Neither the Liberals nor Labor have any solution to the key problem facing working-class families—the battle to make ends meet.
If you had any lingering doubts, then the first leaders’ debate should have more than dispelled them. This is a Tweedledee and Tweedledum election.
Mick Armstrong responds to the argument made by British journalist Paul Mason that socialists should call for a 'popular front' with capitalist forces in the West against the threat of Russian and Chinese authoritarianism.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not been the cake walk that Vladimir Putin seems to have expected. Putin appears to have believed that Ukrainian resistance would quickly collapse; that he could simply roll his tanks in, seize Kyiv and install a puppet government. Indeed he seems to have believed many Ukrainians would welcome the Russian forces as liberators.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s hysterical assault on Labor leader Anthony Albanese for supposedly being China’s candidate, and his labelling of deputy Labor leader Richard Marles a “Manchurian candidate”, have been met with widespread derision and considerable criticism even in establishment circles.
The Morrison government is in deep trouble as it lurches from one crisis to another, and its attempts to cover up its mistakes only dig it into a deeper hole. On the surface, the government seems utterly incompetent as it engages in backflip after backflip. But underlying the incompetence is a callousness driven by its main priorities: a strident defence of the interests of the big end of town and ensuring its own political survival.