Why governments committed to fighting inequality must expand public housing

Pat Honan is the Northern Territory grassroots delegate to the ALP National Policy Forum

The demand to end inequality should be instinctive to anyone who is socialist or social democratically aligned. Bill Shorten's admirable pledge to this effect, however, obviously cannot be achieved by the Commonwealth Government alone - particularly in the area of housing. 

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The Government's economic inaction is costing us

Jenny McAllister is a NSW Labor Senator

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) issued its 2017-18 corporate plan. While this may not have been marked in everyone’s calendar, it makes for interesting reading, because (amongst other things) it sets out what the RBA thinks are the key risks for its monetary policy functions in the year ahead. 

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We shouldn’t be here, but we are. It’s time to win

Jack Whitney is a social and community worker, LGBT activist and Convenor of Young Labor Left 

Victorian Premier, Joan Kirner, once said:

“There is no such thing as being non-political. Just by making a decision to stay out of politics you are making the decision to allow others to shape politics and exert power over you. And if you are alienated from the current political system, then just by staying out of it you do nothing to change it, you simply entrench it.”

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Beyond the bread and butter: Using history to reshape unions’ broader appeal

Daniel Hannington-Pinto is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne

For scholars and practitioners of trade unionism today, ‘revitalisation’ and ‘renewal’ are not so much buzzwords as guiding principles. 

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Why Labor should consider the public ownership of renewable energy

Felicity Wade is the National Co-convenor of the Labor Environment Action Network

Over the last months, LEAN in Queensland has been campaigning - with the support of the Electrical Trades Union - for public investment and ownership of renewable energy. This campaign gathered huge support across the rank and file in the lead up to Queensland Conference in late July.

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