Issue 1341

News

Farmers in the Namoi Valley are angry Whitehaven Coal has been given the go-ahead to expand its Narrabri mine. Jim McIlroy reports.

Jim McIlroy reports on a picnic and walk-a-thon in solidarity with Cuba that was organised by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society.

Hundreds of residents protested Viva Energy’s proposal for a floating gas import terminal in Corio Bay. Sue Bull reports.

The recently released 2021 National Student Safety Survey shows that sexual harassment and assault is widespread on university campuses. Sarah Hathway reports.

People travelled hundreds of kilometres by road from across the Northern Territory to put their opposition on the record for a Senate inquiry into shale gas fracking in the Beetaloo Basin. Hannah Ekin reports.

Aged care workers and nurses protested Regis Healthcare’s proposed agreement which attempts to weaken conditions and offer minimal wage rises. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

The NSW government wants to sell a vacant site in Redfern that was previously 100% public housing to its property developer mates. Peter Boyle reports.

Peter Boyle reports that the NSW Liberal-National government wants to sell 600 Elizabeth St, Redfern — vacant public land that was previously 100% public housing — to property developers.

Environment groups are concerned about the recent merger between Western Australia uranium hopeful Vimy Resources and Deep Yellow, Kerry Smith reports.

Dying With Dignity NSW and Go Gentle Australia and supporters of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill have pressed the case outside the NSW parliament. Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter report.

A vigil for the release of Palestinian aid worker Mohammed El Halabi was organised on April 2. Kerry Smith reports.

Analysis

The new IPCC report is upbeat about the possibilities to keep global warming at bay. Markela Panegyres argues there is no doubt that leaving fossil fuels in the ground is the bottom line.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was less than honest when he told Insiders that the government’s vision of tax reform includes a “simpler tax system, a fairer tax system and lower tax”, writes Alex Bainbridge.

The Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021 represents is a threat Sydney’s iconic parklands by opening the door to privatisation. Ben Radford reports.

The NSW Coalition, with the support of NSW Labor and the conservative crossbench, have enacted laws that effectively ban direct actions. Abigail Boyd describes the anti-democratic push to pass these draconian new laws.

The refugee deal with New Zealand offers some mitigation to Australia's cruel refugee policy. But, Binoy Kampmark asks, what will happen to the many hundreds of others in detention?

The integrated nature of the world's economies means that it is a fiction that national budgets are divorced from the global setting, William Briggs explains.

Fionn Skiotis talks about North and East Syria Solidarity, which seeks to inform people and collect material support for the revolution in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.

World

Protest against Amir Locke's murder

The cop who fatally shot Amir Locke during a predawn, “no-knock” raid in February, will not face charges, reports Malik Miah.

France Insoumise election rally

John Mullen shares his analysis of the politics of Jean-Luc Melenchon and La France Insoumise.

Hungary anti-LGBTI referendum

Viktor Orbán’s conservative-nationalist Fidesz party won the April 3 Hungarian general elections, but failed to achieve the required votes on an anti-LGBTI referendum, reports Dick Nichols.

Stop Putin

Vitaliy Dudin discusses Russia’s invasion, the peoples’ resistance to it and key issues such as Ukraine’s far right, NATO and sending weapons to Ukraine.

Fujimori - April 5 never again

Protests erupted after Peru’s Constitutional Court reinstated a 2017 pardon granted to imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori, reports Ben Radford.

Lawsuit at Tesla

Tesla is being sued in a class action in the United States over a shocking racist culture and practice, reports Malik Miah.

Amazon Labor Union activists celebrate in New York City

Against the odds, Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York City, won a historic ballot to form a union on April 1, reports Malik Miah.

Abortion rights are LGBTIQ rights

The Republican Party is spearheading a reactionary drive against the hard-won gains of the women's liberation and LGBTI rights movements, reports Barry Sheppard.

France Insoumise election rally

French anti-capitalist activist and commentator John Mullen discusses the upcoming French election.

Anti war protest in St Petersburg

Russian feminist activist and historian Ella Rossman, from Feminist Anti-War Resistance, talks about the challenges this new movement faces.

Culture

Filmmakers Rodrigo Acuna and Nicholas Ford are aiming to have their Venezuela: The Cost of Challenging an Empire film ready in July. Jim McIlroy reports.

Cuban health workers

Ian Ellis Jones reviews Don Fitz's recent book about Cuba's revolutionary heath care system.

Happening still shot

Happening shows the importance of legal abortion through the experience of a young woman forced into backyard abortion in early 1960s France. Barry Healy reviews.

What Goes Unsaid

Mexican novelist Emiliano Monge exposes the spiritual vacuum at the heart of machismo and the bleakness of Mexican patriarchal politics. Barry Healy reviews.

A scene from Blood on the Wattle

Writer/director Geoff Sykes has done a great job of re-imagining Australian rural political conflict into a modern setting with his new play, write Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter.