Anna Pha

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Issue #2042

GREEN NOTES

One of the biggest con jobs foisted on the Australian public and the planet is Chevron’s $81 billion Gorgon “clean gas” project in WA. It...

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Issue #2020

Our Members Be Unlimited – Sam Wallman

If the trade union movement is to have a future, then it is in today’s youth. There is not a great deal of material written...

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Issue #1979

Afghanistan: what’s next?

Little was said about the horrendous consequences of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and the tens of thousands of Afghan lives that were lost, and the wreckage and chaos that was left behind following the hasty withdrawal by US and allied troops.

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Issue #2036

Commodification of health care

Since its introduction in 1984, Australia’s national health insurance scheme, Medicare, has been under constant attack from the privateers. Medicare is an anathema to their...

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Half the Sky column logo Issue #2066

HALF THE SKY

A report on sexual violence court cases in NSW has found that reforms to the justice system over the past 40 years have made improvements...

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Sunshine Coast rally in support of Palestine. Issue #2087

Palestine: Albanese’s blood-soaked hands

The death toll is close to 30,000 with thousands more missing under the bombed rubble – mostly women and children. The relentless Israeli bombardment and...

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Issue #1947

Casuals Con

The centrepiece of the Coalition government’s industrial relations Omnibus bill is the schedule on casual employees.

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Issue #1988

Death knell for fossil fuels

On the 12th of November, the Coalition released its long-awaited plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Issue #1989

Health care a right, not a privilege

The Liberal-National Coalition has never supported Medicare, constantly undermining it since its introduction.

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Issue #1975

UN IPCC Report: Australia’s role

Australia has already warmed by an alarming 1.4°C since 1910.

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Issue #1973

No tax cuts for the rich!

Labor leader Anthony Albanese and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers shocked many in their own ranks when they announced that Labor would support the Coalition’s tax cuts which overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy.

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Issue #1949

Ignoring workers: the government’s “recovery” is grim

The underemployed need more hours of work. Low and middle-income workers need a wage rise, job security, and affordable public housing.

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Issue #1974

UN IPCC Report

“Climate change is already affecting every inhabited region across the globe with human influence contributing to many observed changes in weather and climate extremes.”

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Issue #1990

Legislating bigotry

It has taken three years and two previously aborted bills for the latest incarnation of the Coalition’s highly controversial Religious Discrimination Bill to appear.

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Issue #2062

GREEN NOTES

The Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) has more than 1000 tanks of contaminated water from the cooling of reactors as it decommissions its...

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Issue #2052

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha If you think the transition to renewables and following what the climate science dictates means phasing out fossil fuels, that’s not what the...

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Issue #1984

No to war!: nuclear is back

Imperialism and war go hand in hand.

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Issue #2037

The great carbon fraud

Earlier this month Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen released a consultation paper proposing a carbon credit scheme for Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitters...

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Issue #2025

Diversity – sustainability – socialism

Cuba is one of the world’s most sustainable economies despite the six decades’ long illegal and economically crippling US blockade. Since the 1960s, the Cuban...

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Issue #2062

Fossil fuels to the bitter end

If the massive amounts of undergrowth resulting from record rainfalls and flooding during La Niña dry out with an El Niño, Australia is set for...

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Issue #1958

May Day: Fight for the right to strike

May Day 2021 is a time to take the struggle to the streets; to show the full strength and might of the working class; and take back the losses of recent decades.

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Issue #1976

Australia fails the Pacific islands

The small, low-lying Pacific islands are often described as “the canary in the coalmine.” The very existence and lives of their people are threatened by climate change.

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Issue #1984

Greenwashing dirty investments

Is there a company that doesn’t claim to support the Paris Agreement on climate change? The agreement was signed in 2015 and since then the...

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Issue #1948

Direct assault on wages and conditions

While the Coalition’s industrial relations omnibus bill looks very different to the Howard government’s notorious WorkChoices, in effect, it has the same aims.

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Issue #1991

BUDGET RAZOR GANG

Despite everything that the Morrison government says about not pursuing “budget repair”, that is exactly what it is doing.

