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THE LAW AND THE PROFITS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
THE LAW AND THE PROFITS. The difference between a true and a false conception of law is largely a matter of spelling. Primarily and naturally the idea of an exponent of law was that of the utterance of a prophet. The original meaning of the word prophet was not that of a sort of glorified 'Mother Shipton' or a fortune-teller, but of a 'Truth -teller.' The truth-teller, of course, was a very unpopular person, who was usually re spected several centuries after he was dead. Law-making, as we understand it, is merely a matter of putting certain mysterious words upon oblong pieces of paper or parchment under the delusion that by this sort of witchcraft human lives can be regulated as by mystic spells. Law, rightly .understood, means a telling, or a revealing:, of certain fundamental and unalterable principles discovered by an individual who has a passion for- truth and a special gift for imparting truth to his fellows.' A very simple illustration will make this clear. The average human b...
BENJAMIN KIDD AND DARWINISM. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
BENJAMIN KIDD AND DARWINISM. (From 'The Science of Power.') Darwinians, or rather those misguided persons, including the Kaiser and Karl Marx and Lombroso and Labor leaders, who accepted Darwin's theory of the sur vival of the fittest as a justification of 'progress by force,' get some rather sud den jolts from that eminently cocksure but undoubtedly clever writer, Benjamin Kidd. Some extracts from his latest book, 'The Science of Power': Darwin gave to the world the true science of the evolution of the animal in the past epochs of the world. Darwinism is essentially the science of the integra tion of the individual efficient in his own interests. 'If A was able to kill B before B killed A, then A survived, and the race became a race of A's, inheriting A's quali ties.' — Bagehot. Darwinism is ,in short, the science of the causes which have made those who are efficient in the struggle for their own interests supreme and omnipo tent in the world. This docrtine has nothing to do with t...
MILITARY JUSTICE (?) IN AUSTRALIA. HOW THEY TAKE THE PRIVATE DOWN. WHILE GREASING THE FAT PIG. ROBBING THE SOLDIERS' WIVES AND CHILDREN. TO PAY FOR PEARCE'S PICNIC TO ENGLAND. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
MILITARY JUSTICE (?) IN AUSTRALIA. HOW THEY TAKE THE PRIVATE DOWN. WHILE GREASING THE FAT PIG. ROBBING THE SOLDIERS' WIVES AND CHILDREN. TO PAY FOR PEARCE'S PICNIC TO ENGLAND. The military authorities have mud.lied away hundreds of thousands of pounds in mispayments. Some persons have drawn pay long- after their title to do so had ceased. Others have drawn allotment moneys and separation allowances to which they were never entitled, and the moneys having been spent recovery is in most cases quite impossible. To make up for_this serious laxity, which still prevails, in one direction the iepartment shows meanness to the point of actual injustice in many other in-r stances. Here is a case in point which was brought before the Defence Minister with out securing the slightest redress. .. . Gunner Meredith, a married man with five children, residing at Leichhardt, went to France on active service, and was pro moted last April to the position of driver, which promotion carried with it an i...
THE MATERNITY BONUS. WHAT THE MINISTRY "HAS IN MIND." AUSTRALIA'S DUTY. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
THE MATERNITY BONUS. WHAT THE MINISTRY 'HAS IN MIND.' AUSTRALIA'S DUTY. Maternity bonus claims to date,'' says a Melbourne statement of January 2, 'represent almost 99 per cent, of the total number of births in Australia since the Act became operative in 1912.' Was there ever any reason to suppose that Australian mothers would fail to claim money to which they are legally and justly entitled? And If there wasn't, what is the implied surprise about? The same statement adds that the Go vernment is 'understand to have in mind the limitation of the bonus according to the salary of the bread-winner.' Such limitation is a proposal on which . Australia should jump with both feet. The ', maternity bonus was never de signed as charitable aid; it was meant to be paid to all mothers as some small re cognition by the Commonwealth of the service done by the production of off spring. On this basis it was acceptable to all. If limited only to persons who can show , financial need it becomes at onc...
