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The Wheat Pool. THE SILENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT ON 1916-17 WHEAT POOL. (CONTINUED.) To the Editor, "Labor News." [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
The Wlwat 1W. * THE SILENCE OF THE GOVERN MENT ON 1916-17 WHEAT POOL. (CONTINUED.) To the Editor, 'Labor News.' The future prospects are, apparently, much brighter than indicated by specula tors and other interested parfies. Many people are of the opinion that the sil ence of the Farmers and Settlers' Associ ation and their representatives may be taken as a very hopeful sign. One well known farmer put it thus : 'If things were going as badly with the 1916-17 harvest as some speculators would - have us be lieve, officers of the Association would be raising Cain. These, gentlemen made a great noise over the bad management of the 1915-16 harvest, which turned out well.' ' In any case, seeing that these officers represent all the farmers of New South Wales they have, through their failure to publish the true facts broadcast, failed to sustain their reputations. The crux of the whole deplorable position lies in the Imperial contract for the purchase of 2,000,000 tons of wheat at 4/9 per ...
An Open Letter to Mr. Arthur Rae. Parliament House, Sydney, March 31, 1919. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
An Open Letter to Mr. Arthur Rae. Parliament House, Sydney, March 31, 1919. . Sir,-— Your editorial in the last issue of the 'Labor News' -on the question of the -'Coming: State Conference' is interesting, ' but as it contains several assertions of a ?gravely misleading charncter, I may, per haps* l»e permitted to quote some of them with tlie object . of -disposing of the bogey . . you are attempting to raise. In the course of yi»ur article you make the following Statement: — The present danger which now faces the A.ti.P. Is mm the rt&ctlonary vote catching: element which is known to be organising in defence of the pernicious doctrine of political 'go-slowism.' Of course all political action involves and includes the winning of votes, but they should be won by convincing the iveople of the soundness and moral justice of Labor principles, not by using them as traits and snares to be baited to fsult the different tastes of possible customers. Very high-sounding, admirable prin...
Report of Petersham By-Election [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
Report of Petersham By-Oeciion :-|S (By R. J. STUART-ROBERTSON, M.L.A^, ^ vHon. Organiser.) -.'Ji I have to thank t4ie -.members ;of theJSlH Petersham Branch- of the ' Australian .--Jf|S| Labor Party for the courtesy shown «i$~:.1ipj| as the representative 6t the Organising irf^H Committee during the recent by -election,- f^H and I also desire to express my thanks ;3^H to the members of the Marrickville, Le'icb-- -'1|§|| hardt, Canterbury, Darlington, .and Can*-, r^lji perdowh , Branches of the A.L.P., and Si members of the W omen's' Central Organ- 4§j|§ ising Committee, who gave their services- ' 5311 tree of any- expenses to the Committee; :*'Wm during the election as canvassers and--. rsl|i workers. ' ? ? :: ?'-H|i| I may add,- however, that had the whole tegl of the support promised by the Women's , S||§ Organising Committee been f ulf illed ? r ::':|jj Petersham would to-day be represented #J| tiy Labor.- . jM I found when I first met the Commit- ' -5| tee of the League that a ...
Opposed to Victory Celebrations. LABOR COUNCIL'S DECISION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
♦ ? Opposed to Victory Celebrations. LABOR COUNCIL'S DECISION. Last week's_meeting of the New South Wales Labor Council discussed what part, if any, the Council should take in the peace celebrations. After a long discussion, the following resolution was agreed to: — 'That the Council refuses to take any part whatever in the victory celebrations, believing that the money to be spent should be expended in some laudable direc tion, such as building homes for soldiers, etc. Furthermore, apart from the waste of money, the Council refuses to assist 3$ celebrating something which entailed the slaughter of 15 million human lives, which -were sacrificed on the altars of capitalistic greed and avarice. — r'D.T.,' 28/3/' 19. The Labor Council is to be commended for its sane outlook on this matter. Mil lions upon millions the wide world over have been plunged into destitution and - life-long misery by the war, and millions more by the awful pestilence arising main ly from the war. The effects o...
Another Ministerial Job. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
Another Ministerial Job. Frank Bryant, Conscriptionlst and ex Labor M.L.C., has been appointed Vice President of the Water and Sewerage Board by the Holman-Fuller-Nash Gov ernment. Bryant1 has been a Salvationist, a Union organiser for the typos., and many other things. ,„ His qualifications for his new job at the public expense consist in his obliging attitude to a Government that has any old job to give away. PLEBS.
