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Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 (UTC)

Colin Penter

Activists continue to fight bulldozers and corrupted government processes in Perth’s southern suburbs

“Protest that endures.. is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success; namely the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence”. Wendell Berry In Perth’s southern suburbs a remarkable community- based campaign and furious community opposition and protest is delaying the controversial […]

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The continuing silence about links between extreme weather events and climate change

Many parts of Australia are recovering from the devastating effects of extreme weather events over recent days, including storms that produced unprecedented levels of rainfall, massive ocean waves and king tide surges that caused coastal erosion, and extensive destruction and devastation from massive localized flooding, however, it is interesting to see climate scientists and commentators being cautious […]

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Corporate crime wave: Australia’s epidemic of corporate criminality

“As crimes pile up they become invisible” Bertolt Brecht “Corporate crime poses a significant threat to the welfare of the community. Given the pervasive presence of corporations in a wide range of activities in our society, and the impact of their actions on a much wider group of people than are affected by individual action, […]

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Categories General News
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The neoliberal coup in Brazil

The slow motion neoliberal coup in Brazil, which masquerades as impeachment of the President for corruption, took another turn this month with the ousting of President Dilma Roussef and her replacement by Vice-President Michel Temer and the right -wing Brazilian Democratic Movement Party or PMDB (in Brazil impeachment results in the appointment of a person from a different party to that of the elected […]

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Ken Loach, the Palme D’Or award and a film on the horrors of neoliberal austerity

The world we live in is at a dangerous point right now. We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we call neo-liberalism that have brought us to near catastrophe. It has led to billions of people in serious hardship and many millions struggling from Greece in the […]

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Italy’s highest court rules that stealing food is not a crime

“There’s something fundamentally threatening to the capitalist economic order in a ruling like this- the idea that a person is not personally responsible for any action they take out of economic necessity- because capitalism is based on creating that necessity for millions of people around the world” US public defender Alec Karakatsanis on a ruling […]

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Categories Breaking News
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Austerity kills

“If austerity were tested like a medication in a clinical trial, it would have been stopped long ago, given its deadly side effects…. One need not be an economic ideologue – we certainly aren’t – to recognize that the price of austerity can be calculated in human lives.” David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu,“The body economic: […]

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Categories Social Policy
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The connection between corporate money and climate change denial and skepticism

A study by Justin Farrell titled Corporate Funding and Ideological Polarization about climate change confirms what many have argued- that behind climate change scepticism and denial is corporate money. These findings are not surprising to many people. Advocacy and environmental groups have exposed this connection before (here, here and here). However, Farrell’s study is one […]

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DiEM 25: A movement to take Europe back from authoritarianism, corporate rule and austerity

2015 saw a surge of  leftist and radical movements and the rise of anti-austerity forces across Europe. So it is interesting to see this week’s launch of DiEM 25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), a new left-wing cross-European progressive movement to democratise Europe and present alternatives to austerity and authoritarianism. The purpose of DiEM is to act as […]

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Are good intentions enough? The Abbott/ Turnbull Government and mental health reform

Writing in the ABC Online magazine  The Drum, John Mendoza has described the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s recently announced mental health reform package as ”the most transformative reform package in a generation”. Mendoza, who was previously chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health and CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, is a respected figure in […]

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