Diane Fieldes
Diane Fieldes
Independents just wealthy liberals
Diane Fieldes

With so little difference between what’s on offer from Liberal and Labor, it’s not surprising that independents can seem like a progressive alternative. This is reinforced by the common-sense illusion that voting is the only way to change things. But there is nothing progressive about the independents.

Impunity for killer cops
Impunity for killer cops
Diane Fieldes

On 11 March, after a five-week trial, police constable Zachary Rolfe was found not guilty of all charges relating to the 2019 shooting death of 19-year-old Aboriginal man Kumanjayi Walker in the Northern Territory town of Yuendemu. Not guilty of murder, not guilty of manslaughter, not guilty of engaging in a violent act causing death. Not guilty of anything.

Why sexism persists
Why sexism persists
Diane Fieldes

If more evidence was needed of the continued pervasiveness of sexism in Australian society, the response to Brittany Higgins’ allegation that she had been raped in Parliament House by a fellow Liberal Party staffer in 2021, and the outcry about Grace Tame’s refusal to smile at Prime Minister Scott Morrison at an Australian of the Year get-together earlier this year, provide it.

PNG ‘refugee deal’ expires
Diane Fieldes

After eight years the Australian government’s “offshore processing” deal with Papua New Guinea ended yesterday. Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers were sent by Australia to a prison centre on Manus Island over the course of the policy. It was glorified human trafficking.

Gambling with our lives again
Diane Fieldes

Australia is facing an unprecedented wave of COVID-19 infections as state and federal governments stare down the population and refuse to implement adequate public health measures to stem the tide. Led by New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet’s and PM Scott Morrison’s ideological opposition to public health measures that might threaten profits, both Labor and Liberal premiers are culpable.

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