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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

July 29, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

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Healthcare – Danger: Privatisation

The privatisation of Medibank Private has fundamentally altered the private health insurance (PHI) sector. Medibank Private, prior to privatisation, acted as a restraint on other private health funds such as BUPA, HCF and HCI. Now it is a share holding company listed on the Stock Exchange. It is obliged by law to put the interests of its shareholders first. That is, profits must by law come before patients!  more ...


Editorial – Helicopter jaunts and equality of sacrifice

Last week’s parliamentary leaders’ retreat in Sydney was dominated by talk of tax reform. Prime Minister Abbott, state premiers and territory chief ministers were all pretty much on the same page. “Australia”, that broadest of definitions encompassing a very unequal society, has a debt problem. The biggest component of this problem, supposedly, is the health budget. The Medicare levy doesn’t meet the cost of public health and something has got to give. Public spending cuts will continue as will privatisation but now, it seems, taxation will have to be increased, as well. Of course, the idea of increasing corporate tax is not even considered. Neither is any measure that would dampen the drive of the already wealthy to go out and get even wealthier. The GST, the tax that clobbers the less well off hardest, appears to be the front runner in the tax hike stakes.  more ...

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Abbott’s inner clique splits Coalition

The secrecy and duplicity with which Abbott and a small clique of ministers rule the federal cabinet is causing major divisions within the Coalition government.  more ...

Proud Winmar family members and supporters

Long road to recognition

It’s taken 100 years, but the Winmar family in Western Australia say they have finally been given the recognition they deserve for their contribution to the Wheatbelt town of Quairading. The local council and the state government have renamed a local street Winmar Road.  more ...


Strategy for a failed system

On August 26 there will be a National Reform Summit of representatives from employer organisations, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), academics, the Australian Council of Social Service and other community organisations. The Murdoch and Fairfax media have put aside their own bitter competition to jointly sponsor the Summit.  more ...

Kenia Serrano Puig

“A turning point in history”

Kenia Serrano Puig is a member of the National People’s Assembly of the Republic of Cuba. She has been President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) for six years. She has represented Cuba in a number of countries, participating in international conferences and bilateral visits. Kenia was recently a guest speaker at the National Consultation of the Australia & NZ-Cuba Friendship Societies held on June 6-8 in Sydney. Between sessions, she spoke to the Guardian.  more ...

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Standing with the Greek working class – CP of Ireland statement

The European Union has exposed its essential class nature in its attitude to the Greek people. After months of arm-twisting, bullying and blackmail it has imposed even more draconian austerity on the working people of Greece.  more ...

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Culture & Life – Ukraine, demonic possession and movies

Did you see the reports of the news conference given by the Ukrainian Major-General who defected to the Donetsk People’s Republic in Donbas? Hardly surprising if you didn’t – as far as I can tell, it was essentially blanked out of the regular news bulletins. But you can be sure that if a Major-General from the breakaway regime in Donetsk had defected to Kiev he would have featured on every news bulletin – and at length.  more ...

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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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