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October 17, 2018 - click here for index of articles.

Climate change – PM prays as disaster looms

The Morrison government has completely rejected recommendations of a major new report prepared by 91 leading climate scientists for the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding the potentially terrifying impact of climate change.  more ...

Editorial – Fully fund and resource public education

The federal ALP opposition is gearing up for elections and last week announced its commitment to public education would add up to an extra $14 billion over the next decade plus an extra $3.3 billion between 2020 and 2022. Excellent news for the public education sector which has been steadily demoted to the position of poor cousin of the private and “independent” schools by LNP and ALP policy for many years. Is it enough? The CPA asks why can’t a rich nation like Australia do better for all its children?  more ...

Solidarity with Australian workers

PAME, the All-Workers’ Militant Front, a member of the WFTU, representing the class trade union movement of Greece, denounces the penalisation of workers’ struggles and the persecution of the trade unionists in Australia.   more ...

The art of history

The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War and Thomas Bock exhibitions in Hobart reveal a visual record of the island’s first people and history of the brutal years following invasion.  more ...

“Appalling failure”

In a formal submission to the coronial inquest into the death of construction worker Jorge Castillo-Riffo, his widowed partner Pam Gurner-Hall has called for the establishment of a new, independent safety commissioner for South Australia and for coronial inquests into deaths at work to be mandatory.  more ...

Perth: Frack Free Rally

In Perth at lunchtime on October 12 over 300 people rallied outside the state Parliament calling for the government to release a report from the WA Fracking Inquiry which it has been sitting on since September 12, when the Inquiry handed the final report to the WA Labor government of Mark McGowan.  more ...

Brave New World Revisited … again

Sixty years ago this year, Aldous Huxley published Brave New World Revisited, which concluded that the real world was moving towards the future predicted in his classic dystopian novel much more quickly than he had first imagined.  more ...

Cuba’s bees

We hear it all the time: bees populations around the world are drastically declining, but it turns out that there is an exception to this global trend. Today organic honey is one of Cuba’s main exports. The country is a kind of a bee paradise and the explanation behind this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. For many years we’ve been talking about the very negative effects that pesticides have on bees and other native pollinators. Cuba gives us a chance to take a look the future of organic agriculture and observe its benefits.  more ...

Life-or-death warning

WASHINGTON: Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists has reported. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.  more ...

40 years after the Alma Ata Declaration

In September, 1978, a major international conference on primary health care was held in the Kazakh city Alma Ata (now renamed Almaty). The Alma Ata Declaration called for “Health for All by 2000”. Matthew Bramall recounts the radical goals of the Declaration – and how they were undermined by neo-liberalism and structural adjustment policies.  more ...

Culture & Life – Keeping the ABC public and ...

The ABC is currently running a series of campaign spots promoting it as a sort of national icon. Fair enough, I hear you say. And so it is, but bear with me. Utilising the services of several prominent actors and other public figures, these TV spots appear to have been created by a well-meaning ad-agency. Although they utilise such popular sentiments as nostalgia, cultural pride and even patriotism, the only line they plug – with a rather heavy hand, it must be said – is that the ABC is important. Now that is certainly incontrovertible, However, they consistently – and conspicuously – neglect one highly relevant argument in support of that contention. Have you noticed how no one in any of the spots ever mentions that the ABC is our national public broadcaster?  more ...


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