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Issue #2000

Climate change: Capitalism killing the earth

“The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health.”

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Issue #2032

A peace & peoples’ budget

Annual budgets are a mirror held up to the class divide. The income and expenditure sides of the budget come down to priorities. The budget...

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Issue #2018

Listen to the science! State of the environment report

During the 2019-2020 bushfires thirty-three lives were lost, more than seven million hectares were burnt, more than 3,000 home destroyed. In the most recent floods,...

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Issue #1961

Pro-business – Anti-worker

Women, aged care, and jobs were to be the focus of the 2021-22 federal budget – or so we were led to believe, prior to its release.

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Issue #2005

Shelter a basic human right

Australia is facing a massive housing crisis. As it becomes increasingly more difficult to find affordable rental accommodation, governments are turning their backs on renters...

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Issue #2036

Build the fightback

Decades of privatisations, job cuts and wage suppression and more recently the cuts masked by measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, have taken a huge...

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Issue #2066

GREEN NOTES

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) was one of the Conventions that arose out of the 1992 Rio Earth summit. It receives far less...

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Issue #2048

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha The horrendous spectacle of a carpet of millions of dead fish floating on the Darling River at Menindee is yet another wake-up call...

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Issue #1951

A New Accord?

“Governments create the environment that enables business to prosper and create new jobs,” said Anthony Albanese in a speech to Queensland TAFE earlier this month.

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Issue #1969

What value has the country’s keeper of our history?

It says a lot about the values and priorities of the Morrison government when the body responsible for protecting Australia’s historical records is forced to go to the public with a begging bowl to save hundreds of thousands of important historical records.

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Issue #1987

COP26: Colonial plunder

As the COP26 climate change meeting entered its second week, the divide between developing and developed countries and their colonial history has been laid bare.

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Issue #2050

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Australians spend more than $570 and consume around 500 litres per person on bottled water per annum – second only to Singapore. The...

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Issue #2028

Bed block

“We are not excelling, we are drowning.” This is the headline of the NSW branch of the Australian Paramedics Association’s (APA) submission to the NSW...

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Issue #2040

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Welcome to Green Notes, a fortnightly column which will cover climate change, environmental issues and biodiversity and their impact on humanity including indigenous...

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Issue #1999

Climate change – ACT NOW!

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the floods along the east coast of Australia as a “one-in-a-100-year event”; NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet called them a “one-in-1000-year...

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Issue #2017

State of the Environment report

“Overall, the state and trend of the environment of Australia are poor and deteriorating as a result of increasing pressures from climate change, habitat loss,...

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Issue #1977

Truckies in fight of their lives

Seven thousand Toll drivers are in a battle to save their jobs and working conditions.

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Issue #2033

Time for a centralised bargaining system

Prior to the adoption of the Accord in 1983 between the Labor government and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australia had a highly centralised...

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Issue #2021

Profiteering & neglect: the aged care crisis

The aged care sector is in crisis. The failings are systemic and require fundamental structural changes. Aged care has been commodified by corporate and church...

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Issue #1980

Australia’s own goal

US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australia’s PM Scott Morrison lined up like three stooges in a stage-managed virtual presentation to announce the formation of yet another military alliance

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Issue #2035

Hear her voice

This article contains references to examples of experiences of First Nations peoples, and language that is disrespectful and offensive to their culture, history, people and...

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Issue #2046

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Humanity faces two major existential threats: climate change and nuclear war. The doomsday clock is ticking on both these threats. Ironically, the US...

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Issue #1966

The destruction of Medicare by stealth

Without warning, the government announced changes to more than 900 Medicare rebates, mostly in private hospitals, to commence 1st July.

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Issue #2007

Who rules Australia?

One of the striking features of federal elections is their increasingly undemocratic nature and Americanisation. Much of the electioneering by major parties has been short...

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Issue #2058

Aged Care Crisis: background

Privatisation is one of the major causes of the present aged care crisis (see Guardian #2057 “Not for profit!”) and the accompanying lack of accountability...

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Issue #1952

Domestic violence and its systemic perpetration

At least one child is killed by a parent every month; one woman is murdered every week by a partner or former partner; another hospitalised every three hours.

