You can't 'respectfully' deny people their rights

Louise O’Shea “I deplore disrespectful, abusive language, whether it is directed at young gay people or religious people.” So declared that sensitive soul Malcolm Turnbull in response to concerns raised about his farcical marriage equality postal survey. Presumably, he has been too busy managing his pro...CONTINUE READING

‘We can all stand proud in the world’: interview with Rohingya activist Shawfikul Islam

Liam Ward It’s a chilly Thursday morning in Melbourne, and more than 100 Rohingyas and their supporters are protesting in the so-called Paris End of Collins Street. Our aim is to highlight the rapidly escalating genocide of Rohingyas in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Across the street, the cloudy protest...CONTINUE READING

Welcome to the right side of history

Omar Hassan “Welcome to the right side of history!” bellowed Tim Blackman, just one of the many impassioned speakers at the historic rally for marriage equality on 10 September in Sydney. The declaration was met with deafening applause and cheers from the 50,000-strong crowd, the largest protest for L...CONTINUE READING

Fascists flail in Melbourne race hate trial

Corey Oakley It was 10.15 on Monday morning, and the true believers of Australia’s “patriot movement” weren’t happy. United Patriots Front (UPF) leader Blair Cottrell, along with Chris Shortis and Neil Erikson, were in court contesting various charges arising from a stunt outside a Bendigo Council buil...CONTINUE READING

Morrison’s ‘economics of opportunity’ is a sham

Ben Hillier We have been regaled of late with news of “better days ahead” finally arriving. Business confidence – a gauge of how business owners and purchasing managers feel this week or this month – is up. Jobs growth is strong. There are high expectations for non-mining capital investment, which has...CONTINUE READING

Australian politicians back Trump’s unhinged nuclear threats

Mick Armstrong We are facing the greatest threat of nuclear war since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis: a nuclear war that would make the terrible destruction the US wreaked on the defenceless populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seem like a kindergarten affair. What is the response...CONTINUE READING

Socialism for the rich

Tom Bramble The Liberals love to say that they’re the party of private enterprise and that free markets must rule. In the name of capitalist efficiency and consumer choice, essential infrastructure has been sold off to private owners over the last decades. And a range of businesses now provide basic i...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds attend Sydney Socialism conference

Vinil Kumar Socialist Alternative’s Socialism conference, held at the University of Sydney over the weekend 18-20 August, attracted more than 500 participants. In the wake of the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the toppling of Confederate statues and sizeable anti-fascist mob...CONTINUE READING

Students taking a stand for Yes

Chris di Pasquale With some 200,000 young people in Australia between 18 and 24 not enrolled to vote when the marriage equality plebiscite was announced, the National Union of Students (NUS), along with campus student unions and Victorian Trades Hall Council, went into campaign overdrive. We ran daily stall...CONTINUE READING