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Hands off penalty rates! – Workers’ Rights Campaign

PM Tony Abbott and his union-bashing team have promised their employer mates a life without unions in deregulated workplaces where they can drive down wages and conditions to levels found in low income countries. Towards these ends Treasurer Joe Hockey has commissioned a review of the Fair Work Act by the Productivity Commission, a body notorious for its pro-corporate, neo-liberal policies. The following are some of the measures the Commission is considering:  more ...

Current Issue of The Guardian

May 27, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse – Church & govt hinder inquiry

Last week David Ridsdale testified to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse that in 1998 he told former Catholic Archbishop George Pell he had been abused by his uncle, former priest Gerald Ridsdale, but that Pell tried to bribe him to remain silent. Pell has rejected Ridsdale’s claims.  more ...

Editorial – Abbott isolated amid world refugee crisis

The Australian Prime Minister still thinks he is backing a winner with his “stop the boats” policy. While countries of the globe’s economic “north” and “south” struggle to deal with an upsurge in the numbers fleeing hunger and persecution and conflict, Tony Abbott is channelling his long-time mentor, John Howard. “Nope, nope nope,” he said recently. “We have a very clear refugee and humanitarian program … we are not going to do anything that that will encourage people to get on boats … I’m sorry, if you want to start a new life, you come through the front door, not through the back door.”  more ...

7 ways the budget will affect public sector science

While there was no repeat of last year’s widespread cuts to CSIRO and other publicly funded research agencies, the budget delivered some contradictory messages for science.  more ...

Taking Issue – Plan reveals Australia’s colonial status

Last week US assistant defence secretary David Shear announced to a Congressional hearing that the United States would soon be basing B-1 Lancer bombers and surveillance aircraft in Australia as a deterrent to China’s “destabilising effect” in the South China Sea.  more ...

Sydney University silent on professor cleared of anti-Semitism

Jake Lynch, an associate professor at Sydney University, has been cleared of any suspicion of anti-Semitic behaviour while defending students who disrupted a March 11 talk by pro-Israel lobbyist Richard Kemp.  more ...

Austerity measures in Greece – The need for change in the class structure of society

The gains that make for a better society have had to be won by the working class. They have never been given as gifts to workers. The working class, the working people have only ever won them through hard struggle and rivers of spilled blood.  more ...

Torture that degrades a nation

Last year’s US Senate report on CIA torture confirmed earlier findings that the CIA’s post-September 11 program of “enhanced interrogations” of terror suspects was in part based on “reverse engineering” – the survival, evasion, resistance and escape (Sere) training given to US pilots and other forces to prepare them for capture and possibly torture by enemy forces.  more ...

A reminder of comic books’ anti-women problem

Recently leaked emails between the CEOs of Marvel Studios and Sony have generated waves of controversy. The exchange, a conversation between Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter and Sony’s Michael Linton, was one of the 30,000 documents recently published by WikiLeaks from this year’s Sony hack. In one email, Perlmutter explains to Linton why doing a female-centric superhero film is a bad business idea. In other words, that it makes no sense to make Marvel movies featuring women in starring roles. The assertion has created an uncomfortable atmosphere, with some fans left outraged.  more ...

Culture & Life – The hypocrisy of capitalism

Capitalism and hypocrisy are almost synonymous, they so often go together. Whether it’s the farcically spurious “choices” offered by bourgeois democracy being lauded as the ultimate expression of genuine democracy, or politicians representing corporate interests cutting the already meagre benefits for the poor while simultaneously cutting corporate tax rates even as they proclaim that “the economy can’t afford” to go on paying pensions, hypocrisy is inherent within the system.  more ...

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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 ...

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