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Guardian – May 25, 2020 – click here for index of articles.

QUESTIONING POWERS OF ASIO SET TO EXPAND

The questioning and detention warrant (QDW) and the questioning warrant (QW) were first introduced into Australia’s legislation in the early 2000s as a response to the perceived threat of terrorism after 9/11 and the Bali bombings of 2002. In 2017, over ten years after the warrants were introduced, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security was tasked to review the effectiveness of the division of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 that covered questioning and detention warrants. On 13th May 2020, Peter Dutton brought a bill to parliament to amend the ASIO Act based on recommendations from the committee.  more ...

WAGE FREEZE? NO WAY!

There have been rumblings in New South Wales that a wage freeze for public sector workers, including nurses and teachers, is imminent in order to combat the economic burden imposed on the state by the cost of COVID-19 pandemic measures. Initially, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said that front-line healthcare workers would be exempt from the wage freeze but has declined to repeat that assurance.  more ...

VALE JACK MUNDEY

The Communist Party of Australia mourns the passing of Jack Mundey, a great communist, unionist and environmentalist.  more ...

TRANSLATING THE POLITICAL SPIN

Governments and politicians spend millions of dollars on spin-doctors and other professionals to train them on how to handle the media and avoid saying what they really mean. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s Economic Statement delivered to Parliament on 12th May 2020 is a fine example of political spin coaching unpopular measures in soft language.  more ...

CORONAVIRUS IN CUBA

As was the case in many other countries, infected foreigners entering the country introduced the coronavirus to Cuba, infecting and spreading the virus to people who they came in contact with. The first such infection in Cuba was detected on 11th March.  more ...

ADELAIDE CITY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION

Adelaide City Council had been racked with dysfunction and factionalism from a group called “The Adelaide Team,” their majority faction credited leader Houssam Abiad resigned to take up a position in Saudi Arabia. His resignation left Team Adelaide without a majority but they are still a lobby block.  more ...

THE MILITIAS IN BRAZIL

From Rio de Janeiro to the Alvorada Palace, let me help you understand how the current president of Brazil came to power.  more ...

BRAZIL – PUSH FOR ECONOMIC REOPENING AGAIN

In the middle of a pandemic, Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro met with businessmen during a session of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to pressure the court to reopen the economy.  more ...

THE CLOSURE OF THE ABBOTSFORD CENTRELINK OFFICE

On the 20th of May, the Coalition Government quietly announced the closure of the Abbotsford Centrelink office, with less than 24 hours notice. As an organisation dedicated to fighting for the rights of Australian social security recipients, the Melbourne Branch of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is greatly concerned about what this represents to the people of Abbotsford, one of the largest public housing suburbs in Australia, and its surrounding communities. The Coalition government is refusing to build a social security system that is fully-funded, fully-functioning and works for those who need it the most.   more ...

PROTEST AT SYDNEY MCDONALDS CORPORATE OFFICE

Sydney, New South Wales – [Two weeks ago] Unions involved in the May 1 Movement group rallied in an unprecedented action with fast food workers, targeting the McDonalds Australia corporate office in Thornleigh, Sydney. Participants are angered by proposed changes to the Fast Food Industry Award designed to attack award-reliant fast food workers.  more ...

SOCIAL DEMOCRACY AND THE LIMITS OF REFORM

Social democracy, or social reformism as it is often called, is an ideological current in the labour movement which aims to politically disarm the movement and make it subservient to the ruling class by destroying its revolutionary content.  more ...

LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT SHARKEY TRIAL

The General Secretary of the [Communist Party of Australia] Mr L L Sharkey, will appear at the Special Federal Court Commonwealth Bank Building (corner of Martin Place and Castlereagh Street entrance in Martin Place) at 10 am on Monday to answer charges of having uttered and published seditious words.   more ...

“MASSIVE CONFLICT” OVER ANNEXATION

King Abdullah II says Jordan is considering “all options” over Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.  more ...

PALESTINE FACES ITS BIGGEST THREAT

It is the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe in Arabic, which is commemorated every year on 15th May, just a day after Israel celebrates its own founding.  more ...

THEY WERE NEVER ALONE

Recently SBS showed the movie Alone in Berlin on its World Movies channel. If you missed it, it is available on SBS OnDemand, or you might be able to catch it when it is, inevitably, repeated on that channel. The film is particularly powerful for its illumination of the existence of German working-class resistance to Nazism.  more ...




 


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