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Issue #1975

Income support during post-test isolation

Unions NSW have had a breakthrough for workers, winning a $320 COVID Test and Isolate support payment from the NSW Coalition government to cover obligatory stay-at-home time following a COVID test. Victoria has a similar $450 Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment.

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Tuvalu. Issue #2083

Drowning states

“The window for 1.5 degrees is rapidly closing. Every fraction of a degree matters. Every ton of carbon dioxide counts. We need immediate and drastic...

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Issue #2016

Fund public health

Hospitals and their staff are at breaking point as the wave of BA.4/BA.5 COVID-19 sub-strains and flu send hospitalisations to breaking point. GPs across Australia...

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Issue #2064

GREEN NOTES

Over 900 health professionals from across the country have signed a joint letter speaking out against fracking the Beetaloo Basin and the Middle Arm gas...

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Issue #1960

COVID-19

The pandemic is ravaging India with more than one million new cases every three days – a figure which is undoubtedly a gross underestimate.

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Issue #2006

Toothless tiger in the capitalist jungle

The question of the integrity of government has emerged as a major issue in the lead-up to the May 21st federal elections as Prime Minister...

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Issue #1967

Govt white-ants super yet again

On 17th June, the government rushed through both Houses legislation on superannuation.

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Issue #2024

“Put children before profit”

Tens of thousands of early childhood educators walked off the job across the country to take part in rallies and marches on 7th September. More...

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Save Medicare from privatisation. Issue #2078

Another step towards Medicare privatisation

The public health system is in crisis. Bulk billing GPs are hard to find and non-existent in some regional and rural areas. In fact, some...

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Issue #1985

JOBS NOT WAR!

The AUKUS alliance between Australia, the UK and the US turns the meaning of security on its head.

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Issue #2068

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Australia is a contracting party to the Convention on the Prevention of Maritime Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter, or London...

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Issue #2027

Data harvesters

The Privacy Act makes it unlawful for many companies in Australia to buy or exchange consumers’ personal data for profiling or targeting purposes. It applies...

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Issue #1971

Bring back Jobkeeper!

Thousands of workers face a substantial loss of income with the extension of lockdowns in Victoria and NSW and a new one in South Australia.

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Issue #2028

Health care is a human right

Reports of emergency patients waiting up to thirty-six hours or more to be off-loaded from ambulances at public hospital emergency departments (EDs) are indicative of...

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Issue #2070

GREEN NOTES

The last thing we need Anna Pha Oceans are increasingly being seen as tools against global warming while offering tremendous business opportunities through the use...

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Issue #2031

Class war budget

The budget, delivered on 25th October, is set in the context of a looming global recession, ongoing wars, rocketing prices, extreme weather events, famine, and...

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Issue #1959

Climate Summit: “THE WORLD IS ON RED ALERT”

The growing recognition of the urgency by world leaders was reflected at the virtual climate summit called by US President Joe Biden from 22nd to 23rd April.

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Issue #2001

Budget alternative: For peace and genuine security

As the cost of living soars the number of working poor is on the rise and more and more families are turning to charities for...

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Issue #2033

Time to break the shackles

Labor’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay bill gives lie to its title. It fails to provide trade unions and the working class with the unfettered right...

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Issue #1978

Wealth gap widens

The latest national income figures showing economic growth barely above zero are suggestive of a sluggish economy, struggling to avoid recession. The economy is hardly...

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Issue #2044

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Last month Labor’s minister for environmental destruction, Tanya Plibersek, quietly granted Santos a licence to open 116 new coal seam gas wells in...

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Issue #1965

COVID: It is a race!

As the Victorian state government continued to grapple with the more virulent Delta variant of COVID-19, the federal government failed to recognise the seriousness of the situation.

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Issue #1982

Beware fake unions!

They claim they are a cheaper and “independent alternative” to registered trade unions.

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Issue #2086

Since it was first publicly debated in the 1980s, cover-ups and lies about the causes and even existence of climate change have continued. Recently uncovered...

