Marxist Left Review #4

Marxist Left Review #4

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Issue 4 - Winter 2012

Who is to blame for racism in Australia?
Tess Lee Ack takes on the common assumption that racism among workers drives government policies and shows who actually promotes it.

Is there a labour aristocracy in Australia?
Tom Bramble debunks the theory that there is an aristocracy of labour in Australia.

The rise and fall of the ALP left in Victoria and NSW
Corey Oakley looks at the rise and fall of the post-war ALP left in Victoria and NSW in the post-war period, and examines the reasons why the once radical Labor left degenerated to the sorry state it is in today.

Disturbing the peace: riots and the working class
Mick Armstrong argues that socialists should recognise riots as an important part of working class struggle and shows the role they have often played in Australia.

Labor, Greens and independents in government
Diane Fieldes looks at the dismal experience of the Gillard government. She argues that the formation of a minority Labor government with the backing of the Greens and populist independents did not create an opportunity for the left as many thought it would in 2010.

Still fighting for equal pay
Cecilia Judge and Adam Bottomley outline how Australian Services Union members won what has been described as the most significant victory for gender pay equity since the 1970s.