The myths of Beersheba

Vashti Kenway The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba has been cause for great patriotic celebration among the Australian political elite and the mainstream media. The Battle, a little-remembered incident in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, featured the Australian Light Horse...CONTINUE READING

Fifty-five percent of Australians think there will be a war with North Korea. So where is the mass panic?

Corey Oakley According to a 9 October Essential Poll, 55 percent of Australians think it is likely or very likely that tensions between the US and North Korea will lead to war. That’s an extraordinary figure. There is only one rational reason to be in a state of anything other than total despair about...CONTINUE READING

Milo ain’t so sweet

Chris di Pasquale “I find humour in breaking taboos and laughing at things that people tell me are forbidden to joke about.” That’s Milo Yiannopoulos, media commentator and former tech editor at Breitbart, the Trump-supporting media platform at which he’s published such articles as “Birth control makes wome...CONTINUE READING

Vic government plans Docklands-style apartments to push out public housing

Steph Price Opposition is growing to the Victorian state government’s audacious plan to demolish up to 11 public housing estates and sell the land to developers. More than 150 public tenants and supporters gathered in a park at the base of the Flemington high rise estates on 15 October to celebrate an...CONTINUE READING

Labor on board the Liberals’ Trump train

Corey Oakley Belligerent denunciation of North Korea and steadfast defence of whatever latest lunacy appeared on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed has become standard practice for the Australian government. That period when you wondered if a particularly insane Trump tweet threatening nuclear Armageddon migh...CONTINUE READING

What Marxists say about religious freedom

Mick Armstrong Defence of religious freedom is the war cry of No campaigners. It is a cynical attempt by the likes of Tony Abbott, John Howard, Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi to divert the debate away from the core issue of the democratic right of same sex couples to be married in a civil ceremony. Civil m...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s ‘gas crisis’ is a rort

James Plested The biggest criminals sometimes hide in plain sight. Such is the case with Australia’s gas giants – Origin, Shell and Santos – and political leaders, chief among them Malcolm Turnbull, who are facilitating the heist they’re carrying out against the Australian people. The narrative we’re be...CONTINUE READING

Thanks for the advice, but the Yes campaign is doing just fine

Corey Oakley As the pre-game entertainment was getting under way before the NRL grand final, Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons was sitting next to a nervous Ian Roberts. Roberts, FitzSimons said, was “the toughest footballer ever to put on a boot”. He is also the only professional male f...CONTINUE READING

The fight against Adani continues

Jasmine Duff As the burning of coal raises atmospheric carbon dioxide to new heights and new chunks of the Earth are hacked up to extract more coal, death by air pollution is becoming another feature of capitalist society. In 2010-11, approximately 80-115,000 people were killed in India alone by pollut...CONTINUE READING