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 »

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 »

Greek uprising sparked by Neoliberal policies

Summer/Autumn 2009

A police bullet killed 15-year-old Alexandros Gregoropoulos in Athens in early December. His death sparked a huge outpouring of anger from Greek youth that continued into January. However it was not the root cause of the uprising. That was revealed on December 10, when a one-day General Strike against government economic policy paralysed the country…. Read more »

Stopping sexual harassment is union business

Summer/Autumn 2009

Sexual harassment remains a serious problem in Australian workplaces. In 2008 the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a telephone survey, speaking to 2,500 workers aged between 18 and 64. It found that 22% of women and 5% of men have been sexually harassed on the job. The last survey of this type, conducted in 2003,… Read more »

Thai “democrats” are anything but!

Summer/Autumn 2009

Late last year, the TV news beamed dramatic images of thousands of yellow-cladprotestors from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) bringing Bangkok’s airports to a standstill. The story centred on 250,000 stranded travellers and a tourist industry in chaos. Analysis of what was happening and why was slim pickings. Democracy sidelined. Far from being a… Read more »

The Rudd government and General Motors Holden: Fuelling the global climate crisis

Summer/Autumn 2009

Two interconnected images of the global environmental crisis: People crowd around an emergency food depot. The supply runs out — again. There are scuffles and then stones thrown. The crowd disperses only when UN forces fire over their heads. A camera pans across a scene of total devastation, focusing on a small reddish dot moving… 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 »