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Protest music from September 2021 album artwork

Mat Ward takes a look back at September's political news and the best new music that related to it.

Blake returns to a washed out Earth to see if life can reproduce there

Barry Healy reviews The Colony, where devastation has overtaken Earth and the rich have evacuated the planet.

David McComb rose to fame leading the Triffids and went on to found the Blackeyed Susans. Barry Healy introduces a new retrospective film on his life and work.

Scott Morrison is still clinging to a weak emission reduction target of 26–28%, set six years ago. At the current rate, we won't reach net zero climate pollution until 2170, argues Jessie de Waal.

Rob Pyne supporting anti-nuclear activists campaigning against nuclear-powered submarines.

Defamation laws favour those who have the funds to threaten and launch suits. Jonathan Strauss reports on a defamation suit against anti-corruption campaigners Lyn O’Connor and Rob Pyne.

As the Taliban unleashes its terror campaign in Afghanistan, thousands of people have taken action in solidarity with Afghan women across the globe. Rachel Evans reports.

Up to 2000 Transport Workers' Union members at StarTrack went on strike for 24 hours to protect jobs and win job security guarantees. Jim McIlroy reports.

Rob Pyne speaks out against nuclear submarines

Alex Bainbridge reports that Socialist Alliance councillor Rob Pyne was the sole voice of opposition against Morrison's nuclear submarine proposal on the Cairns Council.

Mainstream commentary about the almost daily anti-vaccination rallies in Melbourne this week has avoided analysing the complex motivations of the demonstrators and failed to suggest sensible ways of responding, argues Sue Bolton.

NSW CFMEU officials have rejected police allegations that they received illegal payments from a building construction company. Jim McIlroy reports.

A second “Safe from COVID, safe from poverty” media conference discussed organising for COVID-19 safety in the workplace. Isaac Nellist reports.

Public sector workers in the Community and Public Sector Union, about to enter enterprise bargaining, are campaigning for wage rises that at least match inflation. Stanley Blair reports.

Green Left speaks to Gabi Brown, who gave evidence behalf of Rozelle Against WestConnex to a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the controversial Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Links projects.

The big shift in wealth from non-owners of residential property to owners continues. Renfrey Clarke argues the federal government’s efforts to inflate its way out of the COVID-19 economic slump have made upward pressures on housing prices extreme.

Jacqueline Kriz reports on a forum discussing the limits of the justice system in delivering justice to victims/survivors of domestic and family violence.

Green Left speaks to Professor Mark Beeson about the federal Coalition government’s surprise announcement of the AUKUS alliance and the new nuclear submarine agreement with the United States and Britain.

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