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The Stop Adani Convoy WA, a part of the Stop Adani Convoy initiated by the Bob Brown Foundation through the eastern states, has now been welcomed at 10 towns across the eastern seaboard.

'I’m a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would’ve said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I’m scared of the monster in Parliament House', says Parker Craig.

Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. Experience tells the union movement that we should always keep our powder dry, argues Brian Boyd.

The Miami Showband Massacre
Directed by Stuart Sender
Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist
Screening on Netflix now

It’s a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband.

For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different.

Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate Joel McAlear, who grew up in a working-class family in the Illawarra, said the new gas hub slated for Port Kembla is a step in the wrong direction.

Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union’s campaign to “change the rules” for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first.

Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to subsidise dental care for pensioners and Senior's Health Care Card holders if elected to government should be welcomed. But it is only a first step toward the kind of universal public dental care we need.

The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer’s election advertisement accusing Labor of “supporting the big end of town”. He's right, though he is in no position to point the finger, writes Carlo Sands.

The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on stopping Adani on May 1.

Sex workers in Queensland are campaigning to decriminalise sex work 30 years after this was recommended by the Fitzgerald Inquiry into state police corruption.

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