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THE GOVERNMENT WILL PUBLISH BOOKS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
THE GOVERNMENT WILL PUBLISH BOOKS. As an illustration of the Russian Re publican Government's determination to help the people out of the 'slough of des pond' into which Tsardom had plunged them, the following extracts from a trans lation of an official decree are interest ing-— 'Considering the shortage of books from which Russia is suffering, the Commission on Public Education will undertake im mediately the PUBLICATION OF BOOKS ON A LARGE SCALE. 'The first books to be printed will be reprints of works by Russian writers on which the author's copyright has expired. 'Two editions shall be printed of each work — an unabridged edition, prepared by the Academy of Sciences, and a one volume edition of selected works in com pact form. 'Complete or abridged editions shall be supplied with prefaces by literary authori ties. 'Editions of the classics will be offered for sale at the LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE, and widely DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE through libraries for the benefit of the people....
Federal Labor Platform. (Continued from page 5.) [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
Federal Labor Platform. (Continued from nage 5.) manent marketing of the exportable sur plus. Let the primary producer have a square deal and he will have no cause to object to a shorter working day,- nor to a just remuneration to his laborer. THE STANDARD MINIMUM WAGE. The living wage is based upon mini mum needs and average responsibilities. This is wrong. Mr. Stuart-Robertson, M.L.A., has a suggestion, which should be adopted. He urges that the minimum wage should be ascertained by inquiry into the cost of living by persons in vari ous professions and walks of life, and the average of these should become the stan dard minimum wage. Our present 'liv- ing', wage imposes continuous strain and anxiety, upon those it affects. The 'liv- ing' wage served a good purpose in social experiment in seeking the upward ' path. But it is now obsolete. Present needs re quire that we should take the next rung in the ladder of evolution. PRICES AND PROFITS REGULATION. The regulation of profits, and...
The Federal Government's Treatment of Returned Soldiers. To the Editor, "Labor News." [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
The Federal Government's Treatment of Returned Soldiers. To the Editor, 'Labor News.' Sir, — To the most casual observer it has become very obvious that a great wave of discontent is now seething within the ranks of our returned soldiers, not only in regard to the drastic and unwar ranted treatment meted out to the men by the Defence Department under the guidance of that great monarch of effi ciency, Senator Pearce, but also in regard to the employment of the men after they have been discharged from the forces. Already processions of unemployed re turned soldiers have marched to Parlia ment House demanding employment of some description, so that they might be able to earn the right to exist. We have also read letters in that great democratic organ, the 'Sun,'-, in reference to the 'Aussie girj taking the Digger's job away from him.' Of course the 'Aussie girl' is greatly favored by the employers, as cheap labor will help to swell their al ready enormous banking- accounts. Day after ...
LABOR CARTOONS OF THE WEEK [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
[?] BUT NONE THE LESS— A NIGGER. HUGHES:, 'Now then, you nigger, bear in mind, according to the de cision of the League of Nations, after this you are an Australian.' THE NiG: 'Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! By crikey, if that ain't de bes' joke ob de year. Las' week they wanter mak' me a Japanese, and now they 4nak' me an Australian.' — 'Queensland Worker.' THE GRATITUDE OF THE EMPIRE. JOHN BtlLL: 'What, a sturdy rogue like you, and begging! Have I not shown my gratitude by giving you permission to travel on my rail ways free of ?harge?' RETURNED SOLDIER: 'That's all right, John, but I can't eat your grati tude, and I'm starving!' — 'Melbourne Outpost*' THE DEPARTURE AND THE RETURN. According to Prime Minister Hughes, the troops returning to Australia will be transported under a different system than formerly. — News item. : — 'Queensland Worker.' HOPEFUL STILL IN 1980. Is it ever going to clear up? -r'Sunday Times.' 'Minneapolis Journal.'
Our Chinese Ally at the Peace Conference. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
[Our Chinese Ally at the Peace I Conference. S / Perhaps the most picturesque and mo m Jmentous incident which has been recorded S-feo far at the Peace Conference has been S the very fine and statesmanlike speech 9 of the Chinese delegate. China has appar B ently concentrated her attention on two I points in Wilson's world-famous fo'urteen ? planks — the abrogation of secret treaties ? and the rights of self-determination of all ? nations in domestic affairs. These are ?really the two greatest things in any pro ?posed new world charter of Liberty, and ?the Chinese delegate rose to the occasion ? in support of them. He pointed out clearly ? that as long as secret treaties were coun ?tenanced or permitted there could be no ? real trust 'and confidence in any future ? International leagues and covenants, ? Secret treaties have' in times past been ? the marked cards and the loaded dice in ? the gambling hell of diplomacy — the tools ? of trade of international confidence men, ? and the ...
