COVID-19

Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, warns that unless the federal government restrains its pandemic spending, the country will end up like Sri Lanka. Michael Cooke and Lionel Bopage argue that this is neoliberal nonsense.

Long-term community and union activists Andrew Chuter and Rachel Evans will run for the Socialist Alliance in the New South Wales Senate. Jim McIlroy reports.

In response to the plan to rapidly phase out the disaster payment, the Australian Council of Social Service said the JobSeeker rate needs to be lifted to $80 a day. Arie Huybregts reports.

Prisoner rights activists are demanding that authorities heed the health advice and protect people in prison. Adam Trumper and Rachel Evans report.

The Combined Rail Unions and the Rail, Tram & Bus Union are continuing protected industrial action in New South Wales as negotiations for a new NSW Trains and Sydney Trains Enterprise Agreement break down. Jean Dor reports.

Neoliberal austerity, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has provided fertile ground for the rise of the far-right in Canada's recent federal election, reports Jeff Shantz.

A second “Safe from COVID, safe from poverty” media conference discussed organising for COVID-19 safety in the workplace. Isaac Nellist reports.

Conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers, far-right activists and some union members have attacked the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union office in Melbourne over mandatory vaccinations for construction workers. Sue Bolton reports.

Deniz Agraz spoke to Christian “Bong” Ramilo, a Filipino-Australian musician and community arts worker based in Darwin, about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts sector.

‘They are just doing this because we’re poor. That’s what it comes down to’, a resident of a locked down social housing complex said. Isaac Nellist reports.

Nothing maintains the culture wars more than a conservative PM blaming the unemployed for their lack of employment to a room full of rich business people, writes Dechlan Brennan.

Despite the NSW government’s admission that essential workplaces are key sites of COVID-19 transmission, it has done little to address workers’ concerns. Isaac Nellist spoke to a packer at Woolworths.

As the Berejiklian government tries to soften people up for "opening up", three residents discuss the harsh lockdown in Sydney West.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up many surprises, but none as sickening as the political right pretending to care about people’s mental health, argues Dechlan Brennan.

Government neglect is to blame for the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately affecting First Nations communities in regional New South Wales. Rachel Evans, Paul Oboohov, Coral Wynter report.

Workers are being put in harm's way and the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union and Living Incomes for Everyone want that to change. Isaac Nellist reports.

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