The Liberal vision for Australia

Tom Bramble Malcolm Turnbull and treasurer Scott Morrison say that their $143 billion income tax cuts will benefit us all. They are “a win for working families”, says the prime minister. They say that the cuts will put money in our pockets – at least $530 in the next financial year for those earning l...CONTINUE READING

Hanson is no friend of workers

Rebecca Barrigos Pauline Hanson calls herself an outsider who stands up for “ordinary Australians” against the elite. The “Battler Bus” she drove around during the 2017 Queensland election campaign was one expression of this. So was her recent challenge to politicians to forgo their latest pay rise and her...CONTINUE READING

Why the government is determined to deport a Tamil family from Biloela

Ben Hillier At first there is confusion. Federal Circuit Court judge Caroline Kirton takes only two minutes to uphold a decision of the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) not to grant a Sri Lankan Tamil family safe haven in Australia. Priya, Nades and their two infant daughters, born in Australia,...CONTINUE READING

Shorten’s backflip over business tax ominous

Tom Bramble Bill Shorten’s announcement that a Labor government would repeal tax cuts to businesses with a turnover of between $10 million and $50 million unleashed a media and business offensive against the ALP leader. The Master Builders Association and the Council of Small Business Associations, us...CONTINUE READING

Climate change an ‘existential risk’, but Australia continues to do nothing

James Plested It seems like a win. There appear to be some parliamentary representatives without their heads buried firmly in the sand on climate change. That members of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee – a mix of Coalition, Labor, Green and independent senators – wou...CONTINUE READING

Australian war crimes

Ben Hillier How many civilians have Australian special forces killed in Afghanistan? We don’t know and may never know. But it is becoming clearer that war crimes of a scale not previously reported or acknowledged have been carried out by some in Australia’s most venerated military units. Documents lea...CONTINUE READING

Our cities are choking, but immigration is not the problem 

Tess Lee Ack Our cities are under enormous pressure. As the population grows, the shortcomings of our infrastructure become more and more apparent. We sit for extended periods in a car park otherwise known as a freeway, or wait ages for inadequate public transport. Decent affordable accommodation is ge...CONTINUE READING

Superannuation, ‘the unlucky lottery’

Liz Ross Superannuation is one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated against the Australian working class. Instead of providing decent wages and a guaranteed liveable pension, the government requires money to be taken out of young workers’ incomes when they need it most and put into the stock marke...CONTINUE READING

Islamophobic charges dismissed – again

Diane Fieldes To no fanfare – unlike his arrest in Sydney in July 2017 – weapons charges against Khaled Merhi have been dropped. NSW Police sought no penalty, conviction or costs. This is a very useful reminder of the bigger picture of extremely well-publicised raids on Muslims on trumped-up charges tha...CONTINUE READING