FEDERAL LABOR PLATFORM. SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT INTERSTATE CONFERENCE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
FEDERAL LABOR PLATFORM. . - _ ? - J l . , . ... . . . ? SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT INTERSTATE CONFERENCE. ? The capitalist system is an evolutionary growth. Its destruction must proceed by patient and persistent effort. Tickling the ear of the multitude with catch cries may be good tactics in electioneering for place and pay, both within the Labor-Movement and without, but must not be accepted in lieu of practical steps towards the Co operative Commonwealth. Labor needs urgently constructive minds, constructive proposals, practical and demonstrably practical proposals. THE OBJECTIVE. To alter the wording of Labor's objec tive will not carry a peh'orth of grist to the Commonweal. The present objective deals with — (a) National aspirations in sentiment, race purity, education and development. (b) Socialist economic principle of wealth distribution. (c) International arbitration for in ternational disputes. '? No Socialist writer or party the world over has ever advocated more than 'the secu...
Capitalists—Not the People. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
Capitalists — -Not the People. The Japanese paper printed in Tokio, the 'Asahi Shimbun,' passes a casual re mark about' the paradoxical expansion of the American navy, and asks the very pertinent question: 'Why does America aim at becoming the greatest naval power in the world if she is an earnest seeker for ideals?' | We can inform the 'Asahi Shimbun'. that when speaking of America it Is only j speaking of the American capitalists, and they have no ideals other than the cap ture of markets wherein to unload the products of the American working class. The Ideals are only possessed by the workers, and when their ideals are ex pressed through their economic and* poli tical now r there will be no need for warships, for the cause of war will have | disappeared, and the ships will be used for the transportation of exchangeable wealth— the wealth .Labor, creates.— ^Ex. ? --- —i»ii-
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER THE PLEASURES OF KNOWLEDGE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
uHowifDee C POWER THE PLEASURES OF KNOWLEDGE. It is noble to seek Truth, and it is BEAUTIFUL to find it. ft is the ancient feeling' of the human heart, that know ledge., is better than riches; and it. is deeply and SACREDLY 'TRUE. To mark the course of human passions' as they have flowed on in the ages that are past; to see why nations have risen and why they have fallen; to speak of heat and light and the winds; to know what man has discovered in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; to hoar the chemist unfold the marvellous properties ' locked up in a speck of earth ; to be: told that there are worlds so distant from our own that the quickness of light, travelling jCrom the world's creation, lias never yet reached us; to wander in the creations of poetry, and grow warm again with that eloquence which swayed the Democracies of the Old World; to go up with great reasoneis to the First Cause of all, and to perceive, in. the midst of all this dis solution and decay and cruel sep...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 March 1919
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"Clear the Fossils Out!" [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
'Clear the Fossils Out!' By PERCY BROOKFIELD, M.L.A. I must congratulate .the 'Labor News' for bringing the question of the ? abolition of the Upper House before the public. The Upper House is one of the main bulwarks of Capitalism, and until it is abolished we can lay no claims to de mocracy, as it has the power to prevent any democratic legislation »from the Lower House becoming law. We claim to be democrats because we enjoy the adult franchise/ but. of what value is it while the irresponsible Upper House can reverse the verdict of the people's representatives? While the Upper House exists democ racy cannot, and does not, exist. This obstacle in the march of progress must go. Its abolition has been a 'front plank of the Labor Platform for years, but no genuine attempt has been made to give effect to it. Any man who addresses the people in the Labor interest, unless he is sincere in his determination to abolish the Upper House is more or less a political fakir,' because he knows in...
