Australia & NZ

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 […]

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. […]

Australia & NZ

Australia’s housing crisis: The market can’t meet our needs

Australia’s housing crisis: The market can’t meet our needs

Australia has the most expensive housing of any country in the world – only the city/region of Hong Kong is more unaffordable. Housing is the largest expense for low-income households and more than 60% of renters face “housing stress”. The number of people in Australia without secure housing is growing: […]

Australia & NZ, Environment

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 […]

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 […]