The Guardian • EDITORIAL

Issue #1949

Coalition, ALP condemn communism as “Extreme”

On the 3rd of February, the Senate, unfortunately, passed a motion to condemn “all […] extremist groups which seek to promote fascism, communism, anarchism, violence and bigotry in our community.”

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Issue #1947

Australia’s human rights record is a joke

 Last month, at the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of human rights, Australian officials faced tough questions over its human rights violations. The...

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Issue #2032

We demand more for teachers

Education was one of the industries most effected by the COVID-19 pandemic with teachers experiencing some of the worst workplace conditions with inadequate resources. But...

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Issue #1992

With a new year, the struggle continues

Welcome back readers!

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Issue #2036

Farewell, readers

Dear Readers, This issue of The Guardian – The Workers’ Weekly is the final issue I will oversee as editor as I move on to...

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Issue #1948

Massive overhaul on environmental laws needed says new report

Last month, the Morrison government released a once in a decade report of Australia’s environmental laws.

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Issue #2035

Restaurateur first to be criminally charged for wage theft

The Australian labour movement is on the precipice of a major win for workers’ rights in the form of a criminal case brought against a...

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Issue #1958

JobKeeper used to profit the corporations, not help people

The purpose of JobKeeper should have been to help keep the working class employed during a once-in-a-century pandemic that devastated the global economy. However ...

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Issue #2018

ABCC stripped to bare minimum

The moves to abolish the anti-worker Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC) are underway. Last month, the Albanese government reduced the powers of the ABCC “to...

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Issue #2024

Remove Alan Joyce

Throughout the pandemic Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has consistently proven himself to be the walking embodiment of corporate greed. Alan Joyce took in $5,575,000 –...

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Issue #1952

Gender inequality in the workplace

Despite the achievements in the long struggle for gender equality in Australia, significant structural and cultural injustices remain, including widespread gendered violence.

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Issue #2033

Australia moves closer to ratifying UN treaty on nuclear weapons

As the threat of war continues to loom as tensions rise in Europe, it is the responsibility of every state – to deter as much...

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Issue #1959

Morrison’s hydrogen scheme another marketing ploy

Yet again, the Morrison government is trying to pull the wool over Australia’s eyes. This time, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is attempting to sell the...

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Issue #1950

Editorial – Dutton funds favoured, less meritorious projects

One would think that given how big the Morrison government is on ensuring a “fair go for those who have a go” that merit-based programs would be the shining example of this motto in practice. However ...

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Issue #2026

Federal ICAC introduced to parliament

Last week, the long-awaited federal Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was introduced to parliament by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus. According to Dreyfus this federal ICAC will:...

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Issue #2028

No more tax cuts for the rich

Australia’s “Labor” Party can be incredibly frustrating to those who don’t want to see a return of the Coalition but who also want serious, progressive...

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Issue #2031

Justice for Cassius

Content Warning: Racial Violence Last month, a fifteen-year-old boy, Cassius Turvey – a Noongar boy – was brutally murdered. It is alleged that Jack Steven...

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Issue #1957

Gov’t spends billions on military, but people get none!

It seems in every facet Australia is inching closer towards transforming into its transpacific cousin, the United States of America.

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Issue #2034

Fight back against anti-education rhetoric

Pauline Hanson is doing what she does best: pushing bills that further marginalise minority communities that don’t fit into her conservative outlook. This time, Hanson...

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Issue #2023

Nurses strike for better pay and conditions

Earlier this month, Nurses and midwives across NSW went on strike for 24 hours, while maintaining life-preserving care. The demands are simple: The NSW Nurses...

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Issue #2025

An Australia without a monarch

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign was a fixture for the entirety of many Australian lives, she was the personification of the Commonwealth. With her passing earlier...

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Issue #2029

End fossil fuels!

It appears as though climate action has a new, unlikely support from Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher! Speaking to an Australian business community event in London,...

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Issue #2030

West Jerusalem no longer recognised by Australia as Israeli capital

One of the more heinous foreign policy decisions of the former Morrison government has been reversed: Australia no longer recognises West Jerusalem as the capital...

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Issue #2022

Robotdebt royal commission announced

Last month, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese officially called a royal commission into the unlawful debt recovery scheme known as “Robodebt.” The Albanese government has selected...

