Australia & NZ

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 […]

Australia & NZ, LGBTIQ

Beyond marriage: The fight to end LGBTIQ oppression

Beyond marriage: The fight to end LGBTIQ oppression

Over the last decade the campaign for same sex marriage rights has taken centre stage in the struggle to end LGBTIQ oppression. There remains a major disconnect between the major parties and popular opinion, and the issue is seen by many as a legal barrier to social progress. At the […]

Australia & NZ, Unions

I want to work, not work for the dole

I want to work, not work for the dole

Since losing my job as a disability worker due to the lack of government funding, I have been placed into a ‘Work for the Dole’ program. This means I am required to participate in 25 hrs of unpaid work per week in exchange for a Newstart Allowance payment. This equates […]

Australia & NZ, Unions

Long shifts & late nights…that’s hospitality!

Long shifts & late nights…that’s hospitality!

I am one of Australia’s 828,000 hospitality workers. No, I am not a teenager, student or backpacker. This is my full-time job and I see myself doing it for years to come. But some things need to change. The turnover rate in hospitality is three times that of most other […]

Australia & NZ

Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis

Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis

It is an indictment of capitalism that in a country the size of Europe, with a population density of only 3 people per square kilometre, we are in the midst of a housing crisis. 105,000 Australians (1 in 200) are homeless, tens of thousands are on public housing waiting lists, […]

Australia & NZ, Women

1 in 3 Australian women have experienced violence from someone they know

1 in 3 Australian women have experienced violence from someone they know

Domestic violence is the leading cause of death and injury among women aged 14 – 44 in Australia. Australian women are being murdered by intimate partners at a rate of more than one per week. Another woman is hospitalised every three hours. It is estimated that more than one million […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

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The legacy of the ‘prime minister for Indigenous Affairs’

Many people will remember Tony Abbott as the prime minister who called living in a remote Aboriginal community a ‘lifestyle choice’. It was a statement that prompted angry backlash and led tens of thousands of people to protest proposed forced closures of Aboriginal communities. More than just an incredibly demeaning […]

Australia & NZ, Environment

Renewable Energy Target Cuts

Renewable Energy Target Cuts

On June 23, the government voted to reduce the Renewable Energy Target (RET), from the original 41,000 gigawatt hours target to 33,000 gigawatt hours. The scheme was designed to increase the amount of investment into renewable energy by offering financial incentives to power stations to generate power through things such […]

Australia & NZ, LGBTIQ

Australians support marriage equality – why haven’t we won yet?

Australians support marriage equality – why haven’t we won yet?

The granting of same-sex marriage rights in Ireland and the US in recent months has put further pressure on Australian politicians to follow suit. In a move to further postpone the introduction of marriage equality legislation, Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the Coalition may consider holding a plebiscite […]