The Mob Outbreak at Brisbane. EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS AND WHAT IT WAS NOT. PRIVILEGED "AGENTS-PROVOCATEUR" AND SCURRILOUS SHEETS. THE MAN ON THE SPOT. Brisbane, March 27/'19. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
fflie Mob Outbreak at Brisbane. EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS AND WHAT IT WAS NOT. .PRIVILEGED 'AGENTS-PROVOCA- TEUR' AND SCURRILOUS SHEETS. Special to 'Labor News' by R. N. Connolly THE MAN ON THE SPOT. Brisbane, March 27/'19. If members of the general public were to believe the reports published in the capitalist dailies of Brisbane, and the telegraphed reports sent from those sources to the Sydney newspapers, it would appear that an uprising- of some hitherto hidden force of Bolsheviks had occurred on Sun day, March 23, which the returned soldiers j had organised to crush. In reality, the ; -«ause of the trouble is solely due to the *' ; Federal Government, the sooling of the capitalist papers in Brisbane, the madness of- the slum proletariat or hoodlum ele ment, and the machinations of a society of individuals in Brisbane known as the Australian 'Democratic' Union, whose ranks contain a set of prime schemers and privileged larrikins from the ranks of the Queensland 'Loyalty' League. The I...
Political Trickery. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
Hf^-' * ?' ' ? ip|''- ^'Political Trickery. «p-.'.' ? ipPnder Uie Superannuation Act for the |g&bllc Service, which comes into force on JllSy '.% this year, officers who reached the |pe of ijO years before that date Were, it |||as supposed, excluded from thebene Wtk .ot-Uie Act /Now the Holman Go P^Utnent has decided that they- are to |||nw ^i&in the scope of the measure. ^^^^p^e^ftil, i^iia^ a Government . in a blue funk can 6$ to pull itself out of a bog^hole. But what confidence can be people have in political action while any Ministry can chop and change the mean ing of its slip-shod legislation to suit Its own circumstances? The power to work such points is clearly undemocratic. Also, where is the boasted usefulness of the born- tired Upper House, when it couldn't .shape the law so as to put its meaning beyond doubt in a little thing like that?^ - /?„ . ? r :. :. .;. - PI^EBS^ — i
The Resources of Queensland 9. Millions of Acres Available for New Settlers MOST LIBERAL LAND LAWS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. THE PASTORAL INDUSTRY (Continued). Available Sheep Country. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
The Resources of Queensland - .. ' 9. Millions of Acres Available for New Settlers MOST LIBERAL LAND LAWS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. : THE PASTORAL INDUSTRY (Continued). - Available Sheep Country. ' '?'???'Thei-c are large tracts of country in tlie ?Western' areas of the State admirably .--adapted ''for the successful raising of sheep. 1 The policy of the Governmeul is to resume, ... from time to time, portions of large runs ~ lield on leasehold tenure. These arcas-aro r lh-?n cut up into blocks of about 5000 to '2(),oOO acres each as grazing farms. ;?'? Gracing selections may bt^ secured on lease as a grazing homestead or Brazing .farm for a period, of up to twenty-eight ;' years. Tlie average annual rent is about ^2d. per awe. No grazing farm can exceed ? ,6(1,000 acres in area. The limitation of ?area is determined by the rent value, an J ;«.nniial rental of £200 being the limitation. ?-'?WJ'us, of. lands open al 2d. per acre, lho .greatest area obtainable would be 24,000 ?.?acres; 'at...
EDITORIAL. HANDS OFF RUSSIA! [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
EDITORIAL. HANDS OFF RUSSIA! The Allies have never declared war upon Russia, nor given aivy public reasons for intervention in the domestic afairs of that country. The Russian Ministers have more than once asked the Allies to state their objects in invading that country, and to acquaint them with the terms upon which they will withdraw their troops and dwell in peace with them, as the following tacts will prove: — THE OFFICIAL RUSSIAN REQUEST. The masterly note addressed to Presi dent Wilson by Tchicherin, the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, in October last makes this clear. After reminding Wilson of the promises of cordial good will and assistance to Russia made by him in the previous Janu ary he details the notable instances in which these promises have been deliber ately broken by the Allies with American assistance. He then asks the following questions which so far have never yet been answered: 'Do the Governments of the United States, England and' France consent to cease ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
NOTE. *. AH reports and literary matter should be addressed to the Editor, 'The Labor Newst Macdonell House, 321 Pitt-street, Sydney, and business communications and remit tances to The Manager at the same address. All matter intended for publication should reach the Elitor not later than Wednesday in each week. It must be distinctly understood that literary contributions are NOT PAID FOR unless definite arrangements for payment 'have been made with the Editor. Our financial m-rjurees being- very limited, only the best articles on the- most important topics can he paid -for at present. Persons disregarding this notice do so Ht their own risk. At the same' time the 'Labor News offers opportunities denied by the ordinary press to express the most advanced opinions in straight dinkum language. Rates of subscription: — yearly, 6/-: half yearly, 3/6; quarterly, 2/-. In all cases, subscriptions mQst-be paid in advance. Owing to' the large circulation assured to 'The Labor News' a- limited...
