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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 […]

Reviews & Reports

Film review: The Big Short

Film review: The Big Short

The Big Short is a Hollywood comedy about some of the people involved in the US housing market collapse that triggered the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08. Sounds terrible, huh? But it’s not. It’s excellent. Director Adam McKay goes to great lengths to explain details of Wall Street trading that most […]

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 […]

Reviews & Reports

Film Review: What the Hunger Games has taught us

Film Review: What the Hunger Games has taught us

The release of Mockingjay Part 2 – the final instalment of the Hunger Games series – is the most anticipated film this summer. It is clear that the series has struck a chord with the current generation of young people like no other. The timing of the series’ book and […]

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, […]

Why I am a socialist

Why I am a socialist – Sue

Why I am a socialist – Sue

I realised I was a socialist in May 2014. I was watching Joe Hockey read out one of the cruellest budgets I could remember in his expensive suit with that horrible smirk across his face telling the nation that Australia’s most vulnerable were all a bunch of ‘leaners’ and that ‘the […]