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January 20, 2020 - click here for index of articles.

Celebrating 250 years of destruction

What is Australia Day? “Australia Day” celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in New South Wales, the myth of terra nullius, and the raising of the Union Jack for the first time on Aboriginal land. 2020 also marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook raising the Union Jack on “Possession Island” north of the tip of what is now known as Queensland. Any celebration of Australia Day, especially a celebration of events that mark the destruction and genocide of the First Nations people is, therefore, a dismissal of Australia’s colonial history. Since 1938, instead of celebrating these moments of history, Aboriginal groups have used the date to advocate for: acknowledgement of colonial history, a day to mourn those who died in the Frontier Wars, a chance to advocate for sovereignty and land rights, and a time to make other demands of justice for Indigenous people.  more ...

Greetings Comrades!

My name is Franc Stregone, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of The Worker’s Weekly Guardian. Firstly, I want to thank Tom Pearson, who served as Editor-in-Chief for ten years. Tom taught me the ins-and-outs and made this transition as seamless as possible. I am excited to lead the party’s paper by making it reflective of party life, the working class, and international solidarity. 2020 is an exciting year for our party because it marks 100 years of the communist movement in Australia. The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) will be hosting several events to mark the occasion, and the Guardian will also contribute to this special year. For this year, the Guardian we will have a spread that will celebrate Australian communist history and thought. Every week, we will present articles from the archives. The choice to do this was made so that all comrades can see how their paper dealt with historical events and issues. Alongside those articles will be another, highlighting the great contributions that Australian communists have made to Marxist-Leninist theory. We will be presenting the theoretical articles under monthly themes. This month is about Indigenous struggle.  more ...

Standards and Rules for Guardian Submissions

The Guardian uses Australian English standards; for consultation, the Guardian collective refers to The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage in order to ensure consistency.  more ...

CPA Statement onInvasion Day

Let us stand for unity and a new day: This Invasion Day I wish to encourage all branches and comrades to be organised to attend and actively participate as the Communist Party in this year’s rallies around Australia.  more ...

Climate activists multiply in response to fires

Tens of thousands of angry citizens gathered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, and Adelaide on Friday, January 10, demanding the sacking of Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his poor response to the bushfire crisis, as well as demanding adequate funding for the firefighters, and climate action from the government.  more ...

Sustainability Conference

On Monday, 13th February members from the Sydney Central branch and the Maritime branch of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) held a forum titled “Anti-Imperialism is Climate Justice” to an audience of over forty participants from around Australia. This forum occurred as part of the “Students of Sustainability” (SoS) conference being run by the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN). ASEN is an explicitly anti-capitalist environmental activist student mass organisation. SoS this year took place at the University of Sydney Lidcombe campus.  more ...

Bushfires and the lack of government action

Australia’s bushfires have rung alarm bells around the world. Their ferocity and size are unprecedented. The fires have been raging since September, with the possibly that the worst months are still to come. People around the world have been shocked and shaken by their nature and the failure of the federal government to have taken preventative action or to have a plan in place to deal with them.  more ...

Struggle against slavery

The Aboriginal race, the original inhabitants of Australia, are among the most exploited peoples in the world. Not only are inhuman exploitation, forced labour and actual slavery forced upon the Aborigines, but a campaign of mass physical extermination is being and has been carried on against them. Until to-day less than 60,000 full bloods have survived the murder drive – out of the million or more who inhabited Australia less than one and a half centuries ago.  more ...

Why the wealthy men try to bury our traditions

It is just 168 years since Captain Arthur Phillip, RN, landed in Sydney Cove and began the founding of a new nation.  more ...

Upcoming elections in Bolivia

On May 3, general elections will be held in Bolivia and although the most widely supported party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS), has not yet chosen its candidates for President and Vice President of the Republic, the names of several possible nominees are circulating.  more ...

Mideast war danger

The following is the text of a statement issued jointly on 8th January 2020, by the Tudeh Party of Iran, the Communist Party USA, and the Communist Party of Britain. It was issued in the wake of the US assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq and the launching of retaliatory missile strikes by Iran at US-occupied bases in Iraq. It predates information that was later revealed concerning Iran’s unintentional downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on the same day in the midst of the escalation.  more ...

Film Review – Sorry We Missed You

Ken Loach, now 83, has done it again: along with his collaborator of twenty years, Paul Laverty, his latest film could hardly be more contemporary showing, as it does, the devastation wrought in the lives of the English working-class after decades of Conservative rule. The idea of a film on the subject of the working poor came to Loach when working on I, Daniel Blake, after seeing people who were working still having to queue at food banks.  more ...

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