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About lukewhito

Politics, history, cricket, rugby league, bodysurfing. Kids and family. Love it all.

The Dismissal Dossier by Jenny Hocking – a Review/Summary

November is always about Melbourne Cup, Remembrance Day and of course the anniversary of The Dismissal. Many comrades may have not yet read The Dismissal Dossier by Jenny Hocking. It really is a remarkable piece of work, exposing, inter alia, … Continue reading

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Basic income update and resources

  Quite a few of NSW ALP Branches have passed motions on basic income, calling on the ALP to investigate a universal basic income. Thanks to those branches for having me along or passing motions on basic income – Hornsby, Oatley, … Continue reading

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In reply to Liam Hogan on UBI

Liam Hogan at kindly and thoughtfully responded to my request to write something on a UBI. His musings did not disappoint – thoughtful and well written as always. But wrong! Here is my response. I can’t figure out how to … Continue reading

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Universal Basic Income

Originally posted in Challenge Magazine Universal Basic Income NSW Left member and Deputy Chair of the NSW Labor Economics Committee, Luke Whitington, explains Universal Basic Income What is an unconditional/universal basic income? A ‘UBI’ is a simple idea – … Continue reading

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World awake to neoliberal failure, Australia carries on as though the Great Recession never happened

The defining feature of Australian politics since the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, and the subsequent unraveling of the neoliberal consensus  that has ruled policy makers’ minds since c.1980, has been our studied and willful ignorance of … Continue reading

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Stamp duty on homes must go – a progressive land tax is the solution

The ‘excess burden’ or dead weight loss of stamp duty is 62c per dollar of revenue. Land tax is 6c, or probably even less. Stamp duty is a dog of a tax and must be replaced. Continue reading

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“Morally indefensible that a socialist party should espouse a policy of racial discrimination” The 50th anniversary of the end of the ‘White Australia Policy’ in the Australian Labor Party

August marks 50 years since Labor dropped ‘White Australia’ from its Platform. Continue reading

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