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Issue #2078

GREEN NOTES

Who’s the pariah? How often do you hear the Western leaders, including Australia’s, point the finger at the People’s Republic of China as the world’s...

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Issue #2008

Fight for change

“We want change,” was the message to the major parties. The Liberals copped a routing as millions of people sought change. Most of the Murdoch...

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Baby eating watermelon. Issue #2067

Monopoly capital

As families struggle to put food on the table and keep up with rental and mortgage payments, profits are soaring. Inflation was running at six...

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Male with depression. Issue #2061

Robodebt: War on public servants

Workers at Department of Human Services (DHS) gave evidence to the Robodebt Royal Commission of particularly disturbing or upsetting recipient interactions in relation to the...

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Issue #1971

Vaccination the only way out

The delta strain of COVID-19 had spread to all states on the eastern seaboard and to South Australia and border closures are in place at the time of writing.

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Male with depression. Issue #2061

Robodebt: War on welfare recipients

Rhys Cauzzo took his own life on 26th January 2017. In the days after his death, his mother went to her son’s apartment in Melbourne...

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Issue #2062

Climate crisis intensifies

On four consecutive days, the earth has reached its hottest day on record, culminating in a global average temperature of 17.23 degrees Celsius on 4th...

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Issue #2029

Australia: The big polluter

Australia is the world’s largest gas and coal exporter. There are currently 114 new or expanded fossil fuel projects awaiting approval. In 2021-22, governments in...

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Issue #2082

GREEN NOTES

The UN’s 28th annual climate conference, COP28, being held in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December to the backdrop of rising global emissions and...

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Issue #2030

Medicare under attack

An investigation by the ABC, and the Nine newspapers Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, claims that $8 billion (approximately thirty per cent) of Medicare’s...

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Issue #1957

Respect at work: sexual harassment not on!

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins released the Commission’s Respect@Work report on sexual harassment in the workplace more than twelve months ago.

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Issue #2074

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Microplastics (particles under 5 millimetres) that come from industrial effluent, textiles, synthetic car tyres, plastic bags, PET bottles, personal care products, and elsewhere...

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Issue #2002

Budget 2022-23 – CLASS WAR

The budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is a pre-election, last ditch, vote-buying exercise from the Morrison government. Voters struggling with rising prices and falling...

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Issue #2034

Climate change wreaks havoc

Lives have been lost and thousands of homes have been flooded and destroyed as the floods continue to hit eastern Australia. People have lost their...

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Issue #2023

Jobs and Skills Summit: dangerous illusions for workers

Workers and their families are looking for real change – real wage rises, secure jobs, safe working conditions, with adequately funded and staffed health and...

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Issue #2048

NSW: Coalition booted out

The message from NSW voters on 25th March was loud and clear. The Perrottet Coalition government took a hit, losing twelve of its 47 seats...

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Issue #2025

Good planets are hard to find

La Niña event is under way for the third year in a row according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Pacific, including Australia, can expect...

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Issue #2009

Feet on the ground

After nine years of corrupt, anti-people, climate deniers in office, the newly elected Albanese Labor government faces many challenges. Expectations of real change are high,...

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Issue #1970

HARD SHUT DOWN NOW!

The situation in NSW is extremely serious. The Delta strain is far more infectious and deadly than earlier strains. Almost ten per cent of those who tested positive have been hospitalised.

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Issue #2011

Abolish the ABCC

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has used the courts to hit building and construction unions with fines of $15.262 million since 2nd December...

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Issue #2013

Big win for gig workers

Gig workers had a ground-breaking win last month when the Personal Injury Commission (PIC) awarded the family of Xiaonjun Chen $834,000 in workers’ compensation after...

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Issue #2014

Time for a wage rise

The cost-of-living crisis has not abated as households face further economic pressures with interest rates and inflation on the rise. Trade union militancy is on...

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Issue #2015

Policy-induced violence

At least one child is killed by a parent every month; one woman is murdered every week by a partner or former partner; another hospitalised...

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Watching eye. Issue #2063

Big Brother widens net

The rapid spread of social media, with millions of people regularly using digital platforms has seen a flood of misinformation and disinformation, commonly referred to...

