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Put lives and livelihoods ahead of profits

HealthcareGeorge ZangalisIssue 1276Australiaaged careCOVID-19MelbourneAugust 11, 2020The tragedy for the coronavirus victims in aged care could have been avoided, or greatly reduced, if authorities had implemented early calls for radical reforms to the very sick health system. This is still a question for the present catastrophic stage, if we are to draw

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75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing marked

Imperialism & warJim McIlroyIssue 1276AustraliaHiroshima DayBritish nuclear testsInternational Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)August 11, 2020A webinar sponsored by the Sydney Hiroshima Day — “Fighting the Bomb” — heard from prominent peace activists on August 6. It coincided with the 75th anniversary of the United States’ nuclear attack on the Japanese

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Lebanon explosion is an ecosocialist issue

EnvironmentMiddle EastJohn MolyneuxIssue 1276LebanonshippingdisasterAugust 10, 2020In saying that the terrible explosion in Beirut is an ecosocialist issue, I am not counterposing this claim to the fact that this is also an issue of corruption, of government incompetence, of health and safety and many other things. I am making the point that,

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Morrison’s COVID-19 gas ‘recovery’ formalises corporate-government rule

Climate crisisPaul GregoireIssue 1276AustraliaCOVID-19 Commission Advisory Boardmethane emissionsParis AccordsAugust 10, 2020In late March, Neville Power and the executive board of directors who made up Scott Morrison’s just established National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) were a bit stumped by their mandate — to coordinate a post-pandemic economic recovery and frame it around

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Oil spill threatens disaster for Mauritius

EnvironmentPatrick BondIssue 1276Mauritiusoil spillBlue EconomyAugust 10, 2020Fuel spilling from a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius two weeks ago is creating an ecological disaster, endangering corals, fish and other marine life around the Indian Ocean island, officials and environmentalists say. The MV Wakashio, owned by

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Santos’ destruction of the Pilliga Forest would be a ‘crime’

EnvironmentJim McIlroyCoral WynterIssue 1276Australiacoal seam gasSantos Narrabri Gas ProjectPilliga ForestNarrabriAugust 10, 2020Maria Rickert, the German-born owner and co-founder of the Pilliga Pottery and Barkala Farmstay, is passionately committed to protecting the Pilliga Forest from Santos’ plan to drill 850 coal seam gas (CSG) wells. “I would like to emphasise how beautiful

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Woolworths workers win wage parity after lockout

Workers & unionsKathy FairfaxIssue 1275AustraliaUnited Workers UnionWoolworthsWyongAugust 7, 2020More than 500 workers at the Woolworths Distribution Centre at Wyong, members of the United Workers Union (UWU), voted on August 6 to accept an improved offer from their employer and return to work. The workers had maintained a picket outside the distribution

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Wage theft exposed at Melbourne University

Workers & unionsLeo CrnogorcevicIssue 1275AustraliaNational Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)casual workersuniversityMelbourneAugust 7, 2020The University of Melbourne has enjoyed a reputation of being the highest-ranked tertiary institution in Australia. Now, it has been exposed as being among the top tertiary educational institutions for wage theft. The ABC revealed on August 5, that millions

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South Africa: People protest injustice, poverty, food shortages amid pandemic

AfricaHealthcareHousingWelfareYouth & studentsAngela ChukunziraIssue 1275South AfricaCOVID-19August 6, 2020On August 1, South Africa had its most widespread, coordinated protest since the end of apartheid. The country now has the fifth highest number of total, new and active cases of COVID-19, and the demonstrations occurred with infections still rising at an exponential rate.

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