By Joe Montero
After a great deal of speculation, the Reserve Bank of Australia cut the interest rate from 0.75 to 0.5 percent on 3 March. The move has its fans and critics. The truth that many seem to miss the point. Whatever the intention, the power to arbitrarily effect the interest rate is seriously limited. Continue reading What does the Reserve Bank’s lowering of the interest rate again really mean?
Suicide among young Frist Nation people in West Australia’s Kimberly is an epidemic, made all the worse by ongoing government neglect. Recommendations from a coronial inquiry have not been implemented yet. This is a crisis deeply rooted in the history of marginalisation, and sense of hopelessness faced by the dispossessed. Claire Moodie and Erin Parke (ABC Kimberley 29 February 2020) write about how this affects the families and communities of those who have died. Everyone should read this. Here is a crisis crying out for something to be done about it. Continue reading Suicides continue in the Kimberley with communities waiting for the Government to act
It is irresponsible not to be addressing #ClimateChange and demanding #ClimateActionNow.in the serious and urgent manner it requires.
It is great to hear that the campaign to save the Great Australian Bight from deep sea oil drilling has achieved an important breakthrough. Continue reading The Great Australian Bight must still be saved
By Joe Montero
This is the last of a series of articles on a recent visit to Venezuela. The previous ones described specific experiences. Now is the time to round this off with some of my overall impressions, which in addition to providing a summary, have some relevance to the situation in Australia. Continue reading Venezuela and what its example can teach us all
By Jim Hayes
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing began with a series of revelations, which immediately began to lay bare, the lengths to which the United States will go to impose its will. This is how it continued in the days that followed. Continue reading Julian Assange hearing has proved to be a kangaroo court
From the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
The Federal Government has announced a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Northern Territory’s RAAF Base Tindal in a bid to expand Australia and the United States’ air force capabilities into the Indo-Pacific. Continue reading Expansion of Tindall air base may bring us closer to war
By Naz and Anisha
More than 800 people added their voice, calling out the racist Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph headlines that targeted the Chinese community, and demanding greater media accountability. Continue reading We’ve reported NewsCorp’s racist coverage to the Australian Press Council
By Adam Carlton
Last week’s new ABS figures continue the gloomy outlook for the Australian economy, and especially for the prospects of an improvement in jobs and wages. Continue reading Wages not rising largely because of rising casual and insecure work