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Doctors reveal crisis in Australian emergency departments

Melissa Davey’s account of the state of emergency departments in Australia  hospitals (The Guardian 15 June 2021) should be of great concern to all Australia. How is it that this could be happening in such a rich country? Patients have a right to  proper treatment and so do health workers. The abuse from under resourcing has gone on for a long time. It has got to stop.

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500 American journalists call for revealing facts of Israel’s oppression of Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been toppled by a coalition of opponents. Most of the world has welcomed the change. Netanyahu presided over a long list of human rights violations against Palestinians. The new government may not change this. The following (Days of Palestine 12 June 2021) is about 500 journalists in the United States, who have signed an open letter demanding American media  reports on the realities of the Israeli occupation and its policies in Palestine.

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The G7 gathering re-affirms business as usual produces nothing of substance

By Joe Montero

Scott Morrison goes to London and the G7 summit in Cornwall. Australia is not a member of the group and there because of an invitation from the United Sates to be an observer. The Australian Prime Minister was going to shine at a private meeting with United States President Joe Biden. But the presence of British Prime Minister put an end to this. In diplomatic terms, this is a snub. Continue reading The G7 gathering re-affirms business as usual produces nothing of substance

Morrison government turning Australia into a U.S. military base and allowing more Marines into Darwin

By Joe Montero

The message coming out from early G7 connected talks between Australia and the United States, is that there will be an expansion of joint military activity. A new joint brigade made up of U.S. Marines and Australian Defence Forces (ADF) is to be based in Darwin. Although there is talk of rotating the command on the ground between the two nations, real control will remain in the hands of the United States. Continue reading Morrison government turning Australia into a U.S. military base and allowing more Marines into Darwin

New Medicare cut is part of ambition to destroy Australia’s affordable public health system

by Jim Hayes

Scott Morrison and his government are carrying out another major attack on Medicare. This time via an overhaul to raise health costs and downgrade the quality of access to care at the same time. This is not the first cut. Medicare has been chipped away at for years, and unless it is stopped, the cutting will continue. Continue reading New Medicare cut is part of ambition to destroy Australia’s affordable public health system

Assange’s father and brother touring U.S. to demand journalist’s freedom

Jessica Corbett covers the coming U.S. tour by Julian Assange’s father John Shipton and brother Gabriel Shipton (Common Dreams 28 May 2021). Starting on 6 June, the tour plans to meet up with activists, journalists  and policy makers, to lift support o the call for Julian’s freedom and against attacks on a free press. Julian Assange  is the founder of WikiLeaks and hunted by Washington for revealing inconvenient truths.

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Time to silence the drums of war

The following article by Joseph Camilleri (Pears and Irritations 5 May 2021) deals with the present hyping up of fear over China and war talk, as a case of déjà-vu, of the cold War hysteria that led us into a succession of disastrous and unjustified wars in the past. Examples are Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. The difference this time, is that the consequences of a war are likely to be far more serious. Joseph Camilleri is managing director of Alexandria Agenda, Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences

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Israel forced to call ceasefire but Palestinians still under occupation

By Joe Montero

The first notes for this article were penned last week, when the bombardment of Gaza and other atrocities against the Palestinian population showed no sign of slowing down, and the Australian government remained silent.  The ceasefire was then brokered. The Australian government remains silent. Continue reading Israel forced to call ceasefire but Palestinians still under occupation