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IBM and the Census
“If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”
The Australian Bureau of Statistics, under the leadership of the Chief Statistician, the Minister, and the Prime Minister, contracted to IBM the task of designing and implementing the 2016 Census of Australia.
Gurindji Freedom Day Festival Celebrates Unity and Commitment
Ngumpin, kartiya karru-la jintaku-la. These words, in the Gurindji language, expressed the theme of the celebrations held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gurindji Walk-Off from Wave Hill cattle station. In English they mean “Blackfella, whitefella unite as one”.
Gurindji walk-off at Wave Hill ignited the First Nations' Land Rights movement
A historic commemoration was held at Kalkarindji (600 kms south of Darwin), Northern Territory in August this year to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off by the Gurindji people. This amazing struggle that initially fought for better wages, working and living conditions transformed into the ...
US imperialism, Israel and the militarisation of India
The escalation of India's military capacity provides an excellent means of assessing US-led regional planning. It is not difficult to observe and reveals certain readily identifiable methods of operation: there is little ambiguity surrounding US positions toward India, regarded as a western-backed buttress against China.
Into the eighth week and the 55 sacked Carlton United Brewery (CUB) Melbourne, maintenance workers and their unions, the ETU and AMWU, are standing strong in their long fight to stop the multinational’s attacks on job security and hard won wages and conditions.
The Kimberley country in the north of Western Australia is rich in rugged natural beauty, cultural history and significance to indigenous peoples. Parts of the Kimberley have been taken over by big cattle station owners, mostly foreign owned corporations following in the footsteps of the notorious Vestey in ...
Some years ago, the French armed forces infiltrated a bomb squad into New Zealand and blew up a Greenpeace boat, killing the Greenpeace activist on the boat. The perpetrators were caught and convicted. They had killed a man, destroyed a valuable boat, violated New Zealand’s immigration laws, ...
Corporate tax evasion is big business for accounting firms
Corporate tax evasion whistle blower, George Rozvany, revealed recently in July that the big four accounting firms - Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) and KPMG - engage in unethical, fraudulent and aggressive 'tax crimes'.
Labor Hire Workers: Wage Slavery At Its Worst - But Workers Are Fighting Back
At a recent funeral of a comrade I attended, her partner mentioned that construction industry labourers, like waterside workers, used to all be on daily hire and that the relative security of weekly hired full time work with paid annual leave and redundancy pay was unheard of for ...
US imperialist war drive in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions
The United States recently launched another satellite over the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. It was not unnoticed and significant for three reasons. The launching of the NROL 37/US 268 model highlighted the continued high-level diplomacy between the US and Australia for 'joint use' of defence and security facilities.
(A reader has sent this account of his dealings with medical specialists. We publish it as a reminder that relations between people under capitalism are based on the ideology of self-interest, and that a socialist transformation of society will make possible the emergence of a truly socialist ideology based ...
40th Anniversary of the Sowetan Uprising and Africans still suffer dispossession
Max O. Soweto, June 16 1976 was one of the most momentous uprisings in the history of the anti-apartheid struggle. The streets of this township were stained with students' blood, a tragedy that is deeply etched in the minds of dispossessed Africans.
Democratically elected NSW councils sacrificed Part 2
On the 11th June 2015, Save Our Councils (SOC) was formed at the Domain, Sydney. Its website describes it as “a non-aligned network of community groups, residents, business organisations, councillors and mayors from across the political spectrum and across the State publicly committed to preventing forced local council ...
Foreign Land Ownership Debate Brings Out the Compradors
In his important work Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society written in 1926, Mao Zedong asked the question, “Who are our enemies? Who are our friends?” He pointed out the need for the revolutionary party to identify the real friends and the real enemies of the revolution ...
Brexit: Contradictions between Imperialist States Intensifies
The recent vote by the people in the UK to exit from the European Union has increased tensions between competing imperialist powers within Europe. Germany and France in particular appear unhappy with the UK vote to exit the EU.
May 16, 1966 - 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution
China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is regularly portrayed by Western media and the current Chinese revisionist leaders and capitalist restorers as a tactic by Mao Zedong to maintain his megalomaniac hold on power with disastrous results for China.
Two books in particular, "The private life of Chairman Mao" ...