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Current Issue of The Guardian

October 26, 2016 - click here for index of articles.

Editorial – Towards a new Australian reality

Three interconnected and interdependent developments illustrate the contradictions driving the current growing economic and political crises. The unstinting support by the two major parties for the current US-led war on Syria and its wider conflict agenda; the unquestioning commitment to the US war/spy bases on Australian soil along with the build-up of US military forces in Australia’s north; the support of both Labor and Liberal for the offshore detention and abuse of asylum seekers.  more ...


Editorial – Background to plunder

In 1999 the Howard government signed the Fifth Protocol to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). There was little fanfare or fuss, just a one-page press release from the then Minister for Trade, Tim Fischer, singing its praises. What is the Fifth Protocol? How many citizens were informed and asked their opinion on it?  more ...

Revolutionary solidarity

On Thursday October 20, around 40 people from different solidarity groups gathered at 43 Below Bar & Restaurant in Perth to listen to Daniel Gasparri, Charge d’ Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy in Canberra.  more ...

End of the US blockade on Cuba!

On Monday October 17, a number of activists from the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society gathered outside the US consulate in Perth demanding the end of the US blockade on Cuba.  more ...

WestConnex – The nightmare Baird’s eye view

The massive $16.8 billion WestConnex project involves widening the freeway that runs westwards from Sydney to Parramatta, also boring tunnels from the inner suburb of Haberfield to Rozelle just outside the city centre, then southwards to the airport and west again to link with another tollway.  more ...

Local Unions, Global Voices

Nationally union membership in Australia continues to decline, yet ironically the need for unions has increased due to global as well as local factors. With this global impetus, the Unions WA International Committee held its first ever conference on global inequality with a view to presenting comprehensive information on a number of contemporary issues through lively and interesting speakers.  more ...

Taking Issue – A shock and a sorry selection

I’m sorry, but I rather think I’m in shock: Tony Abbott said something that I support. Yes I know – Tony Abbott of all people. It just goes to show that even the most unlikely people can be obliged by circumstances to take up progressive positions.  more ...

Australia opposed to nuke weapons ban

The following report, based on freedom of information research, describes Australia’s obstructive role at the recently concluded UN working group on nuclear disarmament in Geneva, which recommended negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons in 2017. Australia argues that US nuclear weapons are vital for its security, and thus it opposes a ban.  more ...

Corporate dictatorship – TPP – Entrenching corporate power

The following is a submission by the Communist Party to the Committee Secretariat Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, Department of the Senate, on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  more ...

Haiti beyond Matthew

My heart and prayers go out to the communities in Haiti who must once again mourn their lost family and friends, their lost homes and their lost livelihoods.  more ...

Culture & Life – The CIA – what a great bunch

The CIA: What a congenial bunch of good-natured humanitarians they are! Just ask anyone. Well, perhaps not anyone. No one who’s had a relative assassinated by order of the CIA, for example. Nor would I ask anyone who has seen their elected government overthrown in a CIA-engineered coup and replaced by a right-wing pro-business anti-people regime. And certainly not any of that large band of people who have found themselves incarcerated and tortured in secret prisons the CIA operates in foreign countries.  more ...

Quote of the Week

The great and chief end, therefore, of men’s uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property.

John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government, 1688.

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