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Issue #2056

Greenwashing Overload Anna Pha “Our climate change commitment provides the framework for our strategy and our commitment to enable the transition by aligning our lending...

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Issue #2004

Boot the Coalition out!

The Coalition government has comprehensive plans to destroy militant trade unions and give employers arbitrary powers and unfettered rights over workers in the workplace. The...

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Issue #2076

GREEN NOTES

Bad governance Anna Pha The UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights, Marcos A Orellana, issued a damning report on his visit to Australia...

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Issue #2022

The aged care crisis

How does a non-profit charitable organisation that is sixty-nine per cent funded by government, and claims to operate at a loss, find $1.4 billion to...

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Issue #1968

Only solidarity can defeat COVID

Around the globe, COVID-19 in its various mutations continues to spread, with the health systems of many developing nations unable to cope and vaccines in short supply.

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Issue #2049

NO to AUKUS! – YES to Medicare!

Medicare as a public health insurance scheme offering universal access to bulkbilling, and funded through central revenue is becoming a distant memory. GPs are fully...

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Issue #1986

“Code red for humanity”: Glasgow Climate Summit

The rich G20 countries, responsible for more than eighty per cent of human-made emissions.

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Issue #2010

Energy prices explode: capitalism in crisis

Consumers face soaring energy costs as Australia’s gas and thermal coal exporters rake in windfall profits. The incoming Labor government has inherited the legacy of...

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Issue #2027

Optus: data is gold

Millions of angry Optus customers are horrified and concerned that the security of their personal details was breached in a cyberattack on the company. Optus’...

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Issue #2080

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha The Middle Arm ‘Sustainable’ Development Precinct is the subject of a Senate enquiry now. The Northern Territory government describes it as “a clean...

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Issue #2012

The sun will shine, the wind will blow

Australia is on the brink of a total collapse of its domestic energy market amid a crisis that has been decades in the making. If...

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Issue #2040

Chalmers’ oxymoron

Treasurer Jim Chalmers says it is time to “rethink capitalism,” time for a “values-based capitalism” with “efficient markets.” He is critical of the neoliberal responses...

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Unions WA in Perth, 2017: National secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, launched the Change the Rules national campaign to reassert the need for fairer laws to protect the wages, conditions and rights of workers. Sally McManus (left) and Meredith Hammat. Issue #2058

Employer scare campaign

A coalition of eight major business groups including the Master Builders Association, National Farmers’ Federation, Business Council of Australia, Council of Small Business Organisations, and...

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Issue #2039

Creeping encroachment on press freedom

The Labor government has announced that it will hold a national roundtable with media organisations and “key stake holders” to discuss press freedom reform. The...

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Issue #2040

An unsustainable govt

In the February Monthly Essay, “Capitalism After the Crises”, Treasurer Jim Chalmers refers to “hard decisions” that “will accompany hard times ahead” and “the unsustainable...

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Issue #2072

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Coalition leader Peter Dutton is calling for small modular (nuclear) reactors (SMRs) to replace coal-fired power stations as they are closed. SMRs are...

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Floods in Uganda. Issue #2084

Fossil fuel hijack at COP28

Climate change is here, now, with catastrophic weather events impacting every continent and ocean. Time is running out to save humanity, yet the climate change...

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Issue #1955

Omnibus bill wounded but not buried

The Coalition’s omnibus industrial relations bill was torn apart in the Senate on Thursday 18th March, leaving only the section on casuals intact. On the same day Parliament passed a bill for the (pre-COVID base rate) unemployment benefit (JobSeeker) to be increased by an insulting and punitive $25 a week – just $3.57 a day extra – when the COVID supplement ceases at the end of March. JobKeeper is being withdrawn at the same time.

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Issue #2084

GREEN NOTES

Thanks to concerted organising and campaigning by environmentalists, Traditional Owners, farmers, communities and individuals there were some wins in 2023. Progress is far too slow,...

