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The following is based on a speech by former steel worker Steve O’Brien to the Newcastle Climate Justice rally on February 22.

Sue Bolton asks why, the day after Rowan Baxter brutally incinerated his ex-partner Hannah Clarke and their children, the detective in charge of the investigation could publicly query whether the “husband” had been “driven too far”.

Domestic violence homicides of women killed by their current or former partner have already exceeded the shocking average of one a week this year. Former Sutherland Shire Domestic Violence Network activist Margaret Gleeson takes a look at some solutions.

Paul McAleer

To fight for clean air and water is a revolutionary act in a world that rewards the destruction of nature for profit, argues Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch Secretary Paul McAleer.

Residents put in a huge effort to save the historic Gandolfo Gardens. But they were thwarted by a system that privileges bureaucrats who were never going to be directly affected by the destruction of the trees, writes Sue Bolton.

Please Gamble Irresponsibly tracks the history of sports gambling in Australia from colonial times to the current day, where we are inundated with gambling ads on TV while ironically being told “to gamble responsibly”, writes Alex Salmon.

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.

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