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Current Issue of The Guardian

November 29, 2017 - click here for index of articles.

End this abomination – Open Letter

From former Australians of the Year

Dear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten,

We, as former Australians of the Year, representing the hearts and minds of the nation, are deeply concerned about the health and human disaster that is unfolding on Manus Island.  more ...

Editorial – Hooley dooley, rightio!

Last week a member of the federal cabinet secretly sent News Corp minutes of a meeting in which cabinet had discussed implementing an official inquiry into the avaricious conduct of Australia’s big banks. Holding an inquiry is part of Labor’s platform, but the government has defended the banks and maintained cabinet unity on the issue. However, many MPs are nervously aware of simmering public resentment concerning the banks’ long record of ruthless loan agreements, low interest on customer deposits, unjustifiable transaction fees, the sacking of branch staff, branch closures and many other issues.  more ...

Kentucky Fried health care

The crisis facing the public health system is not a crisis of the public nature of the system. It is the promotion of and diversion of public funds to the private, for-profit sector that has resulted in the present untenable situation. This process has been a conscious one on the part of successive governments, all intent on privatising health care.  more ...

CAALAS under threat as government cuts funding

One of the oldest Aboriginal community controlled organisations in the country, the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS), is likely to have to close after the federal government decided to no longer provide funding.  more ...

Standing together

As reported in the Guardian (November 8) the Communist Party of Australia WA Branch celebrated the Centenary of the Great October Revolution at the Perth Trades Hall replete with the Red Flag flying atop the building.  more ...

Requiem for a democracy

Last month the Australian Security agencies asked again for further powers to enable them to prevent terrorist attacks. Among the requests made are for extended detention powers, increasing the time a “terror suspect” can be detained without charge from 14 to 28 days.  more ...

Imperialism – Beyond capitalism

In this, the final part of Anna Pha’s series on Lenin’s Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, she looks at how the biggest capitalist powers carved up the globe between themselves and the formation of internationalist monopolist associations. She then briefly covers changes since Lenin’s time and raises the question of the necessity of socialism.  more ...

Military coup against Trump?

In an extraordinary US Senate hearing last week, lawmakers and military officials rounded on President Trump as being a danger to world peace due to his Commander-in-Chief powers to launch nuclear weapons. The highlight came when the hearing was told military officers have the constitutional right to disobey the president.  more ...

Venezuela pushes back

“The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and the world.” This is what US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on November 13. Venezuela, China, Russia, Bolivia, and Egypt boycotted the US-chaired session.  more ...

Culture & Life – The shadowy think tanks that run the world

In the establishment media it is invariably communists and international socialists who are accused of being part of an international conspiracy. Whereas the real conspiracies set up by the right-wing capitalist elite are kept well-camouflaged by academic and media collusion.  more ...

Quote of the Week

The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways;
the point, however, is to change it.

Karl Marx – The German Ideology (1846)

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