Issue 9 - Nov

Rally against intervention on Human Rights Day

THE RECENT anti-intervention convergence on Alice Springs has galvanised the commitment of activists to step up the fight against the NT intervention. The Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)...

Hundreds rally in support of Lex Wotton

Three hundred people rallied in Brisbane on November 1st to demand Lex Wotton be freed. The angry rally marched on parliament handing in petitions collected that week calling for...

Lex Wotton found guilty–Racism rules in Queensland courts

After a trial lasting almost three weeks, and two days of deliberation, an all-white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal plumber from Palm Island, guilty of rioting with destruction....

Telstra tries on second non-union agreement

Last issue Solidarity reported that Telstra workers in the Wholesale and Service Advantage area had voted down a non-union collective agreement. It was a serious blow to Telstra's divide...

Strike against non-union agreement at Rio Tinto

TRAIN DRIVERS in the Pilbara region of Western Australia have taken strike action as part of a struggle to establish a collective union agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto....

Sydney Uni uses economic crisis to justify cuts

In the midst of global panic last month, the University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor announced shock budget cuts of up to 9 per cent because of a shortfall of $100...

NSW teachers to stopwork as fight for 5 per cent continues

NSW teachers will continue their campaign for salary and staffing justice with statewide stopwork meetings on November 19. They will hear details of a special claim for an immediate...

Pressure mounts to scrap anti-terror laws

Two of Australia's most high-profile anti-terrorism cases, those of Dr Mohamed Haneef and Jack Thomas (the first person to be charged under the federal anti-terrorism laws) are once again...

Abortion decriminalisation bill succeeds in Victoria

AFTER EXTENSIVE debate in the Victorian state parliament, opposition from the anti-abortion lobby and threats from the religious right, the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Bill was passed by the...

Iraqis oppose US plan for continuing occupation

Last month 50,000 Iraqis hit the streets in protest at a new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) being pushed by the US which would enshrine the right of foreign...

Pakistan and the curse of US imperial power

Review of The Duel: Pakistan on the flight path of American power By Tariq Ali Simon & Schuster, $34.95 PAKISTAN IS a complex country. Popularly characterised by both political and religious extremism,...

Will Obama bring much-needed change?

As Solidarity goes to print, Democratic candidate Barack Obama is set to win the most passionate US presidential election campaign in generations. Reshaping the political landscape, Obama will win southern...

Italy rises up against economic crisis and cutbacks

Last month Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi told people how they could stave off financial disaster--buy shares in two national energy companies--yet by the end of that days trading...

World economy faces protracted downturn

As Solidarity goes to print, many mainstream economists are claiming the worst of the banking crisis is over. Governments worldwide have adopted a whatever it takes strategy aimed at...

US workers hit hard by housing crisis

Following the dot.com crash in 2000 and the 9/11 attack in 2001, US workers were told it was their patriotic duty to spend. This was Bush's strategy for avoiding...

The birth and life of neo-liberalism

The current economic crisis has shaken belief in the capacity of neo-liberal “free market” policies. Tom Orsag examines where neo-liberalism came from—and where it is going The re-emergence of worldwide...

Are we headed for another Great Depression?

The Great Depression of the 1930s strikes fear in the hearts of working class people around the world, with memories of skyrocketing unemployment, homelessness and hunger. Ernest Price looks at...

Struggling to hold on: the Unemployed Workers Movement

The economic devastation that gripped Australia during the 1930s dealt an almost fatal blow to the organised labour movement. In the face of mass sackings and wage cuts, there...

Unions and the fight for the environment

In the 1970s the Builders Labourers’ Federation led inspiring struggles in defence of the natural environment. Emma Torzillo looks at the history of an inspiring struggle when workers took...

Ideas for the global climate movement

Review: Stop Global Warming: Change The World By Jonathan Neale Bookmarks, $30.00 from Solidarity AS ONE of the most sun-drenched continents on the planet, Australia should be a leading solar industry...

Solutions to global warming but no way to get there

Review: “Now or never”, Quarterly Essay 31 By Tim Flannery Black Inc, $15.95 WHILE THE great financial melt-down has dominated the headlines for the past month, there is no good news...

How ordinary people paid for the boom

Review: The Land of Plenty By Mark Davis Melbourne University Publishing, $36.95 NOW THAT the Australian economy is slowing, ordinary Australians will be expected to take a hit in their living...

The politics of Rudd’s ‘family values’

Review: The Henson Case By David Marr Text Publishing, $24.95 WHEN, IN May this year, the right-wing forces of Miranda Devine and 2GB radio came together to declare offence taken to...

Things they say as the economic crisis deepens

Things they used to say… “I think the financial volatility has diminished and the credit crisis is coming to an end” Reserve Bank member Professor Warwick McGibbin in May this year ...

Workers to rally for end to anti-union ABCC

THOUSANDS OF building workers across the country are set to strike on December 2, when Noel Washington, senior vice president of the Victorian branch of the CFMEU, goes on...

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