Issue 134 - Feb

Issue 134 – February 2020

Editorial: Morrison still pushing coal and gas despite climate disaster

Morrison may have adjusted his language over climate change, but, he continues his push to expand fossil fuel use.

Morrison backs NSW fossil fuel expansion as the planet burns

Scott Morrison and the NSW Liberals have agreed to ramp up fossil fuel use through a fresh expansion of gas and coal production.

Zali Steggall’s climate bill is a step backwards

Independent MP Zali Steggall has presented her new climate bill as a way to break the deadlock on climate action. But it avoids the key question of what policies we need to cut emissions—and so will get us nowhere.

How Germany phased out coal—without sacking workers

While Australia plans to open new coal mines, Germany is in the process of closing down its mining sector.

Uni staff plan for month of Climate Strikes in May

Two major strikes in May will see unions and students out in force for climate action. Last year School Strike for Climate brought 350,000 to the streets on 20 September.

Morrison’s coronavirus travel ban fuels anti-Chinese racism

Following Donald Trump, Scott Morrison’s travel ban on everyone from China who is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident has fuelled the racist response here.

Adam Bandt’s Green New Deal won’t be won through electoral dead end

Newly-elected Greens leader Adam Bandt has launched a push for a Green New Deal, aiming to give a little zest to the party’s flagging image after it drifted to the right under former leader Richard Di Natale.

From offshore prison to onshore motels: Free the refugees

Hundreds of refugees brought to Australia for medical attention before the Medevac legislation was repealed are still being held in closed detention.

Strikes banned at DP World in attack on right to strike

The Federal Court has issued an injunction preventing 1800 DP World wharfies from taking strike action for six weeks until mid-March, despite it being legally “protected” action.

Trump’s plan for total Israeli domination of Palestine

After years of build-up Donald Trump has finally released his “deal of the century”, touted as a “peace settlement” between Israel and the Palestinians.

Democrats’ impeachment effort fails to damage Trump

The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump of all charges in early February. But instead of furthering resistance, Trump’s approval ratings have actually increased to a record high of 49 per cent.

Shift to the left in Ireland as Sinn Féin humbles major parties

In a major shake-up of Ireland’s two-party system, Sinn Féin has swept the polls in the general election.

A Green New Deal requires a frontal challenge to capitalism

Naomi Klein’s new book taps into a growing sentiment around the need for large-scale social transformation in response to the climate crisis.

Can Bernie beat the corporate Democrats this time?

Bernie Sanders’ campaign has galvanised support in the early Democratic primaries, but will he be sabotaged again, asks Lachlan Marshall

What would socialism look like?

Reforming capitalism is not the same as socialism, argues Sadie Robinson. Another society is possible—but can only come about through a revolution by working class people

Why capitalism can’t act on the climate crisis

The competitive drive structured into capitalism prevents the rich and powerful from acting on the climate crisis, argues Feiyi Zhang

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