Tag Archives: Peter-Martin

PETER MARTIN. Game of Mates: How billionaires get uber-rich at our expense

“The rich are different from you and me” the saying goes. “They have more money“. But that’s not the only way they are different. In the updated Financial Review Rich List released on Friday, 45 of the richest 50 Australians are men. And they are … Continue reading

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Nauru and Manus – the costs of detention.

In this blog, we have drawn attention many times to the inhumanity of our policies towards refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus. In addition to our immoral conduct, there is also the extraordinary cost of keeping asylum seekers … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. The new compradors in the China Australia relationship.

  In this blog on 14 October last year I wrote. Compradors are sometimes described as those who help a foreign country exploit their own. I was reminded of this when I read that the ALP Caucus had compromised its … Continue reading

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The election campaign’s other big lie: the Coalition hasn’t delivered ‘export agreements’.

  Pearls and Irritations has carried many articles about the exaggerated claims for free trade agreements.  That exaggeration continued during the election campaign. One of the five pillars of Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘plan for jobs and growth’ was the alleged benefits … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Preferential trade deals – gigantic foundation stones or pebbles?

Malcolm Turnbull has described the TPP as a ‘gigantic foundation stone’ that will deliver ‘more jobs, absolutely’. The World Bank now tells us that the TPP will be more like a pebble than a foundation stone.  See following article by … Continue reading

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The Exaggeration over Free Trade Agreements.

I have posted many blogs in the last couple of years concerning the Free Trade Agreements with the Republic of Korea, Japan and China. I have pointed out that the years of negotiation of these agreements occurred under the Rudd … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The dubious trade deal with Korea

In earlier blogs – See July 6, 2014 ‘Turbocharging our trade or mainly hype’ – I drew attention to the exaggerated benefits of bilateral free trade agreements. We now have 7 of them with more under negotiation, including with China … Continue reading

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John Menadue. An enormous financial heist is underway.

We saw the enormous power of the mining sector when the foreign-owned mining companies forced the Rudd government to ignominiously back down on its super profits tax. For less than $20 million in an advertising and public relations campaign the … Continue reading

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