Manus Island

Manus Island refugees speak out

Tim Arnot The Australian government’s barbaric refugee policies have claimed another life. Hamed Shamshiripour, a 31 year old who fled Iran, was found dead on 8 August near the East Lorengau Transit Centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. His mental health had deteriorated significantly in the pa...CONTINUE READING

Marriage equality: we need a ‘yes’ vote to push back the bigots

Chris di Pasquale “If you don’t like same-sex marriage, vote ‘no’. If you’re worried about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote ‘no’, and if you don’t like political correctness, vote ‘no’ because voting ‘no’ will help stop it in its tracks.” With those words, conservative former PM Tony Abbott fir...CONTINUE READING

Why class struggle matters

Tom Bramble There is general agreement that the inexorable rise in inequality, Scott Morrison’s denials notwithstanding, has something to do with government policies over the past quarter of a century. Everyone from the IMF’s Christine Lagarde to ALP leader Bill Shorten agrees on that. But it’s more t...CONTINUE READING

A desperate plea for help from Nauru

We have waited long enough! We have a right to be free and to know our future! We were tricked into being transferred to Nauru from Christmas Island, promised that we would be freed quickly if we followed the rules. Those who remained on Christmas Island are now in Australia. Some of us ha...CONTINUE READING

The game is up for ‘trickle down’ economics

Louise O’Shea “This idea that people and inequality and incomes has [sic] been going in the wrong direction. That’s not borne out by the facts. It hasn’t got worse, inequality. It’s actually got better.” So contended that man of the people cum treasurer Scott Morrison on the ABC’s 7:30 program. This mad...CONTINUE READING

No justice in racist Australia

Chris Macfarlane Justice has once again been denied to the Indigenous community. In August 2016, Elijah Doughty, an Indigenous teenager from Kalgoorlie, WA, was chased from the road while riding a motorbike and struck down by an unnamed pursuer in a two tonne ute. He was killed instantly. On 21 July, his k...CONTINUE READING

Marking 100 issues of Red Flag

What is the socialist press for? Launching Red Flag four years ago, we wrote: “Over the past few years – from the Arab revolutions to Occupy to the resistance to austerity in Europe – people have time and again taken to the streets, organised in their communities and their workplaces, and...CONTINUE READING

A special kind of justice for pro-Palestine student activists

Sarah Garnham The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has a reputation for smearing supporters of the Palestinians. AUJS is an avowedly Zionist organisation. Though it claims to welcome all Jewish students, its members must agree to “actively promot[e] the interests of Israel”. This is somethin...CONTINUE READING

Time to fight back against the war on young people

Eleanor Morley Declining living conditions, exorbitant university fees, the demonisation of welfare recipients and skyrocketing rental and property prices amount to a war on young people. This is not the result of a feud between baby boomers and millennials, it is a concerted attack by successive governm...CONTINUE READING