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Communists gear up for federal election

It’s been a few years since Communists stood as candidates at a federal election. Running in an election is a big commitment of time and money but those aren’t the only obstacles to be overcome. The bureaucratic requirements of the electoral authorities have made the task that much harder. The major parties of capital – the Liberals, Nationals and Labor – have combined in federal and state jurisdictions to make it harder for smaller parties to take their place on the ballot paper.  more ...

Current Issue of The Guardian

February 10, 2016 - click here for index of articles.

Children ordered back to Nauru hell – Refugee outrage

If there were ever any doubt that Turnbull is backing the full reactionary agenda inherited from Abbott, it has now evaporated. Australians have been confronted by the determination of the Coalition government to send 260 asylum seekers back to its notorious refugee detention camp on Nauru. Among the 260 are 72 children, including 37 babies born in Australia. A 24-year-old Iranian woman who was also allegedly raped on Nauru also faces being returned. Turnbull is unmoved and is sticking to the line about seeking to prevent deaths at sea and destroying people smugglers “business model”. “This pernicious, criminal trade of people smuggling cannot succeed,” the PM told parliament. “The line has to be drawn somewhere and it is drawn at our border.”  more ...


Editorial – System’s underbelly left untouched

In conjunction with the Heydon Royal Commission, the push to “simplify” the industrial relations system is a drive to increase the exploitation of labour. Steve Knott, from the Australian Minerals and Metals Association, defeats his own argument by citing the 1904 Conciliation and Arbitration Act because it had only 21 pages, whereas the equivalent today has more than 750 pages.  more ...

Sauce bottle wants fair shake for UN-bound Krudd

Kevin Rudd’s biggest, and possibly only supporter outside Queensland says Cory Bernadi is very rude and should withdraw his objection to the former Prime Minister being put forward for the job of UN Secretary-General.  more ...

Climate – Mad attempt to reverse the course of history

Last week the CSIRO announced that 350 of its Marine and Atmospheric Research staff are to be sacked. The brutal move is significant in the light of recent claims by scientists that a slow-down in the rise of average atmospheric temperatures is attributable to the oceans absorbing a greater amount of the additional thermal energy created by greenhouse gases.  more ...

Has the GST been pushed off the table?

Just when it looked as though the Coalition government was wedded to a 50 percent hike in the inequitable GST from 10 percent to 15 percent, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have gone cold on the idea. He is no longer saying that increasing and broadening the GST is being “actively considered by the government, as it should be”. Even the more intransigent Treasurer Scott Morrison appears to be backing off a little. But the changes in their approach or position have nothing to do with the tax being unfair.  more ...

Ignored in commentary on Syria – 23 Million Syrians and the secular Syrian state

After the invasion of Iraq in 2003 there was cause for Syrians to be concerned that their country would one day be targeted by the United States. Though not officially in what George Bush termed the “Axis of Evil”, Syria had attained pariah status: it was not a member of any Western club.  more ...

The fear of not enough to go around

Police confrontations in Macedonia and Calais, suffocation in trucks, drowning at sea and shootings at borders, are, we are told, manifestations of a global migration problem. The “problem” is not confined to the Mediterranean and the Balkans: consider the Rohingya abandoned in the Andaman Sea in May last year or the swelling refugee camps of Jordan and Lebanon; the detention centres on the Pacific island of Nauru and Australian “pushbacks” of refugee boats, or deaths in the Sahara desert.  more ...

Culture & Life – US elections

No doubt you saw, amidst the plethora of fatuous or superficial TV “news items” last week about the US presidential primary elections, the item about the Evangelical pastor advocating a vote in the Iowa primaries for Trump to be the Republican candidate for President.  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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