By Jim Hayes
No doubt about it. Victoria’s state government has done more to combat Covid-19 than any other around Australia. This is not to say that it has all been perfect. Nevertheless, what it has done has not been able to prevent Melbourne being the epicentre of what could be the start of a second wave outbreak. Continue reading The high rise lockdown in Victoria and the lesson this provides
Cassandra Goldie, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) wrote the following opinion piece (The Guardian 2 July 2020), about the need to champion a new way of looking at unemployment and the way in which those out of work are regarded. In the post Covid-19 reality, the past must be left behind to deal appropriately with the economic reality the nation faces.
Continue reading We need to consign the term ‘dole’ and its nasty derivatives to pre-Covid history
By Joe Montero
Reports on businesses shedding workers because of the damage caused by the shutdown is becoming more frequent. The list is growing. Some will shut their doors. Others will run at a reduced capacity. And it is going to get worse. Continue reading Economic downturn and the destruction of jobs
Introduction by Joe Montero
The Australia Institute has released the outline of a plan to build a better economy as Australia moves out of the Covid-19 induced damage. This will undoubtedly attract both supporters and critics. Continue reading The Australia Institute puts forward its economic Reconstruction Plan
On 26 June, ACT Supreme Court justice David Mossop ruled for the Morrison government’s intention to keep evidence over the prosecution of Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, and thereby block their chances of a fair trial. Continue reading The prosecution of witness K and Bernard Collaery and covering up wrongdoing and corruption
By Joe Montero
In a new twist in the Julian Assange case, United States has launched another smear campaign against the WikiLeaks founder, journalist, and editor. Continue reading Julian Assange faces new smear campaign from the United States
Australian Unions are fighting to protect the jobs, wages, and rights of every worker in Australia. Australians need fairer and better rights at work. The Australian council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has been invited into talks with employers and the Morrison government, on paper, this is about how to get the economy going again.
Many who strongly suspect that the intention of the government take from workers. Employer organisations have made it clear that they wish to stop wage increase and impose greater labour flexibility, which means more casual and part time jobs. The ACTU is expected to agree.
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus puts the case for participation in the talks, and insists that improving wage s share in the economy, and reducing the casualisation of work are core demands. They will not be given away, she insists.
Video from the Australian Council of Trade Unions
The passing of laws in Victoria on Tuesday night, which make the stealing of wages from workers a criminal offense, is a milestone. Victoria is the first Australian state or territory to do this. Continue reading Victoria’s new wage theft law is a good step forward
By Jim Hayes
When the Scott Morrison government claims it is working on a plan to protect democracy, counter disinformation and promote transparency, it’s time to get worried. These are not exactly this government’s style. Continue reading Morrison Government plans to set up task force to target Australians under guise of protecting national interests