The Secret Caucus. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
The Secret Caucus. ; There are many and varied expressions Of opinion from within the Labor Move ment (we are not concerned with the biased 'opinions from outside) apropos'the now common phrase, 'What is the mat-, ter with Labor.' We have passed through strenuous times and much turmoil within the last two years, and it is now about time for - us to stand still, -for a moment, look around, take stock of ourselves and pur Movement, and ask the very serious ques tion, 'Whither are we going?' As to the question, 'What is the matter, with Labor?' it can be answered in one word—; 'Distrust.' The cause of this morbid dis trust, which makes everyone . look with ' suspicion on everyone else, can also 'be answered in one word, ''Secrecy.' Kill this secrecy and 'distrust will fly away, afc fog before the sun.- Compel the Labor politician to do all his work right out in the open. Make the industrialist do like wise in all work that affects the political Labor Movement. Is not our cry for open, ...
SHORTER HOURS AND MORE PRODUCTION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
SHORTER HOURS AND MORE PRODUCTION. Sydney Labor Council last week cawied a resolution to commence an agitation for a shorter working-day. This is as it should be. For half a cen tury or more the organised, workers' have been demanding a general 8-hour day, and have only partially succeeded in get ting it even yet. A fighting demand for, say, a 36-hour week would at least secure the workers one of 40 hours as a- present compromise. Of course the cry of 'more production' as an urgent necessity to repay our war debts, and repair. the wastage of the Great War, will be vehemently insisted upon by every Tory print in the Commonwealth. For once we agree with them and advo cate the only honest 'and practical way to secure greater production of wealth. Let the idle wealth -consumers get to it, and do their share of production. This country is literally teeming with non producers Hjf every Imaginable species. Not only the idle owner of inherited wealth, who spends his life in having a perpetu...
A Daughter's Letter [?] [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
^ .JiMtffa [?] Dear Mother, — Still another, accident at the Gai- — this on top of 'the announcement that, there have been fourteen-odd deaths there since June last. Will they never make this dangerous place suicide and murder proof? It would cost so little, and it has been over and over again sug gested that a suitable safeguard should be put, but nothing is done. Men, wo men and children have met their fate in this spot almost since Australia was dis covered, and I suppose nothing will be done until some Governor's child or a Cabinet Minister finds Death there. It is like the beauty-spot railings ail over the Blue Mountains, Mother. I wonder child ren are not tumbling over the awful pre cipices and falls every other day. You remember when we lived there how two people in one day went over the Katoomba Falls. Still, stupid railings with spaces wide enough for children to fall through and torn wire-netting meet the eyes wherever there is a dangerous spot. The kind Nationalist Govern...
THE SILENT COMPANY. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 5 April 1919
THE SILENT COMPANY. Within, the secret regions of my 'soul — Those wide, still places of perpetual j' peace — ? . . - ?' Where Time nor gives to Time, nor makes increase, Dark fields of Silence roll. \ For there are gathered at the altars high Or at the temples of the courts of Pain, Such fellow-beings as no more complain . Loudly beneath the sky. And each one has some message he would say, Each craves to speak to us. We heed him not* But with, our, tongues grown swift and anger-hojt, Make noises on the day. ... .Haranguing:, chattering, loose and wild and free, So all day long we drive the dead aside. Ah! shall we learn that those who have not died - .-..*. Walk in their company? ZORA CROSS. \
The Nationalists and Their Tactics. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 12 April 1919
The Nationalists and Their Tactics. The Federal elections are approaching. The capitalist trump card will be 'Bol- j shevism, the Red Flag, and the O.B.U.' j At last election it was 'Win the War.' j Will the workers be fooled with such shib- i boleths? The issue is clear. You either vote for Capitalism, with its attendant un employment, class legislation, legal rob- 1 bery, poor and half -starved men, women, , and children, or for Labor, Bolshevism, the Red Flag, and the O.B.U., which all signify Socialism, employment, peace, and plenty! for alL If you like being poor or keeping' others poor, well, then, vote for Capital ism, and get what you want. If you vote for the retention of the slums and the sys tem that keeps them hi existence, then don't expect any quarter from us revolur tionary unionists. — 'Trades Gazette' (Geelong Labor -Weekly).
