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February 14, 2018 - click here for index of articles.

Stop the drive to war

CPA statement: With the appointment of Admiral Harry Harris, Pacific Commander of US forces in the Indo-Pacific, as the new US ambassador to Australia, the Trump administration has in place the main link in its chain of command for overseeing Australia’s role in a planned Asia-Pacific conflict.  more ...

Banning the Eureka flag will not break our spirit!

CPA statement: The recent decision of the Turnbull government to ban the Eureka flag from construction sites is a further attack on the spirit and organisational capacity of Australia’s workers. The Eureka flag has been a symbol of resistance to injustice since it was first flown at the uprising on the gold fields at Ballarat on December 3, 1854. It was raised by workers from many countries to express their willingness to fight against oppression.  more ...

Editorial – Peace games versus war games

In the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang last Saturday, delegates from South Korea and the People’s Republic of Korea marched under a common flag.  more ...

Oppose Welfare Reform Bill

The Turnbull government’s Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 is scheduled to return to the upper house this month.  more ...

Banks Royal Commission – The bastards after your super

The main target of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industries is the retail superannuation sector which the banks have their eyes on. The terms of reference drafted by the big four banks are designed to produce a whitewash of the corruption, fraud, malpractices and other misconduct by banks and insurance companies.  more ...

Voices for Peace

As we approach this year, the centenary of the cease fire of the war to end all wars, it is disturbing to say the least that our government wants to remember the loss of 60,000 lives with a massive program for Australia to be a major armaments merchant. We believe that more taxpayer dollars should not be committed to the manufacture of weapons used in war. The $3.8 billion Defence Export Facility to assist arms industry companies wanting to find overseas markets serves only the forces that in fact brought us World War One.  more ...

Racism – a capitalist tool

Prior to the Second World War, the heartland of capitalism – the place that set the system’s policies, methods and style – was England. But after WW2, capitalism’s heartland shifted base to the USA, where, 80 years after the end of the American Civil War – the “war to free the slaves” – a deep and pervasive racism operated.  more ...

WTO Ministerial talks collapse in disarray

The 11th WTO Ministerial Conference, held in December, ended in deadlock and total disarray. As Chakravarthi Raghavan explains, this failure was due to attempts by the rich countries to renege on the organisation’s earlier mandated decisions on key issues of vital importance to developing countries (such as food security) while pushing onto the agenda new issues which had no organic link to trade or the WTO.  more ...

Culture & Life – Prison slavery

Whose money is it? Many departments of corrections (DOCs) supplement their state budgets with business deals. These deals mean free or under 50-cents-per-hour use of prison workers. It’s a billion-dollar industry that many Americans know nothing about.  more ...

Quote of the Week

The Nazis carried their tragic fate down with them:
now the Parisians are fishing it out of the sewers and calling it existentialism.

Bertolt Brecht

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