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India: Hands off Arundhati Roy!


Arundhati Roy was the youngest winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 for The God of Small Things . Then aged 36, she emerged as an activist campaigning on behalf of India’s poor and marginalised, the same people whose lives she had written about in her novel.

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 18


Save the nation’s natural resources for the people


The national anthem lies about our country. There’s golden soil in Australia but the natural wealth is not for toil.
It’s like there’s two Australias: a corporate wonderland for foreign investors and a labour camp of battling to make ends meet for hard working people in the one nation.

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 17


Communist Party of the Philippines: Expose and reject US-manufactured anti-Chinese hysteria


We are reproducing a June 15 statement by the Communist Party of the Philippines. The parallels with anti-Chinese hysteria manufactured by US sycophants in Australia are plain to see.  Here, a so-called “former spy for China’s secret police network” alleged on ABC’s Four Corners that there were 1200 Chinese spies targeting Chinese dissidents in Australia. In 2021, Australia's intelligence chief Mike Burgess, without naming India, said his agency had investigated ...

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 16


Chinese presence remans in Solomon Islands despite Marles’ visit


Diplomatic statements invariably reveal far more than they contain; the recent high-level visit by Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles to Honiara proved no exception to the general rule. Timed to coincide with the establishment of a new Solomon Island's government, the diplomacy highlighted the strategic significance of the small South Pacific country for Australia's specific Cold War military and security considerations and general 'US interests'. 


more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 16


Why we have a beef with capitalism…


Do you remember the last time you saw the iridescent wings of a Christmas beetle bring in the summer? As much as I try to conjure the image or even the thought of the last time, I fall flat. In the younger years of my life, I remember them flying into my house in abundance. There were so many it was a normalised but appreciated event. 

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 12


European elections and dissolution: the fire of crisis consumes French bourgeois democracy


Much has been made in the Australian capitalist media of the “swing to the right” in the French elections to the European Parliament.  They concentrate on the votes won by RN, the right wing National Rally, but not on the staggering rejection of the parliamentary charade as witnessed by the number of abstentions from voting. We reprint this translation from the website of La Cause Du Peuple in the interest ...

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 11


Can laws control cyber crime and disinformation?


Draft legislation about fraudulent use of the internet and social media due to be introduced into the legislative process in Canberra over the next few weeks is long overdue. Australians have been targeted by on-line criminal elements and their associates for decades.

Other, related fraudulent use of on-line provision, such as Israeli firm STOIC’s work in spreading disinformation through fake social media accounts, has raised serious concerns about security-related matters ...

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 09


PNG: Wealth for Foreign Exploiters – Sweet FA and Destruction for the People


While the eyes of the world are focussed on the devastating tragedy of the Enga Province landslide in Papua New Guinea (PNG), it is timely to reflect on the environmental and development issues that foreign investment has brought to the country.

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 09


Benny Wenda: West Papua’s path to liberation


Our near neighbours, the heroic and long-suffering peoples of West Papua, are continuing their fight for liberation from the Indonesian colonising regime. Their struggle has our ongoing support. We are posting a statement from May by their leader Benny Wenda – eds.

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 06


We swim in a toxic sea of capitalism. But we needn’t drown: Humphrey McQueen’s powerful new pamphlet on Capital launched


Marking our party’s 60th anniversary, Vanguard invited Marxist historian Humphrey McQueen to Sydney to lead a discussion of his new pamphlet, on Karl Marx’s ‘Capital’. 
The pamphlet’s cover ‘invites job reps and community activists to share insights from Capital into how we are exploited, how nature is plundered and how to put an end to both.’
Veteran comrade Lindy Nolan introduced the discussion.

more...- Posted on 2024 Jun 02


US company to design Osborne submarine shipyard


US company Kellogg Brown Root (KBR) has been selected to provide concept design services for the new nuclear powered submarine construction yard at Osborne in South Australia. 
Profits from the deal will further enrich the pockets of wealthy US shareholders.

more...- Posted on 2024 May 30


Protest Modi government’s genocidal killing of tribal peoples


Today, May 30, 2024, is a day of protest in India against the fascist Modi government’s war on tribal communities and fighters of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)’s Peoples Liberation Guerilla Army.
Since 1st January 2024, the Indian state has rapidly mobilised more and more paramilitary personnel into the 6 military camps established in the Abujmarh region of Chhattisgarh, a land-locked state in Central India, under a new Operation ...

more...- Posted on 2024 May 30


US looks to drag Australia into space preparations for war with China


Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir, head of US Space Forces, Indo-Pacific, told a conference in Sydney yesterday, that the US is “working very closely with Australia” to develop the ability to crack a Chinese space-based defensive line designed to keep US forces at bay.

more...- Posted on 2024 May 28


May Day Talk 2024


We have had requests for the text of Shirley Winton’s speech at the Melbourne May Day event on May 5.  Shirley was speaking on behalf of No AUKUS Victoria – eds.

more...- Posted on 2024 May 27


For peace and an end to inter-imperialist wars!


It has become a truism in contemporary politics that you cannot believe anything until you’ve heard it denied by a US spokesperson.
A case in point was last week’s denial by US General Stephen Sklenka at the National Press Club that Australia would automatically be dragged into any US war with China over Taiwan.

more...- Posted on 2024 May 26


Freshwater sawfish: Iconic species threatened by capitalist development


Gina Rinehart should stop obsessing about destroying an unflattering portrait of herself byacclaimed Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira, and concentrate on how to stop destroying the Martuwarra Fitzroy River and the critically endangered freshwater sawfish!

more...- Posted on 2024 May 22


Free Georges Abdallah!


At the request of our French comrades, the CPA (M-L) has signed an appeal for the release of imprisoned Lebanese communist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah (born 2 April 1951), the longest held prisoner in Europe. 

more...- Posted on 2024 May 20


Book review: A View from the Horizon, Peter Duncan, Wakefield Press 2024


One evening in 1970, a tall, sandy-haired young man came down the stairs to the basement of the Adelaide Revolutionary Socialists building in Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town.  It was surprising to see him there as he was not a revolutionary but a well-known member of the Labor Party and of the pacifist-aligned Campaign for Peace in Vietnam.

more...- Posted on 2024 May 20


Albanese Government Facing Charges of "Supporting War Crimes"


Last week ALP Senator Fatima Payman broke ranks with the official Party line when she spoke up in the Senate against Israel's acts of genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza. She also defended the supporters of Palestinian people's struggle using the chant, "From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free."

more...- Posted on 2024 May 18


Workers Take Action at Osborne Naval Base in South Australia


AMWU and CEPU members employed by the federal government's Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) have been taking industrial action against ASC to win better pay and conditions.

more...- Posted on 2024 May 18


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