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      Autumn 2020

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The Context of Government's Response to The Coronavirus


The Morrison Government response to the Coronavirus has elements in it that have stolen the ALP's election policy territory, such as the Job Keeper wages package for stood down workers and the revamp of child care funding to the tune of billions of dollars.
There are probably multiple reasons for the Morrison Government's response.

more...- Posted on 2020 Apr 04


COVID Crisis breathes new life into State Monopoly Capitalism


Government has taken control of or overseen merging of management of industry after industry as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds.
The first was to organise supermarket chains to form a government-managed cartel, an association regulating their supply chains, how much each supermarket will seek to have produced, divide the supply amongst themselves, and ensure limited price competition among them.

more...- Posted on 2020 Apr 03


ICOR Declaration on the Corona Pandemic


The Corona pandemic has developed into a global health crisis with drastic and threatening consequences for the world's population. It is clear that many such new diseases and viruses are emerging at an increasing pace.

more...- Posted on 2020 Apr 03


One Pay Day from Poverty - “The disappearing dreams of yesterday” (Kris Kristoffersen)


Kristoffersen’s lyric from Sunday Morning Coming Down embodies the rupture in many people’s thinking and lives over the last few weeks.
The sharpest rupture has been a million thrown out of work, on short shifts, without an income, some penniless, mortgages in peril, threats from the landlord, debts on the car, nothing to keep food on the table, a roof overhead, petrol in the car and the phone running.

more...- Posted on 2020 Apr 02


Emergency preparations must not be hostage to austerity measures or failure to observe warnings


By any measure, federal and state governments in Australia have failed to properly prepare for either the massive bushfire catastrophes of 2019-20 or the current Covid-19 pandemic.
In both cases there have been plenty of warnings, ranging from popular media to peer-reviewed academic and scientific papers.

more...- Posted on 2020 Apr 01


Close all US bases! Accept no more marines!


The federal government has temporarily cancelled plans for this year’s rotation of US marines through Darwin.
The cancellation was announced on March 30 and follows earlier advice on March 18 that the 2500 US marines would have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in Darwin.

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 31


US Naval Expeditionary Forces a new feature of rivalry with China


Moves by the US Marines Corps to establish Naval Expeditionary Units (NEUs) in the Pacific against China, have revealed military planning for real war scenarios. The ten-year military plan, which was unveiled in mid-March, is aimed at creating guerrilla-style operational groups for rapid deployment to strategic areas of the region.

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 30


A bean-feast in the making: stimulus packages and the global economy


In recent weeks the United States and two key allies have announced huge stimulus packages, ostensibly to deal with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19.

Two important factors, however, have to be considered when studying the developments. Firstly, the economies of the advanced, industrial countries have been in serious longer-term decline, since well before the recent coronavirus pandemic.
more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 27


ICOR resolution: Statement on the racist attacks in Germany


On 20 February 2020, a racist and fascist killer murdered nine people and wounded several dozen others in Hanau. We remind of Ferhat Unvar, Mercedes Kierpacz, Hamza Kurtović, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Vili Viorel Paun, Sedat Gürbüz, Said Hashemi, Gökhan Gültekin, Kalojan Velkow. We express our deepest sympathy to all relatives and friends of the murdered victims and the surviving victims of the attack. He hit two shisha bars before killing himself. ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 27


ICOR: Resolution on encroachment in Nepal by India


India issued new political map on November 2nd, 2019, putting Nepal’s land of about 372.37 square kilometer from Limpiadhura to Kalapani in its territory. Kalapani lies at the western tri-boarder point where Nepal, India and China meet. The Mahakali River originates from Limpiadhura, Kalapani. According to the 1816 Sugauli treaty (Article 5) signed between the then East India Company and Nepal, the river demarcates India and Nepal. However, India has ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 26


Lifting a rock only to drop it on one's own feet - big business attacks on CFMEU only deepen construction workers' desire to struggle


Antonio G.
The latest political attack on the ACT branch of the CFMEU and its secretary, Jason O'Mara, is an important reminder that the Australian parliamentary system is nothing more than a covert dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 26


Has Coronavirus got Neo-liberals throwing out their playbook?


Implementing social distancing in response to coronavirus has created a cascade of troubles for the working class and capital.
Social distancing measures seek to avoid complete social collapse if the coronavirus pandemic was to disrupt essential services. It’s led to the closure of huge numbers of workplaces.

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 25


Australian troops out of Iraq NOW!


Recent attacks on the Taji military base near Baghdad, and repeated demands by the Iraqi government for US and coalition troops to leave their country, require the Australian government to bring Australian troops home now.

The Taji military base, 30 kms north of the capital, houses US and other coalition forces, together with troops of the new Iraqi Army and the Iraqi National Guard. The coalition forces include some 300 ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 24


Late Italian Party leader's last article: Prioritisisng business over the coronavirus deaths!


It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Italy Marxist-Leninist Domenico Savio. Comrade Savio passed away after a long illness, but worked until the last. The proof of this is his last document, written on February 27, on the Coronavirus.

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 23


A spectre of rebellion haunts capital’s response to COVID-19


The global financial crisis of 2008 had enormous impact economically and ideologically, especially overseas.
Mass layoffs, home foreclosures, evictions, homelessness, impoverishment, hunger and soup kitchens, and collapse of whole communities led to mass political action in the Occupy (2011), Arab Spring (2009) and Spanish Indignados (2011) movements over following years. Those movements led to concerted and persistent mass action and organisation, governments overthrown in the third world, and reflections within ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 23


Dulcie Steffanou: A communist life devoted to serving working people


This year marks the 56th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) in March 1964.  We commemorate the anniversary with a tribute to one of the leading founding members, Dulcie Steffanou, a Marxist-Leninist and a courageous daughter of the working class.
We reproduce a talk by CPA (M-L) activist Shirley Winton dedicated to Dulcie’s work and her comrades, given at a public meeting organised in Melbourne ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 22


South Korea pulled into line by a very shaky US imperialism


Diplomatic tensions between South Korea (ROK) and Japan which arose in the closing months of last year appear partially resolved. Further information emerging about the fierce stand-off, however, reveals the United States desperately seeking a solution to the problem in order to salvage their regional military planning and Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS).

The whole affair has shown how tenuous US-led regional diplomacy has become in recent years.
more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 20


Capitalism and Climate Change


Some people and societies have an investment in denying climate change. These include companies and societies that profit from extracting fossil fuels and selling them at a profit.

They have the backing of some media outlets such as News Corp to fool the population into believing that not only are people not responsible for climate change but that there isn’t any crisis at all. They claim that the changes to ...
more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 19


ICOR resolution on India: Support the mass movement against fascist anti-people attacks in India


Support the ongoing Anti-CAA/NPR/NRC  Movement In India – Shaheen Baghs (1)

The fascist Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) led by Modi, the political front of the fascist RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or “Nationalist Volunteer Force”) has speeded up efforts to undermine the present citizenship rights based on the 1955 Citizenship Act, which ensures citizenship to all residents and to all born in the country. In the name of helping refugees from ...
more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 19


Workers organising in multinational food production chains


The Fair Work Commission has approved the limited rights of chicken processing workers employed at an Ingham owned plant to take protected industrial action. The right to take action in pursuit of an Enterprise Agreement did not make front or even back page news of the daily papers.

more...- Posted on 2020 Mar 15


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