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Police spray chemical foam at anti-IMARC protesters

A protester recounts how Victoria Police brutally attacked protesters with chemical foam and pepper spray at the peaceful blockade of the International Mining and Resources Conference on October 30.

North Melbourne Community Health centre.

Some of those who have raised concerns about the service are worried about an apparent rise in visibility of public injecting in the area. Emerging evidence on the other objectives, however, show the clear benefits of the service.

The debate on agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gases has been perverted to deflect blame onto farmers and avoid talking about real solutions.

Labor’s policy silence has officially been broken with leader Anthony Albanese’s Orwellian vision statement, “Jobs and the Future of Work”, in which he seeks to spells out how Australia can confront the climate crisis and ramp up coal and gas export.

Treasury says the economy is performing “modestly”, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has dismissed calls for additional stimulus spending & Reserve Bank of Australia chief Philip Lowe predicts growth will return to “trend” over the next year.
So nothing to worry about, right?

Labor’s announcement that it supports declaring a climate emergency is no doubt directly related to the growing movement for climate action. Yet it is also clear that, for now, this remains little more than an empty gesture.

Climate Strike protest in Melbourne on September 20.

The interests of marginalised and vulnerable people —here and abroad — must be place at the forefront of the campaign for climate action.

A Marxist critique of society remains incomplete if it does not consider the fact that, to make profits, capitalists have to not only exploited workers but also nature and animals.

Demonstrators celebrate the anniversary of the Rojava Revolution, in Qamishli in 2017.
Events in Syria, particularly in the Kurdish-majority north-eastern region known as Rojava, have led to several debates on the left. Australians for Kurdistan's John Tully takes up some of these and calls for support to be given to Rojava's unfolding revolution.
A protest against Turkey's invasion of Rojava, in Melbourne on October 12.

If Prime Minister Scott Morrison is as concerned about refugees as he claims to be, then Australia should condemn Turkey's invasion of Syria and secure emergency aid for those being forced to flee the region.

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