• Our democracy is broken

    Our democracy is broken

    Editorial from the Summer 2017 edition of The Socialist  Growing wealth inequality has become the defining issue of 21st Century capitalism. Eight people now own and control the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. The neoliberal consensus that has determined government policy over the last four […]

  • The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

    The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

    The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson seemed humorously unlikely just a few years ago. There is no denying that her first foray into politics ended in complete disaster. She incited mass protests, lost her seat, was expelled from the party she created and jailed for election fraud. Now, after almost two […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    How Trump won and what it means

    By Mel Gregson Trump’s victory in the US presidential election represents a historic crisis of the political elite in the most powerful country in the world. The ramifications will be felt widely, deeply and for some time. Trump is a bigoted, misogynistic bully who has lied and manipulated his way […]

  • Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

    Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

    The vote to leave the EU was a revolt against the status quo. What comes next is yet to be determined. Since British voters took the dramatic decision to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23, the entire British political establishment has been shaken. The result of the referendum […]

  • On Track For a Climate Catastrophe

    On Track For a Climate Catastrophe

    Why we need to change the political climate The climate catastrophes that scientists have been predicting for decades have begun. Five Pacific Islands have so far been lost to the sea in what will likely become a mass displacement of people due to rising seas. The Great Barrier Reef is […]

  • Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

    Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

    Australia has created a humanitarian catastrophe in its refugee detention centres. In the past week alone a desperate refugee burned himself alive on Nauru, a woman reportedly 8 months pregnant attempted suicide and refugees have been infected with the Zika virus. Also this week the supreme court of Papua New Guinea […]

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Australia & NZ

The Failure of Compromise: An Analysis of the New Zealand Election

The Failure of Compromise: An Analysis of the New Zealand Election

Written by – Kate McIntyre (Socialist Voice New Zealand) When Jacinda Ardern became leader of the New Zealand Labour Party just months before the General Election, it was expected and overdue. After nine years of the National-led government being under contested by another neoliberal, centrist party led by middle aged […]

Global Politics

What is behind the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea

What is behind the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea

The North Korean standoff is the most dangerous crisis of the 21st century so far with millions facing annihilation if a nuclear war occurred. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blithely pledged that a clash between the US and North Korea would be a “casus belli” (a cause for war) for […]

Articles, Australia & NZ

Oppose the new Bin Tax in Yarra!

Oppose the new Bin Tax in Yarra!

Text from Socialist Councillor Stephen Jolly’s Autumn 2017 newsletter, distributed to 35,000 homes in Melbourne. Oppose the new Bin Tax! Yarra Council is planning to introduce a new tax on residents to collect bins. I am opposed to this as providing core services like rubbish collection should be included in the […]

Australia & NZ

Who controls how our cities are built?

Who controls how our cities are built?

In almost every major city in Australia construction cranes are a visible presence across the skyline. The construction boom appears unstoppable as Australia’s population is set to reach 35 million by 2050. But housing industry analysts have predicted the country is heading towards an oversupply of housing as early as […]

Australia & NZ

Is a left renewal of the Greens possible?

Is a left renewal of the Greens possible?

In late 2016 an anonymous group of NSW Greens members launched an internal faction called “Left Renewal”. In their statement they said “our struggle for social justice brings us into irreconcilable conflict with the capitalist mode of production, and all other forms of class society…This means that we reject the […]

Australia & NZ

Our democracy is broken

Our democracy is broken

Editorial from the Summer 2017 edition of The Socialist  Growing wealth inequality has become the defining issue of 21st Century capitalism. Eight people now own and control the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. The neoliberal consensus that has determined government policy over the last four […]

Australia & NZ

How our legal system entrenches inequality

How our legal system entrenches inequality

The incarceration rate in Australia is exploding with an 25% increase in the prison population over the last 5 years. Australians are now incarcerated at a higher rate than any European country. This is happening at a time when violent crime is on the decrease. So why is the prison […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson seemed humorously unlikely just a few years ago. There is no denying that her first foray into politics ended in complete disaster. She incited mass protests, lost her seat, was expelled from the party she created and jailed for election fraud. Now, after almost two […]

Global Politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

How Trump won and what it means

By Mel Gregson Trump’s victory in the US presidential election represents a historic crisis of the political elite in the most powerful country in the world. The ramifications will be felt widely, deeply and for some time. Trump is a bigoted, misogynistic bully who has lied and manipulated his way […]

Australia & NZ

How to vote socialist for Yarra Council

How to vote socialist for Yarra Council

The local council election is on Saturday October 22. with polling centres open 8am-6pm. You can also vote early at the Florence Peel Centre 9am-5pm on weekdays up until election day next to the Fitzroy Library on Moor St. On election day you can vote at the following venues: Langridge Ward: […]