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Issue #2077

Risks of wider Middle-East conflict

Israel is pounding southern Lebanon and Syria, in what can only be described as provocation. The west misleadingly mentions Iran in the same breath as...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Building In Johannesburg, South Africa Issue #2059

The corporate state

Taxpayers are funding an inefficient system of outsourcing, wasting billions of dollars, in a process riddled with conflicts of interest that results in massive private...

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Issue #2038

Blow up the pokies

Australia has the highest per capita gambling losses in the world – more than double those of the USA. These losses come at a huge...

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Pigeon and prairie dog with nut. Issue #2060

$56 billion – no tax

Who pays taxes, who doesn’t, and how they are spent are matters that affect all working people. Taxation is a class question. Multinational corporations are...

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Issue #1956

Govt to hit Women’s super

Last month, Superannuation Minister Jane Hume (also Minister for Women’s Economic Security [sic]) announced that a draft bill would be released soon for superannuation changes, including new compassionate grounds for early access to super for victims of domestic violence. They would be allowed to apply for up to $10,000 “as an important last resort lifeline.”

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Medical appointment via telehealth. Photo: hillside7 – pixabay.com Issue #2050

For-profit health in the trolley

In the language of privatisation, Sydney’s public trains call the millions who use the system daily, not commuters, but “customers.” Now, with Woolworths, the giant...

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Issue #2041

Medicare plan – BULK PROFITS

For anyone looking for solutions to the Medicare crisis, the Albanese government’s Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report raises more questions than it answers. It is full...

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Union flags. Issue #2071

Trade union and workers’ rights

Over the decades the rights of trade union delegates and trade union officials have been eroded, making it increasingly difficult for them to represent and...

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Outside of the Reserve Bank of Australia, a solitary man sits. Issue #2053

The facts about wage rises and inflation

There has been no shortage of news headlines, big business and government warnings that a wages breakout will cause inflation: “Teachers’ rise a risk to...

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Issue #2043

Where is super heading?

When the Albanese government released a superannuation consultation paper last month, it brought the usual suspects out of the woodwork. The hysteria was a reminder...

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Issue #2066

Revolving doors of greed

The public sector and parliamentary corridors are infested with personnel from private enterprise, and not just the Big Four accounting/consultancy firms. They weave in and...

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Woman working from home - family breakfast time. Issue #2087

Right to disconnect

There has been a surge in the number of employers contacting workers out of hours, in particular since many have worked from home during COVID...

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Issue #2079

Cost of living crisis

One of the biggest issues facing households is the cost of living crisis and the failure of governments to take action to ease the situation....

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Samantha Power, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development meets with Penny Wong, Australian’s Foreign Minister. Issue #2051

Cut-and-paste US world domination

“So today I want to talk to you about how we avert war and maintain peace – and more than that, how we shape a...

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Issue #2052

Not a People’s Budget

Budgets involve a redistribution of wealth reflecting government priorities and serving class interests. The 2023-24 federal budget has clear priorities. The big winners are the...

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Issue #2043

“Wage-price spiral” myth

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor Philip Lowe expressed concern that workers would get much higher pay rises in response to inflation, which he claims...

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Banner: Issue #2054

Cancel Stage 3 tax cuts!

Over the past two decades the bottom 90 per cent of Australians on average have received only seven per cent of economic growth per person...

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Child on swing living with disability. Issue #2074

Respect my ability

It took years of struggle by disability advocacy groups and PWD (people with disabilities) and their supporters before the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect...

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youth behind fence Issue #2044

CRIMINALISING CHILDREN

Australian governments are quick to point the finger at human rights abuses in other countries, but Australia’s record is nothing short of disgraceful when it...

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Homeless person at Christmas time. Issue #2065

Hidden costs of HAFF

Labor’s Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) comes with the hidden costs incurred in managing the Fund. To understand the wastage of money not going to...

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Issue #2047

“Defuse climate time-bomb”

“This is the earth’s last chance to avoid climate disaster,” warns the Intergovernmental UN Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC in its latest report...

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Front view of a large Qantas plane. Issue #2069

Qantas: Robber Baron

As the stench around Qantas grows stronger, CEO Allan Joyce has made a hasty retreat, abruptly resigning on 5th September, his $10.8 million pay-out firmly...

