Anthony Albanese started his victory speech on election night with a commitment that his government would implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full, beginning with a referendum to create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in its first term.
COVID has impacted the lives of almost everyone in Australia, through illness, isolation and/or lockdowns. For two years it was at the centre of Australian politics, polarising opinion between supporters and critics of government health measures, exposing divisions between the state and federal governments and leading to a revival of right-wing street protests.
In January 1973 the New South Wales town of Wee Waa was shaken by a strike of more than 1,000 cotton chippers. Most of the workers were Aboriginal, and the strike challenged the racism and exploitation that were deeply entrenched in what was the central industry of the region.
The federal government has announced a plan to substantially increase the Australian military. It will increase the Australian Defence Force (ADF) from around 60,000 to 80,000 personnel by 2040. Combined with civilian support staff, this will bring the number of people employed by the ADF to more than 100,000.
Nurses, paramedics, train drivers, railway workers and teachers have all taken industrial action in NSW over the last twelve months. The Daily Telegraph has dubbed 2022 the “year of the strike”, while the Sydney Morning Herald, in an article written by Deborah Snow on 21 February, warns of an “autumn of discontent”:
In September 1931, Bert Moxon, a leading member of the Communist Party of Australia, published Communist Party’s Fight for Aborigines: Draft Program of Struggle Against Slavery, a radical document connecting the struggle for Indigenous rights to a revolutionary fight against capitalism and imperialism. The product of Moxon’s semi-clandestine tour of Indigenous communities in western New South Wales, the tract was inspired by anti-colonial revolts and anti-racist struggles led by Communists in the United States.