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Current Issue of The Guardian

February 22, 2017 - click here for index of articles.


In what is one of its most despicable, low acts so far, the Turnbull/Abbott government is now attempting to rip billions of dollars out of the pockets of social security recipients to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and $50 billion in tax cuts for the largest corporations.  more ...


Editorial – Fuelling fear and hostility

As the homogenisation of the various interconnected fascist groupings in Australia – their “normalisation” – by the media and the two major parties gathered momentum and white noise, on February 10, the fascist PR lobby the Q Society hosted a fundraising dinner at Victoria University’s city convention centre in Melbourne. The event, deceptively titled “defend freedom of speech”, was to raise funds for legal fees related to a defamation law suit by Mohamed El-Mouelhy, a Halal certifier.  more ...

Reject laws – keep sites safe

Angry construction workers gathered on the steps of parliament in Adelaide last Wednesday to make clear their rejection of laws hindering the CFMEU in its efforts to keep building sites safe. The mood was worsened with the announcement the previous Friday that charges against the builder of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital over the death of construction worker Jorge Castillo-Riffo 27 months ago were to be dropped. Jorge was crushed by a scissor lift and the matter was to go to trial three days later.  more ...

Abuse and criminal behaviour allegations

This week Seven West Media (SWM), which runs Channel Seven, will seek a permanent ban on public statements by former executive assistant Amber Harrison about her period of employment with the company.  more ...

Taking Issue – The renewed Cold War

Capitalist propaganda would have it that the Cold War was begun by the dreaded Commies, determined as they were to overthrow democracy and impose their dictatorship everywhere.  more ...

Book Review – The Border Wall, in photographs and music

“I was born in Guatemala. My mother, who’d gone to work in the US, was deported back home. Later she returned to the US, and sent for me and sister Gaby. We were 12 and 10 years old. My uncle sent us off with a group crossing the border at Nuevo Laredo. I had my Bible with me, and I thought, ‘I have faith’. They took us to a part of the desert, and at night we all began to walk.  more ...

“Demilitarise King’s”

King’s College London has given a misleading explanation about its investments in firms that supply weapons and their components to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Over the past few months, students at the British university have been protesting at its financial connections to the arms industry.  more ...

Culture & Life – Trump’s bad news for Palestinians

Right-wing Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia is an expression of support from our right-wing Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and his entire cabinet. Netanyahu comes here fresh from visiting right-wing US President Donald Trump where (not surprisingly) their views were singularly in agreement. Israel’s colonisation of the remaining parts of Palestine would clearly be OK with the new US administration.  more ...

Quote of the Week

History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves
by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man
who has made the greatest number of people happy.

Marx, Reflections of a young man (1835)

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