Issue 07 -28 August to 3 September 2020
Australians need government support to get out of this recession. Winding it back is not an option
A government boasting that what it has done has made things better than elsewhere, should not remove these measures.
Greg Jericho, The Guardian
The Morrison government’s China ban is about the Ramsay Centres
Leon Gillingham, Alligator exclusive
The ban on foreign agents is about the universities, cutting funding and destroying the international student industry. Above all, it’s another front in their political-culture war. What must be borne in mind again and again and again when considering the Morrison government is that they are tough, efficient and utterly utterly political. The chaos and circus of the Abbott government lulled us all into a false sense of ‘security’. With the Morrison government’s recent move against ‘foreign agents’ shows that can no longer be sustained. They’re not talking about Liechtenstein of course. It’s China, it’s Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative, and its the universities. Above all the universities. That may seem surprising given everything else. But this government is nothing if not cultural-political. They’re right-wing Gramscians…(continue at Alligator site)
Alison Pennington: ‘Time to embrace a pro-worker concept of work’
Centre for Future Work senior economist Alison Pennington talks about the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and alternatives to austerity and deregulation.
Alison Pennington, Jacob Andrewartha, Chloe DS and Zane Alcorn, Green Left Weekly
We’re edging towards a big change in how the economy is managed
Opponents have had to admit that “modern monetary theory” is perfectly possible to implement. They just think it would be a really bad thing to do.
Ross Gittins, Age/SMH
Focus recovery on pink-collar jobs to avoid a pink recession
The damage to the financial future of women will not be solved with just a traditional stimulus package.
Jennifer Duke, Age/SMH
Privatisation of child care laid bare: women pay high price
Lisa Bryant, Michael West Media
Win-win for capital, lose-lose for us: Google vs. News Corp vs. the Public
Don’t know who to hate more in the battle between big tech and old news? Fear not: they’re all owned by the same shadowy corporations.
Timothy Erik Ström, Arena Online
Australia’s special forces should be disbanded
In March, ABC’s Four Corners program revealed footage of a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldier, identified as Soldier C, shooting an unarmed Afghan man at point blank range during a village raid in May 2012.
Tom Gilchrist, Red Flag
Tone Alone: who does the former PM represent? Us, the Poms or whoever will pay?
For a former captain of Team Australia, Tony Abbott certainly seems to have divided loyalties these days.
Guy Rundle, Crikey
Power in a Union: Why Attacking Grassroots Unions Is Against Labor Values
Savannah Benson, Challenge Magazine
Bodycam footage turned away from fatal shooting of Kumanjayi Walker, court hears
Sarah Smit, National Indigenous Times
Sharing the Caring
It’s time to recognise the multiplier effect of investing in early childhood education.
Fiona David, Trish Bergin and Kim Rubenstein, Inside Story
It’s time for the feds to rebuild the economy by building social housing
Peter Mares, Crikey
United States: Police shooting of Jacob Blake intensifies racial reckoning
Malik Miah, Green Left Weekly
Phasing out gas would benefit Australian manufacturers and households
Richard Denniss, The Guardian
People with disabilities left behind in Covid-19 response
Shakira Hussein, The Saturday Paper
How To Sell A Massacre
Antony Loewenstein and Peter Charley, Gleebooks Event Video
Modern Monetary Theory: a solution in search of a problem
Adam Triggs, Inside Story
Australia’s underemployment epidemic
Clare O’Neil, Tocsin
Yes, it’s time to talk about Labor again: a lost party on a long losing streak
Guy Rundle, Crikey
The China threat: turning myth into reality
William Briggs, Pearls and Irritations
Assange’s detention violates international law: Australia must intervene
Simon Floth, Independent Australia
US aggression against Venezuela escalates ahead of elections
Leonardo Flores, Green Left Weekly
Veronica Koman: ‘War in West Papua is escalating’
Susan Price and Veronica Koman, Green Left Weekly
Australian Aged care standards a disgrace!
Anna Pha, Communist Party of Australia
The eschatology of climate change
Zacharias Szumer, Overland
Battle lines drawn over future of CEFC, as Taylor gets wires crossed on gas
Michael Mazengarb, Renew Economy
Australian gothic: ‘The Mother Fault’
Bec Kavanagh, The Monthly