Hands Off Our Penalty Rates!

CAPITAL CUTS WORKERS INCOME FURTHER HANDS OFF OUR PENALTY RATES! 11-03-2017- In late February, the grossly misnamed “Fair Work Commission” handed down its decision on the penalty rates of some of Australia’s lowest paid workers. It decided that Public Holiday and Sunday penalty rates be watered down to Saturday rates for workers in the Retail, Fast Food and Hospitality sectors.[1] The decision means some of … Continue reading Hands Off Our Penalty Rates!

“March in March” must break through “community” mobilisation

DEMAND UNIONS FIGHT FOR: A 30 HOUR WEEK WITH NO LOSS IN PAY PUBLIC HOUSING AS AN OPTION FOR ALL LIVABLE UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY AND PENSION BENEFITS PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF THE BANKS PUBLICLY PROVIDED HEALTH CARE PUBLICLY PROVIDED EDUCATION PUBLICLY OWNED ASSETS – ROADS, RAIL, PORTS, ELECTRICITY, WATER, GAS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT   Crisis after crisis besets Australia, and indeed the world. Here, … Continue reading “March in March” must break through “community” mobilisation

Public Space, not Privatisation! No to Mega-Casinos!

05-12-2016 – Make no mistake, Brisbane is being privatised before our very eyes. Huge slabs of public land are being sloughed off the public asset register by Labor and Liberal governments alike. The massive Queens Wharf Mega-Casino is just the latest instalment of a drive to enrich pathological corporations, at the expense of working people – the people who built this city. In the middle … Continue reading Public Space, not Privatisation! No to Mega-Casinos!

US Election 2016 – World War III Averted – For Now. For Workers’ Struggle against All Wings of the Elite!

18-11-2016 – The shock result of the US Presidential Election is beginning to sink in. Donald Trump, a rogue billionaire who unexpectedly gained the nomination for the Republican Party, even more unexpectedly won the election, albeit on the basis of Electoral College votes. Despite not having the support of the US ruling class or the US political establishment, Trump’s triumph resembles the Brexit vote in … Continue reading US Election 2016 – World War III Averted – For Now. For Workers’ Struggle against All Wings of the Elite!

Demand Free Education – Just like in the DPRK!

24-08-2016 – The figures are staggering. $20 billion of government funding cut from the University sector, a drift towards total deregulation of fees, $100 000 degrees, and the privatisation of higher education. Combine this with a further slated 20% cut in funding, and a 100% increase in class sizes over the last generation,[1] and the labelling of tertiary education as being “Americanised” is no exaggeration. … Continue reading Demand Free Education – Just like in the DPRK!

For Public Housing, Green Space and Livable Cities!

21-08-2016 – Concrete jungles, unaffordable housing, expensive public transport, the privatisation and commercialisation of more and more public space, traffic congestion – all this has unfortunately become the norm for Brisbane for some years now. The imposing “West Village” development in West End is scarcely different. Seven 15 storey high-density luxury apartments are proposed by development corporations with no other agenda other than to pocket … Continue reading For Public Housing, Green Space and Livable Cities!

China: Stock Markets, Unions and War

By Adam Baker In late July, the Western corporate press was, for a brief moment, consumed with urgent warnings about an impending stock market crash in China. The ABC news website warned that the Chinese stock market had plunged, with “fears of worse to come”.[1] The Sydney Morning Herald carried an article complaining that China’s stock market was the “world’s biggest casino”.[2] The BBC posted … Continue reading China: Stock Markets, Unions and War

No to the Assault of the TPP! Defend Red China!

18-10-2015 – Thanks once again to Wikileaks, the draft text of the notorious Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been released into the public domain.[1] The draft text contains a vigorous assault on the general conditions and standard of living of working people throughout the Asia-Pacific, as well as yet more potential destruction of civil liberties and pathways to yet more desecration of the natural environment. … Continue reading No to the Assault of the TPP! Defend Red China!