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Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

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 […]

Australia & NZ

Federal election: None of them deserve our vote

Federal election: None of them deserve our vote

Editorial  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s shine has worn off and this could not have come at a worse time for him. The man whose rise to popularity was based on being nothing like Tony Abbott turned out to be not much different than Tony Abbott. In terms of style and […]

Australia & NZ, LGBTIQ

Safe Schools can save lives and revive our movement

Safe Schools can save lives and revive our movement

While much of the world is celebrating the enshrining of same-sex marriage rights into law, here in Australia politicians are debating how to better alienate LGBTIQ youth in schools. Last month infamous bigot Senator Corey Bernardi led the attacks on a government funded program designed to make school safer for […]

Australia & NZ, Refugees

Refugees: Let them stay!

Refugees: Let them stay!

The plight of refugees fleeing deadly conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has generated huge sympathy across the world. In Australia, tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations and vigils to put pressure on the government to accept 12,000 more refugees from Syria. This must be seen as a […]

Australia & NZ, Women

Victoria Police exposed as sexist pigs

Victoria Police exposed as sexist pigs

In December 2015 the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission released a damning report on violence women and sexual harassment within the Victoria Police. The report also exposed cover ups of the abuse by senior ranking officials. The endemic problem of violence against women has been brought to the […]

Global Politics

How the US got Trumped

How the US got Trumped

The 2016 US presidential race so far offers striking evidence of the massive loss of support for the political mainstream. The Great Recession has created widespread social dislocation and a rising fury against the establishment. This can be seen in the social movements that represent a revolt against racism, a […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

The plight of refugees fleeing deadly conflict in the Middle East has generated huge sympathy across the world. In many countries huge demonstrations of ordinary people have demanded governments act to support and resettle these refugees. In Australia, tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations and vigils to put pressure […]

Australia & NZ, Unions

We must fight the attacks on our unions

We must fight the attacks on our unions

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption (RCTUC) was $25 million well spent in the eyes of the Federal Coalition government. The primary purpose of the Commission was to keep the issue of union corruption in the newspaper headlines in order to tarnish the reputation of unions. Prime Minister Malcolm […]

Australia & NZ

Higher education scams a product of privatisation

Higher education scams a product of privatisation

A series of scandals at the end of last year have exposed the shocking cost and rampant corruption of the privatised vocational education sector. The closure of the Phoenix Institute in December highlighted the outrageous practices in the deregulated sector. While Phoenix did offer ‘real world’ courses in art therapy […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

For many Australians January 26th represents a day off work, an invite to many barbeques and an opportunity to celebrate some of the quirks of Australian culture. For those of us critical of the use of nationalism as a political tool, the jingoism displayed in this day is tedious and […]