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Earthcare not warfare

Not only are we being told to prepare for war with China, but to expect it. It’s the stuff of nightmares, writes Sam Wainwright.

The rising cost of living and the strain on public services mean Labor must junk its support for the Coalition's stage 3 tax cut policy, argues Mary Merkenich.

Early childcare workers are going on strike for better pay and urgent action on staff shortages, reports Jacob Andrewartha.

The Scott Morrison multiple-portfolio saga is just the tip of the credibility crisis plaguing politics. Sam Wainwright argues we need to look a lot further than the restoration of Westminster conventions.

The crisis in public education will not be solved by pitting teachers against each other or outsourcing responsibility for graduates' jobs. Mary Merkenich argues for greater funding for smaller classes and more teachers on fair wages.

Claims that Labor’s 43% climate emissions bill will bring “an end to the climate wars” are wrong: it will make it harder to ensure a safe climate with a just transition for workers, argues Alex Bainbridge.

Despite the Treasurer saying workers’ wages are not to blame for inflation, the government is not coming up with solutions to address wage stagnation, argues Jacob Andrewartha.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s new Strategic Concept, which Australia has signed up to, risks provoking another major war in the Asia-Pacific and should be opposed, says Socialist Alliance.

Australia is not well prepared for the new COVID-19 wave because public health took a hit over the first two years of the pandemic. Alex Bainbridge canvasses measures that could keep us safe.

Rachel Evans argues that progressives need to resist the draconian police repression of peaceful climate activists, because no matter climate activists’ tactics, the state is intent on criminalising dissent.

The right to decide whether or not to have children is fundamental. Kamala Emanuel argues that those who say they want to ban abortion out of concern for women are having themselves on.

The energy crisis we didn’t need to have has put the question of a publicly-owned energy industry on the table again. Sue Bull argues that is the only way to keep good jobs and energy prices down. 

Say 'no' to the Cashless Debit Card, Brisbane Labour Day 2022

Labor has said it will work with local communities on better local solutions” to the cashless debit card, leaving it a little ambiguous. Alex Bainbridge argues that all income management needs to stop.

We are being told that there is a gas shortage and the coal industry is failing because it has been run down in favour of renewables. Sue Bull argues these claims are fraudulent.

Labor has no right to ride the wave of sympathy for the Murugappan family while it turns back boats at sea in contravention of the UN Charter, argues Janet Parker.

Expectations are high that climate action will be on the agenda, now the climate-denialist Coalition has been booted out. But, as Alex Bainbridge argues, Labor's support for big fossil fuel projects must be challenged by building powerful grassroots action.

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