I want to join the Communist Party of Australia because I’m tired of seeing the world and the working class exploited and poisoned
Wages do not cause inflation
Inflation has now risen to 6.1 per cent nationally and workers are feeling the pinch. At the same time corporations and big capital are making...
Big pharma not working
The big pharmaceutical monopolies’ profit-driven model of making medicines is bad for our health. While in theory these companies exist to make the medicines we...
“Supporting Private Profit Growth”
Just days before Parliament rose for the summer break, the Coalition government tabled legislation with the aim of accelerating its anti-worker, anti-union agenda on behalf of employers.
What is to be done, and how not to do it
I have been inspired to write this by reading Amitav Ghosh’s brilliant novel The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, which ends: “Much,...
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...
Bias and bullying The two-page spread in Murdoch’s SA Advertiser of Monday 21st August with the big-font headline “CFMEU ‘BULLYING’ WORKERS” made interesting reading. Writer...
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...
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.
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...
If military spending could provide peace, wouldn’t we have achieved that already?
The Labor Government plans to spend $48.7 billion on the military this financial year, in line with the policies of Morrison and Dutton. There is...
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...
“Exhausted,” “struggling to cope,” “let down,” “dangerous,” and “overwhelmed” is how nurses have described working conditions at the prestigious St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Darlinghurst...
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...
New research from Australia Institute economist Dr Jim Stanford has confirmed that excessive corporate profits are the main driver of inflation, not wages. The research...
The fight against public service austerity
No matter how much employers want workers to understand otherwise, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a boom period for capital. Finance capital, represented most obviously...
SUDAN: Doctors Central Committee has reported that the number of people killed in clashes between the armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) rose...
Issue #2059 03-07-2023
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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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...
People’s need not corporate greed
The main focus of recent federal budgets was on economic recovery for the corporate sector, focusing on wiping out the budget deficit created by the...
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...