, who have no intention of taking our advice to spend less on Collins-class submarines and more on health care. They already know that their policies will cause more militarism in the region and more inequality at home.


Mass migration has been good for Australia

September 22, 1999

And it should continue

Labour History Sunday Seminar, Sydney, September 1999. Summary of Bob Gould’s arguments in support of the proposition

My ethical standpoint and cultural framework

In my view, the basic ethical outlook of Marxist and Catholic philosophy about the relationship between the human race and the material environment are quite similar despite the apparent conflict between them. Over the course of my own life both have contributed to the formation of my attitude to the migration question.