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Communists gear up for federal election

It’s been a few years since Communists stood as candidates at a federal election. Running in an election is a big commitment of time and money but those aren’t the only obstacles to be overcome. The bureaucratic requirements of the electoral authorities have made the task that much harder. The major parties of capital – the Liberals, Nationals and Labor – have combined in federal and state jurisdictions to make it harder for smaller parties to take their place on the ballot paper.  more ...


Current Issue of The Guardian

February 3, 2016 - click here for index of articles.

Developers ravage our cities

The skyline of Sydney is littered with cranes and new apartment blocks. In Melbourne and Brisbane there has also been a boom in high rise blocks. Rezoning of low density residential land, low interest rates and increased demand from overseas have created a paradise for developers and their financial backers. State governments are proving all too willing to override local councils while ignoring social and environmental impacts. Private profit is the name of the game, with the preservation of our communities, of liveable cities and heritage coming a poor last.  more ...

Editorial

Editorial – When reactionaries fall out

The bickering and blood-letting in the Liberal Party continues unabated. The “conservative” grouping that supported the prime-ministership of Tony Abbott is calling foul on the “moderate” members backing current PM, Malcolm Turnbull. They are continuing to critique the government and give thinly-veiled calls to the more reactionary members of parliament and party bureaucrats to be ready to pounce.  more ...

The rich are getting richer …

Some very disturbing and alarming facts were revealed recently by the annual Oxfam Report and the Global Wealth Report for 2015 of the Credit Suisse Research Institute. According to these reports there are today 62 people who own as much wealth as half of the earth’s population, 3.5 billion people!  more ...

Robert Dampf as I knew him

I first met Robert at meetings of the Communist Party in Surry Hills about 20 years ago. My first impression was of a very articulate, elderly gentleman with a soft voice and light Canadian accent, a great sense of humour and some charming eccentricities, like the flowers he would wear in his hatband. When asked once why he camped in a tent on a trip to Europe, he is said to have replied that if he stayed in hotels he couldn’t see the butterflies.  more ...

Invasion Day Commemorations

The interest in this year’s Invasion Day activities around Australia caught organisers by surprise as they had not expected the large turnouts for the rallies and marches. In Perth organisers of a rally to protest Premier Colin Barnett’s plans to close over 150 of the 200 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, started from Heirisson Island – or Matagarup in the local Nyoongar language – expected only about 100 people to turn up but had 300 people march in one of the largest Aboriginal rallies in Perth in the last ten years.  more ...

Shipping Australia Ltd: Anything but Australian

Shipping Australia Limited is nothing at all like what its name suggests. As the peak industry body of ship-owners and shipping agents in Australia its members are the large international shipping firms who own the more than 3,000 ships that call into Australian ports every year.  more ...

Sport – Has integrity got a sporting chance?

Last year a furore erupted over claims of bribery within FIFA, soccer’s international federation. Questions have now been raised about a payment to FIFA by soccer’s peak body in Australia of $500,000, which somehow ended up in the private account of Jack Warner, FIFA’s former vice president.  more ...

Whose snouts in the trough?

“Board fees for unionists up 51pc in a year”, runs the headline of an “exclusive” story in Murdoch’s Australian (15-12-2015). Those greedy, overpaid unionists have their snouts in the trough again, or so you’d think just glancing through the paper reading its headlines.  more ...

Paris Climate Talks – Need to tackle the climate menace

COP21 has come and gone, and like most others before it, the response has been varied. Some have applauded the Paris Agreement as a giant step for humankind. Some are claiming a big win. Others take a holistic look at the future scenario the agreement presents and are aghast that after two decades of climate negotiations greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and the Paris Agreement does not indicate any urgency in tackling this fundamental problem, even though it does indeed recognise the urgency of the crisis.  more ...

We were not put on this earth to bury our children

Three young people took their lives within a fortnight. They knew each other. There are no words for their loss, no words that can calm the grief of their families. Their community despairs. Three funerals in five days, days shy of Christmas. A 15-year-old girl, a 17-year-old youth, a 25-year-old father leaving behind two young children, they should not have been lost. Suicide takes more lives than road fatalities. It is a leading cause of death.  more ...

Culture & Life – Education for profit

This country once had lots of government enterprises. Everything from the electronics industry to the construction of locos and rolling stock, to oil refining (even petrol retailing) and production of basic building materials, was the stock in trade of federal or state government enterprises. Along with public transport, interstate airlines and (for a short time, until Liberal Party politicians got their mates in government to kill it) our own tourist industry company (the too successful AAT).  more ...


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Half A Century of Pain

50 Years of Agent Orange Disaster in Vietnam

A selection of images from the book Half a Century of Pain – 50 Years of Agent Orange Disaster in Vietnam – 1961-2011, published by the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  more ...



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