Issue 2 - Apr

Solidarity Magazine #2 – Rudd plans to make us pay

Labor won’t wield the axe on military

ANYONE READING last month's papers would be forgiven for thinking that the Rudd government is about to slash the military budget. Media reports suggested...

Howard’s view of history a bore

History's Children: History wars in the classroom By Anna Clark UNSW Press, $29.95 High school students are mostly bored with Australian history. That's the sad conclusion reached by...

Five years on the demonstrations are all the more important

HUNDREDS RALLIED across the country to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on March 16. The demonstrations were smaller than previous...

Letters

Remembering the first Mardi Gras Congratulations on the publication and on the article about the first Mardi Gras. The 31st parade, on 1st March, was led...

Fundamental policy change needed to ditch Howard’s refugee legacy

ON 12 March, Labor's immigration minister Chris Evans announced he would personally review the cases of 61 detainees who've been incarcerated for two or...

NSW privatisation plans on the brink

NSW Premier Morris Iemma and Treasurer Michael Costa have displayed an unprecedented level of arrogance in their attempt to push through power privatisation. Privatisation is...

Election shakes Malaysian political system

A political shockwave hit Malaysia in March's general election, with opposition parties destroying the ruling coalition's two-thirds majority domination of parliament. Opposition parties won 82...

Revolt from below threatens Mugabe’s hold on Zimbabwe

It appears that Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has lost both the parliamentary and presidential elections in the country by a landslide vote. Independent election monitors...

Rudd plans to make us pay

KEVIN RUDD'S future summit, Australia 2020, will be held in Canberra on April 19 and 20. It could have been a chance for a...

Tibet rises up against occupation

OVER THE past month, Chinese paramilitary police and soldiers have been using tear gas and live ammunition against protesters in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital,...

Bosses demand pay cut for low paid

When the Fair Pay Commission holds its annual National Minimum Wage Case hearing in mid-2008, the major employers will propose cuts to real wages....

Bush’s war drums influence Iranian election

IN ITS campaign for yet another war, members of George W Bush's decaying administration have been making almost daily condemnations of Iran over its...

Trading our way out of disaster

Massive ice loss in both the Arctic and Antarctic indicate that we are passing important climate tipping points. This mounting evidence of the need...

Bear Stearns- capitalism on the brink

OVER A single weekend last month, the global financial system came close to total collapse. A desperate US Federal Reserve intervened to stop the...

NT Aboriginal elder speaks out–intervention punitive and racist

LABOR'S Aboriginal Affairs minister, Jenny Macklin, consistently presents the Northern Territory intervention as a humanitarian effort aimed at supporting remote Aboriginal communities and stamping...

Ideas for undoing the Howard legacy

Larissa Behrendt, director of research at The Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney How would you characterise the policy shifts that happened...

Activists protest against NT intervention

On March 13, Protests against the NT intervention targeted Centrelink offices in 8 cities and towns around Australia, to draw attention to the racist...

MUA here to stay—The 1998 waterfront dispute

This year marks 20 years since the 1998 waterfront dispute—John Howard’s first attempt to break union power. Mark Gillespie draws out the lessons.

ALP branch condemns intervention

On March 25, Vince Forrester addressed the Darlington branch of the ALP which passed the following motion: "Darlington Branch welcomes the apology to the stolen...

Capitalism and class conflict in the new China

FOR MANY western commentators, China is the saviour of the ailing world economy. However the hellish pace of China's growth is being achieved at...

Welfare policy- blame the victims

The early months of the Rudd government have shown that it is just as committed to the neo-liberal "welfare reform" agenda as John Howard. When...

When the US was defeated last time

JANUARY 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of the Vietnamese "Tet Offensive" against US and South Vietnamese armies. On the 31st of January 1968 the...

Centrelink- organise now to fight razor gang cuts

CENTRELINK WORKERS are well placed to fight the Rudd government's razor gang cuts to the public sector-but the union needs to organise a much...

US defeat offers new hope for Iraq

AS SOLIDARITY grows to print, radical Shia leader Moqtada Al Sadr had postponed plans for a million strong march in Baghdad calling for an...

Queensland privatisation disaster complete

AS PART of its privatisation plan, the NSW government wants to sell off the state's retail electricity arm. But, whatever their claims, the evidence...

The horrors of war on record

What was the purpose of the Winter Soldier testimonies? What Iraq Veterans Against the War were trying to do with Winter Soldier was present testimony...

Judge admits terror trials unfair

The "Barwon 13", thirteen Melbourne men arrested, charged and on trial under Australia's "anti-terror" laws, have won a change in their previous humiliating jail...

Missed chance to map out agenda for change

Dear Mr Rudd Edited by Robert Manne Black Inc, $29.95 With Howard finally gone, the time would seem right for a book that lays out how the...

McClelland creates toothless inquiry to Haneef fiasco

John Clarke QC, the former NSW Supreme Court judge, is heading the inquiry into the arrest of Mohammed Haneef under the 'anti-terror' laws, which...

Hollywood’s faith shaking tale of war

In the Valley of ElahWritten and directed by Paul Haggis In cinemas nowSpeaking of the reality of military service, Iraq War veteran Matt Howard last...

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