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AUSTRALIA MAY BE COVERNED FROM LONDON. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
AUSTRALIA MAY BE GOVERNED FROM LONDON. The 28th annual report of the Australian Labor Party, now in the hands of the printer for circulation at the Annual Conference to be opened in Sydney on Good Friday, sounds a note of warning: 'It is very disquieting to report that Messrs. Hughes and Cook are Btili in Great Britain. It is now authoritatively announced that Sena tor Pearee is to join his colleagues on the other side of the world. The presence of three members of the Federal Ministry in Great Britain will permit of Executive meetings i-cing held, regulations being passed, and in effect may mean the transfer of the seat of government from Aus tralia to London. Subject as they will be to insidious Imperial in fluence, it' is no exaggeration to say that the future is fraught with the gravest possibilities. 'That three political adventurers, such as Messrs. Hughes, Cook, and Pearee undoubtedly are, have been allowed to leave this continent with fiuch comprehensive and dangerous powers...
The New British Parliament. AN APATHETIC PEOPLE. SOME STARTLING FIGURES. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
The New British Parliament. AN APATHETIC PEOPLE. SOME STARTLING FIGURES. One of the most interesting features about the election was the fact that almost half of those entitled to vote failed to exercise the franchise. It may be, of course, that the 45 per cent, who neglected to go to the polling booth included many of those who were enfranchised for the first time; but the announcement that the women's vote was heavy suggests that they, at any rate, did their duty. Another remarkable tiling is the extraordinary luck which attended the Coalition candidates. There were many three-cornered fights, and the Coalitionists must in many cases have been elected on a minority vote. We learn that the votes cast for the Coalition number 5,028,000; those for all other parties 4,330,000. Making allow ances for the members returned un opposed, and for the Scotch and Irish representatives, we find that whilst the Coalitionists actually polled only 63 per cent, of the votes they got 356 men elected...
The Bolshevik. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
The Bolshevik. Willie Watt has had a vision, and fears that it portends Complete obliteration for he and all his friends; With the profiteers and fooodlers they're feeling pretty sick, So have raised the war-cry, 'Down with the Bolshevik!' Good old Socialistic tiger, you've served them mighty well. But are growing old and feeble, and now must have a spell; They needs must have a bogey, and have it mighty slick. So hail with joy the advent of the poor old Bolshevik. All the. addle-pated toilers will swallow up the bait, Nor know of their duplicity until it is too late; A thief, a thug, a murderer, they'll Jay it on quite thick, 'Till your blood will freeze within you When they mention Bolshevik. And when they meet a party who hold divergent views They'll use the self-same tactics as Wil liam Warwick Hughes; Won't brand them all as traitors, that scurviest of tricks. But camouflage the issue, and brand them Bolsheviks. For now the war is over shirker is obso lete, 'Tis useless to remi...
The Illawarra Suburbs. DEMAND FOR BETTER COMMUNICATION. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
The Illawarra Suburbs. DEMAND FOR BETTER COMMUNICA-. TION. The rapid growth of the southern suburbs of Arncliffe, Bexley, Rockdale, and right down to Hurstville is remark able, so much so that there is every war rant for some intelligent provision being made for the future of their everIncreas ing population. The city of Sydney itself, with its con* ' gested areas and vermin-infested old rookeries in which many of the citizens are housed, is a menace. In the great natural triangle having Its apex at Cook's River and the basic points at Sutherland and Cronulla, is a vast area of land which, provided the means ' of transit are intelligently developed, would mean the -opportunity for the erection of many thousands of houses on compara tively inexpensive suitable building land, say, from 'B/-i per foot. ,What is lacking is quick 'and cheap communication. A line has ^already been surveyed, and the distance from Sydney to Cronulla on this route is only- some 12 miles, about ' 40 minutes' ...
