Emma Norton
Emma Norton
NSW Labor in the crisis
Emma Norton

Here’s a fun game to play in lockdown: guess the name of the current NSW opposition leader. You get three tries. Give up? His name is Chris Minns, and, like the NSW Labor Party, he might as well not exist. Despite the Berejiklian government’s COVID clusterfuck, NSW’s Labor opposition has been virtually silent, having promised to “take politics out of the pandemic” as Minns put it in an interview on 2GB. That means that, despite a crying need for an approach that puts health before profits, what passes for an official opposition has quietly backed the government’s reckless policies.

How South African apartheid ended
Emma Norton

The word “apartheid” is used today to describe Israel’s racist treatment of Palestinians. But the word, meaning “separateness”, originates in Afrikaans, the language of the white minority who ruled South Africa until the 1990s. In the eyes of the Afrikaners, “apartheid” wasn’t a slur; it was their affectionate name for South Africa’s brutal system of segregation.

How Stalinism saved the US Democrats
How Stalinism saved the US Democrats
Emma Norton

Why do so many American socialists think it's important to back the Democrats? In part, you can thank Stalin.

How equal pay was won in the insurance industry
How equal pay was won in the insurance industry
Emma Norton

In the 1970s, insurance clerks won equal pay for women by taking militant strike action. To do it, they had to confront conservative a biased arbitration system, timid union officials, and the sexism that pervaded society.

NSW's protest ban isn't about fighting the pandemic
Emma Norton

Sydney's theatres, stadiums, cafes and nightclubs are open. But try having a small, socially distanced outdoor protest, and the police will swoop–even if less than twenty people are there.

The disaster of Australia's privatised aged care
Emma Norton

Australia’s scandal-ridden aged care sector is in crisis. More than 220 aged care residents have died of COVID-19, and 1,000 of the sector’s 3,600 personal care workers have tested positive for the virus. In the hardest hit state of Victoria, there have been outbreaks in 124 of the state’s 770 aged care homes.

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