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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

July 8, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

Repressive Border Force Act – Govt gag for detention centre workers

Last year the Abbott government passed the Australian Border Force Act, prohibiting “entrusted persons” from unauthorised recording or disclosure of information concerning asylum seeker detention centres.  more ...

Citizenship – Rights jettisoned

The concept of citizenship takes on a new meaning in the Citizenship (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015. The Bill requires allegiance to Australia and “Australian values” as a condition of citizenship. Citizenship can be revoked and is conditional for Australians with dual citizenship or eligible for citizenship in another country.  more ...

Editorial – Defend the ABC!

The campaign against the editorial independence of the ABC has reached a climax in the fortnight following the appearance of Zaky Mallah on the Q&A live-to-air program. Far from subsiding in the course of an ever-quickening news cycle, the shrillness of commentary from Coalition political figures and the corporate press about the controversial exchange between Mallah and parliamentary secretary Steve Ciobo has escalated dramatically. This is despite the announcement of a probe by the Department of Communications and the apologetic findings of an internal ABC investigation.  more ...

Corporate takeover of education

Leaked sections of a Green Paper on Federation reveal that the Abbott government is considering whether to abandon all responsibility for funding schools or to just continue with funding for non-government schools. At the same time, according to the Fairfax media, the leaked paper proposes the means testing of parents sending their children to public schools. Means testing implies the introduction of fees for public schools, with children of lower income parents on lower or no fees.  more ...

“Big stick” policies to punish job-seekers

Anti-Poverty Network SA, along with the Australian Unemployment Union, have started fighting a new wave of attacks against unemployed people. Starting from Wednesday July 1, the government is giving privately-owned employment service providers, which job-seekers are assigned to when they start looking for work, the power to fine the unemployed at least $55 (10 percent of their income) for missing a “job search” appointment without a valid excuse (to be determined by the employment service provider).  more ...

Greed running riot at Barangaroo

The massive development of Barangaroo, the huge former stevedoring area on the east side of Darling Harbour just west of the city’s CBD, is a potent symbol of the insatiable greed of big capital.  more ...

Timor Leste – Tomorrow’s doctors

Dr Merita (Metha) Monteiro is head of the Department Infectious Diseases at Timor Leste’s Ministry of Health. She was one of the first group of Timorese students to study medicine in Cuba, graduating in 2011. Almost 1,000 doctors have been trained on scholarships in Cuba or by Cuban doctors in Timor Leste. Metha was a special guest at the recent national Consultation of Australia-Cuba Friendship Societies. Around 120 people took part in the annual Consultation which was held in Sydney this year from June 6-8. Metha spoke to the Guardian about her experiences as a student in Cuba and her work in Timor Leste since graduation.  more ...

Greece – The referendum solved nothing

Greek voters rejected the proposal of the European Union in the referendum held on Sunday July 5. The No vote was 61.5 % and the Yes 38.5%. there were however 5.5% of “informal votes” which opted for a different solution. In addition, the sum total of those who did not vote, or voted informally, was 41.3%.  more ...

Confederate flag, like the swastika, has no place in our future

BERLIN: Unlike the swastika, which was banned in Germany and elsewhere after the defeat of fascism in World War II, the Confederate flag was not banned in the US after the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War.  more ...

Culture & Life – Capitalism: burning fossil fuels and controlling food

Oxfam has released a new report titled Let Them Eat Coal accusing the most developed nations of continuing to burn coal at unsustainable rates. Coal is still the world’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The report says the developed nations’ continued use of coal “is driving planetary destruction on a massive scale and pushing off investments in the solutions necessary to right humanity’s course in the coming years and decades”.  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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