University of Queensland students start the year with protests

Duncan Hart It’s not often that there are two demonstrations on the first day of semester at the University of Queensland. Dozens of people, including many ex-students of the university, gathered to protest a plan to demolish the student union. University bosses, particularly vice-chancellor Peter Hoj, were incensed by the planned protest. In the morning, they emailed all students and staff informing them of the import...CONTINUE READING

Victorian Socialists to stand in federal election

Liz Walsh Anyone decent wants to see the back of the Liberal government. But we also know that a future Labor government is not going to be much better. For starters, the industrial laws we so desperately need to change today are hangovers from the time of the Rudd and Gillard government. Then there’s the vicious racist scapegoating ramped up to new levels by the Liberals. Shamefully, this is echoed by Bill Shorten,...CONTINUE READING

‘The oceans are rising, and so are we!’

Jack Mansell Sydney seldom sees a weekday action of such energy and enthusiasm as it did on 7 February. Around 200 of us, young and old, congregated on George Street, outside the pompous Ivy Complex. Our target, Adani’s Australian CEO Lucas Dow, who in 2014 orchestrated the sacking of 700 BHP mine workers, was there to address the Sydney Mining Club about the company’s Carmichael coalmine project in Queensland. It could...CONTINUE READING

Protesters fight for Murray-Darling

Tom Gilchrist “The drought? Bullshit!” Shouts and jeers from 150 protesters on the steps of state parliament added some life to the normally quiet Sunday morning in Adelaide. They were there on 27 January to fight for the Murray-Darling river system, which is dying. Neil Andrew, Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) chairman, was addressing the crowd. It wasn’t going well. Asked how he could justify draining the Menindee...CONTINUE READING

‘You can’t sell stolen land’: Mass eviction looming for Aboriginal tenants

Selina Dowd More than 100 people gathered at Picnic Point in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, on Saturday 2 February, to protest the auction of 37 houses against the wishes of their decades-long residents. The homes used to be social housing, but the company that owned them collapsed last year. More than 100 Indigenous residents are at risk of homelessness. “We weren’t given a chance to appeal or fight what’s happening”, B...CONTINUE READING

‘We’re here and we’re the majority’: Invasion Day protests surge

Catherine Robertson Despite desperate attempts by prime minister Scott Morrison to breathe life into Australia Day – pledging millions of dollars to build a replica of Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavour, to re-enact its circumnavigation of Australia, which it never did, and threatening to ban councils from holding citizenship ceremonies if they refuse to hold them on 26 January – Invasion Day rallies continued to grow this yea...CONTINUE READING

Australia Day parade in Melbourne is best in galaxy

Ben Hillier Nothing says “Australia Day parade” like people dressed as Storm Troopers milling about on Swanston Street in Melbourne. Not the old German ones. The Star Wars ones. One of them holds an official placard that reads: “Rebel Legion”. That’s what they call themselves and they have a spot in the parade, which will begin at 11am. Nearby, the Doctor Who Club of Victoria is gathered. They too will be marching. Oth...CONTINUE READING

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinds award to Angela Davis

Kim Bullimore The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute announced last year that it would bestow its highest honour, the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, on Birmingham native and civil rights activist Angela Davis. Davis was to receive the award on 16 February and deliver a keynote speech at the institute’s annual gala. Institute president Andrea Taylor stated they were “thrilled” to bestow the award on Davis, sayin...CONTINUE READING

Okinawa continues resistance to US bases

Kaye Broadbent Henoko, a small seaside town in Okinawa, has for months been the site of daily demonstrations against the construction of a new US military base. On 14 December, private contractors hired by the Japanese government were to begin the final phase of building an offshore airstrip by filling in Oura Bay with dirt and rocks. The protesters are focused on the damage to the marine environment and local fisheries t...CONTINUE READING