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Current Issue of The Guardian

July 21, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

Spy agency power grab

The Abbott government has introduced legislation into the federal parliament that gives police, Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and other spy agencies even more intrusive powers over the Australian people. A second tranche of sweeping changes will be presented later in the year. Labor is saying that it doesn’t want to give the government and spooking bodies a “blank cheque” but is clearly lending support to the ongoing power grab. With the corporate media breathlessly reporting major news from the US geopolitical viewpoint and creating a climate of fear and hate, it will be a tough fight to prevent the further erosion of Australians’ increasingly limited democratic rights.  more ...

Editorial – The wrong side of history

Following the abolition of the price on carbon Greens leader Christine Milne stated, “Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer have once again sided with the big end of town, and made sure it will be the rest of us that pay now and into the future.” That the reactionary climate denier Abbott and billionaire miner Palmer are on the same political page will not surprise anyone with even a cursory interest in political developments. As Ms Milne put it, “They are on the wrong side of history”.  more ...

Government’s grim intentions for ABC, SBS

Last week new Liberal Senator James McGrath, former Queensland state director for the Liberal/National Party, accused the ABC of left-wing bias. He thundered that if the ABC could not restore “balance” it should be sold off and replaced by a rural and regional news service, and that ABC youth broadcaster Triple J should also be sold because of its “demographic density and its clear ability to stand on its own”. McGrath’s speech received a standing ovation from Liberal and National Party senators.  more ...

Henry Lawson – Faces In The Street

A Guardian reader has written to remind us that last month marked the anniversary of the birth of Australia’s greatest realist writer, Henry Lawson.  more ...

Witnesses to attack removed from compound

Asylum seekers in on Manus Island have raised the alarm as Wilson Security guards removed two of their central representatives and another asylum seeker from the Mike Compound. The three people are also witnesses to the attack in Mike Compound on the February 17, the night that Reza Berati was murdered.  more ...

A budget for the people, not the privileged

The Abbott Liberal-National government’s first budget has as its main thrust the transfer of wealth from working people to the pockets of the rich and big business.  more ...

The Great (Trade) War

Politicians and the mass media are leaping on the bandwagon of “commemorating” the outbreak of World War One. As Jeremy Seabrook’s article from Third World Resurgence, reproduced on the back page of last week’s issue of this paper, pointed out, “a campaign has been under way in Britain and a number of other countries to project this war between rival imperial powers as a necessary and just war”.  more ...

Culture & Life – The ANZACs were sacrificed for profit

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has provided right-wing media and politicians with the opportunity to promote a whole grab-bag of reactionary concepts, including militarism, my-country-right-or-wrong style patriotism, jingoism, and notions of national superiority.  more ...

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