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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 ...

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September 2, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

US-Australian bombing plans – No to invasion of Syria!

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that Australia is about to join the US in bombing Syria. There is a great deal of speculation about where the idea came from. It had already been floated by Liberal backbencher Dan Tehan who heads the Parliament’s intelligence and security committee. The PM claims the suggestion came from Barack Obama a few weeks ago when they were having a phone conversation. The US president was pressing Australia’s final endorsement of the sovereignty-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fairfax media reported leaks from senior government sources that Abbott had pestered the US for such an invitation.  more ...

“Operation Fortitude” – a wake up call

There was a rapid response to a press release issued by the Australian Border Force (ABF) last Friday (August 28). Hundreds of angry protesters quickly gathered outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne to protest against the ABF’s Operation Fortitude. Last Friday’s turn of events was a wake-up call to all left and democratic forces in Australia and to the wider community.  more ...


Editorial – Who won WW2?

During and shortly after WW2, people had no doubt that the main area of conflict was the Russian front. The most troops, the most weapons, the greatest battles, the greatest destruction of German military forces, it was all on the Russian front. Consider the statistics: a total of 607 Nazi divisions were destroyed or captured on that front, representing 80 percent of the Wehrmacht’ s strength. That is three and a half times more than the Nazis lost on all the other war fronts – in North Africa, Italy and Western Europe – combined.  more ...

Horrors in offshore detention centres

Last week a former Nauru detention security guard testified he had seen male detainees gasping after experiencing the horrible waterboarding torture, and there are continuing reports of the rape and sexual assault of women, girls and young boys.  more ...

Action on free trade agreements

To coincide with the Federal Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties sitting in major cities around Australia, unions have been organising rallies to help raise awareness of the pitfalls lurking in free trade agreements which erode their working conditions.  more ...

Another recession looming large

Treasurer Joe Hockey had economic commentators scratching their heads in bewilderment last week. “Why pick now of all times, to cut income tax?” asks Peter Martin under the headline: “Treasurer’s ‘bracket creep’ reasoning fails to add up.” (Sydney Morning Herald, 25-08-2015) Sixty billion dollars was wiped off the value of shares on the Australian stock market last week. Unemployment and under-employment continue to rise.  more ...

Palestinian liberation “key matter of our time”

More than 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organisations have released this statement reaffirming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.”  more ...

Culture & Life – The global impact of regime change policy

The USA once had possibly the most vibrant newspaper culture of any country in the world. There were hundreds of newspapers across the country, some independent, some part of chains, but of course all of them were privately owned. Capitalist propagandists point to that as a “free press”, but in truth very few of those papers served the interests of the people who bought them. No, before all else they served the interests of their owners and their advertisers.  more ...

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Half A Century of Pain

50 Years of Agent Orange Disaster in Vietnam

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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