More than half of vertebrates wiped out since 1970

Carl Jackson The number of vertebrates (mammals, birds, fish and reptiles) declined by more than 60 percent between 1970 and 2014, according to a report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London. Complex multi-cellular life has existed for around 500 million years....CONTINUE READING

Are we going to see the military on the streets?

Carl Jackson A new bill that could soon pass in federal parliament opens the way for the military to be more easily deployed against Australia’s civilian population. The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill, first introduced into the lower house in late June and now up to i...CONTINUE READING

Government wants telcos to install spyware on your phone

Carl Jackson Security and immigration ministers from the “Five Eyes” security alliance countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – quietly descended upon the Gold Coast for a two-day conference in late August. These conferences are never good news for the majo...CONTINUE READING

Queensland government targeted in busy day of union protest

Carl Jackson “Queensland government: blood on your hands!” It’s a Monday morning, and the cries of up to 1,000 angry Brisbane construction workers echo under the facade of 1 William Street, the extravagant $650 million government office skyscraper commissioned in the dying days of the Newman Liberal Na...CONTINUE READING

150,000 young Australians providing unpaid care

Carl Jackson New data from the 2016 census reveal that more than 150,000 Australians aged 18-24, or 5.6 percent of that age group, provide unpaid care for a disabled, sick or frail family member or friend, up from 5.0 percent in 2006. This is a disgrace, not only because their vital labour is unpaid, b...CONTINUE READING

Fight looming for QLD electricity workers

Carl Jackson It’s budget day in Queensland, and 2,000 electrical trades workers from across the state’s south east are rallying outside parliament. They are protesting what the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) calls the “privatisation by stealth” of the state’s electricity services. The Palaszczuk Labor g...CONTINUE READING

Silicosis may pose a threat bigger than black lung disease

Carl Jackson Less than three years after the startling admission by the Queensland government that the deadly black lung disease – eradicated in Australia since the 1970s – is making a comeback on the state’s coalfields, a potentially bigger killer of coal miners is emerging: silicosis, which is caused...CONTINUE READING

Gold Coast unions fighting for the right to strike

Carl Jackson It’s a sight that would have Joh Bjelke-Petersen spinning in his grave. On a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the Gold Coast, nestled between the ensemble of skyscrapers and canal homes adorning “the Strip”, hundreds of trade unionists from a raft of industries gathered after walking o...CONTINUE READING

Q&A’s extreme vetting still can’t keep out dissent

Carl Jackson The special post-budget episode of Q&A , featuring education minister Simon Birmingham, demonstrated the absurd lengths to which the government and media will go to suppress any critical voice or opinion – especially those that point out the class war nature of this latest federal budget....CONTINUE READING