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WHO GETS THE PROFITS? [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
WHO GETS THE PROFITS? During his. speech in the Addressin Reply debate in the Adelaide House of Assembly a few days ago, Mr. Mclnnes, who. made his 'maiden' effort, vigorously and ably attacked the profiteers and made a good defence of the worker's position: He said that Mr. Laffer had endeavored to show that the workers were going slowly. The facts were against him. His evidence was the South Australian Chamber of Manufactures' report for' .1917,. v^hich showed that the value of the gross output per employee for the -years fronv. 1911. to 1917, to be as follows:,— jL91l-12, £445; .1912 13, £472, an increase of £27; 1913-14, £491, an increase of £19; 1914-15, £492, an in crease of £1; 1915-16, £549, an increase of £57; and 1916-17, £669, , an increase of £120. TWs showed an. increase of £224 per employee .for the five years, which clearly disproved any charge of going, slowly. It was shown that the -average, wage of the 20,798 male employees was £144/19/9, while that of the 6212 fem...
LABOR AND CAPITAL AND THE WAR. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
LABOR AND CAPITAL AND THE WAR. I am strongly of the opinion that one of the most serious problems emphasised by the war is the Labor situation. .- Strikes and lockouts, however, are only symptoms of conditions. : Unsatisfactory conditions are the real cause of the strikes. In spite of apparent gains, labor as a whole is hot as well off as it was before the war. Wage gains have been absorbed by increase in living costs. [ ' Labor Union leaders, by joining hands with war ieaders, have to a great degree ' lost the confidence pf the workers. Join with this the great Russian revolution, ; and you have the items that make for danger. The lines., that relate American workers with Russian workers run across ' all seas. Labor, . instead of being a local ? or a national matter, has all at once be-i ; come an international matter. As I write ? Socialists are dictating terms to the world.; If the war keeps on it does not take much; '? imagination to. see the fires,, that burn inj ' Russia leapi...
STATE INSURANCE IN QUEENSLAND. A BRILLIANT RECORD. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
[?] A BRILLIANT RECORD. s A very interesting and important docu -nen't' was presented to the Queensland Parliament last week. ''.That document was the second annual report of the State Insurance Department, ' The extreme ^importance of this report to the' Labor Movement can hardly be ?: ' over-estimated, because it supplies a com plete vindication of the value of co operative enterprise— the keystone of La bor's noltcy. 'It has long been the desire of advanced thinkers in this Movement of ours to see all the important utilities of public life owned and contrdlled by the people and conducted for the benefit of the whole; iand, though a number of State enterprises Abre been established in this country, and ?with satisfactory results, it remained for ithe State Insurance Department to pro vide startling and convincing proof of the Vital importance and extreme value of this policy. Ahfl this is what it has shown— ? It has shown that, at absolutely no cost to the State, the people can pr...
ARMAGEDDON. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
ARMAfiEB^Ni W* sit bere^ an* whWrpei- «,«*- wVonfiei^v^ i -Jt*n» woefrtlwit «e& aOiBiag^vti ke^m^^ W*ew^i^MH*^r«il6Bt?^Jter«in«*«jB6t^? '? Sfe^ ask w^t the^ag^ arfr%«r«^ ^ ,' --.: ;??'? ???'?. ???-.?; -??-( ?:'. -,????'?-' ;*^';?if Ehere'lj be. curses and cries fer. the remgftng^ ; An4.,a, tempejst^ot fc&fW ^S^8!**^-. ^ And .Mwr \vM, ?^ft^J^^.^^^jj^; ; And prelates grow _paie ,*^ tfteir ^ira^ei-p^j There'tf *e cHesMliere'il^&e 'be^^r 'M$ ? ' ? hamiriera, ? ?-.?-???' -??—?'— *??% *^^s, ?PoraharcttaB wfl! gather aB^ih^-^^-^ft There'll be knocking ^S'g^es^^rfeft^pl Hy iilghf— tneireni 'Mrwlffilw&ds^r;!^^
CLOTHES. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
CLOTHES. - €!otbes are the greatest necessary evil 'which mankind has to endure. Clothes caused the invention of modesty and the sense of; shame. Shame brought disgrace. Silsgrace le& to loss of self-respect, which produced depravity, moral degradation, «iime,,and misery. Had- the- first humans feeen -clothed with feathers or fur they ?would; have been as innocent, as happy, jUMfca&.u&UiteH$gent as the angels, -who are vnly. miserable -in the moulting season. The* fact that the human race was created nearlyt bald-all over is responsible for joaost «f .the little intelligence we possess, lhaemufh as the shrewdest looked about lor- «' covering from the weather, and the Atopldest died- of cold, pneumonia, and Spanish influenza, Air the men who. were strong enough to icHTwUd beasts tor their skins mated with tfig- women who were industrious enough to make garments of grass, or flax, or Bilk, or cotton or other fibrous sub ftsnees, mankind began to develop brains ...
ONE BIG UNION. THE PATH THAT LEADS TO FREEDOM. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
[?] ? - ?»! ' 'I ?- SHE PATH THAT LEADS TO FREEDOM. ' By NORMAN R. FREEBERG, in the 'Queensland Worker.'* ., ^ . ? ? . . .._... . ^Hslmlla steps to the twe&onU , . *M*» J» every State of ttve Common t1|Ws*iat the movement towards the One Big ,^aion js gaining eontrel-of- tbe rank a»d ':;&*:??: .:,-. ??...-- - - . v-r J&*: Sydney organised -Labor Ivan, spoken «learly and with fundamental sureness, ^Brisbane was not slow to follow. ; fWm comes 7the glad tidings that VJc 'tbi-Ja has adopted the idea and is working ?iuftfcs dttaiis. ' ?-t^fat& Australia has already placed the .,-iwa*- vt fta approvar on the plan, and it -nm&trmily a congress to insure its com . I&ete^adopcion. ^: ?Western Australia will surely take the ?mt/tp, bespit* the renegadism that so- in .?idioutrty gripped tbev Movement there in *8b. mas; past. And little Tasmania must -follow, ,^l*hia. is. fraught with the greatest sig nificance, For the One Big Union mceta .condi...
A VISION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
A VISION. By INGERSOLI*. I see: a. world- wher*- th^oneo- have crumbled and where kings are dust The aristocracy of idleness has- perished from the earth. I see a world without1 a slave. Man at last is free,- Natwe'S forces' have by science been enslaved; Lightning and light, wind and wave, frost and flame, and all the secret, subtle powers- of earth and air are tbe tireless toilers for the- human' race. X see a world at peace; adorned' with every- form of art, wittt music's myriad voices thrilled,- while lips a*e rich with words of love and truth; a world in which no exile sighs, no prisoner mourns; a rworid on whlch^ tbe gibbet's^ shadow dpejs not fall; a world wliere labor reaps its full- reward, where' work and worth go -hand in hand, where the poor girl trying to- win bread1 with the needle— the needle that has been called' 'tho asp for the .breast of the pool-'— is not driven to the ^desperate choice of crime or death, of suicide or shame. I I see a world -witHout the beggar's...
THE NEW REPUBLIC. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
THE NEW REPUBLIC. There is -iar,ger thaCin trying to savi the world for democracy, we may adopt' the methods and animus of its opposite; that we may confound unification with absolutism; that in achieving system and efficiency, we may obstruct th« process of vohmtarjr grouping -And JnteHigeirt criti cism. ??_...- ? , - . - - ; : The hope is that the constructive social forces now operating: on an international scale may become vigorous enough to supplant the, negative ones. What I want to stress is the importance Of disseminat ing knowledge of the modus operand! of the public inind in the modern com munity. Group psychology, psychological sociology; or social' psychology -wftat*ever name' is given) must become a xrorkiifg ^rce in- the conduct at citizens, -trvtfte end that the members of the community may become aware of the social stimuli. -wSich are playing upYm them; R' is not an exclusive concern of those wftb give formal courses on public opinion; for all: the historical and so...
WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH LABOR ? [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
WHAT IS THE MAHER WflH LABOR? JTP'HiS is a question being asked * rather frequently t-f lat« ; somc times asktd honestly by anxious sup -.potfarB, hut very often askeQ- by: officious and offensive persons who doij't count. j *pye chief thing the matter with tli«:Iiabor Movement is the number of false friends who look on to criti cise and condemn instead of. coming inside to work. Another little weakness is the man who gets into Parliament and thinks fee is entitled to his billet as a kind of pension for past performances, in stead of looking upon his position as a wider field in which to render ^greater service to those who placed him there. No ship cam travel with speed and safety which carries too nwtny passengers and too few Brokers. A still greater drag on the pro gress of the Movement is the man who is frightened of being an 'ex- tremist' or of being found associat ing with 'extremists' or -'rcd- - rftggOTB.'* No movement, least of all the Labor Movement, can ever bnild up a st...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
f '??? ' 55!: ^ '\ 'A-u.i-ejioYts' and literary matter ebouW he (r: JWWresMd to the Editor, 'The Uter Ne«;' ?: tfaedonelt House, 321 Pitt-street, Sydney, ? m- Imslnees .eo»»nunicat(on» and rcmlt ? lances te Mr* P. C llvans, -General Secre ' ffury. A.L.P., at the same addrct-K. : - AH matter intended tor publication should '?? ra&ch ttte Rditor uot later titan Wednesday . 1-» «aeh week. Rates of BuliSLfipUon:— Yearly, «/-; twW * jrem-ly, 9/$; quarterly, 2/-. In all cases wutwuiptlottB must t-e paid in advance. ? Owing- to th« large circulation assured to ' 'She ' i*bor News' a Hmit«d space only will * fce available for advertislngr at -special- ratea,. irbleb ean be ascertained on communicating ' wJ«- the office. The Labor News. . SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, JSJ8.
LORD MILNKER'S CAT. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
LORD MILNER'S CAT. Amidst all the welter of confusing and contradictory cables concerning the issues of .war and peace which are coming' through just now, one single sentence ap pears which throws a flood of light on many things. The eenten.ee referred to is attributed to Lord Milner, and reads as follows: — 'We do not want Bolshevism to spread to Germany.' 'We' means, of course, the great financial and commer cial Imperial interests represented by Lord Milner and hia class. Such a state ment releases a very large-sized cat from the bag of diplomacy. This is a change of front indeed of a most remarkable ^character. For years past, in and out of season, the class Lord Milner represents iiave alwaya declared that the way to Ijring the world -war to a successful con summation was by means of sufficient economic pressure upon Germany to pro duce an internal revolution. That revo lution was to dethrone the Kaiser, to shatter Prussian militarism, and generally. *'to make the world safe fo...
THE NEXT ANNUAL CONFERENCE. AND ITS GREAT IMPORTANCE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
THE NEXT ANNUAL CONFERENCE. AND ITS GREAT IMPOETANCE. The next State Conference of the A.L.P. will be held in Sydney during Easter week. Branches have all been circular ised: advising them to send in pro posals for the agenda, which closes on November 30. The various pro posals -will then be printed and circu lated among all branches and sec tions of the Movement throughout the State in order, that -each branch may instruct its delegates, after dis cussion, as to the feelings and; opinions of its membership. If this course be faithfully and intelligently followed, the next Conference will be better informed, more intelligent and businesslike, and more fruitful; of wise andprogrcssivc decisions than, many in. the .past; It is not the num ber of resolutions carried, but the: iquality. of the work which counts, and that, quality can only reach a high level if delegates take the trouble to understand their subjects before starting to debate them. In the.past there have been far too jnan...
