SEARCH News editorial: September 2021

This edition of SEARCH News continues our focus on issues we have been raising through our events and activism this year, such as the campaign for Voice - Treaty - Truth  and solidarity with the democracy movement in Myanmar. We also publish discussion of broader issues around strategies for change and ‘imagining the end of capitalism’, as well as Australia’s foreign policy and the struggle for peace. 

In the following pages you’ll see the transcript of Pat Anderson’s speech at our event with her and Nolan Hunter, as well as a fascinating insight into the fight for sovereignty and equity in the Fitzroy River region in an article by Nyikina Warrwa elder Dr Anne Poelina.   

APHEDA’s Kate Lee gives us the latest on their Myanmar democracy appeal, and the regular AFTINET update from Dr Pat Ranald is on the struggle against the RCEP and the implications it could have for aged care in particular. 

Dave Bell’s discussion of Yanis Varoufakis’s book Another Now and the review of Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities for Australia go to the big picture, while Daren McDonald talks about the lessons we can draw from the Accords process.  

Chris Ray’s piece on the failure of the war in Afghanistan is a must-read and Nick Deane’s report on the Raising Peace conference (16-26 Sept) is very timely with the announcement this week of the ‘AUKUS’ deal to provide Australia with nuclear submarines in a few decades time - just when some say they will be made obsolete. 

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