Labor’s ‘reforms’ leave anti-worker 457 visa system intact

Jerome Small In the first week of June, Fairfax newspapers exposed the ruthless exploitation of workers on employer-sponsored working visas. Hundreds of workers from India and the Philippines paid recruitment agents between $5,000 and $40,000. Some workers were required to pay 48 percent interest rates...CONTINUE READING

‘We are treated like animals’: Nauru asylum seeker speaks out

Sawsan Hassan They have committed no crime but in fleeing the destitution of Gaza, “the world’s largest open air prison”, 17 Palestinian asylum seekers now find themselves in one of the world’s most remote concentration camps. The group was transferred from Christmas Island to Nauru on 25 May by the Aus...CONTINUE READING
Pine Gap

They’re spying on us as well

Jo Squire Edward Snowden, the heroic whistleblower behind the revelations of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency told journalist Glenn Greenwald that his greatest fear was not for his own safety or personal well-being. Rather, his greatest concern was that the revelations would be m...CONTINUE READING

An ongoing crisis in government

Editors When masses of people articulate their grievances by shutting down a city, social complaints can rapidly become political crises. Since the first issue of Red Flag went to print, several rebellions around the world have threatened to morph into such crises for those at the top of society....CONTINUE READING

Refugees fear deportation

Trevor Grant For newly arrived Christmas Island asylum seekers, many of whom have endured life-threatening journeys, the fear and trepidation do not end when they reach land. The fear of drowning on the high seas, dying of thirst or being eaten by sharks is nothing compared to the pre-dawn knock on the...CONTINUE READING

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