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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: […]

Australia & NZ

Vote Socialist for Yarra on October 22!

Vote Socialist for Yarra on October 22!

Yarra is one of the few places in Australia where community activism still thrives. We have saved schools and kindergartens, stopped the sell-off of public housing, defeated the monstrous East West Link and become the first local government in Australia to divest from fossil fuels and refugee detention. These campaigns […]

Theory & History

Check your privilege, then…

Check your privilege, then…

A brief guide to solidarity and collective action There is no denying that we live in a world where the divide between rich and poor is increasing. This truth challenges the myth that society will become more fair, more equal, and more just slowly over time if we simply are […]