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Current Issue of The Guardian

August 16, 2017 - click here for index of articles.

CORRUPTION – You can bank on it

On August 3, the financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC announced that it was taking the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) to court for 53,700 breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. In the documents lodged with the Federal Court, AUSTRAC alleges that the CBA failed to act on suspicions that drug syndicates were using its network of Intelligent Deposit Machines (IDMs) to launder tens of millions of dollars.  more ...

Editorial – Hands off DPRK and Venezuela!

The Communist Party of Australia shares the sense of outrage felt by the people of the world about the recent statements and actions of the Trump administration directed at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Trump’s threats, particularly those directed towards the DPRK, carry the great danger of an escalating nuclear conflagration that could lead to the destruction of all life on earth. To this madness, the people must respond with a clear and unequivocal “No!”.  more ...

Commemorating the General Strike of 1917

On Saturday August 5, my wife and I attended the commemorative exhibition at the Sydney Industrial Park for the Great Strike of 1917. Sydney Industrial Park is actually the former Eveleigh Railway Workshops where thousands of employees of the NSW Government Railways were employed. They built and maintained the locos and carriages and all the rest of the equipment necessary for operating a state-wide rail system transporting a multitude of passengers and freight. Even the tools they used were made in-house.  more ...

Marie Lean – Tireless battler for the working class

Comrades and friends were saddened to hear of the passing of Party stalwart Marie Lean, who passed away in Adelaide on 26 July. Marie was born at Katoomba in 1931. Her father was a member of the Communist Party and she followed first by joining and becoming an active member of the Eureka Youth League.  more ...

Police Union rally

They walked, marched, bused, cycled on their police bikes and drove in their squad cars to Parliament House on the hill in West Perth in support of their pay claim which the Labor government of Premier Mark McGowan has reneged on since coming to power in March of this year.  more ...

Turnbull vs Trump: The real significance of that phone call

Last week Iranian asylum seeker Hamed Shimshiripour died on Manus Island. He had left the foetid, notoriously dangerous asylum seeker camp and there are indications he was murdered. Mr Shimshiripour was suffering from mental illness, now common among Australia’s detainees on Manus Island and Nauru.  more ...

Fear and loathing in Turkey

The massive crackdown on the media, academia, opposition parties and civil society groups by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the failed July 2016 military coup has caused widespread anxiety. Equally disturbing was his decision, in the midst of this wave of repression, to steamroll a controversial referendum on changing the country’s political system. Umit Cizre provides the backstory.  more ...

Negotiate, Don’t Escalate

In yet another dangerous escalation of the tit for tat threats between US President Trump and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea), a spokesman for the Korean People’s Army said it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the Pacific island of Guam – indigenous name Guahan – with missiles, just hours after US President Trump declared that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury and frankly power”.  more ...

Culture & Life – Racism – a capitalist tool

Time was, if you felt strongly about some issue and wanted to make your views known to other people you had to type up a stencil and run off copies on a roneo-machine or pay someone with access to a printing press to print your views as a flyer to be handed out to people you hoped to influence.  more ...

Quote of the Week

A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.

Benjamin Disraeli, 1845

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