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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

August 26, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

Scrap the Commission

For more than 15 months the media has run a regular stream of unproven allegations of union corruption and coercion as if they were fact. Labor and trade union leaders have been subjected to intense interrogation and their reputations sullied. Now the tables have turned; it is Abbott’s $52 million trade union Royal Commission and its Commissioner whose credibility is at stake. On Friday August 21, it was the Commissioner, former High Court judge Dyson Heydon, who was on trial following revelations that he had accepted an invitation to a Liberal Party fund-raiser.  more ...

Stop the TPP

Last Sunday protesters gathered in Sydney’s Martin Place to rally against the anti-democratic, job busting Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.  more ...


Editorial – Corporate vigilantes

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has threatened to change the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) to prevent what is described as “ideologically- motivated”, “third party”, “vigilante litigation” or “lawfare” against mining projects. The PM, Cabinet colleagues and the Murdoch press have chimed in to “save jobs”, help the struggling economy and “restore balance” in the process for approval for resource sector ventures – or so they say.  more ...

Government attempts to muzzle the arts

Last year the government cut arts funding by $28 million, as part of a four-year $100 million funding reduction, and three months ago it transferred $105 million that had been allocated to the Australia Council to a proposed new National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA).  more ...

Long established liberties under threat

We have recently been confronted in Australia with an attempt to get Cabinet to agree to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection being given the authority to remove the citizenship from Australians with dual nationality, if they are guilty of terrorism, supporting terrorism or are suspected of terrorism. It is also being discussed whether sole nationals, who may have the right to citizenship of another country, can also have their citizenship removed. This is to be done based on security reports. The law courts are to be kept out of the matter except there can be a review of the process of citizenship removal by a judge.  more ...

A tale of two histories

Writing in the Murdoch press last week, former ASIO officer Molly Sasson repeated allegations that a Soviet mole operated within ASIO after WW2. She also revived old suggestions that Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon once had a covert working relationship with former Soviet diplomat Vladimir Alexeev, described by Sasson as an agent of the Soviet intelligence organisation, the KGB.  more ...

Dangerous allies – US bases and troops in Australia

There’s a great deal that could be discussed and analysed about the US Pivot into Asia-Pacific, but I will confine myself to the US-Australia military alliance and its implications for Australia with a threat of war in the region.  more ...

Propaganda and rewriting history

There is propaganda that takes the form of a straight-forward lie that masks activity governments want hidden from their populations. Examples abound, but we can mention a few: the German Nazis’ claim that the Communists set fire to the Reichstag, or their claim that their invasion of Poland was in response to a Polish attack on German border guards.  more ...

Fortress Britain

Britain’s top “diplomat”, Foreign Office Minister Philip Hammond has accused “marauding” migrants – the desperate, dispossessed, bereaved, orphaned children even, attempting to reach the UK, where many have relatives, contacts or speak the language – of threatening Britain and Europe’s “standard of living.”  more ...

Culture & Life – Marx and Engels and scientific socialism

Marx and Engels were not the first people to advocate a socialist form of society. There were in fact a slew of people in the early 19th century promoting various incarnations of socialism, but until Marx and Engels they were all utopian: visions of the future based on hope, and dreams and wishful thinking.   more ...

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Over 10 years worth of sharp humour from The Guardian's very own cartoonist Pete Andrew can be accessed from the main menu – or just click here.


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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