Issue 1200

Australia

A well-attended forum on women and poverty was organised by Micah Projects, a not-for-profit organisation at Queensland Parliament House on October 16.

Micah runs a homeless support centre in Brisbane and has long been an advocate for the poor and marginalised. The 200 attendees were...

About 4000 trade union members rallied in Perth's Solidarity Park on October 18 to kick off the nationwide series of Change the Rules protests organised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

Addressing the crowd, ACTU secretary Sally McManus said: “We rally because we will not...

The #KidsOffNauru campaign is gaining momentum with a range of protests organised across Australia in recent days.

Three Liberal MP's urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to transfer children and families on Nauru to Australia to receive urgent medical attention on October 16.

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Experts have rejected claims by the new CEO of the controversial $17 billion WestConnex tollway that halting Stage 3 of the project would necessarily cost taxpayers “billions” and have a “detrimental” impact on local neighbourhoods.

Community groups and local councils have instead called...

The Geelong Women Unionists Network (GWUN), with the support of Geelong Trades Hall Council, hosted its second Working Women Get Organised conference at Geelong Trades Hall on October 13.

Organised by local rank-and-file women unionists, the aim of these conferences is to empower working...

Workers from two of the biggest crane companies in New South Wales began strike action on October 15, as their dispute for fair wages reached boiling point.

The two companies, WGC Cranes and Boom Logistics, have consistently undermined the right of workers to negotiate for better...

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment recommended approval of a new thermal coalmine to the Independent Planning Commission on October 9.

The open-cut underground mine proposed by South Korean company KEPCO would be built near Bylong, 55 kilometres northeast of Mudgee...

Almost three years after a community group began a campaign to oppose New Hope’s plans to expand its New Acland Coal (NAC) mine in the Darling Downs, the Queensland Land Court re-heard the case for the mine on October 2-4.

The Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA), involving more than 60...

Green Left Weekly welcomes the historic vote to decriminalise abortion in Queensland and pledges to redouble its efforts to win free, safe and legal abortion across the country.

It should not have taken this long to win this basic right. It is shameful that it has taken until...

Northern Territory Traditional Owners delivered a strong message to Origin Energy's shareholders on October 17.

Speaking outside the company’s AGM at the five-star Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel, Stuart Nuggett from the Elliott community said: “These mining companies are destroying our...

There is a medical emergency on Nauru, where many physically and mentally ill refugees are being detained without proper medical treatment, according to Kathy, a refugee on the Pacific island. She added that many refugees, including children, have attempted suicide due to the loss of hope and...

"In June, President Donald Trump announced the formation of the US's 'Space Force' — a new arm of the US military," Hannah Middleton told the audience at a film night in Sydney on October 12. "Trump plans a Space Force which would ensure US 'control and domination' of space on behalf of...

Four of the 16 candidates in the Wentworth by-election attended a refugee forum organised by Wentworth for Refugees on October 14. Waverley College hall was packed with about 300 concerned citizens.

The forum, moderated by Refugee Council of Australia president Phil Glendenning, focused...

"The new [Sri Lankan] government has made no substantial changes", Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajen Ponnambalam said when addressing a mainly Tamil audience in Melbourne on October 14.

Ponnambalam was referring to the government of President Maithripala Sirisena, who was elected...

Anti-poverty campaigners braved the rain on October 13 to march through Perth's CBD, calling for an immediate rise of the Newstart allowance, social housing and an end to welfare drug testing and income quarantining. The protest was part of Anti-Poverty Week events being held around the country...

World

The rise of the far right around the world, with fascist candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil close to joining the growing ranks of authoritarian far right leaders, many on the left are wondering how to respond.

The parallels with the rise of fascism in Europe in the early 20th century are...

As the brutal murder of a Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi regime dominates headlines, Khury Petersen-Smith takes a look at Show the US is backing Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Twenty days after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) bombed a...

The unexpected strength of far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro in the October 7 Brazilian presidential elections sent shockwaves throughout the country, writes James N Green.

Capturing 46% of the popular vote in the first round of the presidential contest,...

Two big hurricanes hit southeastern United States in September-October. The first, Florence, devastated North and South Carolina with torrential rain, up to 40 inches in some locations over a few days. It caused huge flooding as rivers overflowed for weeks.

The second, Michael, hit...

The Polish city of Lublin held its first Pride parade on October 13 amid threats and obstructions, TeleSUR English reported.

The parade involved about 1500 participants. About 200 counter-demonstrators showed up to disrupt the celebrations by throwing bottles, bricks, stones and...

At the October 14 local elections, the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB) made some breakthroughs.

PTB chair Peter Mertens said: “For the first time we have moved from an urban phenomenon mostly concentrated in Antwerp and Liège to a breakthrough in most large and medium-sized cities of...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to restore confidence in the government after crashing to a humiliating defeat in the October 14 Bavarian state elections, Morning Star Online reported.

The Christian Social Union (CSU) — sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats — polled 37%, its...

Analysis

Abortion rights advocates are hoping the High Court’s findings will support laws that have assisted access to abortion clinics, after it heard a challenge to safe access zone laws over October 9-11.

Kathleen Clubb and John Graham Preston are challenging Victoria’s and Tasmania’s safe...

Women’s and legal groups are pushing for the New South Wales state government to amend the sexual consent law to make it clear that consent must be active and voluntary.

Section 61HA of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) is convoluted and open to interpretation, as in a case in which a...

Comrades! After many years of debate on the left on how to win socialism, a clear path has opened in Australia — hack the attorney-general office’s email to instruct federal Coalition MPs to vote for a motion to socialise the means of production.

The email just needs to tell them to vote...

A review into religious freedom, headed by former Coalition attorney-general Phillip Ruddock, turned into a political bombshell for the Coalition government, following the leaking of its recommendations on October 6.

The review was a sop to the right wing of the Liberal Party after the...

In a major victory for women's rights, Queensland's parliament voted to decriminalise abortion on October 16.

The 50-41 vote represents a decisive result given the fierce campaign by right-wing group Cherish Life against changing the law.

The bill was supported by all but two Labor...

Culture

The Invictus Games, taking place in Sydney over October 20-27, features athletes who were injured serving in the armed forces of 18 countries.

The games celebrate the undefeated human spirit, but come with deep irony, being sponsored by the very same arms companies that profit from...

Jirga
Directed by Benjamin Gilmour
Starring Sam Smith, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad, Amir Shah Talash
In cinemas

Jirga is a truly extraordinary film, which took me by surprise. I was expecting a self-indulgent, somewhat melodramatic story of...

An Enemy of the People
By Melissa Reeves, adapted from original by Henrik Ibsen
Starring Kate Mulvany, Steve Le Marquand, Peter Carroll, Leon Ford & Catherine Davies
Belvoir Theatre, until November 4
Tickets: Belvoir.com.au

A brand new...