Kandos News. A SWEATING HOSPITAL COMMITTEE. CO-OPERATION IN KANDOS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 12 April 1919
^ ? Kandos News. A SWEATING HOSPITAL COMMITTEE. CO-OPERATION IN KANDOS. (By Our Kandos Correspondent.) The Rylstone Hospital Committee is a standard type of the sweating employer of labor, and the fact that neither the 'Western Express' nor the 'Mudgee Guardian' have had a word to say in protest against its actions is an indict ment .against the local rags that class themselves as newspapers. It is not a proof that the public are apathetic upon the question, because we have had pre vious experience that letters written to these Tory newspapers do not see the light of publicity unless they suit the editorial policy — the exploitation of labor and sup pression of criticism. At a recent meeting of the Rylstone Hospital Committee a motion to raise the sa'ary of the probationer nurse from 12/6 per week to 17/6 per week only secured two votes, one being cast by the Rev. E. II. Hume, the progressive Presbyterian minister of Rylstone and Kandos, and the other by a local journalist who would...
ROUND THE SHOWS [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 12 April 1919
I ROUND THE SHOWS | ; (By JANE SIDDONS.) The influenza epidemic has shut up all :the picture palaces and, clothed^ the theatres in silence again. Many of the 'smaller picture shows have- been prac tically crippled for ever through the regu lations. It is a case of the weak going tinder again and the survival of the strongest financially. It is hard on these ' young showmen, and the only consolation for them, a poor one at that, is that after a time like this there is always a re action of some kind -when the public go wild for amusement. I daresay when the epidemic is quite over the theatre pro prietors will become richer than Croesus. In the meantime it behoves those who can to give all who need it a helping hand. The 'flu will probably bring an epidemic of benefits soon. Don't be afraid to start them, showmen, when the disease dies down, for you will find the public ready jto lend a hand. ? * * ; COMPANY MOVEMENTS. ? While one or two companies are held ,tip in Sydney, many .of tho...
LABOR CARTOONS OF THE WEEK [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 12 April 1919
[?] HIS ECONOMIC ENEMIES. EX-SOLDIER: 'Let m.e alone. I've got no quarrel with him. Those are the fellows I'll have to deal with.' — 'Queensland Worker.' MILITARISM DEAD— IN GERMANY. Last week, at the instigation of the State Military Commandant, and as sisted by the Military Police, the Civil Police raided the rooms of Socialistic Associations, and seized all books and papers. — News item. — 'Sydney Worker.' DEUTSCHLAND IN DUTCH LAND. Design for a Dutch Postcard. — 'Westminster Gazette,'1 London. THE JOB HE LEFT BEHIND HIM. EX-SOLDIER: 'What about my old ' job, boss? You promised to keep it open for me.' THE PATRIOT (?): 'Well, you see, it's like this: the job is too ladylike for a fine big man like you. My advice is for you to go out and battle for a bit of healthy navvy ing.' — :'Queenslarid Worker.' THE QUARANTINE QUARREL. THE 'FLU: 'Ha! this sort of thing makes my visit interesting, and gives me the inclination to 6tay a while!'1 : — ^'Sydney Worker.'
LABOR NEEDS MONEY. AN URGENT APPEAL. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 12 April 1919
LABOR NEEDS MONEYS | AN URGENT APPEAL ] The Australian Labor Party appeals t« J the general public for financial ass.istancjW I The great worfc it has already $JC£omij , ?; plished, and? the greater -work wlifich 'Jjm * _j alone of all political organisations is abl«T i ,; and willing to attempt, are the grounds 4 on which the appeal is made. No citizen,] alive to his own and his country's interests^ can afford to ignore it. * .' ?:'.!-.? ? THE SOURCES OF INCOME ON'? ; ^ WHICH . THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR! j x| PARTY COULD RELY WERE PUR-.i '?-$ POSELY CUT OFF BY MR. BEEBY'S- | (1918) INDUSTRIAL ARBITRATION ^ AMENDMENT ACT, and the leaders of 'y the so-called Nationalist Party believe1 . i that, by this measure, they can reserve ?;'? for the employer class the sole power in the State of New South Wales. To them,! r the raising of campaign funds presents net* :' difficulties. All their funds are regarded as in the nature of an insurance invest^ , ment against any improvement of th^r **..- c...