Issue 7 - Sep

Solidarity Magazine #7 – Rudd pushed Howard’s policies

Can WikiLeaks change the world?

As Julian Assange faces his extradition trial, James Supple takes a look at the role of information in the fight for social change WikiLeaks' release...

Rudd pushes Howard policies

For months now Solidarity has been reporting on the growing contradictions between the hopes that people had for a progressive Rudd government and the...

Response to Garnaut more urgent than ever

The Sydney Morning Herald headline said it all about Professor Ross Garnaut’s latest round of reports: “Sigh of relief from business”. When Garnaut released...

Victorian CFMEU misses chance to link ABCC to pay claim

A mass meeting of 6000 Victorian building workers, members of the CFMEU, in late August, voted to accept the latest EBA put to them...

Victorian abortion legislation a step forward, but restrictions remain

The Victorian government’s decision to legalise abortion rights is a slap in the face for the anti-abortion lobby. After the religious right’s attempts to...

Failure to spread benefits of boom hits WA Labor

Labor looks to have lost its monopoly on power at a state level in the WA election. Despite the extent of the boom in...

Prescribed communities in NT to target review

A planned protest convergence against the NT intervention, set to begin in Mparntwe-Alice Springs in late September, is gathering widespread support. On September 29 a...

Solar power proposal shows renewables’ potential

A proposal to build a major new solar power station in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has been largely ignored by the mainstream...

Students occupy to demand housing

HOMELESS MELBOURNE students and their student union supporters took action last month to address a housing shortage and associated rent rises. They are...

Rudd’s work visa scheme: open the borders to our pacific neighbours

KEVIN RUDD’S announcement at the Pacific Islands forum that he would grant 2500 temporary work visas over three years to Pacific Islanders to pick...

The Senate games begin

BATTLE LINES have been drawn in the Senate. The Rudd government is accusing the Liberals of holding their budget to ransom by blowing a...

Protest plans derail Adelaide arms fair

Activists from around the country are celebrating the cancellation of the first arms fair planned in Australia in 17 years. The Asia Pacific Defence and...

No end in sight to instability in Pakistan

The resignation of Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was greeted with jubilant demonstrations across Pakistan. But it will not remove the tensions within Pakistani politics....

China and the Olympics

Some of the China-bashing that accompanied the Beijing Olympics was nothing short of nauseating. George Bush took time out to chide China over its...

Pillars of the US establishment

After a week dominated by Barack Obama’s consecration at the Democratic convention in Denver, his Republican rival has succeeded brilliantly in upstaging him by...

Reviewing the Northern Territory intervention

One year, 810 federal public servants, $900 million on—Jean Parker’s intervention report-card ON SEPTEMBER 30 the review commissioned by the Federal Government into the Northern...

Caucasus conflict: bloody cost of the new world order

Paddy Gibson puts the recent flashes of violence between Russia and Georgia in context WESTERN POLITICAL leaders have been sickeningly hypocritical in their response to...

Mapoon: the burning of a community

With the government threatening to close so-called “unviable communities” as part of the intervention in the NT, Mark Gillespie looks at the shameful history...

The AAA credit rating and other Treasury myths

There is a desperate need to invest in public services infrastructure in NSW. Lack of spending has led to ongoing scandals in the hospital...

Explaining Iemma’s privatisation obsession

Why would a Labor government push ahead with a power privatisation plan opposed by 85 per cent of voters, rejected by a massive majority...

Greer’s rage no answer to the NT intervention

Review: On Rage By Germaine Greer, Melbourne University Press, $19.95 RIGHT-WING SUPPORTERS of the NT intervention will find comfort in the pages of Germaine Greer’s...

Persepolis: Iran through a rebel’s eyes

Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Now showing WITH US-LED military threats against Iran showing no signs of abating, the release of Persepolis on...

Inside Kevin 07: Danger signs right from the start

By Christine Jackman, Melbourne University Press, $34.95 THE BEST thing about this book is that we know how the story ends—Howard loses. However, a big...

The Dark Knight: Fighting terror with terror

Directed by Chris Nolan THE DARK KNIGHT, sequel to Batman Begins, is the latest recreation of the 70 year old modern myth that is The...

A lifetime of struggle

Veteran Trotskyist Issy Wyner passed away in August, aged 92. Issy Wyner June 30 1916—August 13 2008 Wyner’s life was closely bound up with the development...

Things they say

“There’s never been an industrial dispute in this country that wasn’t solved by talking.” Deputy PM Julia Gillard on the Fairfax dispute “If these things are...

Bosses side-step ban on AWAs

Kevin Rudd has sent big business the message that the government wants to leave most of WorkChoices intact. Now a push is on by...

Campaign against sell-off brings down Iemma

THE TOPPLING of NSW Premier Morris Iemma and Treasurer Michael Costa, and the defeat of their plans to privatise the power stations, is a...

Rudd’s plan for schools continues Howard’s legacy

Rudd's new schools plan has been widely condemned. Not only does it revive the former Liberal government’s attempt to implement a “league table” ranking...

Walden Bello: ‘US power its lowest for a quarter of a century”

Solidarity interviewed one of the key thinkers from the global justice movement, Walden Bello, of Focus on the Global South, during his visit to...

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