Socialism is back, much to the chagrin of those who declared it dead and buried at the “end of history” in the 1990s. When the New Republic, long the house organ of American neoliberalism, runs an article on The Socialism America Needs Now, it’s clear that something has fundamentally changed.
An offshore law firm regarded Serco, a company that runs sensitive government services in Australia and the UK, as a “high-risk” client, expressing concern about its “history of problems, failures, fatal errors and overcharging”, the Paradise Papers reveal.
Last year, around this time, we chronicled the release of The Nauru Files; 2,000 leaked documents, detailing the atrocities of systemic abuse and assault in Australia's immigration detention system. Then came the Panama Papers. This year, right on cue, it's the Paradise Papers. The 13.4m files represent the second largest data leak to hit the global community and involve everyone from rockstars, to the Queen and Facebook.
State governments all around the country are privatising public services. Privatisation includes not just selling off or leasing assets, but also outsourcing to for-profit and not-for-profits organisations, public-private partnerships (PPPs), social impact bonds.
The privatisation agenda which has pervaded public policy for the past 30 years has had disastrous results for workers and our communities. Governments of both political persuasions have privatised — and continue to privatise — our public services and assets, despite public opinion being firmly opposed.
By now, many of you will have already received your Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. But what if you accidentally damaged it? Or what if it never arrived in the mail? Fortunately, it's possible to request a replacement form from the ABS.
Below are the steps you need to take to receive a new form:
Last week, Dr Jim Stanford was in WA to present a series of guest lectures about workplace reform, analysis on neoliberal economic policy and his latest research on the implications of the gig economy.
This article is found in The Journal from March 1994.
After an article in today's Australian Financial Review called for businesses to 'Start fighting on IR' or prepare for rule under Australian Council of Trade Unions boss Sally McManus; many people decided they would live quite happily under such circumstances and took to twitter accordingly — under the hashtag; #McManusstan.