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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 […]

Racism, Women

The problem with “white feminism”

The problem with “white feminism”

Why our feminism must be actively anti-racist We live in a society that oppresses women on the basis of our gender: our bodies are commodified, our labour is devalued, our sexuality is policed, our lives are often valued on our relationships to men. The scale and form of these gendered oppressions […]

Global Politics

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 […]

Global Politics

Brexit: A revolt against the British elite

Brexit: A revolt against the British elite

Last week Brexit became a reality when 52% of British voters, based on a 72% turnout, voted to end Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU). The result sent shockwaves through the economic and political establishment in Britain and Europe as well as across the world. The two main political parties, […]

Australia & NZ

Homeless people gatecrash CEO Sleepout

Homeless people gatecrash CEO Sleepout

Last night a fence was erected around the Melbourne Convention Centre. Under the awning, away from rain and freezing winds, rows of pristine and neatly laid out cardboard shelters and top-of-the-line sleeping bags stretched along the side of the building. A professional photographer was busy taking pictures of Australia’s top […]

Australia & NZ

Medicare is under attack from both sides

Medicare is under attack from both sides

The latest pre-election stoush is being fought over Medicare. Labor is focusing on government plans to outsource the Medicare payment system. The Liberals are denying any plan to privatise Medicare while simultaneously accusing Labor of working to commercialise the same payment system. No party wants to be seen to be attacking Medicare during an election campaign. […]