CORPORAL MURPHY ON TOUR STRAIGHT SPEAKING. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
CORPORAL MURPHY ON TOUfti ? ? ^ ? . STRAIGHT SPEAKING. Cecil Murphy, Secretary of the Returned Soldiers and Sailors' Political League, A.L.P., and of the New South Wales Executive, has just returned to Sydney after a very successful tour of Queens land and the northern tablelands. Large meetings were held at Brisbane. Tam worth, Tenterfield, Armidale, and Glen tnnes, and very attentive hearings were jiven to the speaker, who spoke at very considerable length, on Labor's part in the war, outlining in detail the misrepresen tations which have been hurled at the Labor Party by the press, National win the-warites,.and recruiting speakers. His: Exposure of the milk and water patriotism ?ind loyalty of profiteers was greatly ap preciated by his audiences, and the local tin-pot mayors , and councillors .. were greatly upset, even .going so far as to threaten to stop Murphy from speaking in public. . Challenges were hurled, but never ac cepted by our enemies; particularly one' issued to the...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
NOTE. - ' All reports, and literary matter sbould be ?adreseed to the Editor, 'The Labor Newe,' Maedonell House, 321 Pitt-street, Sydney, anfi business communications and remit tances to Mr. P. C. Evans, General Secre tary, A.L.P., at the same address. All matter intended for publication should reach the Editor not later than Wednesday In each week. Rates of subscription: — Tearly, 6/-; half yearly, 3/C; quarterly, 2/-. In all cases Subscriptions must be paid in advance. ? Owing to' the large circulation assured to 'The Labor News' a limited space only will be available for advertising at special rates, ?which can be ascertained on communicating ?with the office. The Labor News. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1919.
Clear the Way. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
Clear the Way. i ; Once the welcome light has broke* w; Who shall say - . : ;? What the unlmaglned glories ? Of the day? . '-V.' What the evil that shall perish X in Its ray? , ; -^ Aid the dawning, tongue and pen;. [ ,H ??; Aid it, hopes of honest men; „ ; ' Aid it, paper— aid it, type Aid it, for the hour is ripe, ; ,-j. And our earnest must not slacken .. ; : , Into play. .-.?;. ]'.]£*. Men of thought /and men of acaoM, ;^3 . Clear the wayf ? ?????, ':S$f Lo! a cloud's about to vanish ;. v%|I§ From the day;' ' .'. ' S-:Cf|| /And a brazen wrong to crumble: '^^g ?-' Into clay.- ' ' ,;v^fltS Lot the RIGHT'S a*butt6 Jcon^o*i^| : dear- the wayV' .;' ?' - V1' '?''f^^P With the right shall many more V-||t| ' Eater smiling at the-doorj :?||^P With the -giant ' WRONar«Sall J^^^S ? /?? ;' For their prey. ' ^r -r: -'X^'l^^^m -jMett*'f thought and men of actloB^K _:^^^^way^::Sil^M
Returned Soldiers and Labor. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
Returned Soldiers and Labor. At the instigation of Mr. Sykes, sup ported by the Returned Soldiers and. Sailors' Imperial League, there has been formed a Returned Soldiers' Wharf Laborers' Union, with the express purpose of breaking the back of industrial union ism in New South Wales. They have never ceased to belittle and insult the unionists of New South Wales when, by so doing, they expected to receive the support of the Employers' Federation. Their actions are unworthy of returned soldiers, an insult to the uniform they donned, and a lie direct to the principle for which the A.LF. sacrificed so much, i.e., the rights of democracy.' . And the Returned Soldiers and Sailors' Imperial League had the audacity to request the Seamen's Union to refuse to man the steamer to take Pearce, ,to England. What impudence, and how illogical! Returned soldiers must come down to earth and realise that they cannot ex pect to pander to Capitalism and Labor, for that is no good to Labor. Either one th...
The Conscientious Objector in N.Z. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
The Conscientious Objector in N.Z. Further, revelations as to the treatment of .genuine conscientious objectors are now; coming from New Zealand. Mr. Hewitt, the Commissioner, who was asked to inquire into the matter, declared, 'I have been able to discover little;or.no ex-: oa-erera+Srm in fVio «tatATYIf»ntH of flip Wris oners, and so far as I have been 'able, to check them they are fair and truthful. On the other hand I am satisfied that many of the statements made to me by members of the barracks staff were un true.' It is worth noting that even this tardy commission would not have been, ap pointed by. the Government had it not been. that one New Zealand editor, had the courage to publish a letter exposing the treatment which was meted out to- ob jectors at Wanganui. - .??... *When an objector arrived at the camp he . was at once taken in hand and 'broken in.' The Commissioner's com-: ment on this breaking In process was that.it sufficed to. transform defiant ob jectors into obed...
