National unions will hit the streets to stage a series of marches and mass meetings around the country from April 17.The ACTU will start with a mass meeting outside Melbourne’s Town Hall in Swanston St on April 17.Other events will be organised in cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Townsville, Rockhampton, Fremantle, Darwin and Townsville.The rallies will coincide with May Day celebrations and were endorsed at an ACTU executive meeting on Wednesday.The executive resolved to 12 days of community action as part of its national campaign to change industrial relations rules.
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Elderly people need homes where they can play loud rock music. Really loud, because half of my friends are deaf, writes Lynne.
What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull. If you don’t exercise your democracy, you’ll lose it. It’s as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public whoMore
A neatly-made bed sits in a sunlit room, empty and waiting for visiting refugees at the house of 72-year-old Jane Keogh.The nun and former school principal has often welcomed desperate people into her home in Downer. Four weeks ago on Manus Island, she visited theirs.
Former Don Dale detainee and centre of an explosive Four Corners report Dylan Voller says he won’t be silenced after being arrested at a protest in Alice Springs.The 20-year-old and his mother Joanne Voller were among eight people apprehended after marching from the local courthouse to protest against youth prisons and Indigenous deaths in custody on Friday afternoon, Northern Territory Police confirmed.
“Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away,” Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi wrote in a personal blog post over a decade ago. “Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house… Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise… Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap… Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.”Economic insecurity is the American nightmare. It kills us earlier, messes up our mental health, saps the life out of us. Since Scalzi’s 2005 post, we’ve learned that more than 60 percent of us can’t afford a $500 emergency – which roughly translates to hoping the toothache goes away. That’s a pretty raw deal in exchange for an economic system that’s also killing the planet. And only rarely can we count on others to help us out. They’re either broke themselves, or profiting from our financial instability.“Being poor,” Scalzi wrote, “is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.”