Islamophobic charges dismissed – again

Diane Fieldes To no fanfare – unlike his arrest in Sydney in July 2017 – weapons charges against Khaled Merhi have been dropped. NSW Police sought no penalty, conviction or costs. This is a very useful reminder of the bigger picture of extremely well-publicised raids on Muslims on trumped-up charges tha...CONTINUE READING

Left wing Green scores upset victory in NSW preselection contest

Diane Fieldes Running an explicitly left wing campaign, Greens MLC David Shoebridge has won preselection for the top spot on the Greens upper house ticket for the 2019 NSW state election. With 65 percent turnout of 4,000 NSW Greens members, Shoebridge received 1,161 votes, ahead of two sitting MLCs from...CONTINUE READING

The waterfront war that shook Australia

Diane Fieldes Twenty years ago, on 7 April 1998, Patrick Stevedores dismissed and locked out all 1,400 of its unionised waterside workforce, triggering mass protests and picketing around the country. In the dead of night, balaclava-wearing scabs with German shepherds and rottweilers entered the docks, c...CONTINUE READING

Surging homelessness as wages stagnate

Diane Fieldes Despite 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth, homelessness is rising in Australia. What ought to be a fundamental human right – like access to food, water, education and health – is increasingly denied to people in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. More worrying is that in...CONTINUE READING

Australian apartheid, even in death

Diane Fieldes Henry Lawson’s “The Bush Undertaker” tells the story of an old shepherd who respectfully reburies a white man after digging up the bones of a black man. “I’ll take a pick an’ shovel with me an’ root up that old blackfellow.” Little has changed more than a century later. At Fitzroy Crossing...CONTINUE READING

‘Cashless welfare’ a punitive fraud

Diane Fieldes In mid-February, the government announced that the trial of so-called cashless welfare cards at Ceduna, South Australia, and east Kimberley, Western Australia, was to continue for another year. A third trial area may be added. This is the scheme that Malcolm Turnbull declared last Septembe...CONTINUE READING

ABC’s pathetic kowtowing to government

Diane Fieldes US investigative journalist I.F. Stone famously said: “All governments lie”. So a filing cabinet full of classified government documents should have been a heaven-sent opportunity for the ABC to hold the Australian government to account. Instead, we got a craven attempt by the ABC to show...CONTINUE READING

Hell NOprah!

Diane Fieldes It was the speech heard round the world. Award ceremonies are like that. But this was much more. After Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, the Washington Post, and social media, raised the possibility of Oprah as the next US president. ABC News an...CONTINUE READING

Sydney solidarity rally with PNG maritime workers

Diane Fieldes The Sydney branch of the Maritime Union of Australia organised a rally on 31 October in support of 1,000 dock workers in Papua New Guinea who have been sacked and replaced with more exploited non-union labour. The sackings were condemned as an act of corporate greed and union-busting by th...CONTINUE READING