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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

October 7, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

7-Eleven scandal – The tip of a low-wage iceberg

It’s no wonder the Coalition hates the ABC. The national broadcaster’s latest exposé of Australia’s growing extreme low-wage, “black” labour market has sent industry and anti-worker state and federal politicians scurrying. The Four Corners program’s revelations of illegally inadequate pay and conditions at 7-Eleven franchised convenience stores nation-wide has prompted a reshuffle at the top of the company and protestations of “shock” that such a systemic rip-off of mostly young workers had developed within the 620-store chain.  more ...


Editorial – Profiting from abuse and misery

A front page picture-caption of Transfield chair Diane Smith-Gander, a two-page feature and an editorial in the October 3 Australian Financial Review sought to justify the corporation’s existence as the government’s detention centre contractor at Manus Island and Nauru. As justifications go it’s of testimonial proportions and a measure of the stigmatising nature of the abuse and inhumane treatment of those locked up in those prison camps.  more ...

Blaming the victim

Today the victims of domestic violence are still being blamed.  more ...

Medicare – Privatisation behind rhetoric

The Coalition government has launched yet another attack on Medicare with a new round of cuts. The cuts come in the guise of a review of items covered by Medicare. Health Minister Sussan Ley speaks in terms of removing items that do not reflect “contemporary best clinical practice”. The review is not just about removing items, but also aims at reducing rebates and opening the way for private health insurance funds to offer “gap” coverage for Medicare items.  more ...

The choice facing the people of Portugal

Extracts from a speech made by Jerónimo de Sousa, General Secretary, Amora, Seixal in Portugal at a rally of the 2015 Avante! Festival on September 6, 2015. Avante! is the newspaper of the Communist Party of Portugal.  more ...

“Imperialist intervention in Syria must end now”

Speech of World Federation of Trade unions General Secretary George Mavrikos at the International Conference of WFTU and GFTU in Solidarity With the Syrian People held in Damascus, Syria on September 13-14, 2015.   more ...

Culture & Life – UN sustainable development goals miss the point

Not many people enjoy the existence of poverty. Some think it’s inevitable, others that tackling it is politically impossible. But for those with ambition, an end to poverty is a worthy enough goal. Naturally, the self-congratulation was in full flow last month, as celebrities and world leaders gathered in New York to launch their latest effort to do just that, in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals.  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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