Issue 5 - Jul

Solidarity Magazine #5 - Climate crisis: The market is no solution

Editorial: Rudd, Garnaut and the climate challenge

Professor Ross Garnaut delivered his draft report examining the “impacts, challenges and opportunities” resulting from climate change to the federal and state governments on...

Rethink needed in power sell-off fight

THE LATEST humiliating back-flip by the NSW government over its planned power sell-off indicates two things. Firstly, NSW Labor is facing a serious crisis....

The myth of the carbon footprint

Individuals reducing their energy consumption will do nothing to tackle climate change Myth #1: Using less electricity and gas at home through showering less, turning off...

Labor overwhelmed by oil price crisis

A SEVEN per cent swing against it in the Gippsland by-election, a truckies’ blockade in NSW and news that the rising cost of living...

Truckies: Jam your fuel price rises

IN SYDNEY and across the world truck drivers are leading protests demanding relief from rising fuel costs. In the first week of July, Operation Escargot...

Things they say

“I would say it’s an endeavour that will last at least 10 years” Defence force chief Angus Houston on the Afghanistan deployment ”President Hamid Karzai’s government...

Retirees hit hard by subprime crisis

THE GLOBAL financial crisis is making its mark in Australia. Speculation in global markets by superannuation fund managers has hurt the retirement savings of...

It’s a bit rich

THERE ARE 650 people to every wealthy person in the world, according to the World Wealth Report just released by investment bank, Merrill Lynch...

Iraq oil contacts go to US, British multinationals

US AND British oil corporations have grabbed prime position in the jockeying to exploit Iraq’s oil resources. The US puppet government in Iraq is negotiating...

NSW public sector battles below inflation pay offers

NSW public sector unions including public servants, firefighters and train drivers are planning a united day of action on July 30 against the state...

WorkChoices: how much is Labor planning to change?

The Your Rights at Work campaign mobilised thousands of unionists to campaign against the Howard government and its vicious Workchoices laws. Yet over six...

Dean Mighell: “95 per cent of WorkChoices is intact”

Solidarity spoke to Dean Mighell, secretary of the Southern States branch of the Electrical Trades Union "THE LABOR Party’s promises have proven to be hot...

Labor’s IR changes explained

Solidarity summarises how much of WorkChoices Labor has reversed so far, what else it plans to change, and how much of Howard's laws will...

Construction walkout over Gold Coast deaths

On Saturday morning June 21 two construction workers were killed when their swing stage scaffolding fell from the side of a Gold Coast high-rise...

NTEU campaign: our universities matter

UNIVERSITY STAFF and university communities suffered badly under the Howard government. The HEWRRs legislation, a precursor to the WorkChoices legislation, tied government funding to...

War on terror shakes politics in Pakistan

WITH THE Pentagon finally admitting that the occupation of Afghanistan is in crisis, Pakistan has once again been thrown into the centre of the...

Changing faces: is Barack Obama really so different from Bush?

Despite the massive enthusiasm for his campaign and some of his rhetoric, Barack Obama's actual policies are disturbingly similar to those of the Bush...

Mass protests sweep South Korea

SOUTH KOREA has been rocked by weeks of protests against the government’s decision to lift a ban on imports of US beef. They have...

Macklin’s review―a whitewash in the making

The new government's review of the Northern Territory intervention is stacked with supporters of the policy, and looks set to whitewash the disastrous impact...

Last Drinks: Toohey’s racist diatribe

THE WIDESPREAD acclaim for The Australian journalist Paul Toohey’s Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention (Quarterly Essay 30, June 2008), demonstrates...

Ferguson calls for nuclear waste dump

FEDERAL RESOURCES Minister Martin Ferguson has called for the “fast tracking” of a selection process to locate a radioactive waste dump, according to...

New Sydney committee campaigns against the intervention

On June 23 a new group, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS), was established to campaign against the Northern Territory Intervention. The new group, which...

The long, hard struggle for justice on Palm Island

Veteran journalist Jeff Waters has authored a new book investigating events surrounding the death in custody of Aboriginal man Mulrunji on Palm Island in...

Carbon trading and market solutions

The threat of dangerous climate change is now widely acknowledged. So why won't governments take serious action? Chris Breen examines the major proposed market...

Zimbabwe: the road from liberation to dictatorship

Zimbabwe is in the midst of an enormous social and political crisis. Jarvis Ryan details the history of a troubled country THERE ARE few parallels...

Let them in, but never mind the neo-liberalism

Review of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders Jason L. Riley, Penguin USA ON May 1, there were mass protests in cities across...

Deported to danger

Review of A Well Founded Fear Directed by Bentley Dean and Anne Delaney Screened as part of the Sydney Film Festival, A Well Founded Fear investigates...

Shopping, sex and the city

Review of Sex and the City, directed by Michael Patrick King Coming to DVD SEX AND the City (SATC), the film based on the television series...

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