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Current Issue of The Guardian

August 27, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

Government agenda – Two-tier health system

Imagine a health system where private health insurance (PHI) companies decide which procedures, tests and treatments patients can have. Where these private funds undermine the right of patients and their GPs or specialists to decide their course of treatment. This is where Australia is headed. While the media has been focusing on the battle between the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and government over the details of the proposed $7 co-payment, Medibank Private has been quietly moving towards a US system of private managed healthcare. The Medibank move paves the way to the delivery of Medicare rebates through PHI companies and creates a two-tier health system with privately insured patients given priority over others.  more ...

Editorial – Executioner of people’s rights

It is becoming clear that there is considerable unrest within the ranks of the Coalition caucus and the Liberal Party. Treasurer Joe Hockey is becoming an embarrassment with gaffe after gaffe as he attempts to sell the line that the budget is fair. Every new attempt by Hockey to defend the budget reveals just how out of touch he is with ordinary people and their lives, and sees him and the government sink deeper. Murdoch’s Australian, which did so much to put the Coalition into office and supports the budget, is now running hard on Hockey’s failure to sell it.  more ...

Free Palestine: The quest for truth and justice continues

In Perth on Saturday morning, August 16, the Friends of Palestine held their sixth consecutive rally on Murray Street calling for an end to the occupation and siege of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.  more ...

The real Clive Palmer

Last week Clive Palmer described “the Chinese” as “mongrels” and “bastards”, who “shoot their people”. His party’s Senate representative, Jacqui Lambie, declared Australia risked becoming “slaves to an aggressive, anti-democratic, totalitarian power”, and must massively re-arm itself against Chinese invasion.  more ...

Obituary Wally Stubbings: wharfie, communist, veteran athlete

Wally Stubbings, Life Member of the Brisbane Labour History Association, passed away on July 6, 2014 aged 101. Wally was one of the last remaining labour activists that had links to the 1940s. Wally received his Life Membership because of his life-long involvement with the labour movement, both industrially and politically.  more ...

My money’s on Putin

“History shows that the United States has benefited politically and economically from wars in Europe. The huge outflow of capital from Europe following the First and Second World Wars, transformed the US into a superpower … Today, faced with economic decline, the US is trying to precipitate another European war to achieve the same objective.”  more ...

My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.  more ...

Culture & Life – Climate disruption and religious bigotry

One of the confusing aspects of global warming is the undeniable fact that in some parts of the world temperatures are actually falling. In July and August, “cool air moved from high northern latitudes into much of the US, setting record-low day time and night time temperatures as far south as Florida and Georgia. Temperatures dropped to winter-like levels in the mountains of Tennessee” – (Dahr Jamail, Truthout). In the North Atlantic, the Gulf Stream is losing its thrust, failing to carry warm water all the way to the coast of Europe and causing temperatures on the Continent to drop.  more ...

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