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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 1, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

Push for dictatorial powers

The week before last the Abbott government attempted to force Labor to back legislation that would have allowed it to strip dual national citizens of their Australian citizenship if the government claimed they were guilty of involvement in terrorist activities. The legislation has not yet been revealed, and the government demanded that Labor agree to the legislation without having seen it.  more ...

Editorial – Act against the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam.  more ...

“Jobactive” – Making unemployment “the worst time”

The Abbott Liberal-National government’s introduction of the Jobactive system on July 1 marks the beginning of “the worst time in Australia’s post-war history to be unemployed.”  more ...

Child detention “at crisis point”

Detention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children around the nation has reached a crisis point, with the worst rates in Western Australia, Amnesty International says.  more ...

Removing the spine from “our ABC”

The furore over last week’s Q&A appearance by Zaky Mallah has not yet died down. The ABC’s Monday night panel show, conducted before a live audience, regularly hits the headlines in the days following its broadcast but never like this. The person at the centre of the controversy spent two years in Goulburn jail waiting trial on terrorism charges. He was acquitted. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of threatening Commonwealth officers and was sentenced to time already served in prison. That was a decade ago when Mallah was a troubled 19-year-old and typical of a section of the marginalised, alienated Muslim youth in Australia’s larger cities finding the “radical” message of fundamentalist groups persuasive.  more ...

Justice for the victims of Chile’s dictatorship – The Australian connection

Lorena Pizarro is a prominent human rights activist and member of the Central Committee of the Chilean Communist Party. She is here on behalf of the National Campaign for Truth and Justice for Chile to campaign for the extradition of Adriana Rivas, a woman who lives freely in Australia but has been requested by the Chilean government to be extradited, as she faces serious charges of human rights violations in Chile.  more ...

Fighting for the future of the BBC

“Payback time” screamed the Sun newspaper on the announcement of John Whittingdale’s new job as Culture Secretary.  more ...

Culture & Life – Cracks in the image and the business of war

The Dalai Lama, a spent force within Tibet, still parades around the Western world on behalf of US imperialism posing as the champion of love and tolerance (not to mention peace), much as the US itself poses as the champion of democracy and justice (not to mention peace). His regime was based on slavery and the complete domination of the state by the church, but; when the Chinese Revolution finally reached Tibet, this bastion of Feudalism went into the rubbish bin of history where it belonged. The Dalai Lama fled abroad, to embrace a new career as a propaganda tool on behalf of imperialism’s continuing Cold War against the People’s Republic of China and socialism generally.  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

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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