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Landslide vote demands real change

Finally John Howard has got what he deserved. This time, there was no way his government could avoid a crushing election defeat.

Has Howard changed Australia?

WHEN JOHN Howard won the 2004 election, the newspapers were gushing. Here was the leader who had tapped into the psyche of ordinary Australians, who understood them and related to them.

An active Rights at Work presence swung seats

Campaigning by Your Rights at Work local groups swung a number of seats against Howard. Jim Nilon,
Rights at Work campaign co-ordinator in the seat of Blair in Queensland spoke to James Supple about why.

Greens eat into Labor's base in Melbourne

The Greens' campaign in the seat of Melbourne was a model of how to increase the party's support by breaking into Labor's working class base.

Trying to strike an impossible balance

Jarvis Ryan writes that there is a contradiction at the heart of the new Labor government's approach to managing the economy.

Victorian teachers challenge government pay cap

UP TO 10,000 teachers gathered at Melbourne's Vodafone arena on November 21 to vote on the next steps in their campaign against the state government. Teachers at the mass meeting voted to reject the government's pay offer and to support an official motion for a statewide 24-hour strike on February 14 next year. They also endorsed rolling regional four-hour stoppages to follow.

US Imperialism is the main enemy

14 November 2007

RECENT POLLS suggest that the Afghanistan war is becoming as unpopular as the Iraq War. But one bizarre response on the left has been to argue that, while Australian troops should now pull out, some kind of foreign intervention was still necessary to quell the Taliban after 9/11.

Why the Green vote is squeezed - and what to do about it

Pre-election opinion polls suggest that the Green vote has either stagnated at around the 7 per cent gained in 2004, or has possibly declined a per cent or two. The exception is Tasmania, where the issue of the Gunns pulp mill has doubled the Greens vote in the past month.

Climate change expert: Nuclear not an option

8 October 2007

One of Australia’s foremost scientific authorities on energy and the environment and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Professor Ian Lowe, has entered the debate on nuclear energy with his feature article in the latest Quarterly Essay. He spoke to Sarah Thorne.

Forging Unity For the Struggle Ahead

13 February 2008

On Sunday, 3 February, a conference of three socialist groups, the International Socialist Organisation - publishers of Socialist Worker - Socialist Action Group and Solidarity voted to merge their organisations into a united group to be called Solidarity. As a result, for now, Socialist Worker is in hiatus. But we do intend to be back soon, albeit in a new form. In the meantime, we reprint a statement issued by the new organisation - Solidarity - that we are a part of.

New China learns old lessons

14 December 2007

BHP Billiton’s recent $140 billion takeover bid for rival resource giant Rio Tinto has revealed the still immature nature and direction of the rapidly growing Chinese economy.

'Save-the-Sheikh Friendship BBQ' held in Sydney

12 December 2007

On Sunday 9th December in Hurlstone Park, in Sydney’s inner-west, 500 supporters of Earlwood’s Sheikh Mansour Leghaei came together and enjoyed a warm atmosphere and sunny barbeque. These supporters included local Christians, peace activists, and persons from across the community who wanted to show their support for the Sheikh, in addition to the many members of the Sheikh’s own congregation.

Howard gone, but look out for Howard-lite

27 November 2007

The lying rodent is gone and the Liberals are in total disarray. For all the talk of economic management, Howard's claims about interest rates were exposed as a fraud, and WorkChoices has exposed him as arrogant, out of touch and power-hungry.

Cardboard cartel inflates bosses profits

14 November 2007

The conviction of Richard Pratt, Australia’s third richest man, for running a cartel tells us who is really responsible for inflating prices, writes Tom Orsag.

Burma: The struggle continues

2 October 2007

Giles Ungpakorn, from Workers' Democracy in Thailand, writes that while the mainstream media concentrate on the pronouncements of foreign governments and the role of the U.N. in stopping the bloodshed perpetrated by the Burmese junta, the real struggle is on the streets and in the cities around Burma.

Howard tunes in as Burma rises against military

BURMA IS rising up again. Monks, students and workers are showing extreme courage in challenging the police and army. Mobile/internet technology sends images of their bravery around the world almost as it happens.