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

Cheap and easy consultation still too much for a racist government

Diane Fieldes The “Uluru statement from the heart”, produced by a meeting of several hundred Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in late May, put the final nail in the coffin of the billion dollar bullshit of the “Recognise” campaign. This rejection – most forcefully by the minority of radicals who...CONTINUE READING

Why won’t Buddhist leaders condemn terrorism?

Diane Fieldes Terrorist atrocities are taking place as I write this, on an almost unimaginable scale. Houses have been destroyed and civilians (including children) have been burned alive, tortured and even beheaded. The BBC has reported seeing a death squad of thuggish perpetrators, brandishing swords,...CONTINUE READING

Shorten thinks pesky voters should be less involved in politics

Diane Fieldes If you want a candid confession of who the parliamentarians really work for, just check out former minister Matt Canavan taking a moment to note on Facebook that it had “been such an honour to represent the Australian mining sector over the past year”. Survey after survey indicates that mo...CONTINUE READING