Jamiel Deeb
Our food bowl is turning to dust
Jamiel Deeb

Quentin Beresford’s book Wounded Country: The Murray-Darling Basin—a contested history, published in September 2021, is a warning. State officials, politicians and agribusinesses risk turning Australia’s premier food bowl—the Murray-Darling Basin, which covers 14 percent of the Australian mainland—into desert.

Solve the climate crisis: abolish the rich
Jamiel Deeb

Earth is overpopulated, but in only one sense: there are too many rich people. The rich are the main drivers of the climate crisis, not the masses of workers and the poor whose existence is commonly blamed for climate change and other environmental problems. 

No, Joe Biden isn’t going to save us from climate catastrophe
No, Joe Biden isn’t going to save us from climate catastrophe
Jamiel Deeb

Many have celebrated Joe Biden’s win in the US presidential election as a major turning point in the battle to save the world from climate catastrophe. The liberal media have been Biden’s main advocates. For example, a 12 November editorial in the Guardian argued: “Joe Biden’s win will make a big difference to international efforts to deal with the climate emergency”. Others have pointed to impressive-sounding campaign promises, such as a commitment to spend US$2 trillion over four years to build “sustainable infrastructure and an equitable clean energy future”.

Collingwood locals fight plan to axe pharmacy
Collingwood locals fight plan to axe pharmacy
Jamiel Deeb

Nearly 100 people turned out to a hastily called community meeting to defend a local health service in Melbourne’s inner north on 21 May. Elderly migrant residents of the nearby public housing estates made up most of the loud and angry meeting, held at the Cohealth medical centre in Collingwood.

Victorian firefighters win
Jamiel Deeb

The Victorian firefighters’ union has won a major legal battle against the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). On 3 November, after months of deliberation, the Fair Work Commission rejected the MFB’s application to scrap the 2010 enterprise agreement it had negotiated with the union.

MFB attack on firefighters ‘outrageous’, says union
Jamiel Deeb

The Victorian Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has abruptly halted enterprise agreement negotiations with the firefighters’ union by mounting a legal attack on firefighters’ existing conditions. The MFB is trying to scrap the firefighters’ 2010 enterprise agreement and return important conditions and entitlements to award levels.

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