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Current Issue of The Guardian

April 16, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

Abbott’s savage cuts – Time for action

In the run-up to the May budget the government has been foreshadowing some of the nasties that lie ahead for the aged, sick, unemployed, low income and other disadvantaged groups. Amongst the most recent of these are warning of impending cuts to the aged pension and cuts to nursing home subsidies. Public education is on the chopping block. In fact, all welfare payments are in the government’s sights. Medicare is about to be privatised and a co-payment introduced for GP visits and hospital emergency departments. Everyone knows that the $6 co-payment being floated won’t remain at $6.  more ...

Editorial – Preparing the ground for GST increase

Hardly a day goes by without the Coalition government, a big business representative or economist warning that spending on aged care, health, pensions or some other area of social spending is unsustainable. The sale of Medibank Public and other privatisations are defended with similar references. Increasingly, there are calls for an increase in the GST.  more ...

Sydney’s Domain and Botanic Gardens threatened

Obsessed with converting public assets into profit-laden private sector ventures, the NSW government is arguing all such assets should generate revenue to pay for the future development of new infrastructure.  more ...

Abbott tour – more about war than trade

Tabloid media coverage of the PM’s recent tour of Japan, South Korea and China took up the made-to-order theme – Tony Abbott the man of action who broke through on “free” trade agreements where Labor had dithered for years. He would have pulled off the trifecta of agreements with the three Asian economic powerhouses but for the complexity of the issues with the People’s Republic and the lack of shared “values”. That’s what the transnationals would like the public to believe. The real purpose of the tour was to help tighten the US cordon around the Asia-Pacific, to shore up its economic interests, to try and lure them deeper into the big power economic-political camp and away from the growing economic influence of China and further prepare an alliance for war with the PRC.  more ...

Women in Syria – The inside story

The Western mainstream media have kept on message over the last three years, persistently presenting the violence in Syria as stemming from a ruthless tyrant’s suppression of a people’s yearning for freedom and democracy.  more ...

Books by Tom Pearson

Six works of poetry by the editor of the Guardian, with illustrations by the author.   more ...

The eviction of the Last of the River People

The Swan Valley Nyungah Community are known as the Last of the River People. Their demise into homelessness and extreme poverty was induced by the state government. The River People had called the 20 acre site home, the last remnant of their ancestral lands. Despite colonialist disenfranchisement they had clung on to that piece of land, a pin prickle of the land they walked freely prior to 1829.  more ...

Culture & Life – Opposing global warming and supporting fascism

There’s a supposed plot idea for a movie (or a novel) being circulated on the Internet at the moment that goes like this: 97 percent of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires and oil companies.  more ...

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