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Food being delivered by bicycle. Issue #2070

THE BIG RIP-OFF

In the face of the big rip-off of Australian workers, the Albanese government’s attempted makeover of the industrial relations system continued on 4th September, when...

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World with thermometer and burn forest in background. Issue #2064

End the rule of fossil fuel

“Climate change is here. It is terrifying. And it is just the beginning. The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling...

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Union rally with flags. Issue #2073

Working future? – Cancel AUKUS

Last month the Labor government released its white paper on employment, Working Future (WF). Its stated objective is “sustained and inclusive full employment.” It has...

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Issue #2066

Privatisation of government

The PwC/Tax Office scandal has brought to the fore some of the serious issues that arise when government functions are contracted out to the private,...

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Issue #2085

Labor’s tax con

Feeling the heat from millions of Australians suffering a cost-of-living crisis and pressure from within Labor caucus, the Albanese government has succumbed by announcing some...

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Issue #2050

Fight back!

May Day is just eight days away from the federal budget. All we hear from Treasurer Jim Chalmers are attempts to soften up the electorate...

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Issue #2043

INTEREST RATE TIME BOMB

Two thirds of households face a hit as rising interest rates push up mortgage payments and drive up their rent. At the same time household...

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Mother and children walking into sunset. Issue #2065

FUND PUBLIC HOUSING!

The housing crisis continues to deepen with an estimated shortfall of 640,000 houses. Recent interest rate rises are still to take their toll on home...

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Issue #2086

Humanity outsourced

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) is responsible for auditing residential aged care facilities to ensure they are meeting mandated health and safety...

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Rally for Palestine. Issue #2080

Ceasefire now!

The calls for a ceasefire grow louder and louder as hundreds of thousands of people continue to demonstrate in the major cities around the world....

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Rally for Palestine in Perth. Issue #2076

Criminal Israel

Israel is carrying out collective punishment, committing the most barbarous and cruel atrocities on an unarmed civilian population who are confined to a small area...

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Rally for Palestine. Issue #2085

Palestine: Australia complicit in genocide

It beggars belief that Australia has suspended funding to the UN agency providing aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. It did so following unsubstantiated...

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Sydney rallies for Palestine. Issue #2077

Ceasefire NOW!

Around the world hundreds of thousands of people are taking protest actions, calling for an immediate ceasefire so that food, water and medical aid can...

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Construction worker with safety helmet and gear on. Issue #2058

Labour hire = Super exploitation

Labour hire has become a business model where workers are paid less and denied rights that other workers have. The Albanese government plans to address...

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Food delivery bikers. Most gig workers must pay their own insurance and cover their own sick leave, annual leave, and superannuation. Issue #2087

Rules for exploitation

Labor’s second tranche of the Closing Loopholes Bill laying down the rules for exploitation, was finally passed on 12 February following Labor’s acceptance of the...

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Rally for Palestine, Sydney, 21 January. Issue #2084

Stop Israel’s genocidal assault!

Millions of people around the world continue to mobilise with marches and rallies calling for a permanent ceasefire and an independent Palestinian state. Australia is...

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Issue #2056

Restore real wages

The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to award a 5.75 per cent wage rise for those on minimum award wage rates was higher than expected...

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Rally for Palesine, Sydney Issue #2081

20,000 Palestinians murdered by Israel

Almost 15,000 Palestinians have been killed during Israel’s genocidal offensive against the people of Palestine following Hamas’ raid on 7 October. At least another 6800...

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Palestinian rally in Boorloo/Perth on Sunday 3 December 2023. Issue #2082

Israel escalates war crimes

The situation in Gaza is catastrophic and continues to worsen with women and children making up 70 per cent or more of the dead and...

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Youth with placard Issue #2072

Unite to save the planet

“If nothing changes, we are heading towards a 2.8 degree temperature rise – towards a dangerous and unstable world,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned in...

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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) held a rally in 2018 to demand making nursing ratios law. Issue #2057

NOT FOR PROFIT!

The aged care system is in crisis. Successive governments have seen old people as a “problem” that costs ever-increasing amounts of money. Once someone is...

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