Our Common Cause

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Lockdown requires income support

Even though different state governments are taking slightly different approaches, the reason for this debate is that governments — state and federal — are making corporate interests a higher priority than people’s health.

Police have been deployed en masse to South West Sydney.

The aggressive police operation to “combat” the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney’s South West is yet another example of politicians’ racist, anti-working class and punitive handling of the pandemic.

Free Julian Assange protest September 2020

The pursuit of Wikileaks founder Assange is founded on a gross manipulation of the legal process – at every step of the way.

Farm workers are being super exploited. Photo: amir appel/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Unions are rightly worried that guest workers from South-East Asia will be super-exploited by rural bosses who are used to paying sub-standard wages. The new visa is intended to allow shamefully low wages to continue.

All the way #HomeToBilo, Melbourne protest June 19

Keeping people out of Australia under the guise of stopping “people smuggling” and “deaths at sea” is no excuse for government cruelty towards people escaping war, torture, persecution and death.

Brisbane Climate Strike 21 May 2021

Eight teenagers who took a class action lawsuit against a major extension to the Vickery coal mine, near Gunnedah in New South Wales, won a landmark victory on May 27.

Our lives are worth more than their profits

As Australia’s billionaires increased their wealth by 34% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the wages share of national income dropped to a historic low, a billionaire tax is a modest proposal!

Sydney Nakba rally. Photo: Peter Boyle

The insistence on Israel’s “right to exist” is really a demand for the maintenance of a supremacist “Jewish’’ state, in which Palestinians are second-class citizens.

A budget for billionaire climate criminals

The federal government delivered another budget for the billionaire class that runs Australia and is hell-bent on putting their profits ahead of the climate emergency.

Graph: Paul Oboohov based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

The squeeze on workers far predates the COVID-19 pandemic. In today’s dollars more than $4 trillion has shifted from workers’ pockets to corporate profits.

Australian troops in Afghanistan. Photo: Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia CC_BY_2.0

The withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan is a welcome development. But it doesn’t mean that the warmongers in Canberra and Washington have been defeated.

The Sirius Building in Sydney was built by the Housing Commission of New South Wales in 1978–1979.

The property-owning class has come out of the pandemic richer and more determined to use their wealth to get even wealthier. Typically, they are demanding measures that will only make housing prices more unaffordable to most.