Robots and volunteers: a letter to George Monbiot

Allen Myers Dear George Monbiot, I found very interesting your 7 February column in the Guardian on the robotisation of work, occasioned by Amazon’s new patent for a wristband that can track what workers are doing throughout their shift. I agree with your observation, “Digital Taylorism, splitting int...CONTINUE READING

Barnaby Joyce’s ‘family values’ failings are fair game

Roz Ward Maybe I’m just a jealous feminist (not to mention lesbian). Perhaps I have a bitter need to deny happiness to a couple that have simply found love through an office romance and pregnancy. No, I’m not jealous, I’m angry. I could care less about the moral virtue of Barnaby Joyce’s sex life....CONTINUE READING

Vale David Feeney. Nah, lol

Daniel Taylor Few will mourn the political death of David Feeney, the amnesiac Labor backbencher who has now fallen to Section 44. Feeney’s career in the House of Representatives produced only two moments of heroic distinction. First, during the 2016 federal election, when Labor was aggressively campaig...CONTINUE READING

Ron Walker shouldn’t get a state funeral

Tess Lee Ack Ron Walker will forever be associated with two major blights on the Melbourne landscape: the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Crown Casino. Walker made a fortune out of each, and his mates at the big end of town continue to do so. Disgracefully, Victorian taxpayers, who largely foot the bill for t...CONTINUE READING

I know what it's like to be the target of a Murdoch pack-attack

Roz Ward “We have not organised this to change the date. We have organised this to abolish Australia Day because fuck Australia … I hope it fucking burns to the ground”, Tarneen Onus-Williams told a cheering crowd at Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally. The protesters were fired up, and so were the spea...CONTINUE READING

Too right, Malcolm, let’s sell more death

Allen Myers Well it’s about time Australian capitalists increased their profits from the business of killing people. For too long, countries such as the United States and Russia have dominated the global arms trade, gaining many of the fringe benefits of wars, peace-keeping operations and other euphem...CONTINUE READING

Hell NOprah!

Diane Fieldes It was the speech heard round the world. Award ceremonies are like that. But this was much more. After Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, the Washington Post, and social media, raised the possibility of Oprah as the next US president. ABC News an...CONTINUE READING

#MeToo proves need for structural change

Sarah Garnham #MeToo is sensational, gimmicky and mainly focused on Hollywood and other elite hierarchies, but much of what it has uncovered is recognisable to women everywhere. Sexual harassment, ranging from assault at the extreme through to everyday unwanted sexual attention, is both common and norma...CONTINUE READING

New Year in detention

Ben Hillier It’s New Year’s Day, and the Broadmeadows detention centre is in lockdown. We’re told to wait. Eventually, a guard comes to the car park to tell us that all visits are off. She won’t say why. But after a few calls at our end, word has it that a couple of visa overstayers awaiting deportati...CONTINUE READING