Lidia Thorpe’s resignation as deputy leader of the Greens in the federal senate is the culmination of an organised and vicious campaign against her by an unholy alliance of the liberal media, the Labor Party, conservatives and many moderate Indigenous figures.
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has spent the first two months of the 47th parliament engaging in increasingly vitriolic far-right outbursts. When parliament opened with an acknowledgement of country on 26 July, Hanson interrupted the proceedings, shouting “No, I won’t and I never will” before storming out. In a Facebook video posted later the same day, Hanson explained that she had decided to disrupt the acknowledgement because of a proposal to place the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags alongside the Australian flag on the floor of parliament.
Ever since the federal government was forced to close Australia’s borders in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, the capitalist class have been demanding that migration return to pre-pandemic levels. This was a major topic of discussion at the recent Jobs and Skills Summit at which Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil announced that the permanent migration cap will increase from 160,000 to 195,000 for this financial year.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed that the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament will be an utterly symbolic affair. Not only will it be a merely advisory body without any real power over government policy, Albanese has also made clear that “the legislation of the structure of the Voice won’t happen before the referendum”.
A fiery community meeting of several hundred people convened on Tuesday to oppose plans to close the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.
When Sydney Harper, producer of the New York Times’ podcast the Daily, went to the Supreme Court of the United States in the wake of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, she talked to a bystander who was “shocked” to see a large celebration of anti-abortion activists outside the courthouse.