THE CHILDREN'S PENNIES. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
THE CHILDREN'S PENNIES. The Paddington Labor League got up a very effective protest meeting against the iniquitous new Federal tax on picture shows and other cheap amusements a few nights ago. The local picture shows all agreed to close for that evening, and the meeting was a huge success. Further meetings are to be organised, and one proposal is to shortly hold a com bined meeting for Annandale, Leichhardt, and Balmain, It would be advisable for the Laborites in every suburb to take this matter up with vigor and enthusiasm. Let the Federal sneak-thieves -who are putting their hands in the kiddies' pockets to steal their pennies get 6UCh a bit of hurry-up as will make them wonder what ' hit them. Even their rhinoceros hides' begin to itch and twitch when they. find press and public both hold them in the utmost contempt for their bankruptcy in | ability and pre-eminence, in impudence. . ...?:?.„ . ~ - SPARTAKUS,/
THE "FOURTEEN" POINTS. NONE GIVEN UP. WILSON'S LATEST ASSURANCE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
THE 'FOURTEEN' POINTS. NONE GIVEN UP. WILSON'S LATFsT ASSURANCE. To all lovers of consistency and haters of shuffling it must come as gratifying intelligence that President Wilson pur poses sticking tenaciously' to the' 'Four- teen Points' which he originally formu lated and which the enemy ultimately ac cepted as the basis of peace. There has been much implication and even open assertion that at the Peace Conference only such portions of the Points as might suit the Allies would come under consideration. In that direction by dishonor and dis honesty. In not permitting himself or his country to be diverted from the big principles he formulated, President Wil son will be doing magnificent service to the world. There has been suggested lately in some of the cables concerning the President's English visit that he was prepared to modify some of his principles in order to meet British desires. It is clearly in reply to such suggestions that the Paris correspondent of the United Press has...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
LABORITES, TAKE NOTICE. ' Attention is called to an advertisement in another column calling a meeting to establish a new Branch of the A.LJP, at Botany. The meeting will take place in the School of Arts next Wednesday, the 14th instant, and a good: roll-up is, ex pected. Organisation is the key to success. THE COMMONWEALTH HOTEL GEORGE AND PARK STREETS ? WHERE EVERYTHING IS OF THE BEST. ,, . J. BARRETT, Proprietor, 'THE COMING SLAVERY' By John o' Rockie (of the Queensland 'Worker'), 2/8, and the 'ONE BIG UNON,' 1/5, by Ernest Lane, are described by 'The Worker' as two of the finest working-class volumes ever published. When ordering, obtain also 'THE WORKINGMAN'S .PARADISE,' by William Lane, 2/8: Craik's 'OUTLINES OF INDUSTRIAL HISTORY,' 1/5, and treat yourself or your f fiends to a sensible Xmas Gift by ordering one of our excellent 5/- arid 10/. Parcels of Assorted Socialist and Advanced Literature. Xmas Cards, Magazines. Music, Stationery posted anywhere. McNAMARA S LABOR BOOKSHO...
AN APPEAL FOR FUNDS FOR THE LABOR FAIR AND CARNIVAL. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
AN APPEAL FOR FUNDS FOR THE LABOR FAIR AND CARNIVAL. The Women's CO. Committee appeal to friends and sympathisers for funds to assist in making the carnival a success. The whole proceeds are to be used for organising work. . All moneys to be forwarded to the hon. treasurer, Mrs. Cecily Mason, Macdonell House, 313 Pitt-street, Sydney. Contri butions will be acknowledged in 'The Labor News' and 'The Worker.' Yours in Unity, E. MAINCKE, President, : G. MASON, Hon. Treasurer, EVA M. BEERY, Bon. &»$?.
