Issue 1361

News

Plaintiff and Tiwi Elder Dennis Tipakalippa said he was “the happiest man alive” after the Federal Court ruled Santos’ approval to drill for gas in the sea north of the Tiwi Islands was invalid. Rebecca Parker reports.

“MITA is worse than jail. People are losing their minds,” Joey Tangaloa Taualii, a prisoner in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation told a Refugee Action Collective forum. Chris Slee reports.

Activists and refugees leading the movement for their rights came together at the first Rural Australians for Refugees national conference in four years. Jonathan Strauss reports.

Lynda-June Coe says 'abolish the monarchy'

Hundreds rallied on Labor's so-called Day of Mourning, calling for the monarchy to be  "abolished". Photos by Alex Bainbridge.

National Tertiary Education Union members went on strike at the University of Newcastle and UTS for job security, manageable workloads, fair pay and for casuals to be given permanent contracts. Steve O'Brien and Kerry Smith report.

 

An NTEU picket line at the University of Sydney in June.

Progressive, grassroots activism was the winner in tightly contested elections for the NTEU Branch Committee and National Council elections at the University of Sydney. Markela Panegyres reports.

Standing with the Plains Clan of the Wonnarua People on September 21

First Nations cultural heritage is under threat from multinational mining company Glencore’s coal mine expansion at the site of one of the Frontier Wars at Glendell, reports Pip Hinman.

First Nations campaigners opposing Origin Energy's plans for the Beetaloo Basin.

Origin Energy’s decision to pull out of exploring and fracking at three sites is testament to the effectiveness of a grassroots campaign led by Traditional Owners. Pip Hinman reports.

Protesters demanded AUKUS be scrapped on September 16, a year since it was signed. Kerry Smith reports.

Residents and advocates gathered to protest the state government’s proposal to demolish the Wentworth Park Road public housing estate. Isaac Nellist reports.

Residents told the Inner West Council it lack of consultation around its rezoning strategy was a serious misjudgement. Pip Hinman reports.

The Sydney Anti-AUKUS Coalition held a protest and candlelight vigil calling for the nuclear-powered submarine deal to be scrapped, reports Peter Boyle.

Retail workers at Apple stores across the country have applied to the Fair Work Commission to take industrial action for a fair enterprise agreement. Isaac Nellist reports.

The resident campaign for an active transport bridge across the train tracks at Eveleigh is building up steam. Andrew Chuter reports.

Readings workers are resisting a two-year wage freeze and demanding a living wage, secure jobs and better working conditions. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

Analysis

Earthcare not warfare

Not only are we being told to prepare for war with China, but to expect it. It’s the stuff of nightmares, writes Sam Wainwright.

Climate activism makes a difference

The establishment media's bias towards maintaining the status quo, or finding excuses for it, has to be challenged. Alex Bainbridge urges you to help Green Left continue to provide a platform for activists challenging injustices. 

The federal Treasurer tells us that cost-of-living pressures are only going to get worse before they get better. Angela Carr argues that Labor must abandon its neoliberal approach.

Leading Socialist Alliance member Peter Boyle joins the Green Left Show to discuss the manufactured outpouring of pro-monarchist propaganda, the push for a republic and what real democratic change would look like.

The Brisbane Exhibition Centre is about to play host to Land Forces, a weapons expo. As Miriam Torzillo and Lilli Barto report, it is not not about defence but the business of war.

Australia’s operation of nuclear-powered submarines will make it the first non-nuclear weapon state to manipulate a loophole in the International Atomic Energy Agency inspection system. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s aggressive cost-cutting program at the start of the pandemic has been blamed for Qantas’s poor performance. Jim McIlroy argues Labor’s decision to privatise Qantas in the early 1990s is the root cause.

Wangan and Jagalingou man Coedie MacAvoy outlined the strategy to take back country in Western Queensland and to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

The proposed Voice to Parliament would mean little “meaningful change” for First Nations people, according to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre president Graeme Gardner. Isaac Nellist reports.

