The hypocrisy of Honi Soit censorship

Mariana Podesta-Diverio The editors of Honi Soit , Sydney University’s student paper, recently ran a front cover featuring photographs of 18 vulvas. Each of the vulvas belongs to a different Sydney University student, all of whom volunteered. Shortly before publication, the editors were warned that, were they to...CONTINUE READING

Sole parents hit hard by cuts

Steph Price Turning eight doesn’t usually mean much. If you’re lucky, it might be worth an extra half an hour of television at night. Maybe it’s when you’re first allowed to walk to the milk bar on your own. Nothing special, it used to be just another stop on the slow march towards counting your age i...CONTINUE READING

Who’s who in the minor party mayhem?

Louise O’Shea When you’re handed a Senate ballot the size of a small bed sheet, you’d be forgiven for thinking there might be someone or something on it worth voting for. Surely among the dozens of intriguingly named political groupings, the ma and pa stores of the voting world, someone will stand for s...CONTINUE READING

Bosses prepare for industrial war

Jerome Small As the Liberals prepare for government, some major employers are preparing for war. Australia needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher” according to Mark Adamson, the boss of Fletcher Building Ltd, one of the largest construction companies in Australia. His sentiments are echoed throughout secti...CONTINUE READING

The media are as bad as the politicians

Diane Fieldes Is the US Daily Show’s comedy coverage of the Australian election – which focussed on an idiot candidate who couldn’t remember his own party’s policies, a sexting scandal involving red wine and a racist who thought Islam was a country – really that different from that of the serious Austra...CONTINUE READING

What this election should have been about, but wasn’t

Mick Armstrong Election day is meant to be the day when we get to have our say over the vital decisions that impact our lives – the day we determine the future of the country for the next three years. The lead-up to election day surely should be a time of great excitement, animated discussions, vibrant d...CONTINUE READING

A choice beyond the no-choice election

Editors Tony Abbott has been reassuring everyone that his will be a “no surprises” government. In a sense he’s right: if the Coalition wins the federal election, it won’t be surprising at all when he and his filth-pot conservative mates start kicking workers and the poor in the teeth. In May, shad...CONTINUE READING

The great super scam uncovered

John Passant Imagine a government announced that it was setting up a new pension scheme in which the richer you were, the more pension you got. It would be laughed out of office. But that in effect is what happens with the compulsory superannuation guarantee (SG) scheme and the associated tax concessio...CONTINUE READING

How Australia’s mining barons stole the boom

Tom Bramble The resources boom has been the most spectacular of its kind in 150 years, surpassed only by the gold rush of the 1850s. It has created enormous fortunes in the hands of a few, impoverished some and left many isolated from its benefits. Now that we are coming out of the construction phase,...CONTINUE READING