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The origins of capital and labour in Australia

The origins of capital and labour in Australia

July 25, 2016 at 9:56 am

In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. There is no doubt that in Australia no less than the driving force of history has been the struggle between capital and labour. In this article Anthony […]

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Irish win on water charges… war on the left

Irish win on water charges… war on the left

July 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

On the surface, one legacy of the last two years of Socialist Party (CWI) action in Ireland will be the suspension, once again, of water charges. The mass movement against the charges cannot be overstated in a country that has seen the complete lack of a fighting trade union leadership […]

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Fight for free education for all!

Fight for free education for all!

July 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

During the last term of government the Liberals wanted to allow universities to set their own course fees. This sparked a major backlash as it was revealed that under the plans degrees could cost $100,000 or more. In the lead up to the election the Liberals appeared to walk away […]

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40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

July 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

A damning report published by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) earlier this year confirmed what many Australians already know: Medicare faces “a growing funding crisis”. The AMA’s annual health report card warned that “things will get much worse in the coming years unless the (government) reverses its drastic cuts from […]

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Is Daniel Andrews a different type of Labor leader?

Is Daniel Andrews a different type of Labor leader?

July 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

Over the last few months the Labor premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has been styling himself as a progressive figure on a largely conservative political landscape. Activists and campaign groups have welcomed several of the various commitments and promises that he has made. Andrews for example issued an apology to […]

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Australian police buy “sound weapons”

Australian police buy “sound weapons”

July 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

Australian police now own sound weapons capable of causing extreme pain, migraines, loss of balance and permanent ear damage. Police in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Federal Police have purchased the technology known as ‘Long Range Acoustic Devices’ or LRAD. New South Wales and Northern Territory police […]

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Building fighting unions of young people

Building fighting unions of young people

July 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

In recent months Fairfax Media has exposed the rotten deals negotiated between the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association (SDA) and big companies like Coles. These sweetheart deals have sadly become par for the course for the SDA. Under the agreements workers have ended up worse off than they would […]

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Film review: Where to Invade Next

Film review: Where to Invade Next

July 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

It is six years since Michael Moore’s last film and he’s back on top form. Perhaps a little less strident (a good thing), and still showing his trademark righteous but witty indignation combined with a populist style and message. From the title, you might think this latest documentary is a […]

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NSW: Protest campaigns move against ‘Casino Mike’

NSW: Protest campaigns move against ‘Casino Mike’

July 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

Sydney streets were filled by thousands of protesters for the March against Mike demonstration on May 29. Liberal premier Mike Baird has enraged layers of people across New South Wales through making anti-democratic moves, supporting greedy developers and enabling criminal damage of the environment. Musicians and young people hate ‘Casino […]

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Dairy farmers hit by milk price wars

Dairy farmers hit by milk price wars

July 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

The two biggest milk processors in Australia, Fonterra and Murray Goulburn, recently announced a severe cut to the price paid for farmgate milk. This was a huge blow to the thousands of dairy farmers who supply to them. Murray Goulburn slashed its price from $5.60 a kilo of milk solids […]

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