Q&A shows what’s wrong with official politics

Colleen Bolger We interrupt normal programming to bring you politics from the street. That was what happened when the ABC’s Q&A panel was rendered speechless for two delicious minutes on 5 May by a group of rowdy students. Their actions struck a chord for many reasons, not least of which is that we’re fe...CONTINUE READING

The Herald Sun lies about Occupy Melbourne

Ben Hillier Melbourne’s Murdoch-owned Herald Sun is again having a lie-based sook fest about those of us involved in the October 2011 Occupy Melbourne events. For two days it has run with the usual slanders against protesters, displaying an oh-so familiar disdain for anyone critical of corporate contr...CONTINUE READING

Who’s to blame for monarchy’s popularity?

Corey Oakley Republicans have been all in a flap the last few weeks, ever since a poll came out showing a resurgence in support for the monarchy among Australians of all ages. Only 42 percent favour a republic, according to the Nielsen poll, down from 58 percent in 1998. Fifty-one percent oppose any ch...CONTINUE READING

Propaganda for austerity through the ages

Louise O’Shea The lead-up to Budget 2014 has been nothing if not an emotional roller coaster. In preparation for what no management-speak euphemism can disguise as anything but savage cuts, the tax-paying public have been encouraged by treasurer Joe Hockey to see ourselves variously as over-indulged chi...CONTINUE READING

Labor’s long goodbye to the working class

Rick Kuhn Liberating top politicians from external constraints is the goal of Bill Shorten’s proposals for minor organisational changes in the ALP. The issue is not union bureaucrats versus rank and file party members. Since the mid-1890s, the ALP has been a workers’ party committed to managing the...CONTINUE READING

No need to bring back feudalism Tony, the rich are doing just fine

Diane Fieldes It’s almost enough to turn staunch monarchist John Howard into a republican. Even he considers Abbott’s reintroduction of knights and dames to be “somewhat anachronistic”. In this new age of the bunyip aristocracy, Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer are no doubt already planning the creation o...CONTINUE READING

How can Brandis’s bigots be stopped?

Mick Armstrong Attorney general George Brandis undoubtedly wants to ensure that all the bigots continue to vote Liberal. But there is more to the proposed watering down of the Racial Discrimination Act than simply chasing after the racist vote and keeping reactionary columnists like Andrew Bolt and shock...CONTINUE READING

Challenges facing the Venezuelan revolution

Jorge Jorquera The recent discussion of Venezuela in Red Flag has been useful. The discussion of revolution in Latin America remains guarded and often dehistoricised, especially as the impact of the Cuban revolution has faded among newer generations. In his recent response to Sam King’s contribution ( Re...CONTINUE READING

F*ck Tony Abbott t-shirts and other crimes against decency

Corey Oakley Andrew Bolt described the March in March as “a carnival of brutal, savage, expletive-riddled political hate”. For once in my life I agree with him. And I couldn’t be happier. I was fortunate enough to be taking photographs for Red Flag along the route of the Melbourne demonstration, and ca...CONTINUE READING