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Half A Century of Pain


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 ...



Current Issue of The Guardian

March 4, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

For a working class solution

As workers and their unions prepare to take to the streets in defence of their rights at work, the Communist Party of Australia joins with them in the call for the provision of all crucial basic services and public assets - health services, public education, social security – and against privatisation. The following basic human rights and demands look to the future to set a new direction for policy development in Australia, one which neither Liberal nor Labor will deliver:  more ...


Editorial – Political agendas and the treatment of Gillian Triggs

The ongoing furore about the Abbott government’s “loss of confidence” in Human Rights Commission (HRC) President Gillian Triggs carries political warnings for the Australian people. Accusations of bias and serious lapses in judgement on Triggs’ part fail to mask the intention of the federal government to shut down what remains of independent scrutiny and to appoint people much more agreeable to their reactionary program.  more ...


Hugo Chávez lives on! – Commemorating the second anniversary of his death

The Communist Party of Australia expresses its most deeply felt thoughts of sorrow to the people of Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution and its President Nicolas Maduro on the occasion of the second anniversary of the physical departure of the “Comandante amigo” Commander Hugo Chavez whose spirit we know still lives on in the revolutionary people of Venezuela and the world.  more ...


Vale Comrade Daniel

Bishop Dawid Daniel Landy-Aril of the Anglican Catholic Church of Australia and New Zealand died suddenly of a heart attack last month. Daniel, a member of the Sydney Central Branch of the Communist Party of Australia, suffered an unexpected heart attack on Wednesday February 18. Life support was turned off on Sunday February 22.  more ...


Native Title meeting stirs Noongar activism

After the first two Native Title Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) Authorisation Meetings in Bunbury and Busselton which recorded big wins for the Yes vote, the case for the No vote had its last chance in Katanning to challenge the overall claim.  more ...


Hands off Medicare

The Abbott government is determined to introduce a co-payment, in one form or another. Its aim is to destroy bulk billing. The co-payment might start at $5, already beyond the reach of many people on low incomes, but would gradually rise just as uni fees and the PBS charges for prescriptions have. It may commence in the form of means testing, with eligibility requirements gradually becoming tougher. The aim of the proposed reduction in the rebate paid by Medicare to doctors is to force them to charge fees and create a gap between what is paid by the patient and what Medicare refunds.  more ...


Workers’ rights

The Abbott government, Murdoch and Fairfax media and big business have launched an all out war on the trade union movement in Australia. The government’s offensive includes the Heydon Royal Commission, Productivity Commission inquiry, anti-union legislation, increasing the powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), as well as a massive smear campaign aimed at criminalising and demonising legitimate trade union activity and militant unionists.  more ...


Rape as a weapon of war – Made in the USA?

Various professional psychology sites state succinctly: “Projection is a defence mechanism which involves taking our own unacceptable qualities or feelings and ascribing them to other people.”  more ...


Culture & Life – Reviving the Tonkin Gulf incident

I see that they’re rewriting history again. Or, more accurately, not so much rewriting it as perpetuating a long-discredited lie. The US Pentagon has a website “commemorating” the outbreak of the Vietnam War, which according to the site, began with “the North Vietnamese attack on USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964”. But it has been known for many years that that attack (the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident) never actually happened.  more ...



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