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November 13, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

CPA condemns coup d’état against President Morales

Party Statement: The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the US-backed right-wing military coup against the democratically elected President of the Pluri-national Republic of Bolivia, Evo Morales. We note that the anti-patriotic forces involved in the coup d’état in Bolivia were backed by foreign interests and preparations for it began well before the presidential elections held on 20th October.  more ...

Kill the Bill – Hands off our unions!

The Senate is set to vote on one of the most draconian pieces of industrial relations legislation ever to come before Parliament. This union-busting bill is some of the harshest, undemocratic legislation in the world. It ranks with the most restrictive laws ever, under dictatorships. If passed, it will make it virtually impossible for any trade union to win pay rises or protect working conditions and jobs for their members.  more ...

Privatisation epiphany

The man who commenced the privatisation of Australia’s major airports now says if he had his time again he would not do it. “It was a mistake,” he told The Australian Financial Review. “They are blatantly profiteering.” Yes, they are profiteering monopolies. Really! The man who has experienced this epiphany is John Sharp, who was Transport Minister in the Howard Coalition government from 1996 until he resigned in 1997. His comments follow the release of a report last month by the Productivity Commission (PC) into the Economic Regulation of Airports. The title of the report is itself misleading – there is no economic regulation of airports. They operate in a privatised and deregulated environment.  more ...

Venezuelan function

A successful public function in solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and president Nicolas Maduro was held in Adelaide on Saturday November 1 at Fidel’s bar as part of the 27th South Australia State Conference.  more ...

Monetising climate action

Climate change is sparking movements all around the world, inspiring the young and old to strike, organise their communities and importantly – be politicised. Unprecedented media coverage of Greta Thunberg’s story and influence is forcing capital to respond and begin to adapt. I feel compelled to write about one of the tactics currently being used by capital to respond to the climate crisis. I’m referring specifically to philanthropists, trustees, investment funds, and bogus charities (set up for tax evasion purposes). These individuals and entities are engaged in a practice called “impact investing,” and the United Nations and others are banking on it to solve climate change while keeping capitalism thriving – in the hope of never dealing with the impossibility of such a position.  more ...

Buses on the road to disaster

The NSW government has decided to contract out the last of the State Transit Authority buses in Sydney. Services operating on the Northern Beaches, Ryde, and Eastern Suburbs lines will be given over to operation by an as yet unnamed private corporation. The process will be covered up by a competitive tender set up, to award the operation of these services to the preferred tenderer.   more ...

How did we come to this?

This article looks back to a time I knew and to which – looking at our contemporary society – we are in danger of returning.  more ...

Anti-Imperialist Conference

The Anti-Imperialist Conference was organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the Central Organization of Cuban Trade Unions (CTC), along with the Cuban Chapter of Social Movements and the Continental Conference for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism.   more ...

Denying women’s reproductive rights

The use of rape as weapon of war is unconscionable yet common. The UN Secretary General documents April 2019 reports active use of sexual violence in 37 current conflicts: this is intended to destroy whole communities: It is more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflicted.  more ...

Taking action to stop Origin fracking

Northern Territory traditional owners and pastoralists took their fight against fracking to Sydney last week to confront Origin Energy executives at the company’s annual general meeting.  more ...

“Unprecedented” rate of biodiversity loss

Nature loss is accelerating worldwide at an unprecedented rate, with grave impacts for human well-being, according to a major report approved by more than 130 of the world’s governments.  more ...

Culture & Life – “Unbiased”

There was a time, not so long ago, actually, when right-wing politicians were wont to complain about what they called “the ABC’s left-wing bias”. They maintained that the national broadcaster had to be “even-handed, unbiased and fair”. In practice that meant avoiding taking any position that could be considered as even remotely pro-working class, because that would provoke scandalised complaints from Liberal Party politicians.  more ...

Quote of the Week

Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Our principle is that the Party commands the gun and the gun will never be able to
command the Party.

Mao Zedong – 1938

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