Immigrants. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
Immigrants. Efforts are already being made in. Aus tralia House — our colossal magnificence in London — to entice Londoners to pack their carpet bags for these shores. A few, In fact, have arrived here. Meantime a large proportion of our forces are waiting to get back, the various Governments have their hands full to find employment fcr the men as they return, and the Re patriation Department is talking of the number of farms that will be ready for returned soldiers by June, 1920. Then there is the financial aspect to be con sidered. We shall have a huge war debt to carry for years to come, and a continu ance of heavy taxes will be necessary under extravagant management to straighten out our affairs. There will, therefore, be little enough money to spare for the needs of our own .people without spending any on immigrants that we won't know what to do with. The old class of immigrant had grit and spirit enough to come out on his own hook, and in days when the voyage took three or fou...
To the Editor "Labor News." [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
To the Editor 'Labor News.' Sir, — As the authorities have decided to close all theatres, concert halls, and places of Indoor amusement, has the Government considered the position of the vast numr ber of people who have, without a word of warning, been thrown out of employ ment as a consequence? The Government evidently have ample monev to send abroad at the nubile ex pense numbers of Ministers, such as Messrs. Hughes, Cook, and Pearce from the Federal arena and Mr. Beeby from this State. Surely then they should be able to devote some money to the relief of the 'unfortunate people who are now thrown' out of employment. ' ' ' , ' As these people are asked to make sac rifices in the public interest and for the public safety, their claim for 'compensa- tion admits of no doubt ; ' ? ; Trusting that something wiH be done in this matter. ~ ? ' '' : ' -'.'-'^ -'*-:? - -',-?- - -??-? OWbOOEBH. r' ? ???.? -^ . ? - ; ..?'?-.5-;.
Why Are You There, Girls? [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
Why Are You There, Girls? Oh Angeline Jemima .Ann, how can you treat us -so? If what the Jingoes said was true , 'We went to France to fight for you, And all the profiteering crew Said that we ought to go; And then thev gave the girls our job To save. a paltry thirty bob. They waved a flag, and cheered like fun, the day we went away! When you come back your job is here, We'll not forget you, never fear; We find the job has cost us dear, For now the blighters say: Tm sorry, but, the truth to tell, Miss So-and-So suits us so well. We know, dear girl, that you are not so very much to blame, You only took our jobs pro teixy But finding that you suited' them, When we returned they said, Ahem, 'Twould really be a shame To give this sweet young Miss the sack Because you happened to come back. And if we are intact we'll find another job at hand — That's if we are prepared to crawl And let our Union instincts fall; If not, we can then, after all, Perhaps go on the land. Of course we may not ...
An Appeal for Funds for the Labor Fair and Carnival. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 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, 812 Pitt-street, Sydney. Contri butions will be acknowledged in 'The Labor News' and 'The Worker.' Yours in Unity, E. MAINCKE, President, C. MASON, Hon. Treasurer, EVA M. SEERT. Hon. Sec.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF N.S.W. (REFERENCE BRANCH). THE LIBRARY AND THE WORKER. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF N.S.W. (REFERENCE BRANCH). THE LIBRARY AND THE WORKER. The Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales have long been anxious to bring their institution more in touch with the workers in this State. Thinkers in all countries realise that the public \ library is the real university of the people. \ Thft old ifiea. nf a. State librarv beine a. I museum of literature does not meet the requirements of the present age. The free library is a most important part of the educational system of every modern State. It is necessary therefore for those in con trol of such an institution to realise that something more is needed than the mere collecting of literature. This something is in the direction of making the library and its importance better known. In no country is there more necessity for an educated democracy than in Australia, and by this expression is not meant edu cation along academic lines, but the uni versal diffusion of knowledge amon...
