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Blind workers fight for jobs at Vision Australia

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:52
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Helen Said

The Victorian Blind Workers’ Union and United Voice Queensland are battling to save the jobs of 73 vision-impaired workers employed by Vision Australia Enterprises in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

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Palmer’s coalmine approved

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:32
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Angus McAllen

The Queensland government has approved a $6.4 billion coalmine to be owned by Clive Palmer.

The huge mining project, located in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, is expected to produce about 40 million tonnes of coal a year for 30 years, much of which will be shipped to booming industrial centres in China.

On top of that, hundreds of kilometres of railway will be laid to the Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen, one of the many ports along the Queensland coast that is used to ship coal overseas.

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Socialists give full support to marriage equality

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:20
Sat, 17/08/2013

This statement was released by the Socialist Alliance on August 16.


Kevin Rudd says he is now in favour of equal marriage rights, but Labor’s policy allows its politicians a "conscience vote". This is simply unacceptable, and lets homophobic MPs off the hook.

Why does Labor have a "conscience vote" on equal marriage? It doesn't have a conscience vote on other issues, such as sending asylum seekers to PNG or cutting sole-parent pensions — even though Labor's policies on these issues violate the conscience of any decent human being.

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Marriage campaigners condemn Rudd

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 10:56
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Rachel Evans

Liberal leader Tony Abbott's statement that marriage equality was a passing “fashion of the moment,” has galvanised anger in the lead up to nation-wide marriage equality rallies.

It follows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s promise to introduce a bill for marriage equality within 100 days of being re-elected.

During the August 11 debate between Rudd and Abbott, instead of committing Labor to passing the bill, Rudd said his party would have a conscience vote, and called on the Liberal Party to do the same.

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Charges against Bob Carnegie dismissed

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 05:48
Fri, 16/08/2013 By Jay Fletcher

It took a federal magistrate five minutes to dismiss charges against veteran unionist Bob Carnegie in a Brisbane courtroom on August 16.

Carnegie faced 18 charges related to contempt of court, which were pushed by anti-union building firm Abigroup.

Abigroup had accused Carnegie of defying court orders to avoid the site of a community picket that was campaigning for safety and conditions on behalf of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union and its workers.

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Cairns for Refugees meeting

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 15:56

Cairns for Refugees meeting. A Politics in the Pub special. Feature talk on lack of work rights for refugees and discussion of campaign organising. Wed Aug 21, 6pm, Green Ant Cantina, Bunda St.

Event date:  Wed, 21/08/2013 - 6:00pm

Casual workers most exploited

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 11:10
Thu, 15/08/2013 By Denis Rogatyuk

The latest unemployment figures have revealed symptoms of a long rise in inequality and falling living standards for working Australians. The unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% — the highest level since the beginning of the financial crisis back in late 2008.

According to the latest figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of full-time jobs fell by 4400 in the month of June alone, while the number of part-time employment positions increased by 14,800.

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Blue Mountains Meet the Candidates forum

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 10:52

Meet the Candidates forum
Organised by the Blue Mountains Unions Council

An opportunity to hear from and ask questions of candidates for the seat of Macquarie in the September 7 federal election.

Saturday 24th August
Blackburn's Family Hotel,
Parke Street,

All welcome. Free admission.

Event date:  Sat, 24/08/2013 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm Event time:  Wed, 14/08/2013 - 2:30pm Email: Website: Phone:  (02)47871401

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains meeting

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 10:47

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting. Come along and get involved inBlue Mountains residents’ campaign against CSG exploration and mining.

Tuesday, 10 September (and the second Tuesday of every month)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Lawson Bowling Club, 2 Loftus St, Lawson

All welcome.
For more info, email, or visit

Event date:  Tue, 10/09/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Event time:  Tue, 10/09/2013 - 7:30pm Email: Website:

Sri Lanka: Tamil group to contest council poll, despite controversy

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 09:03
Thu, 15/08/2013 By Chris Slee

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main party representing Tamils in Sri Lanka’s parliament, has selected 36 candidates to contest the Northern Provincial Council elections, to be held on September 21.

Sri Lanka’s northern province, which is mainly inhabited by Tamils, has been under military rule since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. The LTTE fought for nearly three decades for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of the island.

