Analysis

In a 40-minute interview with the Guardian, federal “opposition” leader Anthony Albanese's arguments for Labor’s serial capitulation to the Coalition government were weak, inconsistent and based on a fool’s reading of political reality.

It is fast becoming a recognised fact — almost a truism — that the Newstart Allowance is too low. For unemployed people trying to get by on about $300 a week ($277 without rent assistance, $227 for those under 21), this is not news.

The following open letter to the Australian government, signed by a number of academics, unionists and solidarity activists and groups, was released on July 27.

Let’s stop putting our hopes in billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to save humanity. The billionaire class has benefited from the inequities of the capitalist system, and so is incapable and unwilling to change it, writes Rupen Savoulian.

During a recent visit to the far-western NSW city of Broken Hill, Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter travelled to Menindee and spoke to people involved in the struggle to save the Darling (Baaka) River and Menindee Lakes, now mostly an empty, barren depression in the surrounding plain, dotted with the skeletons of dead trees.

The case of the release from prison of repeat sex offender Edward William Latimer shines a light on WA's archaic laws which place sex workers in harm’s way, writes Emma Softly.

The disaster at the Earle Haven Retirement Village is a particularly shocking example of how already vulnerable people are treated in a system geared to making money, writes Michael McDonald.

It is hard to conceive that in 2019 a reactionary minority within government are legislating for religious protection laws that strengthen the rights of religious institutions to discriminate against members of the community based on sexuality.

Speculation and a privatised system of building inspection are the common elements in the evacuation of the Sydney apartment towers and the fires casued by flammable cladding, writes Sue Bolton.

Most people would not be aware that two Israeli companies are the main suppliers of irrigation systems in Australia. They are potential targets for Palestine justice activists keen on expanding the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign into rural areas, writes Mark Govier.

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