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Current Issue of The Guardian

October 29, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

Supermarket monopoly and farm ruin

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched legal action against Coles alleging unconscionable conduct in dealings with five suppliers. For a long time, the ACCC wouldn’t hear a word against supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths as they flexed their monopoly muscle in the grocery market. Over the past 12 months, however, the Commission has felt compelled to act on six occasions when the retailers’ actions simply couldn’t be defended any longer.  more ...

Editorial – Edward Gough Whitlam

On Monday October 20, one of Australia’s greatest reforming Prime Ministers, Edward Gough Whitlam QC passed away at the age of 98. He was PM for three years until being sacked by Governor General John Kerr in a CIA-backed coup on November 11, 1975. Whitlam was no “leftie”, but an enlightened and educated lawyer and humanist, who passionately believed in peace, social justice and equality of opportunity. During those three years he led a team on an all-embracing program of social, economic, cultural, environmental and political reform that served the needs and interests of the Australian people and Australia’s independence and sovereignty.  more ...

Whitlam legacy

any important progressive, pro-people reforms were made during the three Whitlam years – 1972-1975. They include:  more ...

Battles rage over inner city and Harbour developments

Battles are now raging over controversial developments around Sydney Harbour. Private investors, mostly from overseas, have now bought up much of the inner city property, and are joining a corporate campaign for major new developments around Sydney Harbour.  more ...

Whitlam on foreign policy

In a letter to PM Gough Whitlam, the Socialist Party of Australia (now the CPA) posed ten questions on the government’s foreign policy. The response which was received just weeks prior to Whitlam’s dismissal is republished here along with the Party’s letter.  more ...

India: Forests and tigers vs coal mines

The Indian government’s approval of new coal mines in Central India has led to a lot of debate and much opposition in India and elsewhere. Permission has already been given for a three kilometre wide underground mine, which the Indian government maintains will cause less adverse environmental impacts than an open cut mine. But this type of mining will still cause plenty of deforestation and fragmentation of Bengal Tiger and other wildlife habitat in the region. And Coal India wants to establish several more new coal mines in Central India next to forest habitat that is crucial for sustaining endangered Bengal Tigers.  more ...

The globalisation of war

Central to an understanding of war, is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. War has been provided with a humanitarian mandate under NATO’s “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P). The victims of US-led wars are presented as the perpetrators of war. Civilians in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are responsible for their own deaths.  more ...

Culture & Life – Lies and conspiracies

The second-most pathetic sight of recent times has to have been Tony Abbott telling everyone how he would “shirtfront” Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Brisbane. The most pathetic sight was Labor leader Bill Shorten trying to outdo Abbott by being even more fiercely anti-Russian. These two strutting game-cocks posturing for the Australian media as though they were the leaders of a Great Power while they spouted anti-Russian rhetoric of a type not seen since the 1950s and the height of the Cold War was downright embarrassing.  more ...

Pete's Corner

Over 10 years worth of sharp humour from The Guardian's very own cartoonist Pete Andrew can be accessed from the main menu – or just click here.

Discover The Five

This is the story of the Cuban Five, five men in US prisons. The five who? Cuba? Let’s start at the beginning. You know Cuba is an island off the coast of Florida. The people there made a revolution in 1959 and the US government broke diplomatic relations. Not much has changed, the conflict continues.

16 years is too long – Free the Cuban Five

Published on Sep 16, 2014: Australia-Cuba Friendship Society members express solidarity with the campaign to free the Cuban Five on the 16th anniversary of their incarceration.

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