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Real wages are falling and cannot be the cause of inflation

By Joe Montero

Despite all the hype, and even a Reserve Bank forecast of a 3.5 percent rise next year, the pay packet of the average punter is not going up, and in real terms, it is going south. Even if the Reserve Banks prediction, which doubtful to start with,  it will still fall behind  rising inflation. This means it will cost more to maintain the same standards of living. Continue reading Real wages are falling and cannot be the cause of inflation

Report exposes Australia’s shocking environment record

By Jim Hayes

No surprises here. The Morrison government hid evidence that the damage being caused to Australia by climate warming is far worse than it let on. This is the reality revealed in a devastating and latest State of the Environment Report, produced on behalf of this government, and led by expert Emma Johnston from the University of Sydney. Continue reading Report exposes Australia’s shocking environment record

Pandemic support must continue for as long as it takes

By Joe Montero

That the Australian government now recognises that the pandemic is not over is a positive development, and a major shift from the attitude of the previous Morrison government. A National Cabinet meeting has just decided to reinstall and extend the $750 support payment that ended on 30 June till 30 September. Continue reading Pandemic support must continue for as long as it takes

British political crisis is about more than Boris Johnson

By Jim Hayes

Britain’s Prime Minister has resigned at last. The writing has been on the wall for Boris Johnson for some time. He leaves behind a history of corrupt behaviour, offering favours to his mates. His repeated disregard for even making a pretence of basic decency over sexual conduct, through habitual lying, and in his callous way of treating those close to him are legendary. His inaction over the Covid pandemic meant Britain suffered more than most other nations. And his own disregard for protective measures, as revealed by the Partygate scandal revealed, was not a good look. Continue reading British political crisis is about more than Boris Johnson

Floods once again show Australia needs much more prevention and climate action

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New South Wales is experiencing its fourth major flooding event in 18 months. Everyone should now see that climate change driven new climate patterns have become the new reality. One would think that Australia would act decisively to be better prepared to meet the challenges that this brings. Continue reading Floods once again show Australia needs much more prevention and climate action

NATO steps up its ideological and strategic war

By Jim Hayes

NATO has stepped up its war on China at this week’s meeting in Madrid. There may not be a plan to invade with guns blazing but there has been a definite ideological tilt towards and aggressive posture. There is talk about challenges and threats. Yet no one has been able to show China poses a military threat. This is the face of the new cold war. Continue reading NATO steps up its ideological and strategic war