above: The Herald-Sun commonly questions the right to protest , but doesn't question its own assumptions re: the availability of work , or the right to refuse exploitative employmentThe following are a series of progressive letters sent to 'The Age', 'The Herald Sun' and 'The Australian' during October 2016. The clear majority were not published. But I am hoping they spark debate here.
'Benefits and Drawbacks of Globalisation'
'A congestion tax for Melbourne?'
'In a similar vein: Immigration, Tax and Infrastructure'
'Refuting Double Standards on Tolerance while Promoting real Pluralism and Freedom'
'Engaging with Feminism on the Complexity of Intersectionality and Privilege' Refuting the Herald-Sun Again: Misleading Characterisations on the Unemployed'
'Gender, Sexuality and Mutual Respect and Consideration'
'Refuting the Herald-Sun Again on 'Welfare Shaming'
Refuting the Herald-Sun Again: Misleading Characterisations on the Unemployed'
Benefits and Drawbacks of Globalisation
Daniel Andrews and the Liberals as well have quickly ruled out any congestion tax. (in the state of Victoria in Australia) But there are things we should keep in mind. Taxes have been falling and becoming less progressive for some time. The Conservatives especially wear that as ‘a badge of honour’. Before the most recent ALP National Conference Labor also considered holding taxes down as non –negotiable. But if we don’t provide infrastructure and services through progressive taxes (which tax target the wealthy more) – then we must pay in other ways. A ‘congestion tax’ is not especially progressive ; but would at least promote the use of public transport , taking pressure from our roads. Also experience has shown infrastructure privatisation (eg: of roads) can actually stymie possible competition – as governments guarantee profits – shutting down alternatives while consumers pay. Privatised ‘cost structures’ also include dividends and corporate salaries. As a matter of fact consumers get a much better deal paying for infrastructure in their capacity as taxpayers than they ever will as atomised consumers in a ‘market’ which involves nepotism and monopolism. And progressively structured tax can ensure ‘a fair go’ for all.
In a similar vein: Immigration, Tax and Infrastructure
Refuting Double Standards on Tolerance while Promoting real Pluralism and Freedom
“within the ‘we’ that constitutes the political community, the opponent is not considered an enemy to be destroyed but an adversary whose existence is legitimate.”
(nb: though the narrative of 'left elites in universities' is dubious anyway - when you consider the hegemony of neo-liberal perspectives in Economics faculties for example ; and attacks on the Humanities and Social Sciences)
above: 'body shaming', and body image expectations increasingly affect both women and men....
Engaging with Feminism on the Complexity of Intersectionality and Privilege
Gender, Sexuality and Mutual Respect and Consideration
Refuting the Herald-Sun Again on 'Welfare Shaming'
Refuting the Herald-Sun Again: Misleading Characterisations on the Unemployed