On January 19, Access Economics interrupted the rosy consensus among economists that the Australian economy may avoid recession, arguing that the economy was already contracting and would fall into recession within the first three months of 2009.
The scientific evidence is conclusive. The delicate ecological balance of the planet is being destroyed.
The December release of the federal government’s climate policy left little room for doubt. Kevin Rudd — Mr 5% — is no friend of the climate movement.
The federal Labor government, in coordination with state and territory governments, is forcing Aboriginal communities to give up communal land ownership in exchange for future housing and infrastructure improvements.
“Things will get worse before they get better.” These were the shrewd words of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaking on January 20.
“Perhaps one day we will understand how wrong our actions in this region have been from time immemorial.”
According to the signatories of the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration, “humanity today faces a stark choice: ecosocialism or barbarism”.
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The article below is abridged from a January 21 US Socialist Worker editorial, http://www.socialistworker.org.


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