BRITISH POLITICAL LEADERS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
BRITISH POLITICAL LEADERS. In forecasting the possibility of a win for Lloyd George Unionist-Coalition gang at the general elections in England, the 'New Witness,' November 1, 1918,. said: — 'Persistent rumor is afloat that, as soon as circumstances are propitious (if the general election goes in favor of Mr. Lloyd George, let us say), Mr. Balfour will be removed from the Foreign Office and Rufus Isaacs, now Lord Reading, be installed in his place. It is difficult to im agine a more outrageous act. It was suf ficiently humiliating that this country should be represented in the United States by a Jew whose connection with cosmopolitan finance included the Mar coni ramp, but to put into the hands of a man of his record the administration of foreign affairs is deliberately to lower and besmirch our national honor and to seriously jeopardise our prestige on the Continent. It has long been a tradition of British dip.omacy that our ambassa dors should be of European blood. ' This traditio...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 11 January 1919
'THE COMING SLAVERY,' 2/8; "The One Big Union," by Ernest Lane, 1/5. Get also "Judd's Speech from the Dock," 6d.; Tom Mann's "Syndicalism," 1/11; William Lane's "Workingman's Paradise," 2/8; Jack Lon- don's "People of the Abyss," 2/8; Trautman's "One Big Union," 8d.; Dr. Bryn's "Book of Nature," 2/8; Dr. Lamartine's "Silent Friend," 1/9; Besant's "Fruits of Philo- sophy," 1/4. Novels and Magazines. 5/6 per dozen; postage included. McNAMARA'S BOOKSHOP, 221 Castlereagh-st., SYDNEY,
STUDIES IN NATURAL HISTORY. No. 4. DOGS AND EGGS. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
STUDIES IN NATURAL HISTORY. No. 4. DOGS AND EGGS. I was camped one time 'in an old 'slab humpy in New Zealand (or a whare, as they are called in that country). Two brothers were living with me, and we kept a nice little flock of fowls. Being experts - in making pancakes the eggs were very handy. Incidentally it may be remarked that to become an expert pan cake maker in the bush one has to prac tice burning them by a swift throw or Jerk of the pan, and when you can throw them up the chimney, run outside, and catch them coming down, the other side up, you are entitled to an expert's diploma and not before. Were it not for native modesty I might mention that we all held diplomas. It may also be Interesting to relate how I acquired those fpwls — and the humpy. A 'very ancient widow, who had, lived there ever since the flood, or thereabouts, retired to/live with her married daughter, and being short of cash sent a messenger to my tent nearby to ask me to buy her fowls. ? *' - As a bachel...
WORKERS' INDUSTRIAL UNION OF AUSTRALIA. ONE BIG UNION. Tades Hall, Sydney. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
WORKERS' INDUSTRIAL UNION OF AUSTRALIA. ONE BIG UNION. Tades Hall, Sydney. Dear Comrade, We beg to advise you of the committee's decision to begin the publication of an official organ early in February. The paper will be sold at Id. per copy (with re duced rates for bundles). Haying co-operated in the past, may we suggest that in treating with the sub ject ; of mutual concern — the One Big Union Movement for the workers of Aus tralia — we may count upon your further co-operation in assisting us to successfully push our new paper out to the rank and file of the unions, and to the public gen erally. In this connection our propaganda should prove helpful to your own union, since every obstacle overcome, and every recruit secured; is to serve our common aim. Our present desire is, that you will be so good to announce, through such channels of publicity as you possess, the early issue of the 'O.B.U.,'- and assist when the paper is produced (February 1)' to push it out to the working clas...
THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WOMEN A WOMAN'S OPINION OF A TORY JUDGE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WOMEN A WOMAN'S OPINION OF A TORY JUDGE. Sir,-i-It is pleasing to- notice that more than otie voice is raised, in: protest against the unjust and unfair decision of the Board |of Trade re living, wage for women. Still, if the full force of the English dic tionary wag brought forward it could not express the burning indignation in the breasts of the girls, directly or indirectly affected by the decision. That 30/- per week is decreed a living wage, and by one who, I presume, still calls himself a man, makes' every .girl wonder if she is in Aus tralia; if tliis is the land of the free — the' land which brothers and sweethearts fought for and died for. The bosses and their well paid judge are not content to sit down and enjoy the freedom bought by the blood of hundreds of our best boys, but (in repayment no doubt) condemn the sisters ind daughters of these same boys to a life of toil and poverty. Judge Heydon's de cision says all too plainly that working women shal...
STATE HOSPITALS' CARNIVAL POLICE AND FIREMEN'S GALA. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
STATE HOSPITALS' CARNIVAL POLICE AND FIREMEN'S GALA. In connection with the forthcoming an nual carnival organised by the combined metropolitan forces of the police and fire brigades, the secretary, Mr. B. Fortescue, reports that judging from appearances «o early in the campaign the results this : 7ear will surpass all previous efforts. The ball will be. set rolling officially on jl. Monday next by the Ministerial head of t£ AO»it^lk^and4aBemen,-Mr.'CL ^.-Fuller; &2Stv--v': '-'??-'* ~:~i~'-'.~' '??? ? '-?'??-??'???'- M.L.A., Chief Secretary. The Xjord Mayor (Alderman' J. ' English), the Inspector General of Police -Mr. WV Mitchell), and the Chief Officer of the Fire Brigade (Mr. W. Sparkes) will attend the function, which will be held in Martin-place at 1 o'clock. About 200 police will muster,1 and the fire-fighters, with 'appliances, Will be present in strong force, The Police Band will play selections. The art union tickets are selling--* well, the temptation of risking on...
