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For public servants, criticising the Abbott government will soon be verboten – except here

April 6, 2014 - 21:06 -- Admin


Tony’s Tories are going to change the rules for public servants to make it even clearer that they can’t criticise the Abbott government, even anonymously. Under new Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet rules, if public servants do criticise the government they could be sacked.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

April 5, 2014 - 08:30 -- Admin

We definitely have top calibre people running the country. Here’s Senator Arthur Sinodinos, until a week or so ago our Assistant Treasurer, in his appearance before the New South Wales Independent Commission against Corruption.

“You deny knowing the company of which you were deputy chairman was donating to the party of which you were the treasurer?” Sinodinos: yes.

If I lived in Western Australia, I’d be voting Socialist Alliance

April 3, 2014 - 21:24 -- Admin

I don’t live in Western Australia.

The Senate by-election there has only one party putting anything close to my politics on the electoral agenda. That is Socialist Alliance with their 2 candidates Alec Bainbridge and Chris Jenkins.  Other organisations like Socialist Alternative have politics even closer to mine but they aren’t running.

From the Labor Party to the Australian version of the US Democrats?

March 30, 2014 - 22:10 -- Admin

The push is on to break the link between unions and the Australian Labor Party.

On Sunday morning deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, told Sky News’s Australian Agenda that she supported removing the requirement for all ALP members to be union members in those cases where they ‘worked for themselves, …were retired, or … were employed in jobs that did not lend themselves to union membership…’

The campaign of slander against pro-Palestinian activists

March 28, 2014 - 07:32 -- Admin

Efforts to equate hostility to Israel with anti-Semitism are stock standard in the Zionist movement writes Diane Fieldes in Socialist Alternative. As the critical US Jewish magazine Tikkun recently pointed out, “The Palestinian-led call for BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] … has strengthened markedly over the last few years …