Issue 163 - Sept

Labor backs fossil fuel companies’ carbon capture scam

Despite their talk of climate action, the Labor government has approved two new offshore areas for Carbon Capture and Storage projects.

One third of Pakistan under water as climate disaster brings extreme flooding

Extreme flooding has devastated Pakistan after ten consecutive weeks of heavy rainfall.

Cashless Debit Card to go, but racist controls on NT Aboriginal communities continue

Labor is abolishing the draconian Cashless Debit Card, but currently has no timetable to free more than 22,000 people still on the BasicsCard, another form of welfare quarantining

Jobs Summit trade-offs won’t deliver pay rises we need

Labor’s Jobs Summit has delivered a deal to trade off watering down the Better Off Overall Test for a highly restricted version of multi-employer bargaining.

Can industry-wide bargaining make a difference?

For decades, industry-wide bargaining was the bedrock of Australia’s industrial relations system.

Dangerous new chapter in Ukraine war

The bloody war in Ukraine has taken a new turn as Ukrainian forces equipped with US-supplied weaponry have routed Russian forces south-east of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.

Why enterprise bargaining is failing workers

Falling wages are a product of the way enterprise bargaining was designed to benefit employers and restrict the right to strike, writes James Supple

Sabra and Shatila 40 years on—Israel’s brutal war crime

The massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon was one of Israel’s most shocking war crimes against the Palestinians, writes Ella Haber

Gorbachev, Stalinism and the end of the USSR

The death of the last Soviet Union leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, was met with a mixed response—and a series of myths. Isabel Ringrose examines the impact of his rule

Labor’s delays leave refugees in limbo

More than 1500 refugees and asylum-seekers rallied from across the country in Canberra on 8 September to demand permanent visas for all refugees and asylum-seekers.

Strike days up: now fan the flames of resistance

The number of strike days between April and June increased sharply, to the highest in one quarter since 2004.

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