Issue 1314

News

The Members Coalition team in the NSW Public Service Association has won more leadership positions on the union’s federal body, the Community Public Sector Union, reports Kerry Smith.

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union is preparing for industrial action after Australia Post cut workers' pay. Matt Haubrick reports.

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre workers walked off the job on July 2 as part of a rolling campaign of protected industrial action for better pay and conditions. Adele Welsh and Sue Bull report.

Protesters took to the streets on July 3 to support an international initiative to defend Kurdistan against Turkish occupation. Chris Peterson reports.

Residents in Moreland City Council are fighting to save their pool from being downgraded or shut. Sue Bolton reports.

Residents have taken to the Supreme Court to save Willow Grove, as the local community and unionists stand by to defend the historic site. Susan Price reports.

Adani has announced a new ‘coal to plastics’ project in India that critics say is a dangerous plan to give coal a ‘second life’. Margaret Gleeson reports.

The family of Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Wiradjuri man Raymond Noel Lindsay Thomas has waited four years to have their views on Victoria Police's practices and procedures heard in court, reports Chris Peterson.

After three years of tough negotiations, the Maritime Union of Australia won wage rises, domestic violence leave, protections against automation job losses and more, Jim McIlroy reports.

Workers at two council-owned inner west pools have been stood down by private operators without pay during lockdown. Pip Hinman argues this is the ugly consequence of councils contracting out community services.

Trains have been made accessible for wheelchair users, but trams have not. Chloe DS and Chris Petersen report on the campaign to rectify this.

Support for the unemployed and underemployed workers is a critical part of any good health response to the pandemic, writes Isaac Nellist.

An eleventh-hour reprieve has saved the Hamilton Community Pantry, reports Steve O'Brien.

Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Christy Cain addressed a protest demanding that Svitzer Australia reinstate tug boat crews who were replaced by labour hire.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union has made history by securing ther first Protected Action Ballot Order for a bookshop. Isaac Nellist reports.

Alex Salmon reports on a protest against Turkey’s invasion of southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) organised by the Kurdish community and supporters in Perth.

More than 100 maritime workers and trade unionists protested outside Svitzer Australia tug boat operators to demand it reinstate sacked tug boat crews. Tim Gooden reports.

Ian Ellis-Jones reports on how the link between Cuba’s world famous adult literacy campaign and First Nations literacy campaigns in Australia were revealed during a screening of the documentary Maestra in Sydney.

Charges against Baakindji woman and water campaigner Leah Ebsworth have finally been dropped, reports Paul Oboohov.

NOlympics Action Sydney wants the Tokyo Olympics cancelled because of humanitarian concerns stemming from the pandemic. Kerry Smith reports.

Analysis

Scott Morrison says the government is taking sexual assault seriously, but how can it when it is not going to investigate historical complaints? Sonia Hickey reports.

The US Department of Justice’s claim that the Wikileaks founder directed a complex hacking operation has exploded. Sam Wainwright argues we must continue to demand justice for Assange.

Inner West residents will finally have a say on forced council amalgamation in a non-binding referendum at the local government elections on September 4. Peter Boyle reports.

While the vaccination roll-out limps along, Jobseeker and social security support is being reduced just when it is needed the most. Suzanne James reports.

The fight to save Callan Park, the 61-hectare harbourside parkland often described as the “jewel of the inner west”, has taken a new twist. Rachel Evans reports.

Simon Butler answers the "left" argument that progressives should support nuclear power as a climate solution.

ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey has provided some insights into how people’s lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think about capitalism, writes Isaac Nellist.

The federal government insists that the Murugappan family do not meet the refugee criteria and can be safely returned to Sri Lanka. Janet Parker takes a look at the adverse security situation for Tamils.

Eddie Mabo did not fight for ngau lag (my land) only to lose it to climate change, argues Makiba.

The right to die with dignity has widespread community support. But will it be enough to beat the unholy alliances between conservative MPs and wealthy hard-right religious ideologues in NSW? Suzanne James investigates.

World

Peter Boyle reports on a scandal erupting over attempts to prevent Inuit Ataqatigiit candidate Múte Bourup Egede from winning the country's election in April.

Despite promises made during his election campaign, US President Joe Biden has continued Donald Trump’s inhumane policies towards refugees fleeing horrific conditions south of the border, writes Barry Sheppard

Kim Ives looks at events in the days leading up to Jovenel Moise's assassination in Haiti.

The decades-long campaign demanding truth and justice for victims of Chilean General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship scored two important victories in Australia last month, reports Federico Fuentes.

Never have so many heat records fallen by such a large margin than in the past week’s historic heat wave in western North America, report Bob Henson and Jeff Masters.

Juneteenth (June 19) has finally become a national holiday in the United States. Malik Miah looks at its origins and what it represents in the struggle for Black liberation.

Derek Chavin was sentenced to 22.5 years in a Minnesota prison for the murder of George Floyd, reports Malik Miah.

Culture

Tove film poster

Barry Healy reviews Tove, a film about Swedish-speaking Finnish artist, cartoonist and novelist, Tove Jansson, the creator of the popular children’s cartoon series Moomin.

British-based media outlet Alborada has launched a new podcast, , Green Left spoke to podcast host, Rodrigo Acuña, about the new initiative.

Radicals book cover

Jim McIlroy reviews a new anthology of lively interviews with prominent figures in the Australian radical youth scene of the 1960s.

The 10 best political albums of June 2021

Mat Ward looks back at June's political news and the best new music that related to it.