The problem with the Fair Work Act

Tom Bramble The Fair Work Act that is the target of the ACTU’s Change the Rules campaign undermines wages and conditions and hamstrings trade unions. Passed by the Rudd Labor government in 2009, it is a particularly ugly piece of legislation, with many obvious problems. The Howard government’s WorkCho...CONTINUE READING

Daniel Andrews is no left winger

James Plested Going by the coverage in the Murdoch press, you’d think Victoria under Daniel “Red Dan” Andrews is socialism in one state. On the left too, Andrews is regarded as an outlier among recent Labor leaders. In a 2016 Guardian article, Gay Alcorn claimed, “Daniel Andrews’ government is unashamed...CONTINUE READING

Victorian Socialists vow to take on Hanson

Corey Oakley “You have every right to be angry with a system that has let you down. But don’t blame migrants. Don’t blame Muslims. Blame the people who are actually responsible: the big corporations and the politicians who are in their pockets.” That is the message from Victorian Socialists candidate S...CONTINUE READING

Even Andrew Bolt can see the Liberals are waging class war for the rich 

Corey Oakley Were you to come up with a list of commentators likely to savage the Liberal government’s hypocrisy for going after innocent union officials while covering up for its criminal mates in the big banks, Andrew Bolt probably wouldn’t be your first choice. But there he was on the Bolt Report la...CONTINUE READING

Prison sentences won’t protect paramedics

Eric Leroux Commercial media worked themselves into a frenzy after Victorian County Court judge Barbara Cotterell overturned the prison sentences of Amanda Warren, 33, and Carris Underwood, 20, on 15 May. In 2016, Warren and Underwood attacked paramedics Paul Judd and Chenaye Bentley in the Melbourne...CONTINUE READING

Left wing Green scores upset victory in NSW preselection contest

Diane Fieldes Running an explicitly left wing campaign, Greens MLC David Shoebridge has won preselection for the top spot on the Greens upper house ticket for the 2019 NSW state election. With 65 percent turnout of 4,000 NSW Greens members, Shoebridge received 1,161 votes, ahead of two sitting MLCs from...CONTINUE READING

WA Labor to hike utility fees

Ben Fowler Working class Western Australians are being told to foot the bill for the state deficit once again. The 2018 state budget, announced on 10 May by the McGowan Labor government, included big hikes to utility bills and to fees for state services, and cuts to education funding. The price of el...CONTINUE READING

Crime rates drop but Indigenous people being jailed more than ever

Dino Varrasso Throughout Australia, crime rates have decreased, but the incarceration rate – particularly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – has increased dramatically. Despite making up only 3 percent of the population, Indigenous people are 28 percent of the prison population. According to th...CONTINUE READING

NSW police surveillance list targets Aboriginal children

Chloe Rafferty NSW police have been keeping a watch list under their Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) since 2000. To make it onto the list, you need not have committed a crime, and you won’t be told you’re on it. If you suspect that you’re on it, there’s no way of getting taken off. One factor overw...CONTINUE READING