Australia

Maritime Union of Australia officials are angry that some container corporations are operating as if they were not part of the global pandemic putting the lives of workers at risk, reports Jim McIlroy.

John Passant passed away peacefully on April 5. Paul Oboohov recounts the life and achievements of this socialist activist, poet, lawyer, academic and tax expert.

Whatever the early delays and bungling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can be relieved Australia did not follow in lock-step with Britain and the United States. However, governments here are not pulling out all stops to save lives, writes Sam Wainwright.

Workers at the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Observatory have been told to accept redeployments to other areas or lose special COVID-19 leave, writes Georgie Dixon.

A large section of the population — renters — has been left to fend for themselves in the coronavirus crisis, writes Pip Hinman.

The federal government plans to spend $130 billion for a wage subsidy, but Peter Boyle argues it is more a corporate survival subsidy.

The Socialist Alliance has released the following plan to combat COVID-19.

Road building, ahead of logging, has begun in the unburnt southern section of Nambucca State Forest in New South Wales, writes Kerry Smith.

The mining industry is focused on continuing production through the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Margaret Gleeson, despite workers' and local communities' concerns.

The NSW government has quietly approved longwall mining under the Sydney water catchment, reports Rachel Evans.

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