LABOR CARTOONS OF THE WEEK [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
-- ? ??? . )*.???- Republished as a suggestion for Fitz. t— 'Pittsburgh Sun.' THE WORKERS AND PEACE. „ 'As you have such big wings, please fly up and up until you come to pro vision prices, and bring them down within reach.' t — ''Barcelona Esquella,' FAT'S CURE-ALL. CAPITALISM (contemplating an unemployed rifle): 'Pity such a per fect piece of mechanism should lie idle! Some profitable use will surely be made of it before long!' „ — 'Sydney Worker.' WHEN WILL THEY BE PRICKED? —'Sunday Times.' HOPE and FEAR. ^—'Sydney Worker.' NO BUSINESS. ^ — 'Queensland Worker.'
Pearce and Jellicoe. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
Pearce and Jellicoe. Senator George Pearce, Minister for Defence, took his wife and children (5) to England at the public expense. Lord and Lady Jellicoe and their children -4 or 5) are coming here from England. Are we paying for Jellie's missus and kiddies as well as for his Ludship? If so, it's about time that these long-distance children's picnics were done in cool stor age at reduced freight rates. — Rebel. Whipping the Cat. They sold the cats for twelve-and-six, So awful was the hunger-fix, ' So lean the poor man's fare. The daily papers told us that; But, were it true, we know that Fat Would -very soon be there. He would not miss so great a chance His solid interests to advance For all the shots that. fly; No power could keep him in his seat Until he cornered pussy-meat For Russian pans to fry. The proof such statements are not true . Is written for the world to view 'Between the cabled lines; ? » To see the people's food grow dear Brings to the fat exploiter 'cheer— And now -...
A.L.P. COOTAMUNDRA ELECTORATE COUNCIL. PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT. JANUARY 1, 1919. PEACE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
A.L.P, COOTAMUNDRA ELECTORATE COUNCIL. PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT. JANUARY 1, 1919. PEACE. Many suggestions and schemes of peace Jiad from time \o time been put forward, but it remained for the last great nation ?which entered the war to outline the terms of peace which were taken as a basis for .meetings between the warring nations. It was President Wilson of Ame- . rica who. prepared the famous 14 points upon which the peace negotiations now being discussed, and which Germany, Austria, arid their allies accepted. The armistice is signed, and the belligerent nations are settling their claims, and de mands-at a friendly private conference be fore meeting1 the enemy delegates. The 14 points of President Wilson are practically the same as the A.L.P. peace by negotia tion proposals of 1917. Before this report will be placed before you, the great and momentous conference between the warring nations will be sit ting and deciding ? the greatest questions of interest to the Labor world that...
Song of Europe. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
Song of Europe. (Reprinted from 'Grit.') Sing a song of Europe, Highly civilised; Four-and-twenty nations Wholly hypnotised. When the battles open ' 'The bullets start to sing, ' ? Isn't that a silly way ? To act for . any King. ^ - ' . ? . ^ ' ' f The Kings are hi the background** , jH§ - Issuing commands; »' - '? Jmi » - The Queens are in the parlor ^fti e '.?-' Per ^etiquette's demands ^ '.Ml s ' The bankers in the fcounting-hojjse, |^Bj' « Are busy multiplying, -, |H| j The common people at the Front 3^. ^?l 1 ,. Are dnjine «JI- the dying. ~ i~~$^Hr£
Points for Petersham. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
Points for Petersham. The Billy Hughes Grocery Trust 4g one' # of the achievements of the National Party; which deserves special mention. This is a Corporation of N-S.W. profiteers who sub scribed a capital of one hundred thousand pounds in order to control wholesale gro-: eery prices. The subscribers are all pillars of the National Association, and therefore they had ho difficulty in obtaining tho consent of Hughes, in his dual capacity of , Federal Attorney-General and head of the , National Party, to their registration. Thi3 Grocery Trust issued its -price -fixing de- . crees in the form of monthly circulars ad-: dressed to retail storekeepers, and there is., no appeal from their edicts. As the 'Daily, Telegraph' some time since admitted in its commercial columns, the retail store keeper has no option but to pay whatever prices are demanded by the wholesale, house from which he obtains his. supplies, for if he refuses to pay these prices no Other wholesale concern will ? deal wit...
