‘That’s all youse are good for’: footage shows real role of Victoria Police

Viktoria Ivanova “How tough are youse?”, asks disability pensioner John. His personal CCTV cameras show him hunched over on his front lawn, beaten and pepper-sprayed. The pain comes through in his voice. A cop shoots water at his face with a high-pressure garden hose while five others watch, some laughing,...CONTINUE READING

Building a campaign to change the rules

Jerome Small Over the coming weeks, tens of thousands of workers will take to the streets in mass rallies as part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ “Change the Rules” campaign. Union delegates meet in Melbourne on 17 April; they are likely to endorse a CBD rally for 9 May. Unions in other citi...CONTINUE READING

Marxism 2018 draws a record attendance

Tom Bramble The Marxism 2018 conference in Melbourne, organised by Socialist Alternative, drew a record attendance of almost 1,200 over the Easter weekend. Many of the more than 100 scheduled sessions were full houses. The conference attracted people from across Australia and New Zealand. Speakers fle...CONTINUE READING

Recycling crisis is capitalist business as usual

James Plested Recycling isn’t complicated. Households and businesses separate their recyclables from the rest of their rubbish and put them out for collection. This material then is supposed to be sorted and made into new products – a small but important contribution to sustainability in a world awash w...CONTINUE READING

Sally McManus and the crisis in the unions

Tom Bramble On her appointment to the position of ACTU secretary 12 months ago, Sally McManus lost no time in making a splash. On the day she stepped into the role, she appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 and told interviewer Leigh Sales, “I believe in the rule of law when the law is right. But when it’s unjus...CONTINUE READING

The battle for Batman shows the need for a new way

Corey Oakley The battle between Labor and the Greens in the Batman by-election illustrated a lot about what is wrong with left politics in this country. The two previous contests in the inner-Melbourne seat – at the 2013 and 2016 federal elections – pitted long-time Greens candidate Alex Bhathal agains...CONTINUE READING

Backlash after Monash University slashes arts funding

Daniel Taylor The trouble at Monash began at 9am on the first morning of semester. New students enrolled in the popular first-year Introduction to International Relations unit arrived for class, only to find themselves in a silent and abandoned lecture theatre. To deal with overcrowded lectures, the adm...CONTINUE READING

Dream, believe, do nothing, succeed. Rinehart’s children make the big league

Lily Campbell “There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain – do something to make more money yourself.” Inspirational words from Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, in Australian Resources and Investment magazine. Ri...CONTINUE READING

Profit put before people in aged care

Kaye Broadbent Aged care facilities in Queensland are dumping sick elderly residents into hospitals as a way of cutting their own labour costs – putting even more pressure on staff working in hospital emergency departments. Cuts to staff mean that staff-patient ratios in some aged care facilities are at...CONTINUE READING