Protest erupts against ‘road to nowhere’ in Perth’s southern suburbs

Nick Everett One thousand Perth residents defied police intimidation to prevent bulldozing of woodland in the Perth suburb of Coolbellup on the morning of 12 January. The protesters overturned fences and surrounded blockaded machinery as Rethink Perth Freight Link community alliance stepped up efforts to prevent the extension of the Roe Highway through the Beeliar Wetlands. Roe 8 is the first stage of the Liberal WA sta...CONTINUE READING

Refugee solidarity action blocks traffic

Liam Ward Sudanese refugee Faysal Ahmed died on Christmas Eve at the age of 27. Responsibility for his death lies at the feet of the Australian government, which had detained him in a concentration camp on Manus Island for more than three years, and the jailers in that camp who ignored his repeated requests for medical attention. Refugee rights activists gathered on Melbourne’s Princes Bridge on 3 January to hold a c...CONTINUE READING

Queensland ALP attacks civil liberties

Duncan Hart The Queensland Labor government has betrayed those who hoped that Campbell Newman’s oppressive Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws would be scrapped. Instead, Labor has decided to retain them for another two years, and implemented sweeping new powers for the police and courts with the Serious and Organised Crime Amendment Act . The Newman government introduced the VLAD laws in 2013. The...CONTINUE READING

New campaign group fights privatisation of public housing

Howard Marosi The Victorian state government has signalled its intention to privatise much of our public housing, by giving it to the private sector – also known as “social”, “community” or “affordable” housing. This part of the housing sector is run by churches, charities and corporations. Public housing tenants and the homeless want to stay in public housing. Rents are set at 25 percent of income, they have security of...CONTINUE READING

From gays at work to union pride

Liz Ross From the beginning, LGBTI workers knew that our rights at work not only were worth fighting for, but had to be fought for. From Gay Liberation joining the May Day Committee in 1974 to the Gay Teachers and Students Group’s formation in 1975; from the peak union body’s push for anti-discrimination legislation to the Plumbers Union statement, “Homosexual discrimination is an industrial issue and has to be foug...CONTINUE READING

Malaysian students threatened by Monash University

Tess Dimos Four day s before a rally to demand the resignation of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, Monash University Malaysia emailed students threatening to take disciplinary action if they were caught attending. The email read: “You are advised not to participate in any illegal gathering/related activity that contravenes Malaysian laws. Any student found to be participating in such gathering/activity or who is...CONTINUE READING

Pro-refugee demonstration sends NSW Liberals packing

Eleanor Morley More than 60 activists shut down a NSW Liberal Party state electoral conference on Thursday, 3 November. A motion on notice at the conference called for an end to all immigration and refugee intake, referring to refugees as “criminals”, “bastards” and “jihadists”. This came just days after the federal government announced a proposal to ban all asylum seekers arriving by boat from ever entering Australia. Am...CONTINUE READING

Health workers protest against hospital privatisations in NSW

April Holcombe The central coast of NSW has a reputation as being a sleepy string of suburbs between Sydney and Newcastle. Perhaps Mike Baird thought so too, expecting no blowback after his state government announced the sell-off of Wyong Hospital. If so, he was wrong. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NMA) drew more than 2,000 locals together on 16 October to protest against privatisations in the health sector. T...CONTINUE READING

Sirius building brings Green Bans back to the Rocks

Christopher Anderton Two worlds collide in the Rocks. One, accessible mainly to the rich, is expanding: the world of boutique stores, world class restaurants and luxury hotels. The other, the residential world where the workers who made Sydney city once lived, is dying a slow death at the hands of developers and politicians, all in the name of “progress”. The Sirius building is the latest to be put on the chopping block, with t...CONTINUE READING