I’ve been a working mum for 25 years. Having raised two daughters as a sole parent, I know all about navigating the minefield for women, commonly referred to as “choices.” Whenever I hear today’s media discussion about maternity leave and welfare reform, the alarm bells go off. Big Business wants us home — at taxpayers’… Read more »
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2008 ended with a stunning double victory for reproductive justice in Victoria: the decriminalisation of abortion and access to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for lesbians and single women. Both took years of unflinching organising. Up against the terrible twins of “pro-family” reaction — misogyny and homophobia — the pro-choice forces won out. Bravo! Most people… Read more »
Per person, healthcare costs in the United States are the highest of any country in the world; U.S. spending is twice that of countries such as France and Germany. What does all that money buy? Not much! The U.S. ranks only 42nd for life expectancy among highly developed countries and 29th for infant survival. So… Read more »
At last, tax relief for long-suffering tycoons and jet-setters!
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) provides low-cost medication, making it a keystone of equitable, affordable healthcare for all. The federal government subsidises prescriptions so that the upfront cost for patients does not put medication out of reach. The scheme includes an annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses to protect those with chronic illnesses. I see the… Read more »
POLITICAL PRISONER Punished with solitary Jaan K. Laaman, long-time anti-imperialist political prisoner, is still locked down in segregation (minimum of 23 hours per day in a 6’×9′ cell). Jaan has been in “segregation” for months simply for issuing two statements, a clear violation of free speech and human rights. He is being threatened with transfer… Read more »
Most of us can only buy cheap, chemical-laden old stuff. Capitalism too is past its “sell-by” date. Begone with both!
Readers respond to articles on … fracking and earthquakes; the U.S. dollar; and healthcare. Also: notes on a farewell event for Rasmea Odeh, and a call to release human rights activists in Turkey. Plus: Freedom Socialist fund drive success.
Civilians with disabilities are leading the charge.
I first learned I had Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2007. It is a disorder that kills off brain cells that make dopamine — a substance the body needs to control movement, speaking, swallowing and a multitude of other functions. PD afflicts over 1 million people in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. At present, there… Read more »