Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en Medicare co-payment dumped, but battle continues https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58431 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/576">Jim McIlroy</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/handsoffmedicare.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Health minister Sussan Ley’s announcement that the GP co-payment has been dropped was welcomed by Save Medicare Sydney (SMS). But the group warns: “Medicare is not safe while the rebate remains frozen and the government looks for other ways to dismantle universal health care.”</p> <p>Jean Parker from SMS said: “Prime Minister [Tony] Abbott and Ley want Medicare bulk-billing to become a safety-net for the ‘vulnerable’. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58431" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58431#comments 1044 austerity Comment and Analysis health Jim McIlroy Medicare Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:07:51 +0000 kathy_f 58431 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Students determined to fight fee hikes https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58430 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1093">Pip Hinman</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2484">Sydney</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/education_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite widespread public opposition, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Education Minister Christopher Pyne are determined to get their higher education deregulation bill through the Senate. </p> <p>Students, on the other hand, are just as determined to stop it.</p> <p>Mia Sanders, the UWS Bankstown Student Council Secretary and an education activist, told <em>Green Left Weekly</em> that students would not back down.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58430" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58430#comments 1044 Christopher Pyne Comment and Analysis education fees National Day of Action Pip Hinman Sydney youth rights Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:59:14 +0000 kathy_f 58430 at https://www.greenleft.org.au SYRIZA's support grows, laws targetting social crisis drafted https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58408 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 01/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/851">Stuart Munckton</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/grek_anti-austerity_march_in_athens_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Support for the Greek government headed by radical left party SYRIZA is growing, new polls show. The polls also found high support for SYRIZA's negotiations with its creditors, which secured a deal to extend its loans package by four months.</p> <p>The deal came with <a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58390">significant concessions</a> to the institutions that have imposed austerity on Greece, which led to strong criticisms from SYRIZA's Left Platform. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58408" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58408#comments 1043 Alexis Tsipras anti-corporate austerity democracy economy elections Greece housing human rights International News poverty Stuart Munckton workers' rights & unions Europe Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:56:33 +0000 stuart_m 58408 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Labor should not back Abbott's mass surveillance laws https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58429 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1073">Peter Boyle</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/penny_wong.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If Tony Abbott’s government has its way, new laws further empowering Australia's secret police to greatly expand their mass surveillance powers will be rammed through federal parliament by mid-March.</p> <p>But it will succeed only if the Australian Labor Party backs the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58429" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58429#comments 1044 civil liberties Comment and Analysis data retention democracy human rights media metadata Our Common Cause Peter Boyle Socialist Alliance Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:45:45 +0000 kathy_f 58429 at https://www.greenleft.org.au US finally agrees David Hicks is innocent https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58428 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5628">Richard Jackson</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/david_hicks_170215.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="92" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“The findings of guilty are set aside and dismissed and appellant’s sentence is vacated.”</p> <p>With this statement on February 18 the United States Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR), found David Hicks innocent of a previous guilty plea of providing military support to terrorism.</p> <p>Speaking to <em>Green Left Weekly</em>, Hicks said: “I am not jumping up and down for joy. I am very tired by it all. Then there are the government’s and media’s attitude to it all. I am quite fed up with it all.” </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58428" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58428#comments 1044 anti-war civil liberties Comment and Analysis David Hicks human rights Richard Jackson terrorism Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:25:41 +0000 kathy_f 58428 at https://www.greenleft.org.au What a just and fair NSW could look like https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58421 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1267">Susan Price</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/stopwestconnex.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Blink and you might have missed it, but February 27 was the “Great Debate” between Luke Foley and Mike Baird.</p> <p>The media reported that Premier Baird handed Labor’s Foley his election slogan, because Baird has no plan B for infrastructure without the electricity sell-off to fund $20 billion in projects.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58421" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58421#comments 1044 anti-coal coal seam gas Comment and Analysis NSW election Socialist Alliance Susan Price Susan Price Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:57:51 +0000 kathy_f 58421 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Gas industry seeks a lifeline as opposition mounts https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58423 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/482">Ben Courtice</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/lock-the-gate.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="89" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The onshore gas industry in south-east Australia is in trouble. Public opposition, low international oil prices and projected supply shortfalls have combined to cast doubt on the profitability of the industry.</p> <p>The international <a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2015/2/18/energy-markets/lng-projects-face-supply-shortfall-credit-suisse">finance company Credit Suisse</a> has indicated that the LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facilities at Gladstone in Queensland may fall short of meeting their export contracts in coming years, by up to 30%. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58423" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58423#comments 1044 Ben Courtice coal seam gas Comment and Analysis environmental gas Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:57:18 +0000 kathy_f 58423 at https://www.greenleft.org.au End the suffering in the greyhound racing industry https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58426 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5932">Greg McFarlane</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/greyhound_racing.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="78" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/02/16/4178920.htm">ABC’s <em>Four Corners</em></a> recently exposed the practice of live baiting in the multi-billion dollar greyhound racing industry.</p> <p>It showed greyhound trainers strapping piglets, possums and other animals to mechanical lures and encouraging the dogs to chase them and then maul them while still alive. The trainers say “blooding” the greyhounds helps the dogs run faster.</p> <p>The suffering inflicted on the bait animals is horrific, but “blooding” is just one part of this notoriously corrupt industry.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58426" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58426#comments 1044 Australian News Greg McFarlane Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:56:11 +0000 kathy_f 58426 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Nauru refugees: ‘We will not be treated like slaves’ https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58422 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/759">Jay Fletcher</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/refugee_protest_nauru_040315.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="84" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“We will not be treated like slaves,” a refugee forced to live on Nauru said during a series of public protests held by refugees on the island.</p> <p>Hundreds of refugees living in the community, alongside asylum seekers still held in detention camps, have been holding a campaign of non-cooperation and protest since February 25. Children have boycotted class, refugees with jobs have begun a stay-away strike and many are refusing to talk to their case mangers.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58422" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58422#comments 1044 asylum seekers Australian News detention centre human rights Jay Fletcher Nauru Nauru offshore processing refugee rights Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:55:30 +0000 kathy_f 58422 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Western Sahara: West's resource theft prolongs occupation https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58424 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1126">Tony Iltis</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/saharawi_refugees.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Offshore oil drilling operations off Western Sahara, carried out by the US firm Kosmos Energy, were <a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201503041571.html">denounced by Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW) on March 2</a>.</p> <p>“Kosmos Energy did nothing to obtain the consent of the people of Western Sahara,” said WSRW chair Erik Hagen.</p> <p>The Dallas-based company said its exploration well had not yielded a commercial find and would be plugged, <a href="http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/03/02/dallas-oil-company-sahara-offshore-test-well-not-commercial">Associated Press said on March 2</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58424" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58424#comments 1043 Africa anti-corporate anti-war France human rights Indigenous rights International News international solidarity Mauritania Middle East Morocco national liberation Spain Tony Iltis United States Western Sahara WikiLeaks Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:23:41 +0000 tony_i 58424 at https://www.greenleft.org.au