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Cloudstreet is one heck of a theatrical experience, one that was greeted with repeated standing ovations at its Perth opening night, writes Barry Healy.

“Get the politics out of climate change.” It’s a slogan heard almost inevitably whenever discussion turns to the looming environmental catastrophe. But, as Jeff Sparrow argues, there’s no historical parallel for the social change needed to decarbonise the developed world without huge political polarisation.

The Socialist Alliance says Australia and needs a climate action action plan that combines ecological and social justice measures that challenge the political and economic power of the fossil fuel corporations.

Worried about online privacy? You should be. Not only are social media corporations spying on you, the government now want to muscle in further on Big Brother’s territory, writes Viv Miley.

Jim McIlroy reports on a call for unions to take strike action on May 1 under the banner of workers’ rights, social justice and climate action.

The anniversary of the death of Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati was commemorated in Perth writes Alex Salmon.

Adviser to the Australian Assange Campaign and barrister Greg Barnes told Pip Hinman that the case against Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange is an attempt to destroy media freedom.

What is the most positive action Australians could take to make the nation better? Dismantle Rupert Murdoch’s stranglehold on the media, argues Brad Pedersen.

The climate movement needs to adopt the call for peace as there will be no future, sustainable or otherwise, unless we resist authorities’ willingness to go to war, argues Nick Deane.

As people were fleeing their burning homes and volunteer firefighters were crowdfunding basic supplies in December, Australia’s Pentecostal Prime Minister was busy working on safeguarding the rights of a handful of bigoted institutions to discriminate, writes Chris Jenkins.

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