World peace ‘could get us killed’

Ben Hillier When news broke that an Australian had won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, my first thought was whether the Nobel Committee had found a mass murderer or a genuine aspirant for world peace. After all, previous winners include David Trimble, sectarian former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party i...CONTINUE READING

When the right comes to a worker’s defence

Ben Hillier An 18-year-old children’s entertainer, Madeline, last week was sacked by Capital Kids Parties in the ACT after putting a “vote no” filter on her Facebook profile picture. Her employer, Madlin Sims, informed her of her dismissal on 17 September before writing on her own Facebook page: “Toda...CONTINUE READING

Morrison’s ‘economics of opportunity’ is a sham

Ben Hillier We have been regaled of late with news of “better days ahead” finally arriving. Business confidence – a gauge of how business owners and purchasing managers feel this week or this month – is up. Jobs growth is strong. There are high expectations for non-mining capital investment, which has...CONTINUE READING

Dutton calls refugee defenders, and by association the Constitution, ‘unAustralian’

Ben Hillier There is a long list of behaviours attracting the supposedly pejorative label “unAustralian”. Sydney Morning Herald columnist Tim Dick last year, after an extensive reading of Hansard, the federal parliamentary record, noted that politicians had used the phrase to describe all manner of th...CONTINUE READING

The left needs to reject authoritarianism and censorship

Ben Hillier The German Interior Ministry has shut down anti-capitalist and anti-fascist website linksunten.indymedia.org and raided the houses of several members and supporters of the site in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg. According to Deutsche Welle, Germany’s English-language internat...CONTINUE READING

The further development of Australia's security state

Ben Hillier The man responsible for Australia’s gulag archipelago of refugee concentration camps, Peter Dutton, will now preside over a Home Affairs department incorporating the AFP, ASIO, Border Force and Immigration. Changes to the Defence Act are soon to be passed through parliament making it easie...CONTINUE READING
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Chris Uhlmann is a tool

Ben Hillier Chris Uhlmann went viral and liberals lost their minds. The ABC political editor’s two-minute “takedown” of US president Donald Trump for the Insiders program on 9 July was masterful, they said. It was shared and retweeted tens of thousands of times. Like the fallen, crushed of heart and e...CONTINUE READING

Understanding the Greens

Ben Hillier As state-based Greens organisations began coalescing into a nationally federated party in the 1990s, Tasmanian Greens leader Bob Brown, with philosopher Peter Singer, penned The Greens , a party manifesto in which they confidently predicted: “[T]he vacuum in the politics of social justice...CONTINUE READING

Bubble trouble: Australia’s free market housing failure

Ben Hillier To understand the scale of the current property boom, consider that the number of fixed cranes atop dedicated residential projects in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane is greater than the combined total of New York, Boston, Washington (DC), Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco,...CONTINUE READING