Issue 1311

News

Workers at Downer Group’s Pakenham East Rail Depot and Stabling Yard, who have been on strike for secure jobs, are yet to settle a new enterprise agreement. Sue Bolton reports.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott of the Arabunna Nation. Photo: Disrupt Land Force/Facebook

Standing up against the war profiteers at the Land Forces exhibition in Brisbane was a rainbow coalition of First Nations peoples, peace, climate and human rights defenders. Alex Bainbridge, Jim McIlroy and Steffi Leedham report.

Nurses in New South Wales are taking action against the state government's insulting pay offer and its refusal to agree to formal nurse-to-patient ratios. Niko Leka reports.

Renee Lees reports that residents protested outside the site of the world’s biggest arms dealers — Thales and BAE Systems — as part of the Disrupt Land Forces action.

Thousands marched through Sydney in solidarity with Palestine on May 30, reports Peter Boyle.

Filmmaker and author John Pilger spoke to his 2002 documentary comparing Israel’s occupation of Palestine to South Africa's brutal apartheid regime, reports Rachel Evans.

Analysis

The Socialist Alliance is calling on the Coalition government to impose targeted sanctions on Myanmar's military while maintaining aid to the victims of human rights violations.

As Victoria heads into its fourth lockdown, healthcare workers are concerned that public health services are at breaking point. Sarah Hathway reports.

The Federal Court's ruling that the government has a duty of care to protect young people from climate change is a win. Zane Alcorn argues it is due to mass mobilisations on the streets.

The International Energy Agency has ruffled feathers by calling for no investment in new fossil fuel supply projects, writes Margaret Gleeson.

Isaac Nellist argues that the Fair Work Commission's ruling that a Deliveroo rider was unfairly dismissed is an important win for gig workers in their ongoing fight to be recognised as employees.

Just as Israel is being forced to pull back from its latest bombardment of Gaza, ABC management has been instructing its reporters in the art of misreporting, writes Pip Hinman.

For the first time in three decades, the NSW school curriculum is undergoing a complete reform. Jason van Tol argues that it is important to note what is being omitted.

As another New South Wales Labor leader bites the dust, Aleks Wansbrough asks why “reliable Gladys” is so immune to criticism? 

World

Venezuela’s National Assembly has approved two bills with the aim of further empowering the organisations that lie at the heart of the country's project of communal power, writes Federico Fuentes.

Jacinda Ardern’s government has unveiled pro-union legislation. But salvation won't come from above, writes Ben Peterson.

It was inevitable that the 12th National Convention of Portugal’s radical Left Bloc, the third largest parliamentary force, would be unlike its predecessors, writes Dick Nichols.

Despite dumping on his former boss Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings has played his own role in the hollowing out Britain's democracy, writes Simon Hannah.

More than 420,000 people across 213 Brazilian cities participated in the protests against President Jair Bolsonaro on May 29, reports People's Dispatch.

In violation of its obligations and responsibilities as an occupying power, Israel has taken little effort in vaccinating Palestinians, reports Jyotsna Singh.

Amid rising levels of police and paramilitary violence, Yanis Iqbal looks at Colombia's history of state repression and people's resistance.

Western Sahara Solidarity Aotearoa and Extinction Rebellion successfully blockaded the headquarters of Ballance Agri-Nutrients on May 29, reports Kerry Smith.

Culture

James Wyner reports on how grassroots media outlet Radio Skid Row survived the COVID-19 pandemic.

One small way we can express solidarity with Palestinian artists, writers and musicians is by learning about their work and sharing it with others, writes Markela Panegyres.

Barry Healy reviews a new film about the industrial mercury poisoning of a Japanese village and the photographer who exposed the story to the world.

Community radio 3CR is holding its annual Radiothon in June, reports Rachel Kirby.

Ecopella, a troupe of progressives who bring musical instruments, protest songs and humour to Sydney protests, have just released their fourth album, writes Miguel Heatwole.

Dean Imperial as Ray, a worker just trying to get by in the sardonic gig-economy altern

Barry Healy reviews Lapsis, a sci-fi film in which gig economy workers are manipulated into competing with each other — and with robots — to make a living.

Alex Salmon reviews, Working Class History, a great tool for understanding how every gain workers and ordinary people have made has come through struggle.