Issue 1345

News

Justice for Palestine Meanjin has vowed to defy police restrictions on the right to march at next year's rally, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Researchers in Britain and refugees in Australia condemned the new offensive against refugees in Britain and across Europe. Andrea Bortoli reports.

Children by Choice released the following sign-on statement for reproductive rights and access to legal, safe, timely and compassionate abortion.

Peace groups organised a protest at Darling Harbour outside the 2022 Indo Pacific Expo naval arms bazaar. Video by Peter Boyle.

Unionists and students have set up picket lines at the University of Sydney in support of their claim for permanency, First Nations employment targets and reasonable workloads. Jim McIlroy reports.

GetUp has released how-to-vote recommendations for a number of seats in the coming election including in Leichhardt where Pat O'Shane is standing. Alex Bainbridge reports.

More than 50 protesters defied the rain to call on Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales Paul Toole to end coal. Charles Boag reports.

The Transport Workers Union has welcomed a full bench decision by the Federal Court that Qantas’ outsourcing of nearly 2000 ground crew workers two years ago was illegal. Jim McIlroy reports.

 

Unionists and refugee activists gathered at the State Library to show solidarity with refugees who continue to be denied safety and security. Andrea Bortoli reports.

Analysis

Kicking out Morrison and electing a minority Labor government dependent on Greens support would open up political opportunities for progressive reform. But to ensure they win, we have to build our balance of power on the streets, argues Sam Wainwright.

Greens are waging a grassroots campaign to win Griffith

The Greens are waging an insurgent campaign to win the seat of Griffith. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Nicola and Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest.

 ABC’s Australian Story rehashed the billionaire philanthropy trope in its episode about the second-richest person in Australia, Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest. Peter Boyle reports.

North Queensland has a rich socialist history, with women, migrants and First Nations people playing a big role. Renee Lees reports.

Superannuation tax concessions mostly help those on higher incomes and it has an impact on the way the climate emergency is tackled. Andrew Chuter explains how.

The NSW government has scrapped planning laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions during and after the construction of new apartments. Ben Radford reports.

The Arkadia Building in Alexandria, close to transport and opposite Sydney Park, is a model of what government-supported affordable housing could look like, argues Andrew Chuter.

While essential workers kept society running through the pandemic, governments and bosses worked assiduously to undermine their pay and conditions. Federico Fuentes reports.

The latest episode of the Green Left Show features Hayden Patterson, Amanda (from SayNo7) and Angela Carr who discuss what sort of welfare policy we need.

Suzanne James asks Shayne Higson and Greg Connell for an update on the stalled NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying bill.

World

Rosa Miriam Elizalde reports on the heroic actions of those who went out to save others after the Hotel Saratoga tragedy in Havana, Cuba.

Bong Bong Marcos

Reihana Mohideen discusses the May 9 election result in the Philippines, which saw the consolidation of rule by political dynasties and clans under the former Rodrigo Duterte regime.

The institutional integration of sports with the military has reproduced authoritarian sports cultures, writes Janaka Biyanwila. Popular protests demanding regime change are also about demilitarising the state.

Abortion rights protest in the US

The stake for Black women and the working class in the fight for abortion rights and to become equal and full citizens is existential, writes Malik Miah.

Elon Musk

If Elon Musk was in Russia, Western propaganda would call him an “oligarch”, but since he is in the United States he is referred to as a “very successful businessman”, writes Barry Sheppard.

Robert Golob

To discuss the significance of the recent election result in Slovenia and what it might mean for the left, we spoke with Miha Kordiš from the radical left party, Levica.

Culture

Artworks

An art auction will help raise funds for Socialist Alliance candidate Pat O'Shane, reports Jonathan Strauss.

Mohammed Bin Salman and Greg Norman

The rebranding of Saudi Arabia's blood-stained image using sports has been spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, palace coup plotter and figure behind the butchering of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, writes Binoy Kampmark.

Failures of Command book cover

Alex Salmon reviews Failures of Command, a book about a family's search for truth about their son's death just two months after his deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.