Issue 10 - Dec

Solidarity Magazine #10 – Get the market out of childcare

Making sure we don’t pay as economy fails

So far the world economic crisis has not had the same impact in Australia as in the US or Europe. A few months...

Slump shows Rudd hasn’t bailed us out

What a difference a month makes. In mid-October, Kevin Rudd was the toast of corporate Australia. But now no one is confident that Australia...

ABC Learning–save the centres, save the jobs

As Solidarity goes to print, the fate of up to 386 ABC Learning child care centres is in doubt. That represents one-tenth of the...

New laws not the end of WorkChoices

The final piece of Labor’s new industrial relations regime has been unveiled by Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard. The new legislation was hailed by...

University staff resist job cuts in Victoria

The shocking announcement a few weeks ago of the largest ever mass sackings in Australia’s higher education sector at Victoria University (VU) prompted a well attended protest rally...

NSW government pushes privatisation and cutbacks

In the context of the global financial crisis, governments across the world have abandoned financial conservatism, proposing significant expenditure programs, often funded through debt....

NSW teachers vote for 48-hour strike

Twenty thousand teachers at meetings around NSW have voted to take 48 hours of industrial action at the start of the 2009 school year,...

Nuke waste dump laws condemned

A strong community campaign involving Traditional Owners, health organisations, environment groups and the Central Land Council has called for immediate repeal of Howard-era legislation...

New service fee will silence dissent on campus

In early November the Rudd government announced it would introduce a Student Service Fee of up to $250 per student which universities could choose...

Labor axes CDEP and steps up the NT intervention

In early October, the Federal Labor Government announced major changes to the CDEP (Community Development Employment Programs). The changes have been met with outrage...

Modeling shows loopholes in emission reductions plan

The Australian government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) is more about profit than planet. When the Treasury modeling on the CPRS was released on...

Movement must take position on carbon trading

The Walk Against Warming rallies this year were smaller that last. This is largely because they had no particular clear demands, and they did...

Global summits solve little as world economy slumps

The majority of western economies are now in recession. The OECD, an umbrella group for 30 industrialised countries, says its members are facing “a...

Revival of the socialist left in Malaysia

Over the weekend of November 8 and 9, the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) hosted “Socialism 2008” in Kajang, a rapidly growing working class...

Foreign rivalry over resources fuels war in Congo

Renewed fighting in the Congo threatens to drag the country back into full-scale conflict, in a country where five million civilians died in war...

Mood for change sweeps the US

There were two million people in and around Chicago’s famous Grant Park (the site of the infamous 1968 anti-war protests) at midnight on November...

Can US workers unite across the race divide? Yes they can!

Obama’s election has buried the myth that the US white working class is inherently racist, hopelessly tied to the white elite. Before the election we...

Socialist planning and alternatives to the market

The failure of free market policies evidenced by the collapse of major banks and big falls on the stockmarket raise whether there is an...

Unions after the Rights at Work campaign

The union campaign against WorkChoices succeeded in getting Howard voted out, but has not put unions in a stronger position to organise and fight. Solidarity examines why.

Anti-union laws: How the penal powers were defeated

In 1969 over one million workers took part in a general stoppage and won the freedom of jailed union official Clarrie O’Shea and an...

Putin’s Russia: back to the future?

Jarvis Ryan looks at the re-emergence of Russian power and explains its significance The brief but bloody war between Russia and its neighbour and former...

Series exposes colonialism’s brutal history, but paints it as all in the past

Review: The First Australians Directed by Rachel Perkins Available on DVD soon The First Australians is a six part television documentary series which attempts to portray on...

Symbol of Northern Ireland’s civil rights struggle

Review: Hunger Directed by Steve McQueen In selected cinemas now The film Hunger depicts the 1981 hunger strike of Irish Republican prisoner Bobby Sands. It is a...

Labor goes missing in the Howard years

Review: The Howard years ABC1, November 17 to December 8 We survived the Howard years, and now you want us to watch it on Monday night...

Letters

Flannery a dubious ally Anne Picot and I must have read different copies of Tim Flannery’s Quarterly Essay, “Now or Never” about global warming. Flannery’s commitment...

Things they say

“Banks are going to fail, so keep them individually small so that the failure of one can’t upset things.” Paul Volker (former Chairman of the...

Land rights not leases

A MAJOR investment program in Aboriginal housing in the NT is being used as a weapon to further break up community control, push people...

1949 coal strike: How Chifley lost Labor’s supporters

For decades, only the Left has talked about the 1949 coal miners’ strike, using it as an example of how low a Labor government can stoop—to the point of using soldiers to scab. So it should have been welcome news that the ABC had put resources into an hour-long dramatisation, Infamous Victory: Ben Chifley’s Battle For Coal. Unfortunately, the ABC has given us little to cheer about.

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