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Current Issue of The Guardian

July 30, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

Prison ship disgrace Latest asylum seeker debacle

The Abbott government has gone to scandalous lengths to defend its sound bite claim to have “stopped the boats”. The 157 asylum seekers held in inadequate conditions aboard an Australian Customs vessel since early June have finally been transported via the Cocoas Island to the Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. Federal ministers, headed by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, have blustered that the hapless detainees will never settle in Australia. Journalists friendly to the government are insisting the rate of boat arrivals will probably settle at around the three to four per year that were intercepted during the Howard era.  more ...


Kiev junta disbands CP of Ukraine: prelude to general suppression, ethnic cleansing

Kiev, Ukraine: The speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Oleksander Turchynov, a member of the US backed junta that seized power in Kiev in March this year, has announced that he “corrected an historical error” and “fulfilled an historic mission” disbanding the Communist Party of Ukraine.  more ...


Editorial – Opportunism writ large

Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered condolences to the families who had lost loved ones in the “terrible tragedy” – the downing of Malaysian passenger jet MH17 – and demanded “justice for the dead.” He wasted no time in attributing blame to Russia for the “shooting down” of the MH17. Dennis Shanahan writing in The Australian (19-07-2014) proclaimed: “Tony Abbott has gone further than any other world leader in pointing the finger at Russia as being responsible for the ‘murder’ of 298 people including 28 Australians.” No examination of the site, no evidence whatsoever – blame Putin and in doing so, reinforce ongoing US demands for sanctions against Russia.  more ...


Touch one, Touch all – Attack on unions underway

Imagine a large workplace with 600 workers but no direct employees. Where all the workers are employed by sub-contractors or body hire companies. Where there are no penalty rates for weekends, no holiday pay, no paid sick leave or rostered days off (RDOs). Where the gains of generations of workers and their trade unions, including health and safety, have been thrown out and union agreements have been replaced by non-union collective agreements or individual contracts.  more ...


Public food safety is important

Approaching the age of 80, I find one of the few political activities I’m physically able to do, is to sign petitions on all sorts of social justice issues. When I signed the petition to stop the closing of NSW Department of Health’s Food Testing Laboratory at Lidcombe, I was taken back over 45 years to when I applied to work as a part time laboratory assistant in the Division of Analytical Laboratories as the Forensic Analytical Science Services (FASS) were then called.  more ...


Redefining politics – In an age of toxicity and moral vacuum

The formative influences in my childhood and adolescence were the Great Depression, which I can just remember, World War II, and the brief period of post-war optimism when organisations such as the UN, UNESCO, WHO and FAO were set up, just before the onset of the Cold War in 1948.  more ...


Calls for urgent National Conference – Statement Iraqi CP

The Iraqi Communist Party has called for holding a national conference as soon as possible, and setting up a temporary consultative body that enjoys effective popular support to defeat terrorism.  more ...


Culture & Life – Fascism is to blame

To judge by the way Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott have been strutting around making bold demands of the rest of the world’s leaders, Australia must be a very Great Power indeed. Or could it be that the Abbott government is more than somewhat delusional in this regard?  more ...



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