privatisation

The Guardian • privatisation

Issue #1972

Study reveals shocking decline in life expectancy in the US

The United States life expectancy fell by more than a year, from 78.8 years to 77.3 years, during the first half of 2020.

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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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Issue #2036

DINGO

More than a thousand refugees and their supporters rallied outside Parliament House in Canberra on 29th November to demand permanent visas for refugees. Priya Nadesalingam,...

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Communist Party of Australia Issue #2097

ALP: A crisis of policies and ideology

Opposition from Labor Party members to the Albanese government’s AUKUS war coalition with the US and Britain emerged in Labor Party ranks, and was quickly...

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Issue #2035

The problems of privatisation and why publicly-owned services matter

The ACTU does a good job of explaining issues to the converted. However, they should use some excellent scientific studies to inform the public of...

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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 #1972

Ideology before health

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the failures of capitalism and its neoliberal policies.

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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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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 #2073

DINGO

Karl Marx exposed the real meaning of “free trade” in 1848. “What is free trade under the present condition of society?” he asked. “It is...

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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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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 #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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Coles in Chadstone Shopping Centre. Issue #2088

Price gouging: unions respond

On 7 February, former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chair Professor Allan Fels handed down his wide-ranging report into price gouging and unfair pricing...

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The English, Scottish & Australian Bank Limited was founded in 1852, merged with ANZ in 1970. Issue #2107

Monopoly pricing a killer

Last month Treasurer Jim Chalmers gave the green light for ANZ’s takeover of Suncorp contrary to the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission...

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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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