Australian News and Analysis

Victoria: Support the UFU

Victoria: Support the UFU

July 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

In the past month the capitalist press has been plastered with stories about the breakdown of Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) negotiations between the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the United Firefighters Union (UFU). Unable to reach a settlement, the Premier Daniel Andrews felt compelled to intervene. He sacked the entire […]

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Ending the war on young people

Ending the war on young people

June 30, 2016 at 11:07 am

Editorial comment from the July 2016 issue of ‘The Socialist’ We go to press this month on the eve of a federal election, an election that will go down as one of the most lacklustre in Australian history. Despite some commentators attempting to portray the campaign as some sort of […]

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Neither major party has a real plan for youth jobs

Neither major party has a real plan for youth jobs

June 29, 2016 at 11:17 am

By Jeremy Trott As part of the federal budget released in May, the Liberals announced an internship program described as a plan “to give thousands of young Australians the opportunity to get into jobs and apprenticeships”. In reality this so-called plan is nothing but a corporate handout scheme that rewards […]

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The return of Black Lung disease

The return of Black Lung disease

June 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

By Meredith Jacka Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, also known as Black Lung disease, was thought to have been eradicated in Australia over 20 years ago, but now eight coal mine workers from Queensland have been diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease and it is suspected that hundreds more may […]

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A real sharing economy would remove the profit motive

A real sharing economy would remove the profit motive

June 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

By Tim Tran Today you can choose from hundreds of thousands of short-stay rooms in 192 countries as well as hail a ride in over 60 countries with just the push of a button on your smart phone. AirBnB and Uber have become household names with millions of people now […]

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Tabcorp faces charges over money laundering

Tabcorp faces charges over money laundering

June 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

By Socialist Party reporters Tabcorp is in hot water after the anti-money laundering regulator Austrac added an additional 61 allegations to its federal court claim against the gambling giant, bringing the total to 236 alleged violations. Austrac chief executive Paul Jevtovic said “Tabcorp’s extensive, significant and systematic non-compliance with Australia’s […]

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Homelessness increasing as housing crisis worsens

Homelessness increasing as housing crisis worsens

June 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

By Kat Galea Over 80,000 houses are suspected to be lying empty across Melbourne while 35,000 languish on the Victorian public housing waiting list. A report released in December last year by Prosper Australia estimated occupancy rates by gauging water usage and found that 82,724 properties appeared to be unused. […]

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WA: Economic woes continue

WA: Economic woes continue

June 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

By Mick Suter The Barnett government in Western Australia delivered its budget last month. A deficit of $3.9 billion is forecast by the end of the year. Unemployment is at 6.75% and the incomes of workers are falling. A further contraction of the economy is forecast for the third year […]

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Billions wasted on defence of profits

Billions wasted on defence of profits

June 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

By Conor Flynn The 2016 federal budget was a gift to defence. Over the coming year, the government will commit a staggering $32.4 billion to the sector alone. A further $686 million will be spent on Australian military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. The dramatic increase in military spending […]

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The steel industry crisis explained

The steel industry crisis explained

June 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

By David Elliott In April, steel manufacturer Arrium went into voluntary administration, potentially threatening 8,000 jobs – 3,000 in Whyalla, South Australia, where the steelworks are. Arrium has been hit by declining iron ore prices in their mining arm, and are losing money through their steelworks. The closure of the […]

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