Australia

There are strong indications that the Queensland Greens will increase their parliamentary representation after the October 31 election, which is being seen as a referendum on Labor's handling of the COVID-19 crisis, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Extinction Rebellion has taken to the streets across the country to call for a transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and a halt to biodiversity loss, reports Pip Hinman.

Sarah Hathway sees community voices as being central to the way council should be working. Sue Bull reports.

Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) organised an online rally to discuss widespread concern about draconian laws being used against activists, reports Chloe DS

Sue Bolton, who is seeking re-election for a third term on Moreland City Council, says the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the privatisation of care work leads to deadly results. Chloe DS reports.

The “gas is cleaner” lie is but one of scores of Orwellian falsehoods in look-the-other-way neoliberal Australia, argues Gideon Polya.

The New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission has given close to half a million public sector workers a slap in the face for their efforts over a very difficult year, reports Jim McIlroy.

The federal government has introduced a new bill which, if passed, would help normalise the use of defence forces in a civilian context, write Bevan Ramsden and Pip Hinman.

Rachel Evans reports authorities’ hypocritical application of the law is being challenged as they continue to use emergency health provisions to shut down protests.

Mark Latham's bill aimed at erasing the lives of young gender diverse people could also be a stalking horse for other discriminatory bills, writes Paul Gregoire.

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