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Issue #2027

Landmark UN decision highlights Australia’s climate injustice

In news that will surprise no one, a United Nations Committee has found the former Coalition government to have violated the human rights of Torres...

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Issue #2061

Common cause

In 2014 mining magnate Andrew Forrest presented the Abbott Coalition government with “Creating Parity,” a government-commissioned report that was a recipe for wiping out Native...

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Issue #2083

Invasion day and YOU

The struggles of Indigenous Australians have ensured that 26 January attracts a level of passion  and interest from the population that governments have spent decades...

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Issue #2019

Promising: Workplace reforms on the horizon

In an honest assessment, the Albanese government has come out the gate with a series of important industrial reforms: an increased minimum wage, paid family,...

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Issue #2037

Welcome to a year of struggles for working people!

This first issue of the Guardian for 2023 gives me the chance to talk about the Party’s priorities for 2023: the struggle for peace, the...

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Issue #2062

Voice and action

The Closing the Gap strategy was set up in 2008, as part of Kevin Rudd’s Apology to Indigenous Australians. The fact that Closing the Gap...

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Issue #2038

Australian troops to train Ukrainian soldiers

In a decision that will ensure even more death and destruction, the Australian Government has sent 70 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to the UK...

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Issue #1955

Under capitalism corporate greed supersedes peoples’ needs

Yesterday JobKeeper ended, and the Coronavirus Supplement will end later this week. These payments have been vital in ensuring that workers can keep their jobs and those already on some form of government assistance get the extra help they need during this once-in-a-century pandemic.

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Issue #2041

Aid for people, not profit

Like a horrendous auction, the death toll from the massive earthquake in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria continues to rise, every time we check the news...

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Issue #2063

Resist the anti-China scare campaign

Australians have real problems, problems that can’t be wished away. Climate change is happening now, and our ALP government is making it worse. There is...

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Issue #2069

Can you guess what these numbers represent?

Two. One million, thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine. Thirty seven. We won’t leave you in suspense. Two is the number of years since the...

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Issue #2040


Anyone who wants a pleasant song to sing with children should look up the 2002 They Might Be Giants’ song “Where do they make Balloons?,”...

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Issue #2045

Historic oceans agreement

On March 4, 2023, after two weeks of negotiations and a final 36-hour sitting 193 nations reached agreement on a treaty to protect the biodiversity...

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Issue #2046

The ALP’s dying legacy

For the past 25 years self-styled liberal democratic governments in the developed Western nations have been entangled in growing turmoil. Back room deals and back-stabbing;...

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Issue #2048

Voice to Parliament: the progressive YES

You’re going to hear a lot of negative things about the Voice to Parliament in the months between now, and when the referendum is held...

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Issue #2049

People’s power in the 21st Century

As year 2000 ticked over, the leaders of the United States claimed the 21st century as an “American Century” but it is unfolding more like...

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Issue #2052

In their words: “No fracking”

Amid opposition from Indigenous owners and in the face of a growing environmental crisis, the NT government has given the go-ahead for fracking in the...

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Issue #2059

Truth-teller must be freed

There are two important dates around now. Daniel Ellsberg died on 16th June this year, at the age of 92. Julian Assange turns 52 on...

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Issue #2044

Peace and Australia Post

Have you heard of the Peace Budget? If you’ve been reading News Corp or Fairfax publications this year, you won’t have seen any trace of...

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Issue #2047

Rules-based international order: Whose rules?

Having rules and keeping them sounds like a good thing. Rules keep our roads safe. All our sports have rules. Rules mean other people don’t...

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Issue #2050

May Day 2023: What do we march for?

1889 is a long way behind us, and the first May Day commemoration honouring the workers killed and wounded in the Haymarket confrontation in Chicago...

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Issue #2066

(Bank) Business as usual

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has just declared a 10.2 billion dollar profit. Its CEO has received 8 million dollars in bonuses. On top of...

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Issue #2068

Class interest and Voices

One really bad argument against a Yes vote for the Voice to Parliament is that that a small group of Australians – Indigenous people –...

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Issue #2070

Speeding up

Things are speeding up. Climate change has gone from causing the cliched reaction ‘I’m worried about my grandchildren,’ to ‘I worry about my children,’ to...

