According to federal government ministers, Medicare is unsustainable. The aged pension is also unsustainable. The NDIS is unsustainable. Many other social services are unsustainable. However, billions of dollars of tax cuts to big Australian companies are perfectly sustainable.
All around Australia, racially oppressed minority communities are celebrating the late night defeat of the federal government’s attempt to weaken section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
The disastrous Adani mine project illustrates why the entire mining and energy sector should be brought into public hands and dangerous fossil fuels rapidly phased out in favour of renewable energy.
The only way to stop One Nation is to build a political force that is 100% pro-worker and pro-community, committed to a lasting distribution of wealth and breaking the power of the fossil fuel industry and the banks.
There is ample evidence that people across Australia want a transition to renewable energy. But if we are serious about taking action on climate change and swiftly moving to 100% renewables, we need to take the banks and energy sector into public ownership.
Malcolm Turnbull and his ilk need to be kicked out, but workers cannot be satisfied with an end game of simply re-electing a Labor government.
The appointment of former Queensland Labor premier Anna Bligh as CEO of the Australian Bankers' Association (ABA) is a desperate public relations ploy by the Big Four Australian banks to head off a looming royal commission into their crimes and misdeeds.
WA Socialist Alliance candidate Chris Jenkins explains that the solution to the rise of One Nation - riding on the hate and fear politics of the major parties is to build the genuine party of the left.
Sue Bolton explains that there needs to be a strong response against racism and racist scapegoating. But to really undercut right-wing populism, the left needs to put forward a political and economic alternative and fight for it.
Moreland Socialist councillor Sue Bolton explains that Centrelink staff warned management that the 'robo-debt' notices would be wrong and the new debt recovery system would incorrectly claim overpayments.