THE SPREAD OF ECONOMIC DISCONTENT. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
THE SPREAD OF ECONOMIC ; DISCONTENT. ? We have been told'-eo often by the capi talist press in Australia that labor unrest is due to agitators; trades union place jseekers, political aspirants; etc.; that un fortunately even in the ranks of organised' Labor there are those- who believe: this, -disruptive suggestion, and in doing so totally mise the- economic truth that the cause is inherent in- the present social system; and, further, with ? the spread of education this - discontent- will sprestd ?? and' grow until it is- strong enough to over throw the present inhuman- system of production, -distribution, and exchange. ; Japan has' no- I*aJ»r Party, ntrFteetory Acts -such as nun, no- Trades Unions with ^heir 'paid agitators' — all these things are forbidden by law. Only the highly intelligent Japanese has a vote. The fact that intelligence is measured in pounds, shillings and pence, of course; does not matter. What really does matter is that we can asBeme- that in this earthly para...
THE CHOICE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 26 October 1918
iME xmm. Roughly, the^ar jb:-* wet £32,«W,000,«tfO to date. Thie amount is thus divided: Allied Powers, £i2,og©,-KH),(J0O. Central Powers, £ 10,000,000,000.. And it is still jg»i»g on at a daily ap proximate, cast of l-MMWOjOOk or about £1,6W,6C6 an hour. It is an expensive luxury is war— particularly Christian war. It may take the reader, say, five seconds to read thus far. In. that five seconds some £2316 will have .been fined away; in five minutes, the lose will have been £138,88S/16;/8; in ten minutes it wiK be only a little short' of £280,000* Take . a minute to graep these facts— and jn that minute £27,777/I*/4 has gone: And most of it will have 'to tie made up somehow; nothing is more sure than that; hot only the £32,eOO,;000,-K-fr already spent, but whatever else is spent, and the interest thex'eon. We arc usually told that the way. in which this is to .be done without calamity is by increased production, which is an exceedingly pretty platitude. 'Trans- lated,' that means m...
LABOR AND THE MAN ON THE LAND. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 2 November 1918
LABOR AND THE MAN ON THE LAND. ? y Already the Editor of the infant 'Labor News' has been written to by a country friend advising him not to say much about 'Socialism,' because it will prevent farmers of a democratic turn of mind be coming subscribers and may cause us to lose votes. Well, this is a Labor paper out for social justice by industrial and political action, and that is only a long winded way of saying 'Socialism.' Organ ised Labor has no other objective any where under the sun than Socialism, and no class stands to gain more by that sys tem than the genuine farmer and settler on the land. Socialism means co-operation on a comprehensive and scientific system. It means pooling the risks of sf lood and fire and drought, and hailstorms and tempests . and pests among all the people of the community, instead of the farmer and landowner taking all these risks on his own shoulders. It means co-operative finance, co-operative insurance, coopera tive production for co-operative use...
HUGHES IN BRITISH POLITICAL FIGHTS. "WAKING THE SLEEPING DOGS OF FISCAL PARTYISM." HUGHES AS PROTECTIONIST FUGLEMAN. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 2 November 1918
POLITICAL FIGHTS. 'WAKING THE SLEEPING DOGS OF FISCAL PARTYISM.' HUGHES AS PROTECTIONIST FUGLEMAN. Sydney 'D.T.' foresees the possibility \t great mischief in . England from the agitation for fiscal barriers and incident ally from the butting into British party politics of Blundering Billy. Writing of the approaching British general election, the 'D.T.' says:.— 'In England the appeal will be to a vastly extended constituency, .and how the pap ty ferment will affect the Government's at titude on peace and war cannot be fore told. The only sure thing is that it must prove a cause of more or less*distraction at a time when the special demand is for concentration on one supreme object. This will be immeasurably intensified if the party lhat has been employing Mr. Hughes as its fugleman to wake up the sloping doss of fiscal partyism should succeed in its selfish purpose. Hughes's bad manners and want of dis cretion in allying himself openly and de cidedly with those demanding drastic pro...
