By Jim Hayes
Bolivia might be a small south American country. But the stakes in this Sunday’s election were high for the country, the region, and the United States. This made it an immensely important political event, which will have far spread repercussions. Continue reading Bolivia scores big election win against party of the military coup
By Joe Montero
As the reality of the biggest economic and job crisis experienced since the Great Depression hits home, and the failure of economic policy to address the underlying problems over decades becomes increasingly obvious, interest in alternative approaches to economic policy has grown. Continue reading A critical view of Modern Monetary Theory
Pressure from leading employer groups for industrial relations changes, which will lead to the casualisation of more work and lower wages across the board, is building. This is the outcome of talks between the government, employer groups and unions. Continue reading Employer groups want cut in working conditions and wages
Bevan Ramsden is a long-time peace and community activist, and a member of the National Coordinating Committee of IPAN, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network. Here, he writes about the the plan to increase militarisation of policing in Australia, and especially, the attempt to allow foreign police and troops to be used (Pearls and Irritations 1 October 2020). This would set the ground for major intervention by the United Sates into Australian affairs.
Continue reading A Bill to enable use of foreign troops or foreign police in Australian “emergencies”
By Joe Montero and Ben Wilson
While delivering this year’s budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg put a lot of effort towards trying to convince Australia that everyone is going to be made better off.
It wasn’t hard to work out that this was spin, to counter public hostility, and at the same time, push through the government’s political and economic agenda. Continue reading Budget will give to a few and impose a burden on the rest of us
By Joe Montero
Forty-nine eminent economists have called for a budget that provides stimulus to the economy and for the tax cuts, mainly going to the richest Australians, to not go ahead. Continue reading Economy needs stimulus and attention to the underlying problems
By Ben Wilson
The Transport (TWU) is furious about more of workers at Qantas facing the sack. The company is continuing with its plan to outsource a significant part of its workforce, despite being a beneficiary of the government’s JobKeeper program. Continue reading Qantas moves to use labour hire and casualise workforce
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing continued last week, and a lot of time was devoted to argument over his mental health. The judge made clear, a decision is not going to be made before the United States Presidential election in November. Big media, press freedom groups, and some prominent ‘human rights’ organisations continue to fall in line with Donald Trump, and have mostly gone silent on the case. Author and member of the Glasgow University Media Group, Alan Macleod, writes about this (Orinoco Tribune 25 September 2020).
Continue reading Prominent media and human rights groups line up with Washington to black out Julian Assange extradition case
Ships lines workers in Port Botany declared yesterday that the will “do anything it takes,” to protect their jobs from scab operator Port and Harbour Services. Continue reading Workers anger set to boil as Port Botany union dispute escalates
By Joe Montero
We know it now. Scott Morrison is forging ahead and bringing forward the intended tax cuts for the wealthiest Australians, and this is being sold, via a manipulative campaign against “taking money out of people’s pockets.” Continue reading Morrison’s tax cuts will hurt people and damage economy