THE PREVISION OF JOHN BROWN. I. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
f -m vfeiig&w -J. Brunton Stephens.) \ L - prown was weeping; likewise cursing:; anfl -. with amplitude of reasoa; For a letter -had been handed him that very afternoon - ' . Which proved he had been cruelly be gotten . out of season — IThat in fact he had been born a hundred centuries too, soon. From the day a friendly hint had told of coal on his selection, In the house, the street, the office Brown had revelled in a, dream .Wherein himself and family and all the Brown connection -Figured, floating in a golden barge a -? down a silver stream. Kow he wept; and little wonder; all his gorgeous hopes had faded With the letter of the expert lying crumpled at his feet. Which reported, with a wealth of scientific terms paraded, That the 'coal' was hardly lignite, though a little more than peat. ^But some day,' so ran the missive, 'it is bound to prove a treasure (Here a moment's reawakened hone hart cheered the reader's soul): 'What with gas elimination and accumu late pressure, ...
A CRITIC FROM MAORILAND LECTURES AUSTRALIAN LABOR. AND BETRAYS GROSS IGNORANCE. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
A CRITIC FlfeMMAORILAND LECTURES AUSTRALIAN LABOR. AND BETRAYS GROSS IGNORANCE. A letter signed -'K. B. Murray, of Wan ganui, N.Z.,' which appeared In a Sydney daily of last week is interesting, because it indicates, though quite unintentionally, one of the sorts of person who presume to lay down laws for the workers The writer is apparently one of those visitors held up in Australia because the U.S.S. Co of his country refused for some weeks to meet the just demands of its crews in Australian waters. 'Has the Commonwealth Government,' he asks, 'any idea to-day that it is itself .on trial in its indifference to obedience or defiance of its own law? .Whose duty is it, if not that of the Government, to secure obedi ence to its own law? Is Labor to be free to refuse acceptance of the awards of tri bunals specially appointed to deal with its requirements? If so, what becomes of' law and order; and,' in fact, of Govern ment itself? Is Labor, because it secured a majority-vote, to give an...
LORD MILNER. SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
LORD MILNER. SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES. The list of Ministers in the new British Cabinet, as published in the daily press on Monday last, includes the name of Lord Milner as Secretary for Colonies. The 'suitability of such a man to ad minister' this department may be judged from the following extracts from an ar ticle by one of England's leading pub licists, Mr. A. G. Gardinftr; published a few years ago. To quote: — ''If we would understand what - Im perialism really is, we' must turn to the collection of Lord Milner's speeches. The Dominions overseas are not free com munities; they are the absolute property of the people of these islands, to be ad ministered as the sovereign people choose. He would have no recognition in the Em pire of any language but the English lan guage, of any law but the English law, of any currency but the English cur rency. Quebec, with its French-speaking population, is an offence to. him; the tflea that 'Africanders' of Dutch or Huguenot descen...
CAPITAL AND BOLSHEVISM. OUR "GRAND LAWS AND CONDITIONS." SOME STATEMENTS CONSIDERED. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 18 January 1919
CAPITAL AND BOLSHEVISM. OUR 'GRAND LAWS AND CON- / OITIONS.' v 60ME. STATEMENTS CONSIDERED. ; ^j Quiz: 'Furthermore, a certain foreign element^piust be made to clearly. under- stand that the grand laws and condittoaa existing in Australia were not built up for a few Bolsheviks who do not appre ciate them, but who retard our woricera, our industries, and our country.' — -Eke. tract from a 'S.M. Herald' interview with a representative of Capital. Let vra examine. First, 'a certain foreign element.' There is no foreign element in Australian Industry that has any influence or is worth mention. 'Grand laws and conditions,'.' H'm! . Have we ANY 'grand' laws? We_bavo . not. We have some that, are fair to t middling, and,, such as they. are, anil in as far as they better the conditions of , the workers, unwilling consent to their . enactment was .with great difficulty wrung, from 'Proputty' and Privilege. ~ .. ' 'A few Bolsheviks.' Bolshevism ? stands for advanced Socialistic system- . atis...