Rajeev Rajendran

Manus Island claims another young life

The death of a Tamil asylum seeker on Manus Island is further evidence that the Australian government’s refugee policy is killing people, a spokesman for the Tamil Refugee Council said on Monday. “Rajeev Rajendran was just 32 and had everything to live for. But the suffering he has endured...CONTINUE READING

Separate but unequal

Chris di Pasquale Attempting to present the case for a No vote on marriage equality on ABC’s 7:30 program recently, former Woolworths CEO Roger Corbett instead gave a rambling and at times contradictory interview in which he unwittingly exposed the deeply segregationist logic beneath the right’s defence of...CONTINUE READING

Ownership law changes spark media merger frenzy

Tom Bramble Australia has for many years had one of the most monopolised media sectors in the world. Eighty percent of newspaper circulation in the capital cities is controlled by just two companies – NewsCorp, owned by Rupert Murdoch, and Fairfax. This means that print news consumption is almost enti...CONTINUE READING

Right wing takeover of Monash Student Association

Daniel Taylor Right wing students have taken over the Monash Student Association (MSA), a bastion of the broad left for decades. In the annual MSA elections, a conservative group won a landslide victory, gaining around 60 percent of the vote for most positions. It is a decisive shift in the politics of...CONTINUE READING

It’s not OK to vote No

Louise O’Shea It must be the most uninspiring rallying cry ever dreamt up by a political strategist: “It’s OK to vote no”. The sense of hope and optimism that has defined the iconic slogans of the great political movements of the 20th century – from Whitlam’s “It’s time” to May ’68’s “All power to the i...CONTINUE READING

A vicious turn in the class struggle

Jerome Small Penalty rates slashed. A renewed attack on the construction unions. Long-established conditions trashed at key industrial sites. And now, courtesy of Fair Work’s decision to scrap the enterprise agreement at Murdoch University, a renewed onslaught on white collar workers in government-owne...CONTINUE READING

Corporate sooks sue New Matilda

Independent media outlet New Matilda is facing a defamation case brought by the Seven Network. The legal action follows a March article by New Matilda contributor Michael Brull, which called out evening current affairs program Today Tonight for its “trashy standards of reporting” and “raci...CONTINUE READING

Rohingya in Australia’s detention centres offered a deal with the devil

Andrew Cheeseman Just when you might have thought that Australia’s refugee policy couldn’t get any worse, immigration minister Peter Dutton’s response to the Rohingya crisis proves that there is no limit to the government’s barbarism. Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar, and the regime accuses them...CONTINUE READING

What happened to the lunar right’s hostility to homophobia?

Chris di Pasquale In the aftermath of last year’s Orlando, Florida, shooting, when 49 patrons of the gay night club Pulse were gunned down, some of the LGBTI community’s most vocal “defenders” came from the hard right. Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine linked the attack to her horror at watching vide...CONTINUE READING