William Briggs argues the propaganda effort since the Queen's death shows how the state has the power to evoke a sense of unity between vastly different classes.

Aleks Wansbrough argues that the queen's passing shows how modern capitalism has a tendency to uproot and decontextualise forms of cultural kinship and care, relativising everything as a commodity.

The Australian republican movement’s great mistake was to banish from discussion any reason beyond symbolism to be a republic. Aleks Wansbrough  argues it effectively treated the royals as beyond reproach.

Loughinisland massacre

Many people in Anglo societies seemingly can’t imagine that the fairytale queen they recognise might look different to those who live in the countries from where the shining jewels in her crown and sceptre were stolen, writes Carlo Sands.

There is nothing better in these times than reading the words of James Connolly, the Irish republican, socialist and trade union leader, executed by the British firing squad on May 12, 1916, writes Sam Wainwright.

World

Women, life, freedom

Protests have erupted across Iran after the Islamic fundamentalist state’s “morality police” arrested and tortured to death Mahsa Amina, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, reports Peter Boyle.

private wind farms

While wind farms are touted as climate solutions, profit-hungry companies are actually causing widespread damage to the regions they’re based in, reports Tamara Pearson.

Ulf Kristersson, Jimmie Åkesson

The Swedish Social Democrats lost government and the country will now be led by conservatives reliant on the right-wing, xenophobic Sweden Democrats for support, reports Kjell Östberg.

Pierre Poilievre Canada

Canadian politics took another step toward the far right with the election of Pierre Poilievre as leader of the federal Conservative Party on September 10, reports Jeff Shantz.

Maragretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell at Shannon Airport in October 2012.

In the face of police persecution, activists have been fighting for years to end the US military’s use of Shannon Airport, writes Vijay Prashad

Cuba

Don Fitz explores the intertwined reasons behind why life expectancy in the United States dropped almost three years between 2019–21, while, in Cuba, it rose by 0.2 years.

Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. Then the power grid was privatised in 2020. Now this, reports Jon Queally.

The new king, however powerful, will not be able to solve the new prime minister’s dilemmas regarding Britain’s deep economic and social crisis, writes Martin Clarke

More than 61% of voters rejected Chile’s new constitution. This was a punishment for the Gabriel Boric government’s inability to address the problems of the people, write Taroa Zúñiga Silva and Vijay Prashad

Anti racism

Twenty-one-year-old white supremacist and soldier Killian Ryan was arrested and discharged from the army for lying on a form, but his threats to kill Black people were seemingly overlooked, reports Malik Miah.

Media propaganda

John Pilger asks, isn’t it time those who are meant to keep the record straight declared their independence and decoded the propaganda?

Culture

Bendigo Street film

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to create a new documentary film covering the 2016 Bendigo Street occupation in inner-city Melbourne, reports Elizabeth Bantas.

Katips the film

Mariza Sollano talks about a new film portraying the lives and tribulations of student activists during martial law in the Philippines, which will be screening around the country in October.

Silvio Orlando as the dangerous Mafia criminal and Fabrizio Ferracane as the tough-minded guard in t

In the Italian film The Inner Cage, suspense builds as prison guards find themselves lumped together with inmates in a crumbling gaol. Barry Healy reviews.

clive hamilton book cover

Hans Baer reviews Clive Hamilton's new memoir, and poses some uncomfortable questions.

1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy

A newly restored version of this powerful film recording the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra is set for national release, reports Ben Radford.

Green Left on Tik Tok

Readers can now connect with Green Left on the video-sharing platform TikTok. Isaac Nellist reports.

InterPlay is a playful and community-minded interactive art exhibition, inviting audiences to experience art in a way that explores our environment. Darren Saffin reports.

William deBuys

Conservationist and author William (Bill) deBuys recently published The Trail to Kanjiroba, a memoir of two journeys through the mountainous Upper Dolpo region of Nepal. He discusses his work with Bill Nevins.