Australia

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union organised a protest on July 6 to demand that penalty rates be reinstated. Penalty rates were cut for the second time in early July. Meanwhile federal MPs gave themselves a pay rise.

Hundreds of Stop Adani activists rallied in Sydney and Brisbane on July 5.

The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch voted to support the global student strike on September 20.

The Socialist Alliance is encouraging members and supporters to put motions to their trade unions and other community-based organisations to help build the September 20 student climate strike.

School Strike 4 Climate released the following statement on July 3.

Two thousand people took over a major roadway in Brisbane on June 21, standing and sitting down. Buses and cars were stopped for at least 30 minutes.

The action was a prelude to future “Stop the city to stop Adani” rallies, if approval for the Adani coal mine is not withdrawn.

A couple of thousand people also rallied in Melbourne, and in Perth, Extinction Rebellion held a disruptive “die in” of several hundred in the CBD on June 22.

Aboriginal rights activists rallied in Sydney on June 29 against the Northern Territory Intervention on the 12th anniversary of its becoming law.

They chanted: “They resist, we resist. Stop the intervention” and “They come by night, they come with stealth, stealing Aboriginal wealth.”

The protest was organised by Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney.

The Sudanese community and supporters turned out across Australia on June 22 and 30 in support of the revolution in Sudan.

Rallies in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney have featured energetic dancing, poetry and singing, with protesters chanting “Peace, justice, freedom in Sudan” and “End the killings now”.

The rapidity with which homophobic rugby player Israel Folau raised $2.2 million for his fight against Rugby Australia is just the latest example of how easy it is to monetise hate these days. It is a morbid symptom of a capitalist system plumbing the depths of moral bankruptcy.

An urgent campaign and blockade by the WA Forest Alliance to prevent logging in the Lewin Forest, west of Manjimup in Western Australia’s south-west, has dramatically demonstrated the need for more to be done to save these forests.

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