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Current Issue of The Guardian

June 29, 2016 - click here for index of articles.

Vote for workers’ rights

From the time of its election in 2013 the Coalition government of Tony Abbott was hell-bent on implementing the former Howard Coalition government’s big business agenda. Just two months after winning office, the government introduced a bill to restore the Howard government’s anti-union Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and increase penalties on workers and trade unions found to be in breach of its draconian laws.  more ...


Editorial – The anti-worker state

In 1834 the six Tolpuddle martyrs were transported from Britain to Australia for the “crime” of attempting to form a trade union. However, the idea of unionism spread world-wide and now, millions of workers are members of trade unions. Workers, experiencing the savage exploitation of capital know that they have to become a collective if they are to improve their living and working conditions.  more ...

A message from the national president – Put the Liberals last!

The Communist Party of Australia campaigns for Socialism and working class power in Australia. The CPA represents and shares the interests of workers, their families and other exploited social strata in our society.  more ...

Driving Medicare to privatisation

The new head of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has come out swinging in the middle of an election campaign defending the PM’s unbelievable statement that “we are not privatising Medicare”. The treachery of the AMA towards bulk billing GPs knows no bounds, especially as the immediate past president of the AMA Brian Owler had been attacking the policy of an extended Medicare rebate freeze and urging doctors to actively campaign against the Turnbull government.  more ...

“Our people deserve much, much better” – Redfern Statement

We will not be ignored any longer. That was the message dozens of peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations delivered in Sydney this month.  more ...

Treaty ... the way forward

For successive Australian governments, whether colonial, federal, territory or state ... our intertwined histories have been about their solutions to us as the problem!  more ...

Far right celebrate Brexit

In Britain, the anti-immigrant supporters of UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage are popping open the champagne bottles. In a 52 to 48 percent result, voters decided in favour of “Brexit”, or a “British exit,” from the European Union. In the hours after the tally became clear, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation. The British pound took a nosedive. Stock markets around the world entered turmoil. And the government of Scotland, where an overwhelming majority of voters opted to stay in the EU, announced its intention to hold a new referendum on independence from Britain.  more ...

Taking Issue – What a great system!

The propagandists of capitalism would have us believe that it is the apex of human development, the ultimate achievement of human ingenuity. Remember when Gorbachev destroyed the Soviet Union and those same propagandists rushed to proclaim that it was “the end of history”, that there would be no further development of society, that capitalism was the best system we would ever have? Well, we knew they were wrong, but some of us may not have known how very wrong they were.  more ...

Put the Coalition last in the Senate

The voting system for the Senate has changed. In the past, voting above the line involved ticking a box against the name of a party or group. Preferences were distributed according to that party’s preference list or lists (up to three). These lists were put to the Australian Electoral Commission prior to the elections.  more ...

Orlando and beyond

On June 12, a gunman entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and opened fire, murdering 49 people and injuring a further 53. Since this terrifying attack on the queer community various political leaders both within the United States of America and Australia have come out and condemned the attack while using the event as a catalyst to try and stoke the fires of racism and Islamophobia in order to justify the continuation and expansion of the state’s military operations in the Middle East, and police control on the domestic front.  more ...

Culture & Life – The Election and after

Whether he wins the 2016 federal election or not, Malcolm Turnbull and his LNP colleagues have a program of undisguised hostility towards the working class and its organisations. For Turnbull, a rich merchant banker, the working class are not just scum beneath his expensive shoes; they are the enemy – his class enemy.  more ...

Quote of the Week

Australia was Communist for 60,000 years before invasion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with respect for the environment and each other

Paul McAleer, Maritime Union of Australia

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