Recent television appearances by the [South Australian] Premier about electricity generation might have led us to hope that the Government of South Australia, unlike those of other States, had at last woken up to the folly of privatising strategic assets. Not so. They are about to make the same mistake with the Lands Titles Office.
The court that in 1947 determined to reduce weekly working hours in Australia from 44 to 40 understood that working hours are not set in stone, but must change with the times.
The failure of many Australian workers to get a real pay rise has been linked to a decline in industrial action, including strikes.
Australia's commercial statutory authority model is the perfect way to renationalise assets.
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.