Privatisation contributes to bushfire disaster

It’s been 18 months since Victoria was rocked by the Black Saturday bushfires which left over 150 people dead and thousands of homes destroyed. But despite government commitments to improve firefighting facilities, serious questions...

WA: Bosses threaten workers with massive fines

Around 1600 workers from Woodside’s Pluto Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) site in Karratha are facing fines of up to $28,000 each and the possibility of jail over industrial action taken in defence of their...

World economy: Double dip fears grow

In the past few weeks there’s been a noticeable shift in tone in the business pages and journals. Their confidence in the so-called “recovery” has faded, and has been replaced by anxiety. Why the glum...

Standing up for refugees

September fast news Over 500 people attended a protest in Melbourne on Friday August 13 in support of refugee rights. The demonstration was called in the lead up to the election to speak out against the fear...

Victorian ETU ditches Labor

The recent disaffiliation from the ALP of the Victorian branch of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) is the most significant example so far of the tensions between the modern Labor Party and the more...

Federal Election: Major parties rejected

The August 21 Federal election has confirmed the inability of either Labor or the Coalition to convince a majority of Australian voters to support their right-wing policies. Neither party emerged with a clear mandate...

Neither big business party given mandate to govern

The Australian Federal election held on August 21 delivered a hung parliament – the first in 70 years. Neither the Labor Party led by Julia Gillard nor the Coalition led by Tony Abbott won...

Population: Should we blame big Australia or big business?

Since taking over as PM from Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard has back tracked on a number of Labor policies. One such reversal has been the rejection of Rudd's ‘Big Australia’ policy, which was intended...