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Current Issue of The Guardian

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

End fossil fuel industry stranglehold

In many developed countries wind farms and massed solar arrays are everywhere, and coal and gas power is being phased out. However, the Turnbull government is determined to inhibit renewable energy development while pretending to support it. Most of the gas from Australia’s large gas reserves is exported, and now the government wants the states to lift their bans on CSG mining rather than relying on renewable power.  more ...


Editorial – More than a river, more than a scheme

To put the Turnbull government’s latest on-the-run energy policy stitch-up involving manipulation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme in some context, a brief reminder of the nature and origin of the scheme is required.  more ...

Penalty rate stand at Webb Dock

Maritime Union (MUA) members at Melbourne’s Webb Dock are taking a stand against the erosion of penalty rates, with legal advice suggesting cuts may not be limited to hospitality and retail workers. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dug in on his decision to back the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate changes.  more ...

Greeting – Sally McManus

Dear Sally, We are writing on behalf of the Communist Party of Australia to congratulate you on your election as Secretary of the ACTU. It is a great achievement and a reflection of the hard work you have done fighting for trade union members and building the Australian Services Union.  more ...

Mining boom Premier bites the dust

Although the election date was officially called on February 1, speculation about the March 11 date had been known for some time and political forces in Western Australia had been campaigning unofficially for months in anticipation of political change.  more ...

Dehumanising Human Services

This month Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood and deputy president Lisa Newman addressed the Senate Inquiry into the Centrelink robo-debt debacle. Their analysis of developments in the Department of Human Services gives insights into the profound human effects of the government’s cuts. Below are extracts from Flood’s address. Next week; Lisa Newman.  more ...

Southern Cross Brigade 34 – Times are changin’

When the previous US President Barack Obama released the Cuban Five and announced a policy of constructive engagement with the Cuban government on December 17, 2014, many people believed this also meant the lifting of the US Blockade on Cuba.  more ...

Murdered – Berta Cáceres

A death squad assassinated Berta Cáceres in La Esperanza, Honduras on March 3, 2016. It’s clear now that state agents killed her and that the United States helped out indirectly.  more ...

Culture & Life – Banning books

State legislators in Arkansas are trying to pass a law banning books by Howard Zinn from use in public schools. The move is backfiring.  more ...

Quote of the Week

There is no communism or marxism
but representative democracy and social justice
in a well planned economy.

Fidel Castro

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