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Issue #2071

Don’t be fooled by elites

Elites are in the news again. Jacinta Nampijinpa Price says she doesn’t want elites telling her what to do, although since she’s happy to do...

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Issue #2060

What the surplus tells us

Australian budget surpluses are funny things. Sometimes we pay a lot of attention to a budget surplus or a budget deficit, sometimes we ignore them...

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Issue #2078

How we treat our children, what it says about us

The treatment of children has a huge emotional pull, with good reason. Children depend on adults for the basics of life. They are more fragile...

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Issue #2064

Learning from Cuba

Really standing up to the US is something Australia could do, but which the vast majority of our media and both our largest political parties...

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Issue #2053

Off the hook

Budgets are about political choices. We look at where governments are spending, and where they are cutting. The media draw up lists of winners and...

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Issue #2074

Time for politics!

In the face of  catastrophic climate change, some people think that it’s no time for politics. What they mean is that we should take effective...

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Issue #2043

The Communist Manifesto turns 175

In Sydney, comrades are getting ready to demonstrate at Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s office against the government’s plan to spend an insane amount on preparations...

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Issue #2065

Tricks and Treaties

Are you scared yet? Australia’s conservative opposition wants you to be frightened. Scares are second nature to the Liberal Party. Only four years ago, they...

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Issue #2076

Silencing voices

It’s common for people to say “it’s a free country,” meaning, go ahead, do what you like, say what you like.  Australia is a country...

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Issue #2077

A place under the table

It’s always a stressful experience meeting the boss, so perhaps we should sympathise with Anthony Albanese who has just been to Washington to catch up...

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Issue #2079

Let’s hang up

Is your phone okay? This jokey casual question became an urgent one this month as over ten million Optus customers lost phone coverage, and ‘outage’...

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Issue #2051

Skilled Immigration: Must do better

The idea of skilled migration is deceptively simple. A lot of people in other countries want to live in Australia. We have to sort them...

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Issue #2067

When rent freezes over

Rent is in the news lately, for several reasons. There is a national housing crisis. The Albanese Labor government, always keen to be seen as...

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Issue #2085


Around this time of year, the question of liking, loving, or being proud of our country comes up a lot. At Invasion Day events, people...

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Issue #2054

Time for action

“Are we there yet?” This is the perennial question of bored children in the family car on a long trip. For some time now, humanity...

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Issue #2086


On the first of February this year, Medicare, also known as ‘the universal health insurance scheme’ turned 40. Happy birthday! Should we shrug, celebrate, or...

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Issue #2087


Are you feeling gouged, like prices are higher than they need to be? You should be – it’s been going on for a while. Thanks...

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Issue #2073

Not alright

In arguing for a YES vote for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, we are arguing change. People who oppose the Voice sometimes say that the...

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Issue #2058

Fill up the ABC tank!

There is not a lot left in the tank at the our national broadcaster, either financially or morally. Financially, the Albanese government has not reversed...

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Issue #2075

Communist Party of Australia anniversary

One hundred and three years of the workers’ struggle and counting. 30th October is the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Australia....

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Issue #2080

Look who’s talking

It’s great to have a free press. We can hear the unvarnished truth about everything, and really see the world the way it is. Australians...

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Issue #2084


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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Issue #2056

Student Debt, Class Warfare

Student debt increases with inflation. Your wage doesn’t. Students get a rough trot in the Australian media. They’re out of touch, “ivory tower,” not in...

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Issue #2082


This is the last issue of the Guardian – The Workers’ Weekly for 2023 (the podcast will continue through the break). It’s a time for...

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Issue #2055

The Voice in context

In 2007, Operation Outreach, involving 600 Australian Army soldiers was launched against Indigenous communities to implement the Howard Coalition government’s Northern Territory Intervention policy. The...

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Issue #2072

What’s housing for?

The Victorian Labor government has announced a big housing plan. Around ten thousand people will be moved from their homes – with no consultation, and...

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Issue #2088


This editorial is written one day before Julian Assange’s last trial hearing. Significantly, Assange himself is too sick to attend the hearing, after years being...

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Issue #2081


Lenin said of the Paris Commune that to Marx it was “more important than hundreds of programs and arguments,” because the Commune was real action,...

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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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