Issue 1192

Australia

“You should have the right to occupy the streets for a just cause”, Greens state MP David Shoebridge told demonstrators protesting the state Coalition government’s latest anti-protest laws outside NSW parliament on August 15.

Greenpeace representative Holly Dawson said: “We should have...

There are many ways to fix New South Wales — currently plagued by cuts, privatisations and tollway madness — participants at a socialist activist conference concluded on August 12. The day-long discussion ended with the election of a team of Socialist Alliance candidates to contest for the NSW...

PepperTree Place, in the heart of Coburg, is a wonderful little creatively-designed community green space which exudes warmth and inclusiveness.

Framed by a historic bluestone church and stables, it is an oasis of gardens, chooks, a café, a home-grown nursery and a multitude of community...

The Queensland state government has announced plans to turn the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC), run by notorious British company Serco, into a private women’s prison.

Critics say the prison will be the endpoint of a pipeline that takes homeless women and women with...

A nuclear waste facility site is on the cards for South Australia. The federal government has whittled down its list of potential sites to two communities: Hawker in the Flinders Ranges, and Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula.

But local populations, and the people of South Australia in general,...

About 500 people bearing handmade lanterns and banners marched through Sydney on August 11 to protest the state Coalition government's multi-billion dollar transport privatisation and road tollway scams.

These scams include the $17 billion WestConnex private road tollway project, which...

International students handed over thousands of signed petitions calling for travel concessions for international students to Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi outside state parliament on August 14.

About 30 international students from universities across Sydney rallied to press their demand. New...

Victorian Socialists released the following statement on August 15.

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Victorian Socialists, as trenchant anti-racists, share the disgust and outrage of many at the speech made by Katter’s Australian Party Senator Fraser Anning on August 14.

In the context of calling for...

Nearly 100 workers at Note Printing Australia in Craigieburn, which is owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), were locked out by their employer on August 10.

The workers have been campaigning for a wage rise of 3.5%. Their demand is in line with the appeal made by RBA Governor...

Many people think that university students have it all — time to read, think, sit in the sun and socialise — but that's just a mirage conjured up by glossy advertising.

The reality is vastly different.

Students, and particularly Indigenous students, are struggling to make ends meet...

More than 100 people attended a forum about Indigenous youth incarceration and education on August 8.

Discussion focused on the links between the education system and skyrocketing imprisonment rates among young Indigenous people — which the panel referred to as the “school-prison pipeline...

More than three years after Category 4 Cyclone Lam lashed the Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island, residents are asking why the rebuild is taking so long.

Eighty houses in the community were destroyed in February 2015 when the cyclone hit. Thousands of Aboriginal people across the...

World

Of the many world-shaking events that took place in 1968, high on the list was the movement for reform in Czechoslovakia to create a democratic socialist alternative to the Stalinist bureaucratic dictatorships that ruled the Soviet bloc. Chris Slee takes a look at the movement,...

Observing the aftermath of the July 30 elections in Zimbabwe is like watching the remake of a movie. You know the ending, but watch to see how the new actors play their role and if there are any new twists.

The basic Zimbabwe storyline is that the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic...

The historic candlelight movement of 2016-17 that brought down the corrupt government of president Park Geunhye finally turned South Korea from one of the most reactionary anti-communist regime into a normal democracy. However, the recent debate over Yemenis refugees has revealed the naked face...

For the second time this year, Facebook suspended TeleSUR English’s page on August 13, Common Dreams said the next day.

After supports of the left-wing Latin American site campaigned against the removal, Facebook restored it on August 15, TeleSUR English said that day....

The latest campaign against British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn centres around the veteran anti-racist campaigner’s alleged anti-Semitism. Among the ongoing claims, Corbyn is denying allegations he laid a wreath at grave the killers of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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The shape and direction of the latest attempted coup against Labour’s socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn are clear, writes Jewish Labour member Roland Rance. Corbyn is being set up to lose and, in the name of anti-Semitism, Jews are being set up to take the blame.

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A United Nations report has called for an investigation of human rights violations in the divided South Asian territory of Kashmir, writes John Riddell.

President Sardar Masood Khan of Azad Kashmir, the Pakistan-administered portion of Kashmir told a conference...

Gaza’s fuel crisis remained unresolved a week after a United Nations humanitarian official warned on August 8 that hospitals and water sanitation facilities would soon shut down as a result.

“Despite our continued engagement with the concerned bodies, we have not encountered any...

Egyptian-French Marxist academic Samir Amin passed away aged 86 on August 12. The man who introduced the concept of “Eurocentrism” was one of the world’s greatest radical thinkers.

Amin was a “creative Marxist” who went from Communist activism in Gamal Abdul Nasser’s Egypt in the late...

Analysis

Socialist groups and community activists of different stripes have come together under the banner of Victorian Socialists in one of the most ambitious bids in decades to get a socialist elected to state parliament.

Green Left Weekly’s Jacob Andrewartha spoke to Stephen Jolly,...

Last September, while campaigning for the position of Lord Mayor of Newcastle and a ward councillor, I bumped into an NSW Labor Party officer at a coffee shop.

“Comrade”, he said, “You’ve got some great policies”. “Feel free to borrow any of them,” I relied cheekily. “Our housing policy,...

It says a lot about the state of politics today that the worst thing following the Murdoch-owned Sky News interview with neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell on immigration earlier this month, was not that a media outlet was giving a fascist a platform. The worst thing was that Cottrell’s comments were...

In the very early hours of Sunday, July 29, the federal government carried out a highly secretive transport of spent nuclear fuel. Helicopters and hundreds of police accompanied trucks from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology’s reactor at Lucas Heights to Port Kembla in New South Wales...

One of the things I have noticed recently, in my role as a union coordinator, is just how much social media has become integrated into workers’ daily lives.

Yet there are few industrial agreements that remunerate workers for the changes this has brought about in their working conditions...

The Newstart Allowance received by Australia’s jobless (if they are lucky enough to get it) has a base rate of $273 a week. The last time it was raised relative to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the standard measure of inflation, was in 1994.

Last year, the Melbourne Institute of Applied...

Culture

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An exciting and innovative new children’s TV series was launched on NITV on August 13 as part of National Science Week. 

Rewired brings Indigenous scientific and sustainability knowledge to the...