Dissent Issue 35 - Autumn / Winter 2011

Editorial: Labor’s green future. Unless the ALP rank and file can recapture the party from the oligarchs, the future of progressive politics will belong to the Greens.

Elizabeth Cham exemplifies out how recent commonwealth legislation has benefited trustee companies at the expense of charitable trusts (and therefore the charities they administer).

Trevor Cobbold argues that to close the achievement gap in terms of literacy and numeracy between low SES students and the average for all students would require an extra $6 billion a year, mainly going to government schools that educate most of the students from low SES backgrounds.

Kenneth Polk examines ineffective attempts to control the illicit trade in cultural heritage material.

Max Wallace investigates the High Court and the 2008 Vescio/Catholic World Youth Day case.

David Spratt argues that the policies necessary to deal with climate change must be based firmly on science.

Melody Kemp explains how the plan by China and Myanmar to dam the Irrawaddy River in seven places in order to export electricity will be a major environmental disaster.

Richard Denniss discusses the rise in bank lending share from 50 per cent (before financial deregulation in 1983) to 90 per cent today, why competition doesn’t benefit consumers and why banks should be subject to a super profits tax.

Ian McAuley warns that we are skimping on taxation measures needed to sustain our common wealth.

John M. Legge points out that, despite the 2008 recession—largely caused by inappropriate finance deregulation—the power of Wall Street has increased, ensuring a bigger crash in the future unless the false economic ideology of neoliberalism can be rolled back.

Patricia Ranald describes the second attempt by the US to impose a free trade regime on Australia which the Productivity Commission says will not yield benefits for Australia.

Peter Evans discusses recent research on the social determinants of illness which shows that, even after allowing for factors such as smoking, lack of exercise and obesity, those at the bottom of the socio-economic scale have poorer outcomes than those at the top.

Andrew Hunter says how a strong economy is sustained and who benefits from it should be the philosophical point of difference between the major parties.

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