Canada’s Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations

By Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)

“Canada’s $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and people’s rights in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018. Continue reading Canada’s Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations

West Papuan leader appeals for support on eve of Summit

The following message has been sent to the people of PNG, by Benny Wenda, who chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Next week there is going to be an important summit in Port Moresby. This should also be of interest in Australia, because our nation has been involved in the situation in West Papua, and because the Melanesian peoples are our close neighbours. Our government should stop supporting the Indonesian occupation.

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AGL profits off Aussie households’ energy bill misery

The following article by James Fernyhough (The New Daily 8 February 2018) provides an answer to the announcement by energy monopoly AGL, to raise charges for power. The bottom line is we are paying too much. Whether one agrees with the explanation presented here or not, there is one certainty. The purposely created market is not working in the interests of the Australian community.

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Julian Assange loses bid to get British arrest warrant dropped

 by Joe Montero

Julian Assange failed in his bid to have the British warrant for his arrest struck down, despite being tied to an earlier Swedish investigation that is no longer taking place. They dropped their investigation last year. The United Nations also ruled that the case should not be proceeded with. The international arrest warrant was dropped and this implied that the British one should be as well. Continue reading Julian Assange loses bid to get British arrest warrant dropped

Work and mental health

By Glen

Work expresses our humanity, enriching us as social individuals, making us human. Paid work is part of what makes us human, giving us benefits, that can also be utilised in activities such as leisure and study. Work is always changing, being continually in flux. The Monday – Friday working week is a memory, with new forms of employment being the norm. Concurrently we see a growth in work related mental health disorders. Continue reading Work and mental health

Petition aims to stop Canberra’s Welfare Reform Bill

From the Australian Unemployed Workers Union

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is launching a campaign, to convince the cross bench Senators that they should reject the government’s Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill, which is due to go before them again next month. Continue reading Petition aims to stop Canberra’s Welfare Reform Bill

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