Australian Politics

6 November Republic Referendum: Vote NO to Capitalist Power Grab

Winter/Spring 1999

The Australian electorate is not being asked to establish an “independent republic.” It is meant to rubber stamp a fundamentally anti-democratic shift in political power in favour of the Prime Minister — a proposal which must be defeated.

The deadly consequences of private neglect

Summer/Autumn 1999

Australians have experienced a number of infrastructure breakdowns in the last few years. The country has vast supplies of energy, but the infrastructure to distribute it is at the point of collapse. This is life in late capitalist Australia.

Unionists and the community fire up to fight Centrelink cuts

Summer/Autumn 1999

Centrelink is a corporatised agency, which in 1997 replaced the Department of Social Security. It currently has contracts to deliver services on behalf of seven government departments. As each expires, these contracts will be put out for private tender, forcing Centrelink to compete for the delivery of welfare services.

The Co-option Game: Enterprise Bargaining to Extend Bosses’ Plunder

Summer/Autumn 1994

The Federal ALP introduced enterprise bargaining in 1991 to replace the pre-existing centralised “wage fixing” system. No longer do workers get regular wage adjustments. Instead, the only way of getting so-called wage “increases” is by “bargaining” with the boss. With the deck stacked against us.