Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en The Aboriginal community continues its push towards education https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59429 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 08/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5314">Diana Pratiwi</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/040085-aboriginal-students.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A report undertaken by the Department of Education and Training shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students made up 1.1% of the total higher education enrolments across Australia last year. There were a total of 12,730 Aboriginal students, up from 11,684 students, a 9% jump from 2013.</p> <p>According to Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated, the Gunditjmara Languages Program at Heywood and Districts Secondary College has been running for three years now, and received positive feedback from Year 7 and Year 8 students.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59429" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59429#comments 1060 Aboriginal education Comment and Analysis Diana Pratiwi education Indigenous rights teaching Aboriginal languages Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:19:56 +0000 kathy_f 59429 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Perth fights for everyone's the right to marry https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59428 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 08/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/665">Farida Iqbal</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2497">Perth</a></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/equal_marriage_perth.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="94" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A landmark demonstration was held on July 5 in Perth. The crowd of about 5000 people — in the rain — made it the biggest protest for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights that has ever happened in Perth. It was also the biggest LGBTI protest across the country so far this year. The rally was organized by GetUp! and Australian Marriage Equality.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59428" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59428#comments 1060 Australian Marriage Equality Australian News Equal Love WA Farida Iqbal LGBTI rights marriage equality Perth queer rights Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:03:20 +0000 kathy_f 59428 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Greece: Grassroots solidarity centres celebrate 'no', call for urgent solidarity https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59427 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 08/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/greeks_celebrate_no_win_july_5_athens.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After Greece <a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59415">voted "no"</a> by a large margin to more brutal austerity, <a href="http://www.solidarity4all.gr/">Solidarity4All</a> issued a call for assistance and solidarity on July 7, published below. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59427" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59427#comments 1060 anti-corporate austerity democracy economy elections Greece health human rights International News international solidarity socialism the Troika workers' rights & unions Europe Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:37:41 +0000 stuart_m 59427 at https://www.greenleft.org.au GDF Suez refuses to pay Hazelwood coalmine fire bill https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59426 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 08/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/482">Ben Courtice</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2485">Melbourne</a></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/hazelwood_fire.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="84" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scandal has erupted in Victoria as GDF Suez, the majority owner of the Hazelwood coal-fired power station, refuses to pay an $18 million bill to the Country Fire Authority. The bill is for the firefighting effort at last year's coalmine fire that blanketed local towns with soot and smoke for 45 days.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59426" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59426#comments 1060 anti-coal anti-mining Australian News Ben Courtice Environment Victoria Friends of the Earth GDF Suez Hazelwood coalmine fire Melbourne Voices of the Valley Wed, 08 Jul 2015 03:12:45 +0000 kathy_f 59426 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Equal Love rally in Ballarat a big success https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59425 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/911">Lisa Gleeson</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2516">Ballarat</a></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/equal_love_ballarat2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More than 80 people braved Ballarat’s winter weather to demand an end to institutionalised discrimination against LGBTIQ couples. Ballarat’s Equal Love rally featured several speakers, including Equal Love (Ballarat) convenor Koby Bunney.</p> <p>“Love is love and it always wins” he said at the end of a march from Bakery Hill to Ballarat Town Hall.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59425" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59425#comments 1060 Australian News Ballarat Equal Love (Ballarat) Lisa Gleeson marriage equality queer rights Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:30:37 +0000 kathy_f 59425 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Big win as last CSG licence in Sydney's water catchment cancelled https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59423 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1093">Pip Hinman</a></span></div><p><img src="https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/905925_1012288375472801_1264473819369076652_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Activists have welcomed the announcement on July 6 that the NSW Coalition government has decided to buy back a coal seam gas (CSG) petroleum exploration licence from AGL that covers Sydney’s water catchment.</p> <p>“It is a big win,” said Jess Moore, spokesperson for Stop CSG Illawarra. The anti-CSG group, with significant community involvement, has been campaigning for four years to protect the water catchment.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59423" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59423#comments 1060 AGL anti-corporate anti-mining Australian News coal seam gas environmental farmers' rights health housing human rights PEL 2 Pip Hinman Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:42:16 +0000 peter_b 59423 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Poem: Dirty Old Boat https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59406 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 04/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Float, Float,<br /> Dirty old boat<br /> Dirty old trade<br /> People afloat,<br /> crying,<br /> dying, fish holds of shame.<br /> Wave after wave,<br /> desperate, wretched, people<br /> abandoned,<br /> stranded<br /> by men who profit hope.</p> <p>Men who politic no hope,<br /> praying to Jesus,<br /> Who spoke,<br /> "Knock and the door shall be opened for you"<br /> Prime Minister, who prays spoke,<br /> Nope nope nope.</p> <p>Vote, Vote,<br /> Dirty old vote<br /> Dirty old politics<br /> People remote,<br /> receive,<br /> believe, lies full of shame.<br /> Wave after wave,<br /> affluent, feckless people<br /> democracy,<br /> hypocrisy.<br /> Deny the dirty old boat.</p> <p>Decry the people who float</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59406" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59406#comments 1059 Cultural Dissent Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:48:17 +0000 stuart_m 59406 at https://www.greenleft.org.au 'A victory for European democracy!', says European parliament left bloc https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59418 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/6596656-3x2-700x467.