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Issue #2045

Sydney marches for International Working Women’s Day

Participants at this year’s rally came from all over to gather on the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall despite train network chaos. Women and their...

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Global briefs Issue #2063

GLOBAL BRIEFS

KENYA: Police have been ordered not to report deaths amid protests against the rising cost of living. While police in Kenya have long been accused...

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Issue #1999

Morrison government decisions have left the average worker $800 poorer

If you were left flabbergasted by the numbers at the supermarket checkout last week, you weren’t the only one. The cost of living has rocketed...

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Quill and ink . Issue #2099

LETTTERS

Domestic violence – addressing causes as well as symptoms As the government pauses to consider shelling up over $1 billion to address domestic violence, Australians...

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Issue #2029

Anti-poverty protest – Adelaide

Poverty is about people struggling, and becoming sick, less employable and ultimately homeless, especially if survival on “jobseeker” is involved. These were the stories of...

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Issue #2024

Multi-employer bargaining key to improving working conditions: ACOSS and ACTU

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has joined with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) to call on the Albanese government to implement...

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Issue #2014

RBA and ALP want workers to pay for the crisis

After decades of wage stagnation and increasing living costs, the Reserve Bank of Australia has told workers to tighten their belts and accept further real...

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Queensland Rail TRANSLink Electric train. Issue #2102

Queensland’s 50c fares stunt

As far as election season political stunts go, Queensland Premier Steven Mile’s reduction of public transport fares to 50c is not bad. The question now...

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youth behind fence Issue #2098

UK Rwanda scheme copies Australian failure

The UK has begun mass arrests of migrants in preparation for Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda deportation scheme. The UK Home Office, which manages immigration, has released...

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Man next to shopping trolley. Issue #2065

USA: Hunger and food insecurity

The United States is a net exporter of food, yet hunger is a worsening phenomenon with many Americans unable to buy basic foods, due to...

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Issue #2003

May Day 2022: WORKERS DEMAND CHANGE!

Australian and international workers’ struggle is taking the demand for change to the ruling class who always put the weight of any crisis back onto...

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Poverty in Sydney. Issue #2102

The poverty of policy

The Fair Work Commission has increased both minimum and award wages by 3.75 per cent from 1 July when the tax cuts for middle to...

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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 #2038

Record rent increases

Last year Australia recorded an overall increase in rents of 10.2 per cent, the biggest-ever rent increase recorded nationally. The cost of rent has risen...

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Queensland Housing Commission flats, Kangaroo Point, 1965. Issue #2101

Rental complaints in Queensland

At present Queensland renters must give at least two months’ prior notice, or at least four weeks’ prior notice to for rooming accommodation. Rent increases...

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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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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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Man going through a public garbage bin. Issue #2050

Raise the rate raises the roof

So many different sources are speaking out against the Albanese government’s refusal to “raise the rate” – meaning increase Jobseeker, Commonwealth Rent Assistance, and related...

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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 #2048

Action for jobs, pay, safety

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union members launched major rallies across Australia on Wednesday 5th April as anger mounts over serious issues facing the nation...

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Issue #2022

CPA lunch at the Village Pickle

After many weeks of planning, organising, and discussion, the Brisbane branch gathered at the Village Pickle, a café in the country town of Nambour, north...

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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 #2039

DINGO

How to fund endless war? That is the question. That ‘tis better to grab workers’ retirement funds to build Australia’s military industrial complex and pour...

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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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Stage performance with didgeridoo. NAIDOC Week, Melbourne/Naarm, 2022. Issue #2094

Orchestrated campaign

Half of Australia’s working musicians earned less than $6,000 last year – a mere 15 per cent of the national minimum wage – forcing the...

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Issue #2039

We can’t afford support!

Results from the SANE Bridging the Gaps Survey shows the Federal government must listen to people who live with complex mental illness. A new survey...

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Issue #2046

Budget must tackle housing crisis

Housing campaign Everybody’s Home says renters on the lowest incomes will still struggle to make ends meet with the federal government’s meagre rise in Centrelink...

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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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Silhouette of family. Issue #2086

How financial crisis hits lower income families

New research by the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) has shed light on the compounding financial crises impacting lower income households and their economic security....

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Issue #2098

Rental market ‘never less affordable’

The 2024 Rental Affordability Snapshot surveyed rental listings across Australia and found that affordability has crashed to record lows. Out of 45,115 rental listings, we...

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Empty wallet. Issue #2094

‘Number One wage thief ’ fined $75,000

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has called for urgent reform after Melbourne University copped a $75,000 fine over threatening to punish two casual academic...

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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 #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 #2050

Open letter to Albanese: Raise the rate

Politicians academics, business leaders, community advocates and other prominent Australians have joined in a rare display of unity to urge the Prime Minister to implement...

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Beach Issue #2071

Poverty and homelessness on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is two hours drive north of Brisbane. It is a collection of towns and farms extending from its famous beaches to the...

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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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Maritime Union’s Quadrennial National Conference Adelaide 2024 Issue #2090

Maritime Union’s Quadrennial National Conference

The Maritime Union’s Quadrennial National Conference, from 26 February to 1 March, took place at the Adelaide Convention Centre with 500 delegates from around Australia...

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Issue #2048

Inequality deepens

New research shows one million people in NSW are living in poverty. With Western Sydney going backwards while Eastern Sydney is improving, inequality across the...

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Issue #2049

MAY DAY

The international working class continues to commemorate the struggles and gains achieved over 134 years since the first May Day commemoration in 1889 which remembered...

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Issue #2072

DINGO

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) says it is deeply concerned by reports regarding the conduct of the Secretary of the Home Affairs Department,...

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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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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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Large mining truck. Issue #2080

Crying over pennies

While the Closing Loopholes Bill is not perfect, it would go some way to making sure that workers doing the same job would be paid...

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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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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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Empty wallet. Issue #2091

CAPITALISM

Living standards for the majority of Australians continue to fall while the gap between the wealthy and middle to low-income workers widens. The Reserve Bank...

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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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CPA banner in Mat Day March, Sydney. Issue #2096

MAY DAY 2024

CHANGE Congratulations to all workers taking action this May Day, the international day of working class struggle and solidarity. Actions of workers on the streets,...

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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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Dancers Issue #2058

Dancers act

For the first time in more than a decade, dancers at Australia’s premiere national dance company, the Australian Ballet, are taking protected industrial action in...

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Issue #2084

EDITORIAL

It’s the great Australian question. For a lot of Australians the answer is “Not too crash-hot.” Employment is down. Full-time employment is down and part-time...

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Broken piggy bank Issue #2100

More for war in a class budget

“In a cost-of-living crisis, the Labor government is choosing to remove $14.4 billion in funding from the NDIS that will lead to disabled people not...

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Australian outback power lines. Issue #2055

The market fails again

If you have a birthday coming up in July this year, there’s one present you’ll be getting whether you asked for it or not –...

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Issue #2057

Interest rate burden on workers

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is navigating a “narrow path” which Government Philip Lowe says is “likely to be a bumpy one.” Bumpy it...

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