Things Labor should do, but won't

Tom Bramble The ALP is looking down the barrel of electoral annihilation. Labor politicians have been running around like headless chooks. Caucus discipline is shot to blazes. The symptoms of collapse are everywhere, but the diagnoses for Labor’s ills are as shallow as they are plentiful. Most common...CONTINUE READING

What will it take to revive our union movement?

Jerome Small As we lurch towards a likely Abbott landslide, Jerome Small takes stock of the union movement Despite the huffing of the conservative press, unions have made few gains under Gillard. Very little of the ground lost under Howard’s WorkChoices laws has been recovered. The biggest resources bo...CONTINUE READING
British PM David Cameron.

Why all the fawning over conservatives?

Steven Chang The passage of same-sex marriage laws in the UK and New Zealand has rightly been the cause of celebration among millions of people around the world passionate about equal rights for LGBTI people. However, the fact that these laws have recently been passed by conservative governments has al...CONTINUE READING

How can we fight the education cuts?

Sarah Garnham In response to government cutbacks to higher education announced in April, students initiated an anti-cuts campaign that on 14 May mobilised the biggest student protest in years in Melbourne, where 3000 joined the central demonstration. In Perth, 700 students protested at Curtin University...CONTINUE READING
Vivian Malo – Goonyandi woman and anti-capitalist.

Breaking with the system

Vivian Malo Dear System, It’s over; I am breaking up with you. This abusive relationship is killing me, and if I don’t leave now and salvage what is left of me there will be nothing left but a shadow, a twisted version of who I truly am. Since our relationship began, I have been constantly covered in...CONTINUE READING

The new stolen generation

Jon Lamb Indigenous communities and families are reeling under the impact of a new stolen generation, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are removed from their families in staggeringly high numbers. More than a third of the 39,600 children in “out-of-home care” nationally are Aborigi...CONTINUE READING

Endorsements for Red Flag

I’m looking for great things from Red Flag . I’m looking forward to seeing the Red Flag soar high. Billy X Jennings, Black Panther Party historian Any publication worth its salt should challenge thinking and force people to consider issues more deeply. I have every confidence that the Red...CONTINUE READING

Welfare control spreads to public housing

Steph Price Australia’s largest landlords have just stitched up a deal that will hand them the power to deduct money from the welfare payments of their tenants. Under the arrangement, state housing authorities – landlords to more than 300,000 households – will be able to divert an income support or fa...CONTINUE READING

A new paper for Australia's left

Editors In putting together the first edition of Red Flag , we had to decide what issue to lead with on our first front cover. It was an important decision, as it gives us the opportunity to convey something about what kind of publication Red Flag will be, what kinds of issues it considers importa...CONTINUE READING