Issue 48: 10 – 16 June 2021

Your cut-out-and-keep guide to ‘free trade agreements’
Bernard Keane | Crikey
Free trade deals are always duds. Which is why we can offer a single, permanent guide to why new trade deals, announced with great fanfare, aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

The human toll of border protection
Paul Bongiorno | The Saturday Paper
A picture is worth a thousand words….Scott Morrison is vying with the heart-wrenching picture of a three-year old girl in hospital with sepsis….

Australians don’t talk much about the working poor – but the pandemic recession might make us
Greg Jericho | The Guardian
A record 828,200 people need more than one job to make ends meet, and it’s those secondary jobs that have powered the ‘recovery’

Robodebt and other Morrison Government abuses: That’s who we are now
Jennifer Wilson | Independent Australia
With every fresh assault on humanity launched by the Morrison Government, there is a fresh wave of protest that these assaults “are not who we are.”

Tamed Estate: arrest of FriendlyJordies producer attests to dangerous state of democracy
Michael Tanner | Michael West Media
The arrest of a producer of YouTube journalist and comedian FriendlyJordies has disturbing implications for free speech and civil liberties. That a counter-terrorism unit would be sent in to arrest a government critic has eerie parallels to repressive regimes around the world.

TV networks join Netflix crusade against Australian arts and screen content
Elizabeth Minter | Michael West Media

Dungay Jnr case going to the UN
Rachael Knowles | National Indigenous Times
The mother of David Dungay Jnr, who died in custody in 2015, is taking her son’s case to the United Nations on a mission for accountability from the Federal and New South Wales Governments.

The Left Can’t Ignore the Racist Repression of the Uighurs. But….  
Guy Rundle | Crikey
Australia is singing for its supper at the G7 table by going after China. But the neoliberalisation of our economy over decades makes moral action impossible

Third time lucky in New Caledonia?
Nic Maclellan | Inside Story
France’s unilateral decision to bring forward a third independence vote might end in tears

Cancel the Tokyo Olympics
Diane Fieldes | Red Flag
Who benefits from running this looming public health disaster?

Australia’s energy R&D is a mess: Putting fossil fuels in the driver’s seat won’t help
Ketan Joshi | Renew Economy

The Boundaries of the State are Elusive and Arbitrary: Meanjin Editorial
Jonathan Green | Meanjin

Kevin Rudd’s “Fourth Way” Proves the Australian Labor Party Is Out of Ideas
Tim Robertson | Jacobin

General Mills workers strike for secure work and fair pay
Jim McIlroy | Green Left 

Is white New Zealand ready for a truthful film about the Christchurch shootings?
Byron Clark | Overland

WA Government cultural heritage grants labelled tokenistic
Sarah Smit | National Indigenous Times