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

Hanson supporters sook over mural

Azlan McLennan, Ben Hillier The side exterior wall of Newtone Betta Home Living in Footscray is well muraled. One orange-faced character, shown in four stages of life, could be straight out of Motörhead. He goes from moustache to goatee to pencil mo then full angular styling, with a constant full black mullet as his...CONTINUE READING

Comedy Company at the Magistrates’ Court as fascists wait for hearing

Ben Hillier “It’s no different to what was on the Paul Hogan show or the Comedy Company.” Steven Joyce is standing on the footpath outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. He’s here to support far right United Patriots Front (UPF) members Blair Cottrell, Chris Shortis and Neil Erikson. The trio have...CONTINUE READING