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <i>Celebrations in Athens after the 'no' vote won.</i></p> <p>The statement below was released by Gabi Zimmer, president of the <a href="http://www.guengl.eu/">European United Left/Nordic Green Left</a> (GUE/NGL) bloc in the European parliament. The GUE/NGL unites representatives from left wing and socialist parties elected to the European parliament, including Greece's governing Syriza party.</p> <p>***</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59418" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59418#comments 1059 International News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:08:38 +0000 stuart_m 59418 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Ecuador: Mass march defends democracy amid coup plot https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59413 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 04/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/ecuador_correa_rally_july_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="91" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>President Rafael Correa called a rally on July 2 in defence of democracy and the pro-poor Citizens' Revolution his government leads after plans by the right-wing opposition for a violent coup were exposed.</p> <p>“We are ready to defend the revolution against the coup plotters,” Correa told thousands of supporters gathered outside the Presidential Palace on the evening of July 2.</p> <p>“We will remain firm in defending the revolution against the ultra-right.” he added.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59413" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59413#comments 1059 anti-corporate civil liberties democracy Ecuador International News poverty socialism Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:55:22 +0000 stuart_m 59413 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Britain: New push to bomb Syria https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59421 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3590">Paddy McGuffin</a></span></div><p><img src="http://stopwar.org.uk/images/news/syria_hands_off_620.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <EM>Photo: Stopwar.org.uk.<EM></em></em></p> <p>Anti-war campaigners challenged British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon on July 2 after his call for more air strikes in Syria, warning that the action could fuel Islamic State recruitment.</p> <p>When the PM obtained Commons approval for the bombing of militant positions last year, he made it clear that this was limited to Iraq.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59421" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59421#comments 1059 anti-war Britain British imperialism imperialism International News IS ISIS Paddy McGuffin Syrian Arab Republic terrorism Middle East Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:26:19 +0000 tony_i 59421 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Venezuela: Polls says 62% want ruling socialists to stay in gov't https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59420 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.telesurtv.net/__export/1435518370057/sites/telesur/img/news/2015/06/28/psuv_crop1435517782008.jpg_1718483346.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <EM>The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is held its primaries on June 28. Photo: TeleSUR.<EM></em></em></p> <p>The latest study from polling firm Hinterlaces shows that 62% of Venezuelans want the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to stay in government. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59420" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59420#comments 1059 democracy economy elections International News Latin America Nicolas Maduro revolution socialism Venezuela women's liberation youth rights Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:08:03 +0000 tony_i 59420 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Cuba, US reopen embassies, Cuba demands end to blockade https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59419 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.telesurtv.net/__export/1435778776336/sites/telesur/img/news/2015/07/01/havana_cuba_2015_crop1435778718838.jpg_1718483346.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <EM>Havana, Cuba, July 1.<EM></em></em></p> <p>The US and Cuban governments announced on July 1 the official restoration of formal diplomatic ties by reopening embassies in each country. </p> <p>The two countries will open embassies as of July 20. The respective US and Cuban special interest sections, which function as diplomatic delegations, will be upgraded to embassies, with ambassadors soon to be appointed. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59419" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59419#comments 1059 Barack Obama Cuba diplomacy International News Latin America revolution socialism United States Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:49:54 +0000 tony_i 59419 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Cuba first nation to eradicate HIV transmissions to babies https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59417 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.socialmedicine.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/policlinic-21-madre-y-nino2-1024x746.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <EM>Cuba is a world leader in healthcare. Photo: socialmedicine.org.<EM></em></em></p> <p>Cuba became the first country in the world to be recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for officially eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis on June 30. </p> <p>“This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59417" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59417#comments 1059 AIDS Cuba health HIV International News Latin America revolution socialism STDs syphilis Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:34:42 +0000 tony_i 59417 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Honduras: Huge march marks coup anniversary amid political crisis https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59416 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.telesurtv.net/__export/1435415678628/sites/telesur/img/news/2015/06/27/honduras-protest-corruption_crop1435415279793.jpg_1718483346.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Tens of thousands of Hondurans took to the streets in torch-lit marches on June 26 for the fifth week straight of Friday night protests. </p> <p>Marchers demanded the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez and an independent investigation into the multi-million dollar corruption scandal embroiling the government. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59416" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59416#comments 1059 civil liberties corruption coup d'etat democracy Honduras human rights International News Latin America poverty Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:11:16 +0000 tony_i 59416 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Celebrations as Greeks vote 'No' to blackmail, new EU Summit called https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59415 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 06/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.telesurtv.net/__export/1436107252468/sites/telesur/img/news/2015/07/05/eurozone-greece_referendum.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Streets in cities across Greece has erupted into celebrations as results from Sunday’s referendum showed voters clearly rejecting the bailout terms put forward by the country’s lenders.</p> <p>With over 91 percent of the votes counted, from nearly 9 million voters, the "No" vote rejecting the bailout terms from European Creditors continues to be well ahead in the polls. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59415" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59415#comments 1059 Alexis Tsipras anti-corporate austerity democracy economy elections Greece human rights International News SYRIZZA the Troika Europe Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:37:58 +0000 stuart_m 59415 at https://www.greenleft.org.au