End of an era as last public housing tenant evicted from Sydney’s Sirius building

Eleanor Morley Last month the lights were finally switched off for Myra Demetriou, the last remaining resident of inner-city Sydney’s Sirius building. Sirius was once home to more than 100 residents in 79 units, but now the last remnants of affordable public housing in the city are to be sold to develope...CONTINUE READING

Wollongong Uni overturns election result, throws out left

Eleanor Morley The University of Wollongong has just overturned the results of a democratic student union election which saw the biggest voter turnout in a decade. Chloe Rafferty was elected President of the Wollongong University Students’ Association (WUSA) in October after receiving majority support am...CONTINUE READING

Why governments hate public housing

Eleanor Morley The Sirius building has always been controversial. Is it an eyesore? A brutalist masterpiece? A concrete blemish on Sydney’s skyline? What many don’t know about Sirius is that, for its architect Tao Gofers, the building is much more than a place for 200 low-income tenants to eat and sleep;...CONTINUE READING

Time to fight back against the war on young people

Eleanor Morley Declining living conditions, exorbitant university fees, the demonisation of welfare recipients and skyrocketing rental and property prices amount to a war on young people. This is not the result of a feud between baby boomers and millennials, it is a concerted attack by successive governm...CONTINUE READING

Student protest can turn the tide against education attacks

Eleanor Morley Australia tails the US in everything from culture to war. Think of reality TV, fast fashion and the Middle East. Over the past few years, the Coalition government has been trying to import another well-known (and much hated) aspect of US society – its debt-fuelled, class-divided higher edu...CONTINUE READING

Who knew the Liberals had such short memories?

Eleanor Morley It was only three years ago that the Liberals last tried to wage war on university students. Prime minister Tony Abbott and his weasel-faced education minister Christopher Pyne set out to deregulate university fees – a measure that was predicted to saddle students with as much as $100,000...CONTINUE READING

Pro-refugee demonstration sends NSW Liberals packing

Eleanor Morley More than 60 activists shut down a NSW Liberal Party state electoral conference on Thursday, 3 November. A motion on notice at the conference called for an end to all immigration and refugee intake, referring to refugees as “criminals”, “bastards” and “jihadists”. This came just days after...CONTINUE READING

Students protest campus ban

Eleanor Morley Students rallied today against a decision to ban a student activist from entering Sydney University. Tom Raue, Vice President of the University of Sydney Union, was issued a one month ban from the campus as a result of his involvement in a protest against Julie Bishop earlier this month. A...CONTINUE READING

Persecution at Sydney Uni

Eleanor Morley Sydney University management is prosecuting a student for supporting staff strikes in 2013. The student received a letter earlier this month warning of a possible one semester suspension if they did not respond to accusations of misconduct. Management alleges that during the 48-hour strike...CONTINUE READING