From social justice champion to huckster for the banks

Tom Bramble Australia’s big banks stink to high heaven. Their mega-profits and sky-high CEO salaries have been funded by every kind of corrupt practice – ripping off the elderly and vulnerable, forcing people out of their homes, foreclosing on farms and small businesses, and denying the dying vital li...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s China aggression drawing Australia closer to war

Tom Bramble The Trump administration appears set on a confrontation with China sooner rather than later, and the Turnbull government has given every indication that it will be riding shotgun with the US when that happens. These are dangerous times. Even before Trump was elected, he had made clear his...CONTINUE READING

Turnbull slapped down – but Australia leads the US in refugee torture

Tom Bramble The humiliation is total. Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t just have egg on his face he’s got the whole bloody omelette. While other world leaders have been doing their best to distance themselves from the right wing lunatic now in charge of the White House, Australia’s prime minister and his cabi...CONTINUE READING

Snouts at the trough – again

Tom Bramble High-ranking Liberal politicians who lecture the rest of us on the need to tighten our belts have been swanning around the country, buying investment properties, attending polo matches, dining in five-star restaurants, and watching the AFL grand final from the comfort of corporate boxes, a...CONTINUE READING

The state of the world economy

Tom Bramble Gyrations on international stock markets, over fears that the US Federal Reserve Bank might soon raise interest rates, remind us that all is not well in the global economy. The recent turbulence in equity prices comes after several months of share market recovery, following prices around t...CONTINUE READING

Money politics and the stench of political corruption

Tom Bramble The revelation that a Chinese businessman paid $1,670 to cover a travel bill for ALP senator Sam Dastyari has lifted the lid on the money politics that dominates Australian political life. That one of Australia’s leading politicians, already handsomely rewarded with a salary of $200,000 an...CONTINUE READING

Taxing times as the Liberals attack the poor

Tom Bramble Treasurer Scott Morrison says that Australia is becoming divided between the “taxed” and the “taxed-nots”, one group comprising hard-working wealth generators, the other an ever growing crowd of spongers living off the public purse. It is the same coded class war rhetoric used by his prede...CONTINUE READING

State violence is a great Australian tradition

Tom Bramble The barbarism at the Don Dale youth detention centre in Darwin revealed by ABC’s Four Corners in late July is only the latest example in the long-running history of brutalism carried out by state authorities in Australia. Most obviously, this brutalism was visited upon the Aboriginal popul...CONTINUE READING

Corbyn and the struggle for the soul of UK Labour

Tom Bramble The battle for the leadership of the British Labour Party is not only a fight for the heart and soul of the party; it is a struggle of crucial importance to the entire workers’ movement. On one side stand the Blairites and their allies, who together comprise the big majority of the parliam...CONTINUE READING