Roz Ward on clergy hypocrisy and the valorisation of child molesters

Roz Ward In the wake of cardinal George Pell’s guilty verdict for child abuse, the hypocrisy of his conservative supporters and the church leadership has been unrelentingly disgusting. Before the jury made its decision, Pell, like the investment banks that caused the global financial crisis, was co...CONTINUE READING

The system behind sexism

Roz Ward #MeToo has exposed the massive scale and extent of sexist behaviour in society. A British online project, Everyday Sexism, has likewise brought to light hundreds of thousands of examples of day-to-day sexism. There are now so many stories on its website that it has been upgraded to include...CONTINUE READING

Political correctness and the rise of the right: an interview with Jeff Sparrow

Roz Ward Trump, Brexit, One Nation: can you comment on the context of the book and why you decided something like this needed to be written? The honest answer is that I was asked to write something reflecting on Trump by my then editor at Scribe. In the immediate wake of the 2016 presidential elect...CONTINUE READING

The first Communist in parliament 

Roz Ward In his maiden speech to the Queensland parliament in 1944, Australia’s only Communist MP left no room for doubt about what distinguished him from the self-serving cretins who usually inhabit the halls of power: “So far as I am concerned, in this house I represent and stand clearly for one...CONTINUE READING

Barnaby Joyce’s ‘family values’ failings are fair game

Roz Ward Maybe I’m just a jealous feminist (not to mention lesbian). Perhaps I have a bitter need to deny happiness to a couple that have simply found love through an office romance and pregnancy. No, I’m not jealous, I’m angry. I could care less about the moral virtue of Barnaby Joyce’s sex life....CONTINUE READING

I know what it's like to be the target of a Murdoch pack-attack

Roz Ward “We have not organised this to change the date. We have organised this to abolish Australia Day because fuck Australia … I hope it fucking burns to the ground”, Tarneen Onus-Williams told a cheering crowd at Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally. The protesters were fired up, and so were the spea...CONTINUE READING

Protesting union busting at Victoria University

Roz Ward “What’s disgusting? Union busting” was the most popular chant at a protest outside Victoria University’s Melbourne city campus on 2 November. The action, organised by the National Tertiary Education Union, was called to coincide with a meeting of the University Council, the body responsibl...CONTINUE READING

‘Now is the time to join the struggle against racism’

Roz Ward “People in the US were stunned that white supremacists with their hoods off were bold enough and willing to march through Charlottesville, Virginia”, Haley Pessin tells me. “Trump’s response to the events was that much more shocking because he initially refused to denounce white supremacy....CONTINUE READING

Tertiary education union joins global condemnation of Trump

Roz Ward Since Donald Trump’s racist immigration ban was announced, more than 5,000 academics from around the world have pledged to boycott conferences held in the US while the ban persists. A further 27,000 academics have signed a mass petition against the decree. The signatories include 51 Nobel...CONTINUE READING