July 31st 2004

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COVER STORY: What the COAG Water Agreement means

EDITORIAL: Issues facing the Howard Government

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kim Beazley's return masks Labor's divisions over US

AUSFTA: Will Green preferences sink trade agreement?

NATIONAL COMPETITION POLICY: SA Government heads towards dismantling single selling-desk for barley

DEREGULATION: Stock Journal survey rejects new SA Barley Export Bill

QUARANTINE BREACH: Inquiry needed on citrus canker

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Boswell sees red over Senate marriage delay

EDUCATION: School vouchers - giving power back to parents

SOCIAL POLICY: Singapore's Provident Fund adapts to new realities

FILM: Appeals against degrading movies rejected

MEDIA: Victory on TV Code of Practice

HEALTH: Abortion causes uterine damage

VICTORIA: Are we facing a long dry spell?

STRAWS IN THE WIND : Peacock Throne / The Stasi never died / Supersized

CINEMA: Whatever happened to the family film?

Distributism defended (letter)

People without land (letter)

Ethanol industry viable (letter)

OBITUARY: Vale Brian Nash

OBITUARY: Vale Martin Klibbe

BOOKS: Nightmare of the Prophet, by Paul Gray

BOOKS: Memo for a Saner World, by Bob Brown

BOOKS: So Monstrous A Travesty, by Ross McMullin

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Vale Brian Nash

by Mark Posa

News Weekly, July 31, 2004
On May 11, Brian Nash passed away in Adelaide.

Brian was one of the true heroes of the Movement. He almost single-handedly held the fort for the organisation during the difficult years through the 1950s.

He was one of the Labor Party members who became active in the Industrial Groups to oppose the rise of the Communist Party in the unions.

Although the Industrial Groups were banned by the ALP in South Australia, Brian was one of those who continued the anti-Communist campaign by forming the Industrial Group Council of which he was the secretary.

Brian was subsequently among those who were expelled from the Labor Party because they could not support a candidate who they believed was a supporter of the Communist Party and had been endorsed for a Federal seat in an election.

In the late 1940s, Brian had become an organiser with the Catholic Social Studies Movement which had enjoyed some success in the unions, particularly the Ironworkers and the Shop Assistants.

However, when the ALP Split occurred in 1955, the Movement in SA decided not to support those who had left the Labor Party.

Brian subsequently left the SA branch of the Movement and joined the Anti-Communist Labor Party (which became the Democratic Labor Party). Late in the 1950s he became the new party's state secretary.

Throughout the whole of this period, Brian remained loyal to his conscience and to those who were determined to continue the fight against Communism in the trade unions.

He did this against the wishes of many in the Catholic Church in Adelaide who did not agree with this policy.

During this time Brian had the firm support of his wife and family. Despite the many difficulties they were forced to endure over the years, they raised a wonderful family of 10 children.

Our deepest sympathies are with Brian's family in their loss.

  • Mark Posa

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