Posts in: Editorial

Change of government in New Zealand heralds the need for a fightback!

Summer/Autumn 2009

With the election of a National Party-led government in New Zealand/Aotearoa on 8th November 2008, the working class will have a much harder struggle ahead. The Nationals won 44.93% of the vote, the Labour Party polled 33.99% and the Greens came in third with 6.72%. As the worldwide capitalist economic crisis loomed, the Labour Party,… Read more »

Fair Work Bill retains restrictions on organising

Summer/Autumn 2009

On 25 November 2008, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard grandly told Parliament that the government’s Fair Work Bill “takes the Australian value of the fair go and builds around it a new workplace relations system ready to meet the needs of the nation in the 21st century.” ACTU President Sharan Burrow echoed Gillard’s enthusiasm, declaring,… Read more »

Olympic games: An expensive imperialist spectacle

Winter/Spring 2008

How much is an Olympic gold medal? Not the token itself, but the cost of training and maintaining the winner. About $40 million, based on the last 35 years of government funding for so-called “elite” sports. A bronze is a bargain, coming in at only $16 million! It’s important to remember that this funding goes,… Read more »

Will Obama change U.S. foreign policy?

Summer/Autumn 2009

Hope soared worldwide at the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president of the United States. Emerging now is the sobering reality of his political direction. Yes, the threatening visage of the U.S. empire may slightly brighten, but its predatory actions will remain the same. Photo from whitehouseprotest.org Neoliberalism, the unhindered operation of… Read more »

Lex Wotton jailing is an outrage!

Summer/Autumn 2009

The 24th of October 2008 goes down as a shameful day in Australian history. On this day, an all-white jury found Lex Wotton guilty of riot with destruction. When Lex was sentenced two weeks later, supporters from around the country rallied outside the Townsville court. He was sentenced to six years’ jail with a minimum… Read more »

Anti-war veterans speak out

Summer/Autumn 2009

In 1918, on 11 November at 11.00 am, the guns of the Western Front fell silent. The first global war ended after millions had perished. On November 11, 2008 the Freedom Socialist Party marked the 90th anniversary with an anti-war forum. This date, when we remember those killed, is associated more with the war-worshipping Returned… Read more »

Locals speak out against the Northern Territory Intervention

Summer/Autumn 2009

The Prescribed Area People’s Alliance is a group of Aboriginal people from communities affected by the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER.) On Friday November 7, 2008, the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance held its second meeting in Alice Springs and issued this statement. We are outraged that, today, Lex Wotton, an Indigenous man from Palm Island,… Read more »

The death of Mr Ward: A case study in racist neglect

Winter/Spring 2009

On 12 June 2009 the West Australian State Coroner found that Warburton Elder, Mr Ward — a 46-year-old father of five and one of the last nomads born in the Gibson Desert — died of heatstroke sustained while being transported from Laverton to Kalgoorlie in the rear pod of a privatised prison van. For nearly… Read more »

Workers and young people paying for Australia’s economic slump

Winter/Spring 2009

Now into its third year, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) shows no sign of abating. In fact the World Bank recently revised an already gloomy forecast downwards. It now predicts a 2.9% contraction in the global economy and a 10% reduction in planet-wide trade in 2009. The news is not much better for 2010, either,… Read more »

End the Zionist genocide in Palestine

Summer/Autumn 2009

Arabs observed a bloody anniversary around the globe in 2008. Sixty years earlier, the Settler State known as Israel was founded on stolen Palestinian lands. Al Nakhba, (the catastrophe) was preceded by years of terrorism by organised Zionist gangs. The Palestinian people are in exile or else trapped in two enclaves, the West Bank and… Read more »