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May 22, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

Fight back begins

The unexpected victory of the Coalition in the May 18 federal elections is a severe blow to the hopes and aspirations of working people. It signals further attacks on workers and organised labour, on the unemployed, social security recipients, Indigenous Australians and other disadvantaged and vulnerable people.  more ...

Why Labor lost

The past 35 years has seen a huge transformation for the worse in working hours and conditions, in types of employment, the level of trade union organisation and distribution of wealth. This process commenced under the Prices and Incomes Accord between the ACTU and newly elected Labor Government in 1983.  more ...

Federal Elections

The re-election of the Coalition to the federal government has been a blow to the organised working-class movement and progressives in Australia. The Central Committee Executive is concerned about the consequences on working people of the election results.  more ...

Right-wing politicians stir fear and loathing

Aboriginal opponents of the proposed Adani coal mine have accused “right-wing politicians” of stirring up fear and loathing after a woman was injured at a gathering in Clermont, Queensland. Police allege Clinton Morris McDonald, 41, entered the entertainment ring at the showgrounds on horseback and struck a 61-year-old woman who was heading for a gate.  more ...

Teachers have lost faith in NAPLAN

Last week’s NAPLAN online debacle has shattered any confidence that the teaching profession has in NAPLAN going forward. According to reports received by the Australian Education Union (AEU) from its members, the shambolic situation left thousands of public school students unable to log on or finish the test due to NAPLAN online connectivity issues, leaving many students in tears after repeatedly losing work (NAPLAN is a National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, an annual assessment of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9).  more ...

Nurses and carers and the crisis in aged care

Overworked nurses and carers are being spat at in the street, abused in shopping centres and physically and emotionally harassed and vilified, being made the “scapegoats” for the crisis in aged care, according to a new national survey of thousands of residential aged care workers.  more ...

Past struggles – Their significance today

Throughout the centuries, there have been waves of discontent as the oppressed attempted to throw off their shackles in whatever way they could: rising up and, in many instances, seeing their protests brutally extinguished. Protests begin like the gentle ripple of waves which re-arrange the atoms of sand on the beach, but those waves, when whipped up into tumultuous seas, crash against the rocks, gradually bringing the whole edifice down. Perhaps this is not a good analogy as headlands do not oppress; nature does not oppress, only man does that, and the oppressed – like the rising tide – keep sweeping in to change the topography of an unjust society.  more ...

Desperate people do desperate things

As of May 10, Donald Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10 percent to 25 percent. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate – and retaliate much stronger than what the impact of the US’s new “sanctions” may bear – because these arbitrary tariffs are nothing else but sanctions. Illegality of such foreign interference aside, there is hardly any serious economist in this world who would favour tariffs in international trade among “adults” anywhere and for any reason, and, of course, least as a punishment for a nation.  more ...

50 years on, Clarrie O’Shea’s legacy rings loud

Fifty years ago, a Victorian union leader was sent to prison for standing up against tyranny. The jailing of Clarrie O’Shea triggered Australia’s last mass industrial uprising, with around one million Australians participating in a General Strike.  more ...

Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival

Two compelling films about the Palestinian struggle were featured at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival this year. The award-winning Gaza is a visually stunning documentary enhanced with a heart-rending musical score, and one of the most emotionally powerful representations of the hardships of a people living in an area that is only 7 miles wide and 25 miles long and inhabited by 2 million people. Filmmakers Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell embedded themselves in this small “country” totally occupied and constantly bombarded by Israel, and revealed the amazing resiliency of the local people determined to lead normal lives despite the harshest conditions.  more ...

Quote of the Week

She mounted her horse armed as would a man, adorned with a doublet of rich cloth-of-gold over her breastplate; she rode a very handsome, very grey courser, and displayed herself in armour and her bearing as a captain would ...

Georges Chastellain “A view of Joan of Arc” 1455

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