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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

December 2, 2015 - click here for index of articles.

Paris 2015 – Climate change moment of truth

The people of the world took to the streets over the weekend to make their demands on climate change clear. Crowds at marches in Australia were large, noisy and colourful. Protesters in Paris defied a lock-down of the city to have their say on the climate emergency, which is the subject of the highest level negotiations in the French capital as the Guardian goes to press. Australia will be represented at the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change by its plutocrat PM, Malcolm Turnbull. He has a better reputation than his predecessor on the topic. It is unlikely, however, that he will be a force for a much hoped-for breakthrough. It is more likely he will join the line of recalcitrants or outright wreckers to assert the Australian government’s position at such gatherings.  more ...


Editorial – A proactive plan

In 2002 the Australian Medical Association (AMA) initiated an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Report Card Series with the aim of increasing awareness among the general public and politicians about the appalling state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and to make practical recommendations about what needs to be done to address it.  more ...

Perth – Climate Action Rally

In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2,300 rallies were planned in over 150 countries. Rallies were held in all capital cities of Australia and in many regional centres in each of the states and territories.  more ...

The Common Tern

Russian government responds to downing of plane

Russian President Vladimir Putin told a packed press conference that last week’s controversial shooting down of one of its war planes by a Turkish air-to-air missile was the last straw in relations between the two countries.  more ...

Private health insurance – Watching you

Almost every week now the government announces further steps in the destruction of Medicare and privatisation of health care. It has commissioned six reviews covering different aspects of the health system. They include a review of the private health insurance (PHI) sector.  more ...

NSW power sell-out

The NSW government is pressing ahead with its privatisation program selling off the people’s assets. The latest announcement is the sale of electricity transmission company TransGrid to an 80 percent foreign-owned consortium.  more ...

Will the “drugs war” strategy work?

In May, before he was ignominiously ejected from office, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a so-called “war on drugs”. Abbott would incite public anxiety to boost support for his policies, and the advertising campaign used horrifying images of attacks on medical staff by people addicted to crystallised methamphetamines, commonly known as “ice”.  more ...

Then – And Now – Medicare

The Whitlam government had changed the nation when it introduced Medibank, the first time Australia had a free universal health care system. Though it had fierce opponents, the Whitlam government stood strong. The bill was rejected in the Senate twice. The opponents were from private health insurance companies which persuaded doctors to put up posters in their offices claiming that it was “a socialist takeover”. Defying all odds the bill passed on October 1, 1975.  more ...

Culture & Life – Capitalism and dying early

The main publicity shouters for capitalism – “government spokespersons” or PR firms, depending on whether you are referring to the parrot or its trainer – have for the last century proclaimed the USA to be at the forefront of global development. The American people are constantly told that they live in “the greatest country on Earth” and that the rest of the world’s population envies them their comfortable even luxurious lifestyle. It’s been drummed into them so constantly that most Americans, even poor Americans, actually believe it, despite the very visible signs that should tell them it is not true.  more ...

Pete's Corner

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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