Michael Easson



‘We will rue the day’: red tape, extra charges will hurt residential real estate

We will rue the day narrow-minded state and federal governments decided to squeeze the life out of residential real estate investment through steep new taxes and red-tape on foreigners in Australia.

The search for value in Australian real estate

The Australian economy is one of the strongest in the world, representing 2.52 percent of the global economy, with close to 25 consecutive years of economic growth.

Paul Katz – A Towering Legacy

Paul Katz (1957-2014), who suddenly died on November 20 following a brief battle with cancer, was one of the world’s great architects.

Why I Could Not Support Bob Carr’s Middle East Resolution

Southern Highlands Newsletter, August 2014 Read Published Article At the NSW Labor Conference I spoke in opposition to a motion moved by Bob Carr concerning the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process. The motion lacked balance, was loosely and inappropriately worded, and seemed to equate Israel with Hamas. In 1977 as a university student, under the tutelage of […]

Labor must not turn its back on Israel

Like many supporters of Israel across the Australian community, I am stunned by the erosion of sympathy and advocacy within the Labor Party in defence of the only democratic nation in the Middle East.

David Armstrong, 1926 – 2014

David Armstrong, affectionally known as DMA or Armo, was in an elite category of Australian intellectuals – a philosopher who developed an international reputation, perhaps the most considerable of any Australian philosopher.

Transport for Sydney

Sydney’s transport congestion is notorious. Whether it be a clogged M5, crowded trains, poor to non-existent public transport in most of western Sydney, and hopelessly congested traffic at airports, we’ve got it wrong.

A Minister for Sydney

It’s an idea that keeps crying for a receptive ear. Bandied around from time to time is whether NSW should have a Minister for Sydney. Twenty years ago we almost did. Bruce Baird was Minister for Sydney’s Olympic Bid 1990-93.

Burke’s Great Melody Against It | Book Review

Conservative MP Jesse Norman set out to write an introduction to the ideas, context, and continuing relevance of Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Whig iconoclast and fierce critic of the French Revolution.

Joseph Roth on the End of the World

In the past few decades the writings, novels and essays of Joseph Roth (1894-1939) have undergone a renaissance. Michael Hofmann’s translations have brought many of the more obscure works of the Mitteleuropa-Jewish writer to an English language audience.

Michael Maher: MP put his heart and soul into bettering lives

Michael Maher was greatly admired across the political spectrum as a diligent, local MP who saw the vocation of politics as serving the people. The representation of his constituents was not a chore to be endured but high politics was ancillary to the essential, noble tasks of representing the public.

Migrants Bring Vital Skills

The debate on immigration is at cross purposes. Australia should be proud of its skilled migration program. It should also champion the development, training and employment of its own people as an overarching priority. Both policies fit together. Any assertion otherwise, or muddying of the waters to the contrary, is wrong.

Skilled Migration is the Key to a Thriving Economy

One of the quiet achievements of Australian public policy during the past decade has been our skilled migration program. Under successive governments it has become focused on delivering the skills Australia needs when it needs them.

Rise and Fall of an Empire: David Coe, 1954-2013

David Coe had a multitude of interests, activities and lives as entrepreneur, investor, investment banker, business strategist, family man, art collector, sports lover. He co-founded, led and lost one of Australia’s most significant investment outfits, Allco.

Union Leader Guided by Principles: Michael O’Sullivan, 1941-2013

Michael O’Sullivan was leader of the Federated Clerks Union, a superannuation pioneer and a corporate governance advocate. He was the chair of the $7 billion CareSuper fund (a director from 1996 to 2012) and president for a decade to 2011 of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.

Structural Barriers to Skilled Migrants

There are estimated to be more than 214 million immigrants in the world. They make up about 3 per cent of the world’s population, a figure that has remained steady over the past few decades.

Right Approach for Tired Party

The main political parties in Australia are in flux. Membership is low and it is harder to recruit and retain members. Branch meetings are boring; members are of an older demographic.

Ross, Lloyd Robert Maxwell, 1901-1987

Lloyd Robert Maxwell Ross (1901-1987), adult educator, trade union official and writer, was born on 28 February 1901 in Brisbane, elder child of Sydney-born Robert (Bob) Samuel Ross, printer, and his Brisbane-born wife Ethel, née Slaughter.

Real Estate’s Rolling Stone | Book Review

This clearly written memoir deserves recommending to anyone in property markets. Ideas about lessons learnt and doing well are compellingly told.

A Tribute to Jeff Shaw

Labour History, No. 99, November 2010, pp. 209-210

Red Confession with a Twist

Mark Aarons’s book The Family Files is a red confession with a twist. He tells his story and that of three generations of the Aarons family’s activity at the highest levels of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) with the aid of a unique documentary source: the 209 files, wire-tap transcripts and reports of the Australian security services in the National Archives.

Get Governance Right and Governing Follows

Politics is a cruel business. Earlier this year the tough guys from NSW, senator Mark ­Arbib and national secretary Karl Bitar, demanded that prime minister Kevin Rudd drop the emissions trading scheme. Just drop it. He did.

How the machine ate the Labor Party

The two unlikely heroes in Simon Benson’s Betrayal are former NSW premier Morris Iemma and former NSW treasurer Michael Costa.

Maher Created a Powerful Force: Jim Maher, 1927-2009

As the national leader of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (the “shoppos” or “shoppies” union) from 1970 to 1995, Jim Maher was one of the most significant Australian unionists in the past 50 years.

A Piece of the Pie

Fund managers and their fees are under the spotlight as a result of the economic crisis. Although fees have always been a sensitive issue at the best of times, they are inevitably more contentious in an environment where negative returns are prevalent.

John Archibald McCallum (1892 – 1973)

John Archibald McCallum (1892-1973), politician and schoolteacher, was born on 31 July 1892 at Mittagong, New South Wales, second child of Archibald Duncan McCallum, a coach-builder from Scotland, and his Welsh-born wife Catherine Margaret, née Protheroe.

James Denis Kenny, 1906 – 1967

James Denis Kenny (1906-1967), glassworker and trade union official, was born on 27 November 1906 at Waterloo, Sydney, fourth child of native-born parents James Kenny, wagon driver, and his wife Margaret, née Rowley.

Donkeys and Mandarins, Fund Managers and the Growth and Development of Australia

Published in the Journal of Applied finance and Investment, Vol. 1, No.1, March/April 1996, pp. 13-17

Living with Dragons, Australia confronts its Asia Destiny

Published by Allen & Unwin, 1994

Industrial Relations in Australian and Japan

Chapter 12. ‘Good while it lasted’: the position and prospects of Australian unions in 1993, by Michael Easson. Published by Allen &​ Unwin, 1994

Future Directions – The Petshop Galah and the Wise Owl

The term represents a multitude of things: a slogan, a panacea, a smokescreen, a call to action, a fog, a rubric. In Paul Keating’s famous phrase of a few years ago: “I guarantee if you walk into any pet shop in Australia the resident galah will be talking about microeconomic policy”.

Is the Left Brain Dead ?

One can define the Left as the non-conservative forces in society; one can also define it more narrowly as the Left traditions within the labour movement. It is apparent that there are various traditions that make up the Left of the labour movement in this country.

The Foundation of Labor

Published by Pluto Press in association with the Lloyd Ross Forum of the Labor Council of NSW, 1990

Australia and Immigration : able to grow?

Published by Pluto Press in association with the Lloyd Ross Forum Labor Council of New South Wales, 1990

McKell : the achievements of Sir William McKell

Published by Allen & Unwin, 1988