Disability support facing NDIS crisis

Aaron Slater Cracks are appearing in claims that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an advance for people with disabilities. The hurried roll-out of the scheme, expected to be complete by 1 July in some areas, has been marked by confusion and frustration for disability support staff, ag...CONTINUE READING
Fascists march in Melbourne

Fascists marched through my town last weekend

Jerome Small Fascists carried out a march in Melbourne on 25 June. Actual fascists. The kind of people who say, “There should be a picture of Hitler in every classroom”. A group that describes itself as “the fist of Australia” and tried to march through multicultural Coburg last year spreading “force a...CONTINUE READING
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (L) with senator Lee Rhiannon

Greens leaders move to purge the left

Josh Lees The Australian Greens have lobbed a grenade into their New South Wales branch in a dramatic escalation of the more right wing leadership’s long-running campaign to purge the left wing of the party. The Australian Greens party room, comprising the 10 federal parliamentarians, announced in a...CONTINUE READING

Adani’s ‘job creation’ lie

James Plested “Don’t take my coal job and I won’t take your soy latte” is the slogan on a bumper sticker seen recently in Townsville, Queensland. The sticker was made by supporters of Adani’s proposed mega coal mine at nearby Carmichael, referring to the (apparently all soy latte-drinking) environmental...CONTINUE READING

Was Brighton killer’s anger fuelled by unjust imprisonment?

Liz Walsh In the wake of the Brighton, Melbourne, siege, when lone gunman Yacqub Khayre killed a hotel worker and held a woman hostage in the name of ISIS and its rival al-Qaeda, the law and order hounds have been off the leash. Australia has already passed some of the most extensive anti-terror leg...CONTINUE READING

It’s champagne for the bosses as workers are shafted

Tom Bramble Australia has now experienced 26 years without a recession, a world record. But the rising tide is not lifting all boats. Corporate Australia is enjoying a profits bonanza while workers are under pressure on every front. The national accounts published this week show that, in the first thr...CONTINUE READING

Barefaced lies as government moves to deport thousands of refugees

Con Karavias The Australian government is escalating its attacks on refugees. On 20 May, immigration minister Peter Dutton announced that 7,500 people would face immediate deportation should they fail to complete asylum claims by 1 October. Clearly taking inspiration from Donald Trump, whose administra...CONTINUE READING

Doyle’s army: mayor wants more guns in Melbourne

Liam Parry In the wake of the Manchester bombing, Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle has called for Victorian police to be armed with assault rifles. Doyle’s controversial statements, made in an interview on 3AW, shocked right wing presenter Neil Mitchell. “You can’t have a bloke on point duty or walking d...CONTINUE READING

Constitutional change: symbolism won’t cut it

Diane Fieldes If one thing is clear from the “Uluru Statement From the Heart” issued after a large Indigenous conference in late May, it is that mere symbolic constitutional recognition of their existence will not satisfy Indigenous people. The Uluru Statement reflects, in some measure, their desire for...CONTINUE READING