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.”
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...
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.
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...
Dear Readers, This issue of The Guardian – The Workers’ Weekly is the final issue I will oversee as editor as I move on to...
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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 –...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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:...
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,...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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;...
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...
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...
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...
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?,”...
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...
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...
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...
Issue #2059 03-07-2023
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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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 –...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...