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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 […]

Global Politics, Theory & History, Unions

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

“Machines will take your jobs”: In a period of global financial turmoil and worsening economic prospects for Australian capitalism, this worrying message is now appearing almost daily in the media. The quickening pace of job losses due to automation has led to some very different responses on the part of […]

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 […]