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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 […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

Far-right to launch new party in Australia

Far-right to launch new party in Australia

In October the Islamophobic, far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders will travel to Perth to launch a new group, the Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA). This is the latest attempt to establish a serious and significant hard right party in Australia. It is being organised by the Q Society which has hosted […]

Australia & NZ, Global Politics

Opposing free trade and xenophobia

Opposing free trade and xenophobia

Negotiations for the China-Australia free trade agreement (ChAFTA) were completed in June and it is currently being examined by two parliamentary committees. After this process it will go before the parliament before coming into force. At the moment Labor are proposing that some changes be made to the agreement. Like […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugee detention centres are inhumane, but profitable

Refugee detention centres are inhumane, but profitable

The hypocrisy of our government The harrowing images of 3-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach have shaken the world. Alongside his father and brother, Aylan fled the northern Syrian city of Kobane attempting to find refuge in Europe. Aylan, his brother and his father are just […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Border Force back down

Border Force back down

In late August the Abbott Government’s Australian Border Force announced it would be stopping people on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD and checking their visa status. ‘Operation Fortitude’ would involve the Border Force ‘speaking with any individuals we cross paths with,’ a departmental media release claimed. The Border Force regional […]

Australia & NZ, Environment

Still no plan to address climate change

Still no plan to address climate change

Earlier this year former Prime Minister Tony Abbott claimed that Australia “doesn’t get enough credit for the emissions reduction work that we have already done” (The Age, July 13). It’s unclear whether Abbott wanted credit for Australia being the highest emissions-per-capita country in the world, or for being the only […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

On Saturday July 18 Australia’s most vitriolic racists planned to join with neo-Nazi groups to hold the country’s “biggest ever patriot rally” in Melbourne. In response the #NoRoomForRacism campaign organised a rally to counter their plans. In the end, just over 100 people joined the racists and neo-Nazis in front […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

Aboriginal people rightly skeptical about Recognise campaign

Aboriginal people rightly skeptical about Recognise campaign

The government-backed campaign to acknowledge Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution is mired in controversy. Polls are showing a majority of Aboriginal people do not support the ‘Recognise’ campaign, and would vote against the proposed changes if a referendum were held. While ‘Recognise’ describes itself as grassroots, the guest lists […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

Abbott’s Islamophobia fuelling far-right revival

Abbott’s Islamophobia fuelling far-right revival

“Frankly, heads should roll over this,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott in June. He was not talking about the claims of widespread child sexual abuse in refugee detention centers. He was not referencing the expose of his own Liberal Party taking money from the mafia. He was not speaking of […]