Global political turmoil and its echo in Australia

Mick Armstrong The turmoil in the Liberal Party highlighted by the downfall of Malcolm Turnbull has been the most important development in Australian politics over the last year. It reflects that politics here is catching up with international developments (the rise of Trump, the surge in support for the...CONTINUE READING

Electing Labor is a failed strategy for the workers’ movement

Mick Armstrong The election of Sally McManus as Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary in March 2017 came with bold rhetoric about the right of unions to break Australia’s unjust industrial laws. All the usual sucks for the bosses condemned McManus’ “outrageous” statements. But she stood her ground...CONTINUE READING

Labor’s tax policy hits the middle class, not big business

Mick Armstrong With the Liberals in disarray, the business establishment is seriously contemplating the prospect of a Labor government. Top business leaders and their media are unlikely to openly campaign for Labor, as they will not want to see too catastrophic a collapse in the vote for the Liberals, th...CONTINUE READING

Kids getting together to watch a fight is an Australian tradition

Mick Armstrong The media are absolutely relentless when it comes to demonising the “un-Australian” behaviour of Sudanese youth. The latest threat to the very fabric of white Western civilisation occurred in the outer Melbourne suburb of Taylors Hill, when a crowd of 50 or so South Sudanese teenagers gath...CONTINUE READING

The far right is ascendant, but don’t weep for the old liberal order

Mick Armstrong The long established liberal world order is under sustained assault. The political and institutional framework that has regulated and stabilised capitalism since the end of World War Two is facing concerted challenges that threaten to tear it apart. Vicious far right parties have swept int...CONTINUE READING

The bipartisan attempt to jail a lawyer and his client for exposing a national disgrace

Mick Armstrong The Howard government’s invasion of Timor Leste (East Timor) in 1999 was justified by an incredible outpouring of hypocritical cant about ending the Indonesian genocide of the Timorese people. As though John Howard ever cared for the wellbeing of the Timorese. There was nothing humanitaria...CONTINUE READING

Two apartheid states, two massacres

Mick Armstrong On 21 March 1960, the apartheid state of South Africa carried out one of its most notorious massacres, unleashing murderous fire on 5,000 Blacks gathered outside the police station in Sharpeville. They were protesting against the racist Pass Laws, which severely restricted the movement of...CONTINUE READING

Change the Rules: biggest union demonstration in more than a decade 

Mick Armstrong Central Melbourne was shut down today by the largest union demonstration since the campaign against John Howard’s WorkChoices legislation. Both the Herald Sun and the Age report that up to 100,000 marched in the Change the Rules rally. There were large turnouts from the construction union,...CONTINUE READING

Tax cuts arguments are economic blackmail

Mick Armstrong One of the main arguments put forward in favour of massive tax cuts for big business – including billions for the banks whose nefarious practices are being exposed by the royal commission – is that if they aren’t given a tax cut, they will refuse to invest or will take their money offshore...CONTINUE READING