A culture of entitlement

Editors The motto of the Abbott Liberal government seems to be “weddings, parties, anything”. Apparently, attending their friends’ social functions is important business. It is “networking” they say, as they claim thousands of dollars in expenses for their trips. Attorney-General George Brandis, A...CONTINUE READING

Why we need to know the truth

Diane Fieldes For years, refugee rights supporters have rightly denounced the press and the politicians for creating hysteria about boat arrivals. Unlike others who travel, refugees allegedly “flood”, come in “waves” and threaten to “swamp” the country. The Sydney Daily Telegraph’ s 2011 front-page head...CONTINUE READING

The new inequality

Trevor Grant Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s latest book Battlers and billionaires: the story of inequality in Australia has reproduced some powerful facts from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which condemn the system under which we live. Since 1975, wages for the lowest paid workers have risen 15 percent...CONTINUE READING

Education in the Abbott era

Louise O’Shea New education minister Christopher Pyne has given a revealing interview outlining some of the Coalition’s intentions regarding higher education in Australia. They are not good news. They involve scrapping Labor’s plan to increase university places for working class and disadvantaged studen...CONTINUE READING

The real welfare bludgers

Tom Bramble With the Abbott government boasting its ambition to get the budget back into surplus, you can be sure that claims about cutting “wasteful” welfare spending will get louder in coming months. Treasurer Joe Hockey has already announced his intention to tackle what he calls “an age of entitlem...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s criminal injustice system

A Red Flag feature covering the origins of the Australian police, racism in the force, law and order politics and the increasingly violent nature of policing under neoliberalism. What are the police for? By Andrew Cheeseman If you are an avid watcher of all the TV crime shows like CSI, you...CONTINUE READING

Concessions only boost anti-refugee agenda

Diane Fieldes The Liberals’ trashing of refugee rights requires an uncompromising response. Every attempt to make concessions – to be “more reasonable”, to water down our demands – strengthens the position of those who want to keep refugees out. As an example, born-again refugee advocate Malcolm Fraser’...CONTINUE READING

Labor's faction fictions

Rick Kuhn Prominent past and present Labor politicians, liberal literati and ALP well-wishers in the Murdoch press have been complaining for years about the influence of factions inside the party. Whether this whingeing is accompanied by calls to curb connections with the unions or not, it is part o...CONTINUE READING

Open for business, closed for everyone else

Editors That Tony Abbott can make himself responsible for federal oversight of women’s affairs tells you something about the “fuck you” attitude of the new Liberal government. But the door to his ministry being shut on women is only the opening salvo. If you are not rich then don’t expect much fro...CONTINUE READING