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  • Welfare crackdown but not enough jobs to go around

    Welfare crackdown but not enough jobs to go around

    As unemployment hit a 12 year high in August, the Abbott government defended plans to punish those who find themselves jobless because of decisions made by big business. By Kirk Leonard, Socialist Party Senator Eric Abetz announced plans to force those on unemployment benefits to search for 40 jobs a [...]

  • Metadata retention a major breach of privacy

    Metadata retention a major breach of privacy

    The Abbott government has a plan to force telecommunication companies to store the internet and phone logs of customers for up to two years. Law-enforcement and spy agencies would be provided with warrantless access to the information. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party The policy was announced as part of a [...]

  • Behind Clive Palmer’s populism

    Behind Clive Palmer’s populism

    In less than a year the Palmer United Party (PUP) has become a minor force in federal politics, and a thorn in the side of the Abbott Government. Set up by the billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer, the PUP received 5.5% of the vote at last year’s federal election. By [...]

  • Abbott sends refugees back to their oppressors

    Abbott sends refugees back to their oppressors

    The reality of the Abbott government’s brutal refugee policy has been brought to the fore once again. Last month, 41 Tamil asylum seekers were handed back to the Sri Lankan navy after their boat was intercepted at sea. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party These people are now in the hands [...]

  • Commonwealth Bank fraud exposes financial system

    Commonwealth Bank fraud exposes financial system

    A Senate inquiry has found that Commonwealth Bank financial planners have engaged in fraud, forgery, and predatory and misleading practices since 2003. This resulted in massive losses for thousands of customers including people’s life savings and homes. By Kirk Leonard, Socialist Party Continuing revelations point towards a deeper level of [...]