Issue 1310

News

About 100 people protested outside Harvey Norman in Hobart to support the ACTU’s submission for a pay rise, reports Sam Wainwright.

In a spectacular start to the Disrupt Land Forces, anti-militarism activists blocked two military vehicles from entering the Brisbane Convention Centre, reports Kerry Smith.

Labor councillors are trying to overturn an Inner West Council decision to conduct a referendum of residents on de-amalgamation at the next local government election. Pip Hinman reports.

A vigil was organised in Adelaide to show solidarity with the people of Colombia, reports Sam Wainwright.

Markela Panegyres reports on evidence that the University of Sydney management has been engaged in surveillance of staff and students.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has announced that the state government will reform antiquated consent laws to include a model of affirmative consent, reports Pip Hinman.

Residents in the inner west of Sydney will finally have their say on de-amalgamation now that the Inner West Council has voted for a referendum to be held. Pip Hinman reports.

Bring peace to Palestine, Melbourne.

Tens of thousands of people across Australia protested against Israel's assault on Gaza and East Jerusalem on May 22 and May 23, reports Alex Bainbridge

Refugee rights activists protested at the Danish Consulate against that government’s plans to detain asylum seekers and process them in Rwanda. Stephen Langford reports.

Analysis

We are witnessing barbaric aggression visited upon hapless Palestinians as part of the Zionist Establishment's project of ethnic cleansing, argues John Ebel.

Water activists have won a legal case against Adani's plans to build a water guzzling pipeline in central Queensland, reports Margaret Gleeson.

The NSW Nationals’ narrow victory in the Upper Hunter byelection has saved the scandal-plagued government of Premier Gladys Berejiklian, writes Stephen O'Brien.

The Greens' proposal for wealth tax is a good start, but only a mass union and community campaign will be able to force the billionaire class to pay up, argues Peter Boyle.

Dynamic community leader and communist Norm Dixon passed away on May 11. Rachel Evans reflects on his life.

Mark Kabay-Saleh, from the islands of Masig and Poruma in the centre of the Torres Strait, spoke powerfully about saving his islands at the Brisbane School Strike 4 Climate.

Paul Gregoire looks at new changes to the Migration Act, which allow the federal government to lock people in immigration detention indefinitely.

Keeping older loved ones at home, like other countries do, is not that simple, especially when those who write aged-care policy place no value on humanity unless it turns a profit. Suzanne James reports.

Health workers are taking action about system failures after seven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath died while waiting for care. Polly Watkins reports.

World

Health workers went on strike and protests were held at the opening of the G20's Global Health Summit in Rome, reports Peoples Dispatch.

The elections for Chile’s Constitutional Convention show a huge public desire for true social-political transformation and, crucially, provide the means to achieve it, writes Victor Figueroa Clark.

In a historic verdict, the District Court of the Hague has ruled that fossil-fuel giant Shell must reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 45% within 10 years, writes Kerry Smith.

Moroccan authorities have set in motion a wave of migration to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta to punish it for providing hospital care to leaders of the Polisario Front, writes Dick Nichols.

The new stage of Palestinian resistance has caught the Israeli government by surprise. It also shocked the United States government, reports Barry Sheppard.

Marches and rallies in solidarity with the Palestinians have taken place across the United States, reports Malik Miah.

South African Transport and Allied Workers Union members have refused to offload an Israeli ship in protest against Israel’s war on Palestine, reports Markela Panegyres.

Culture

Green Left speaks to Bob Zellner about Son of the South, a new film that tells his story of breaking from his Ku-Klux-Klan heritage to become the first white Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organiser. 

10 new albums to help heal the world - May 2021

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

A new book has revealed that crime rates in Australia have fallen markedly in the last two decades. But, as Chris Slee notes, the book's authors fail to adequately link crime rates to unemployment or other ecomonic factors.