Morrison’s budget rewards the affluent, punishes the poor

Tom Bramble Scott Morrison’s latest Budget is nothing but a bunch of giveaways for the Coalition’s voting base of older, well-heeled, middle class Australians, and miserly scraps for the working class and poor. Far from being a budget for “low and middle income earners”, as the treasurer claims, the b...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s recycling crisis bites, but there’s an easy fix

James Plested Australia’s recycling system is on the brink of collapse. Around the country, recyclers are holding giant stockpiles of paper, cardboard and plastic collected from kerbsides. Much of this is destined for landfill. The immediate cause of the crisis was China’s decision to ban imports of 24...CONTINUE READING

Report reveals terrible scale of Australia’s housing crisis

Chris Anderton Fewer than 6 percent of all rental listings in the country are affordable for those living on income support payments, according to Anglicare’s annual Rental Affordability Snapshot. The scale of the crisis is alarming, and particularly severe in Sydney, where only 57 out of more than 18,00...CONTINUE READING

Aged care providers avoiding tax while taking handouts

Kaye Broadbent The largest six private aged care providers – BUPA, Opal, Regis, Estia, Japara and Allity – are using trusts and offshore tax havens to obscure profits and avoid paying tax, according to a recent report commissioned by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Allity has paid no tax...CONTINUE READING

The system is broken, but we can’t rely on the ALP to change the rules

Tom Bramble The system is broken. Soaring bonuses at the top, rampant wage theft below. Corporate rorts left unchecked in the executive suites, the full weight of the police, courts and governments thrown at unions taking action. The fat cats rolling in money, the mass of workers left to rot. Far from...CONTINUE READING

Victorian Socialists’ campaign gearing up

Corey Oakley “It’s the left that have been the backbone of the same sex marriage debate; we were the backbone of stopping the East-West tunnel; we’re the backbone of fighting for workers’ rights and for public housing tenants. “We’re fed up with being political suckers. We’re fed up with doing all this...CONTINUE READING

Why we should nationalise the banks

Tom Bramble The corporate slogan of the National Australia Bank is “More than money”. Could anything be further from the truth? For the banks, it’s only ever about money – money for senior executives, money for boards of directors and buckets more money for shareholders. The vast pools of money in the...CONTINUE READING

A simple solution to homelessness

Dino Varrasso Amid continual assaults against social security, public housing and wages, homelessness is rising in Europe, the UK, the US and Australia. An exception is Finland – where homelessness has fallen by 35 percent in the past eight years. The reason for the decrease is simple: the Finnish gover...CONTINUE READING

Banking inquiry shows how capitalism sucks

Ben Hillier Not even the dead are safe from the predatory practices of big capital. Scarcely a month into a year-long (now possibly longer, given the scale of the crimes being uncovered) banking royal commission, we have a steady stream of revelations about bribery, deception and conning customers. AM...CONTINUE READING