Progressive, activist campaign groups such as GetUp!, 350.org and Friends of the Earth have been in the federal Coalition government’s sights for some time, but a new bill threatens to frustrate the work of all human rights, environmental, women’s, international aid and social justice NGOs and charities.
Experienced crane driver and union activist Billy Ramsay was killed on the Grocon construction site in central Melbourne on February 18. This news was buried many pages inside the Murdoch-owned Herald Sun daily tabloid.
And so it begins — an offensive, on behalf of the Australian ruling class and corporate interests, to steal the future from the majority of Australians, to dismantle what remains of our social welfare system, in order to carry out, in the words of Treasurer Joe Hockey, "the government's solemn duty ... to build a stronger Australia".
Socialist Alliance is running in the Queensland elections to help build an anti-capitalist current in Queensland and national politics.
Labour's TPP betrayal proves once again it can't be trusted.
The wage gap between women and men is increasing, the number of women in poverty is growing, women’s reproductive rights are under attack, violence against women is on the increase, there is no marriage equality for LGBTIQ people and gender discrimination is rife.
As parliament wound up for the year, the Coalition government was desperate to salvage a symbolic “win” in the Senate to save some face. It was reeling from the defeat of the one-term Liberal government in Victoria, which was seen as a vote against Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the second most populous state in Australia.
In response to the Liberal Party's ad, using a fake tradesperson to promote their policies, the CFMEU has produced their own video, allowing real tradies to tell Malcolm Turnbull what they think about the LNP:
Participation in May Day is an opportunity to express working class values of solidarity and unity.
The internal rifts inside the Liberal Party means the task of building a stronger socialist left in this country is even more urgent.