Issue 92 - July

Greens’ moderate electoralism a road to nowhere

“It’s only a matter of time” before more seats go Green, leader Richard Di Natale said, after missing out on any new seats in the election. Given other independents and minor parties picked up record votes, this result was a disappointment.

Hanson fed off Turnbull’s racism and rage at political elite

There has been widespread shock at the news that Pauline Hanson has won a Senate seat in Queensland. Her racist One Nation party could take up to three seats in the upper house, including in NSW.

Pressure back on for parliamentary vote on equal marriage

The close election result has thrown the issue of equal marriage back into uncertain territory.

Kingmaker Xenophon’s sympathies are with the Right

Nick Xenophon will be a kingmaker in the new parliament after winning around 29 per cent of the vote in South Australia.

Turnbull hanging by a thread—where now for the refugee campaign?

In the last weeks of the federal election, Turnbull, increasingly desperate for votes, played the refugee card. But it didn’t work. Rather than secure the election, the Liberals lost seats by the bucketload.

Hundreds of thousands died in Iraq: Blair lied—and so did Howard

The Chilcot report into Britain’s involvement in Iraq has overwhelmingly condemned the decision to go to war. And everything the report says about Tony Blair also applies to then Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Building the fight to ‘Let SCA stay’

Four hundred students marched on the University Senate meeting on 4 July against plans to close Sydney College of the Arts (SCA). University of Sydney management has released plans to move SCA and close its current site in Callan Park, Rozelle.

Time to reignite CPSU campaign

The severely weakened Coalition government should give confidence to unionists in the federal public service.

Brexit vote a revolt against the elite

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has caused a political earthquake. The far right has tried to claim credit for the vote. Cory Bernardi was quick to tweet his support for the racist right-wing UKIP leader, Nigel Farage.

Corbyn stares down Labour plotters after Brexit vote

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has opened up a profound political crisis. But just when the Tories were weak and divided, the right wing of the parliamentary Labour Party instead chose to turn on left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.

US corporate giant humbled after 45 day strike

US unions scored a significant victory when 39,000 workers from the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers humbled the telecommunications giant Verizon after a solid 45 day strike.

Fallujah assault deepens Iraq’s sectarian divide

Civilians fleeing Fallujah have been tortured and abused by Shiite militias, inflaming further the country’s sectarian divide. Iraqi government troops recaptured the city in June, driving Islamic State fighters from the city.

Why Islam is not to blame for homophobia

Singling out Islam or religion in general misunderstands where homophobia comes from and why it persists, argues Amy Thomas.

Hillary Clinton—the best President US capitalism could ask for

Hillary Clinton reflects the true values of the Democratic party, argues Lachlan Marshall.

Australian neo-colonialism and corruption in PNG

The legacy of Australian colonial control has left PNG underdeveloped and prone to political corruption, writes James Supple.

Exposing a racist history but conflicted on solutions for today

Stan Grant’s book is a memoir, a conflicted memoir that sometimes reads like he is talking to himself, as much as he is talking to his country.

Who are The Greens? What the numbers tell us

Stewart Jackson has set out to examine The Greens’ transformation from a small party linked to social movements to a professional electoral party. He studies the changes in internal party structures and in attitudes and activities of members.

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