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November 6, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

Wage theft is theft!

Woolworths is the latest corporation in a long series of companies exposed for wage theft. Its management can make all the claims it likes about the award system being too complex. Theft is theft. And should be called out and punished as a criminal offence.  more ...

Lest we forget

November 11 is Remembrance Day, the day when the Armistice Treaty ending World War 1 was signed in 1918. November is also an important anniversary for Australia for a very different reason. On that day in 1975, the Governor-General Sir John Kerr sacked Australia’s Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in a bloodless coup. Whitlam had indicated his government’s opposition to any foreign bases or military facilities on Australian soil, including those of the US. In particular, the lease on the most important of the US’s facilities, Pine Gap, was to come up for renewal in December. It would not be renewed according to Whitlam.  more ...

Automation must include less hours, no loss of pay

Coal-mining jobs will disappear faster than a blink of an eye caused by new automated technologies developed by the CSIRO, and not the scare and vilification campaigns by the Liberal and National party coalition government blaming climate change activists.  more ...

Climate Change

Bushfires, droughts and floods have been steadily increasing in frequency and severity since the time of Invasion Day on the January 26, 1788.  more ...

Exploitation and Marx’s theory of surplus value

For most workers, it is intuitively simple to grasp the meaning of “exploitation” from a moral standpoint. Capitalist society in practice is full of examples of overt ill-treatment of workers, unfair contracts, poor conditions, wage theft, and open disdain for the dignity and independence of the working class amongst much of the wealthy elite. The apologists for capitalism are all too happy to write off each and every such example as an isolated incident, due only to the moral failings of the individuals involved, not a symptom of any systemic problem. But investigating the underlying structure of our society reveals a deeper cause and a deeper and even more pervasive system of exploitation.   more ...

Student debt and neoliberal discontent in the Chilean Spring

On 1 October 2019, the Chilean government under President Sebastián Piñera announced an increase of 30 pesos (US$0.04) during peak hours in the Metro de Santiago. What began on 6 October as a simple high school fare evasion, known by the slogan “evade y lucha” (dodge the fare and struggle), quickly spread across Chile, with the largest protests, 1.2 million, on the streets, putting to flame the image of Chile as the poster child of the success of Neoliberal economic policies. As the protests began underground train stations, supermarkets, pharmacies, and petrol stations were set afire. News cameras showed the carabineros, national police force, on the streets viciously attacking teenagers. On October 18, unable to quell the riots, Piñera called a state of emergency and deployed the military, and invoked the Ley de Seguridad del Estado (State Security Law), for the first time since 1990. The following day Santiago fell under a 10 pm curfew.   more ...


On October 26th, the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) celebrated its 99th anniversary of existence at the Greek Community Club in Lakemba. Comrades from all over the country came to celebrate. CPA President, Vinnie Molina, MC’d the event which was accompanied by music from the Trade Union Choir and Kurdish musicians from Turkey. The CPA was also privileged to have in attendance members of foreign communist parties.   more ...

Opposition to Trump’s anti-Cuba policy at new high

WASHINGTON – With new sanctions just announced, the Trump administration’s effort to roll back the advances in US–Cuba relations achieved toward the end of the Obama administration is going full blast. Will opponents of these policies in the United States be up to the challenge of countering this reactionary wave?  more ...

Protests in Haiti show signs of eventually producing change

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Food availability is uncertain for 60 percent of the people. Conditions are bleak, and bleaker still from shortages, rampant political corruption, and not much to show after two years of regular street protests. In the year prior to September, security forces killed 77 people. That month protests accentuated and by October 7 they had killed at least 17 more.  more ...

Quote of the Week

When the aristocracy come forward, the people fall backward;
when the people come forward, the aristocracy, fearful of being left behind,
insinuate themselves into our ranks and rise into timid leaders or treacherous auxiliaries.

Theobald Wolfe Tone, Manifesto to the Friends of Freedom in Ireland (1791)

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