INVASION OF THE NORTHERN RIVERS. CORPORAL MURPHY SCORES A VICTORY OVER THE FLAG-FLAPPERS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 2 November 1918
INVASION OF THE NORTHERN RIVERS. CORPORAL MURPHY SCORES A VICTORY OVER ITHE FLAG FLAPPERS. The Secretary of the KeUirned Soldiers and Sailors' Political League, Mr. C. H. Murphy, recently spent 10 days on tlie Northern Rivors organising on behalf of the A.L.P. Executive, and during his tour iiddiossed several meetings at Grafton, South ' Graf ton, Coff's Harbor, Kempsey. and Cessnock. The Corporal dealt with 'Labor's attitude towards the war,' and judging by tlie applause which greeted his remarks, and also the indignation of the capitalistic Press and the letters of promi nent win-the-warites, the North Coast received a good shaking up; and not be fore it wonted it, for on every hand one sees the evidence of the Government's neglect and wasteful administration in the North Coast railway. ? Tunnels falling in ; earthworks being washed away; sleepers and waggons being eaten by white ants; uncompleted lines running to dead ends; the country's money simply thrown about in any old fashi...
BEEBY ON POST-WAR PROBLEMS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 2 November 1918
ipBY ON POST-WAR | PROBLEMS. ll^Ax the eye of starting on his jaunt to W*^T- America at public expense, Labor Mini-. |^.js£eV Beeby of N.S.W. was complimentarily J^juneheoirad at a 'Sydney hotel. And, in *&jriiivrn tor his share in tJie feeding and l^pivinlclng, he made a speech on post-war ^/.problems. S$v ..-There was nothing in the speech that S;htis not already been said a thousand vS'.'-ilnies, but, all the same, it ended with si S^isentence or two calling for a. word of jjcoinment. . skV-.-*3»» order to' develop our resources,' said &-Beebv. 'we- shall not be able to borrow ! i^imoney from other countries, for the rea $:Jeon that any surplus they may be able ftvto show will be car-marked to meet their rfeotvn liabilities. Australian finance must 'lihiB self-contained, and we can only pull ^through by the united effort of all sec iijkiona of the community to largely increase ^its wealth production.' ?:' 'There is no need -here to question ?v33eeby's belief that ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 2 November 1918
fe*|J. reports aiid literary niatter should be Addressed to the Editor, 'Tfte Labor News,' pfacdoueil- pouee, 321 Pitt-street, Sydney, BUtf business communications and remit tances to Mr. V. C. Evans, General Secre tary. jAX.-P.j at tlie same address. ' AH matter -intended for publication should freach the Editor not later than Wednesday Jn^aol) week. s ? 4*-fiatei3 of subscription: — Yearly, C/-; half yearly, 3/6;,. quarterly, 2/-. In all cases puliBoriiHions must he paid in advance. Owing to the large circulation ussui-cd to 'Tlie tabor News' a Hiiiited space only will fie iiva-ii.ifole for advertising at special rates, lyiiich can 1)fi ascertained on communicating liith the office. Tk Labor News. :?? . SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1918.
THE NEW DAY. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 2 November 1918
THE NEW DAY. Think of all the money spent on fino I dress — all the waste of labor that is ne- m cessary to maintain the artificial condi- M tlons which the luxurious living of. the 9 few causes — and then realise that fine; 9 dress is spotted with the blood of tb£ J9 starving, straggling masses of the world. H All this finery and artificial living ja 1 the result of ignorance. Such conditions 1 have caused all wars. , J It is up to the 'bottom doge' 4o vtuk» % up and by demandipr a greater share --?f ?$ the good things of life, arm themlejve* J with the education and power that is*rftf- If cessary to so alter the present Bocial sy»- ~M tern and usher in a new era Which ?^m;'||| be' free of war and the inequitable, un- ^ just and barbarous conditions which 4?^»||fl vail in this dark age. , - ' *2 '$m£