The League of Nations. AUSTRALIAN OPINION(?). W. M. HUGHES INTERVIEWED. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
The League of Nations. AUSTRALIAN OPINION (?). W. M. HUGHES INTERVIEWED. It is announced by cable that 'Mr. W. M. Hughes declares that Australia is not en thusiastic about the League of Nations. He considers it Utopian, and not yet a question of practical politics. He says Australia firstly wants a just peace, on, which the League of Nations can be built afterwards.' It may be admitted at once that Mr. W. M. Hughes has a perfect right to ex press the personal opinion that he con siders the idea of a League of Nations is Utopian and not yet a question of prac tical politics. Very few people who have taken any interest of late in the sayings and doings of the 'great calamity' In' i ; tabloid form would have expected any- , thing else from the superheated jingo Im-: perialist. ? . ;' But most fair-minded Australians will admit that it is a perfectly legitimate question to ask: By what ri^ht does Jan ; speak for Australia, on this or any other. ^ matter of national importance? By no ,',...
LABOR AND THE NEW ORDER [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 1 February 1919
LAiORJUSDi THE NE*f ORDeII The 'Survey,' New York, for November 30, 3918,*just to hand, publishes the' fol lowing under the above heading: — 'In the disposal of the surplus' above the standard of life society has hitherto gene as far wrong as in its neglect to secure the necessary basis of any genuine industrial efficiency or deceit social order. We have allowed the riches of our mines, the rental value of the lands superior to the margin of cultivation, the extra* profits of the fortunate capitalists, even the ma terial outcome of scientific discoveries — which ought by now to; have made this Britain of ours immune from class poverty or from any widespread destitution — to be absorbed by individual proprietors; and then devoted very largely to the senseless luxury of an idle rich class. Against this misappropriation of the wealth . of the community the .Labor Party — speaking in the interests not of the wage-earners alone, but of every grade and section of producers by hand or by b...
Present Wilson and the Peace Conference. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 February 1919
President WiUon and tl« PeW -' r ' Conference. .??????'? is;'MWl Anyone who is in doubt as ?to,4be'r£«i|'f sons why European Liberals insisted Wi the presence of President Wilson at the Peace Conference will find, them |n-|l|i leading article of the 'Daily News,' -pamt] don, written about six weeks ago. .Tha£i journal, one of the best-informed among English newspapers, writing on. the out look for the Conference, asks: 'Js there' ' anyone who is watching the fttovemept of events who can say that the ? omens 'awu, J§|| favorable? It is true that the PresMettttB^i^^ fourteen points have been fonBaIlir.;(g« adopted, with one significant exception, --52^9 but the acceptance of the letter* is no--'o:^M thing. It Is the acceptance of the 'spirit? ^llffl that matters. AiSd in what quarter do-^^a we see signs of that? In all the world ip^ who are the statesmen who are backing |3g| not the letter but the -spirit of - President / %SM Wilson's) polioy? Can we name one's !|3 Cannot we name a sc...
Lloyd George's Advice. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 February 1919
Lloyd George's Advice. Recently various speakers have .been quoting 'more or law incorrectly Mr. Lloyd George's useful advice given some months ago to the workers of Britain. Here 4b the correct wording of bis remarks, which should- spur the workers of Australia to accomplish greater things for their' own class: — ' ??????''? 'The whole of society is in a molten starts ami you can stamp «s it anything you like, provided ? you act firmly and unitedly* There is no time to lose. % The country will be prepared Cor bigger thing* immediately after the war than when nor mal cihiss-s'fti£ish Interests are resumed!, and unlesVthe'oppor&nity is seized it may pass. 1 believe thftt the port?war setUe ment will succeed in proportion to ite au dacity.- My advice is:-eudacityf by new ways and. methods, and you .will get Jt really fcew^WOiJeT's ^ '-a ^m\^ So -- ??.-?-!* §0A
French Socialists' Movements. [Newspaper Article] — Labor News — 8 February 1919
French Socialists' Movements. French Socialism and Labor have finally spoken in unmistakable language. What was long expected by close students of the French Socialist and Labor Move ments haB happened. The international ist and revolutionary minorities in both the Socialist and Labor ranks have be come the overwhelming majorities. ' The adherence of the French workers to 'L'Union Sacre' Is ended, and in its stead there emerges from the recent national congresses of both the Socialist and Labor forces a determination to wage a relent less class struggle in the political and economic field until the ultimate victory of the-French working class is secured.— A. Trachtenberg, of the, Rand School, New York.