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Iran: Rouhani win brings hope for change

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:55
Wed, 14/08/2013 By Maryam Khazaeli

Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated as the president of Iran on August 4. He was elected in June, after mass mobilisations swept the country in support of his candidacy.

Those who supported him saw his election as the best way to open up space for reforms within the country. However, he is not an outsider to the system.

Rouhani was on Iran's nuclear negotiating team and was the country's top negotiator with the European Union on Iran's nuclear program from 2003 to 2009. He received official endorsement from Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, on August 3.

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Public meeting: People's hearing into racism and policing.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:43

Saturday, August 17-Sunday August 18

Event date:  Sun, 18/08/2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Website:  Bookings

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Public meeting: People's hearing into racism and policing.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:42

Saturday, August 17-Sunday August 18

Event date:  Sat, 17/08/2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Website:  Bookings

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Public meeting: Democracy action convergence.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:41

What can be done about the sorry state of democracy in Australia? What should a twenty-first century democracy look like and how can we get there? How can we harness the new technologies of participation to give ordinary Australians a fair say in our democracy? Real Democracy Australia is pleased to invite you to a day of workshops, discussion and stategising to change the way our democracy works. 10am-5pm. Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Collins & Swanston sts, City. $20 (or $25 on the door).

Event date:  Sat, 17/08/2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm Website:  Bookings

Public meeting: Community gathering in Melbourne as the West Papua Flotilla embarks from Cairns.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:40

Come along and enjoy West Papuan culture; Support West Papuan political prisoners. Speaker: Rev. Peter Woods (ex-missionary West Papua & longtime worker for West Papuan self-determination). 2pm. St Lukes Uniting Church, 94 Essex Rd, Mt Waverley. $10 (or donation; children free). For more info ph Shereen 0461 596 857 or Faye 0402 853 147.

Event date:  Sat, 17/08/2013 - 2:00pm Website:  Free West Papua Phone:  Shereen 0461 596 857 or Faye 0402 853 147

Fundraiser: Solidarity dinner supporting Latin American Solidarity Conference.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:37

7pm. Bar-Bistro, 14 Smith St, Collingwood. $25/$20. Organised by LASNET. RSVP by August 15 to 0425 539 149 (seats are limited).

Event date:  Fri, 16/08/2013 - 7:00pm Phone:  0425 539 149

Public meeting: Stop racism, not the boats: How can we rebuild a grassroots refugee movement?

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:36

6:30pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.

Event date:  Fri, 16/08/2013 - 6:30pm

Rally: Climate activists for mine workers.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:35

Friday, August 16

Before all else comes solidarity! Locked-out mine workers and their families are coming to Melbourne for a joint protest with climate activists, for dignified, safe working conditions and a transition to renewable energy jobs. 11am. China Light & Power, 385 Bourke St, City.

Event date:  Fri, 16/08/2013 - 11:00am

Wills candidates meeting: Our climate & sustainability

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:34

Monday, August 19, 7pm (for 7:30pm start). Coburg Concert Hall, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell St, Coburg. For the 2013 federal election, come and hear what the candidates have to say about policies. The following Wills candidates have agreed to attend: Dean O'Callaghan (Save the Planet), Kelvin Thomson (Australian Labor Party), Margarita Windisch (Socialist Alliance), Tim Read (Greens). Entry: gold coin donation. Presented by Climate Action Moreland; supported by: Moreland BUG, Brunswick Residents Network, CERES, Sustainable Fawkner, Friends of Upfield Linear Park.

Event date:  Mon, 19/08/2013 - 7:00pm Phone:  0431 445 930

Solomon Islands: Ten years of Aus.-led occupation fails to create more than fantasy

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/14/2013 - 07:56
Wed, 14/08/2013 By Scott Hamilton

Back in 1989 a schoolmate of mine showed me some copies of Tribune, the newspaper of New Zealand’s Socialist Unity Party.

The SUP had for decades been convinced of the infallibility of the leadership of the Soviet Union, and the pages of Tribune were full of recycled press releases from the Kremlin and large airbrushed photographs of crumbling Soviet leaders like Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov.

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