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  • Can divestment free refugees?

    Can divestment free refugees?

    The issue of refugees detained on Manus Island (PNG) and Nauru is again attracting resistance. Anti-deportation actions have had some partial successes, while #LetThemStay trended following the refusal of Brisbane doctors’ to sign off on the deportation of sick children. In late April, the Papua New Guinean Supreme Court ruled […]

  • Tasmania’s unnecessary energy crisis

    Tasmania’s unnecessary energy crisis

    An outage of the Basslink cable plunged Tasmania into a six-month long energy crisis. Industrial production at major producers had to be slowed, with the state left relying on emergency diesel generators to avoid widespread blackouts. The Basslink cable runs along the Bass Straight between Victoria and Tasmania, capable of […]

  • The origins of capital and labour in Australia

    The origins of capital and labour in Australia

    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 […]

  • Fight for free education for all!

    Fight for free education for all!

    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 […]

  • 40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

    40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

    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 […]