25th May, 2016
Disband the post-1983 free market consensus!
In many countries across the world there are moves to throw out the corrupt ideology of the free market, which has brought the world to the point of financial and economic bankruptcy. Australia must also break with the free market dogma—termed by Julia Gillard the "post-1983 consensus on economic reform"—in order to save our dairy industry and other productive sectors, and take the lead in a coalition of nations to achieve Glass-Steagall and grand economic reconstruction.
Articles include the following:
- Myriad agreements at Russia-ASEAN summit promise upsurge of Eurasian development
- Glass-Steagall: Simpler is better
- English law key to City of London derivatives casino
- Brazil, Argentina scuttle BRICS-oriented foreign policy
- Compulsory super mostly speculative, not productive
- Free market smashes milk producers
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23rd May, 2016
Statement from CEC candidates Chris Lahy for Mallee and Jeff Davy for Murray:
Dairy emergency—Australia needs parity pricing for agriculture
The essential nature of agriculture, especially fresh milk production, means that it is not just another industry—the government has the same duty of care to ensure the nation’s food security by keeping family farmers in production as it does to ensure a clean water supply.
It is urgent, therefore, that Australia implement a system of parity pricing for agricultural products, so that family farmers are never forced to wear prices that are below the cost of production.
The present crisis in the dairy industry among suppliers to Murray-Goulburn and Fonterra, who have suddenly suffered steep price cuts to well below their production costs, is a symptom of the disastrous free market ideology that has sabotaged Australian agriculture over the past three decades. Australian farmers were thrown to the free trade wolves, forced to “compete” on local and global markets that are anything but “free”.
Click here to watch a 5-minute video of Craig Isherwood discussing the dairy crisis with candidate for Mallee and former dairy farmer, Chris Lahy.
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