Victorian election shows the potential for a genuine left alternative

Louise O’Shea In an age when governments are lucky to inspire anything other than contempt among the mass of people, the Victorian Labor government gained a significant swing in the 24 November election. The ALP will likely increase its lower house majority from 45 seats to more than 55 (of 88) and is o...CONTINUE READING

Inside the Victorian Socialists path-breaking campaign

Louise O’Shea A recent Guardian article pointed out that you can’t go anywhere in the north of Melbourne without seeing Steve Jolly's face. Can you give me an idea of the scale of the Victorian Socialists campaign in the Northern Metro area? This is the biggest socialist election campaign in generations...CONTINUE READING

Victoria: the police state

Louise O’Shea Victorian premier Daniel Andrews hails from the Socialist Left faction of the Labor Party. This has not stopped his government pursuing a repressive law and order agenda that would make Donald Trump blush. Crime in Victoria is at record lows. Figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show t...CONTINUE READING

Origins of the IPA

Louise O’Shea 1943. The Victorian capitalist class is in a state of panic. The Chamber of Manufactures creates an employers’ organisation to rescue private enterprise from the political abyss. Seventy-five years later, the Institute of Public Affairs has become one of the most influential think tanks in...CONTINUE READING

Safe Rates campaign continues

Louise O’Shea Hundreds of transport workers, their families and supporters have rallied in capital cities across the country demanding that more be done to protect transport workers. As part of their action on 15 July, they mobilised a convoy of trucks along high profile transport routes such as the Har...CONTINUE READING

Murdoch press takes aim at welfare recipients

Louise O’Shea While the Turnbull government plays Santa to the big end of town, the Murdoch press has launched a new campaign to vilify the poorest people in Australian society: welfare recipients. Teaming up with their buddies at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consultancy firm with a wealth of experience as...CONTINUE READING

Joe ‘end the age of entitlement’ Hockey goes on a half-year bender

Louise O’Shea “Get a good job that pays good money” was Joe Hockey’s advice to those struggling to afford their first home during his time as treasurer in 2015. And as befits a man of his integrity, Hockey has led by example. Following his stint of selfless public service at home, he has secured a good...CONTINUE READING

How we won marriage equality

Louise O’Shea On 27 May 2004, then prime minister John Howard announced his intention to amend the Marriage Act to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The act was amended the following August. Two key events had precipitated this action. One was then US president George W. Bush’s vocal s...CONTINUE READING

Vindication of protest politics

Louise O’Shea Much is significant about the resounding victory of the “yes” campaign. But perhaps the most important, and the factor that will leave a lasting legacy in Australian political culture, was its mass nature. It has been a fascinating case study of how to turn a highly unfavourable situation...CONTINUE READING