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Current Issue of The Guardian

May 24, 2017 - click here for index of articles.

Budget – Cut corporate welfare

The 2017-18 budget callously sets out to drive more people into poverty and eat away at the meagre support that the poor receive from the government. To use former Treasurer Joe Hockey’s language it can be summed up as: the poor do the lifting and the wealthy do the leaning.  more ...


Editorial – Trump in the decapitation kingdom

“All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007, opening of the 4th Human Rights Council Session.  more ...

CPA solidarity with Sydney bus drivers

The Communist Party of Australia fully supports Sydney bus drivers and the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) as they resist the privatisation of bus services to the city’s inner west.  more ...

Sydney bus privatisation – One part of govt’s agenda

Members of the public have supported strike action taken by Sydney bus drivers last Thursday over the Berejiklian coalition government’s shock announcement that it wants to privatise public bus services in the city’s inner west and south.  more ...

Perth “Stop Adani Protest”

On Saturday May 13 about 80 protesters marched to the main office of the Commonwealth Bank in Murray Street, Perth to protest the bank’s decision to fund the expansion of the Adani Coal Mine at Carmichael in northern Queensland. The construction of the mine would have an adverse impact not only on global warming but part of that global warming would heat the ocean in which the Great Barrier Reef is situated.  more ...

Compo on the block

Almost 7,000 NSW workers with chronic work-related injuries who have been off work for at least five years due to their injuries will be kicked off the Workers’ Compensation benefits at the end of this year. The new laws introduced by the NSW government in 2012 were brought in at the time when the Workers’ Compensation scheme was in surplus of up to $2,000,000 (and when it was alleged that the Workers’ Compensation would go $4,000,000,000 into deficit if nothing was done).  more ...

Trump shocks for developing countries

Donald Trump’s first weeks as US President sent shockwaves around the world, and it is the developing countries that will be most affected. Martin Khor reviews the implications of Trump’s initial policies, including the blocking of refugees, impending actions to cut funding to the UN and other organisations, the turnaround on climate change and environmental issues, and the turn towards trade and investment protectionism.  more ...

The new culture of communication

Among his many other achievements, Fidel Castro’s accomplishments as the constructor of the new Cuban society include:  more ...

Venezuela will defend its sovereignty

n 1999, when a progressive revolution came to power in Venezuela and President Chávez was elected, a whole new vision for the country was put in place. The vast majority of Venezuelans, who had hitherto been ostracised, depoliticised, disenfranchised, exploited, socially excluded and discriminated against, were finally included and empowered into a new democratic model that was both representative and participatory.   more ...

Subverting radical culture

How do the ruling classes manipulate art and culture to secure political consent for oppression and exploitation? Two exhibitions on the 1917 revolution in Russia go some way towards providing an answer.   more ...

Quote of the Week

You can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you Mr President.

Nellie Connally – Wife of the Texas governor – seconds before the assassination.

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