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Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

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Saturday’s socialist speak out

So a Tamil fleeing torture in Sri Lanka and sent back there by Australia’s Labor Government recanted his torture allegations after 16 hours of being held incommunicado and ‘questioned’ by Sri Lanka authorities.

Who would have thought it? Tortured on his forced return to his torturers he denies torture. My contempt for this Labor Government knows no bounds.

The debate over Gillard’s National Disability Scheme exposed the Liberal leaders for what they are – sick bastards whose only priority is profit. Liberal led NSW and Victoria rejected funding trials of the scheme that would have cost them $70 million and $40 million respectively, compared to the $1 billion the Federal Government was or will put in.

It became pretty obvious within an hour or so of the Liberals positioning on this that they were going to face an incredible backlash. They backed down a bit and trials look as if they will go ahead in NSW and Victoria as well as the Labor held States of Tasmania and South Australia and in the ACT.

The NDIS will improve some people’s lives but it will cost money. Why not tax the rich to pay for it? It also appears it is a voucher system rather than real public support, and I will write more on this next week.

In the US a gunman killed 12 people in a random shooting at a cinema. Barack Obama, the US commander in chief of terror cries while he signs drone death warrants for kids in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

In Syria the revolution against the dictator continues and the key battle for Aleppo is underway as I write. Kurdish freedom fighters have seized northern towns.

Despite its best efforts US imperialism has not taken control of the rebellion with the revolutionaries on the ground apparently rejecting it. That may change but the left must support the revolution and oppose Western intervention.

I slept in and missed the Olympics. Well, the opening anyway. Too bad I can’t sleep in for the next two weeks and miss the whole nationalistic claptrap that this event for big companies promulgates.

Toll Holdings workers at the Coles distribution centre at Somerton ended their 11 day strike with a win of better pay and conditions.

Building workers have been on strike at 22 Lend Lease sites for better pay and conditions since Tuesday. They are calling for community support and I will be going (alarm clock willing) to the picket on Monday at the new ASIO building in Constitution Avenue in Canberra.

See the CFMEU site for details of pickets at other sites across the Eastern seaboard.

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