THE WAR AND AFTER ON WAR. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
imtsumamBBt ON WAR. 'Wais are not paid for in war time:vthe bill comes later.' — Benjamin Franklin. '? # * * 'War devours the best.'— Schiller. ? ? * *. « . ' ? . 'War does not of choice destroy toad ' men, but good men ever.' — Sophocles. ; ? * * ONE to destroy, is MURDER by the law, And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe; TO MURIJER THOUSANDS takes a specious name, ? War's glorious (?) art, and gives iin mortal fame. . ' ? ? W w v 'War is never a solution, it is an aggra vation.— Disraeli. ' \ ' ? * # EVERY WAR involves a greater or less RELAPSE into BARBARISM. War, in deed, in its details, is the essence of inhu manity. It dehumanises- It has the ap pearance of saving the State, 'but it de stroys the citizen. # * ? The world gets what it prepares for. The world prepared for war — it has had war. If the world continues to prepare along the same lines and by the same means, it will assuredly have war again. Why not abandon military 'preparedness,' destroy all the machinery and jmp...
The Late Lord Mayor. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
The Late Lord Mayor. Alderman John English, the first Labor Lord Mayor of Sydney, died on .Saturday night last, the 8th inst., and' was buried on Monday in the Waverley Cemetery. The late Lord Mayor was elected to the position on December 9, and took office at the beginning of the year. He, therefore, had no opportunity of showing his ad ministrative abilities, as 'he- was suffering from the illness which, after severe suf fering, carried him off. '' The election of his successor, took place the next day, when a Nationalist, Alder man Richards, was returned by a majority of one' vote. That vote was given by Al derman R. D. Meagher, who held the bal ance of power, there being 12' Laborites and. 12 Nationalists. *m . ' Aceording to the law it appears the elec tion of a new Mayor could not be post poned until a successor to the late Alder man English was elected foj the Belmore vacancy. Consequently Alderman Meagher had- the deciding voice, and showed his deep regard for Labor principl...
PEACE CONFERENCE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
PEACE CONFERENCE. What a tragic illustration of starting at the wrong end is the Peace Conference! The leading nations of the world have been engaged for the past four and a half years in the stupid and useless business of lulling human beings in order to settle some question, which no one appears to be very , sure about, even yet. ' After making mil lions of corpses, causing anguish unspeak v able to millions of men, women, and children, and heaping up war debts run ning into thousands of mitlions of pounds, these alleged statesmen are now meeting round a Conference table to try and straighten out the whole business in the way in which it should have been dealt ?with before they started such a futile holocaust of bloody slaughter and sense less waste. 'What fools these mortals be!' * m * 'Twould be a very different world, Without the slightest doubt, If those. by whom the threats were hurjed, \Yere made to fight it out
EDITORIAL. THE PETER-"SHAM" BY-ELECTION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
EDITORIAL THE PETER-'SHAM' BY-ELECTION. The Petersham by-election has been occasioned by the appointment of the late member, J. J. Cohen, to a judgeship, as everyone knows/ The' contest centres round the Labor and the National ist candidates, B. C. Olde and Major Shil lington, Captain - Chaplain Wilson's nomination having been rejected as in formal. There is an Independent candi date nominated, but he seems to be a negligible quantity, unless he can induce Wilson's friends to vote for him to spite both the other parties, which is unlikely. Referring to the disqualified exchap lain, by common consent his rejection is ascribed to his own fault in not securing enrolment as an elector or transfer from his old to his present domicile. Two things suggest themselves in this connection. Either Wilson was too stupid to make an ordinary average member of Parliament (and the standard is not very high) in not knowing enough to make himself a qualified elector, or else he did not really desire v...
ATMOSPHERE OF RASCALITY. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 15 March 1919
ATMOSPHERE OF RASCALITY. .The methods of the Allied capitalists in Turkey before the war are commented on as follows, by ._ Colonel Sir Mark Sykes, M.P., in an article in the London 'Daily News': — 'The Allies in the past countenanced, and even assisted, in building uneconomic railways which, though they did not de veloi) the country. . fitted exactly with Turco-German military schemes. More . over our financiers succeeded in forcing .on the Turks the weapons -they have just ' use,d against us. ' A number of agents, touts, and hangers-on acted as gobe tweens 'twixt that degraded mass of cor ruption and villainy, the Ottoman Govern - . men t, and the various cliques of money manoeuvrers in European capitals. Finance interfered in policy,, and diplomacy inter i. tered In finance; nations were set by the ; cars, wars promoted, peoples 'oppressed, 'u reforms delayed or rendered nugatory, in order .ithat individual fortunes might be ?' .-? .??; built up, or that profits should accrue to'...