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Prime Minister’s address to the House of Representatives on the Australian Parliamentary and Political Party Commission

December 19, 2016 - 10:38 -- Admin

Address to the House of Representatives – Australian Parliamentary and Political Party Commission (APPC)

PRIME MINISTER:

I rise to conclude debate on these very important Bills.

They will ensure the rule of law prevails in an industry that is essential to our economic growth and future prosperity.

This legislation was blocked repeatedly by the previous Senate and, consequently, was one of the two triggers for our recent double-dissolution election.

Support the Syrian people – neither Washington nor Moscow

December 18, 2016 - 21:37 -- Admin

Much of the left internationally has given open or covert support to the Assad regime in Syria. The Morning Star in Britain went so far as to call the defeat of Aleppo a “liberation”. Why do left-wingers support a murderous regime instead of people fighting for their freedom? What is the role of Islamist forces in the conflict? Leila al-Shami, co-author of the book “Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War”, gives an interview which provides some answers to these questions.

Lessons of the Syrian Revolution: Interview with a Syrian socialist

December 17, 2016 - 16:31 -- Admin

Syrian socialist Ghayath Naisse, a member of the Revolutionary Left Current, spoke to Simon Assaf in International Socialism about the brutalisation of Syria, the goals of those intervening and the prospects for socialists in the region.1

SA: Let’s start with imperialism. What do those intervening in Syria—Russia, the Saudis, the US and Turkey—hope to achieve?

The butcher reigns

December 13, 2016 - 11:30 -- Admin

The butcher reigns

 

The butcher sharpens his knife

On the bones of his dead

While his Russian wife

Carves the cities

Of the children,

Bleeding, slowly bled

 

Big brother butcher

Sidelined, with no power

Cannot stop the slaughter

Caught in the moment

Taut in the hour

 

His daughter is near

She inspects the scene

Her long tress of bombs

Morbid symptoms?

December 9, 2016 - 08:13 -- Admin

‘The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.’ Gramsci.

Morbid symptoms? Trump. Bernardi. Christensen. Hanson. Le Pen. Wilders. UKIP. 46% vote for a fascist in Austria. AfD in Germany.

Still free – a poem

December 8, 2016 - 20:44 -- Admin

Still free

I walk with the dog every day
Past the dam of sunken dreams
The ducks were there today
With six children in tow
Four shepherds protecting them
From dogs and men,
And other predators

They are safe from us
As they glide the water
To their distance
The ripples ride the surface
And reach us on foreign shores
The other side of nowhere
In the midst of city

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