Striking workers and supportive students at the University of Sydney shut down the campus with a 48-hour strike, called by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), on 11 and 12 May.
The received wisdom of capitalism is that progressive reforms are gradually won as ideas slowly evolve and enlightened leaders gain positions of power. The 1917 Russian Revolution provided an entirely different model of social change—one in which revolutionary workers radically changed the society around them almost overnight through their own collective action.
Not long ago, protecting kids from COVID-19 was a key reason put forward by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for why the virus needed to be eliminated from Victoria. Now, the idea that kids should be protected has all but disappeared, replaced with a cold insistence that schools need to reopen as part of restarting the economy.
The Australian Club boasts what is rumoured to be one of the most expensive art collections in the country, a private barber, high-class food and guest rooms, each equipped with a marble ensuite and an electronic safe. It’s just for men. Earlier this month, club members voted overwhelmingly to maintain its ban on membership for women. The move provides a rare public insight into the private views of the ruling class. Behind the refined facade is a political culture rife with prejudice and reaction.
The Murdoch press has spent millions over the past year and a half pumping out propaganda against the use of lockdowns as a public health measure. Now, as protests against the lockdowns have gained some real momentum, the Murdoch empire has hypocritically joined calls for police to crackdown on the movement it has done so much to encourage.
If the last year and a half has been a dark crime thriller, this week was the bit where the evil villain explains in excruciating detail how he (or in this case his boss) committed mass murder.