Griffith University restructures a disaster for students and staff

Priya De Griffith University has introduced sweeping restructuring this year, with more to come. The changes are an attempt to boost profits at the expense of education quality and accessibility. Without student consultation, and ignoring staff concerns, management implemented a trimester system in February. In this model, a third academic period is squeezed into the year by condensing term lengths and cutting holid...CONTINUE READING

A desperate plea for help from Nauru

We have waited long enough! We have a right to be free and to know our future! We were tricked into being transferred to Nauru from Christmas Island, promised that we would be freed quickly if we followed the rules. Those who remained on Christmas Island are now in Australia. Some of us have children, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and family in Australia. Our families are heartbroken and devastated fro...CONTINUE READING

CFMEU speaks up for marriage equality

This union has been at the centre of more progressive movements than Malcolm Turnbull’s butler could poke a stick at. These were not just struggles in the workplace. They were struggles that made our society more equal and more fair. You might want to tell us to stick to our “bread and butter” – to winning you better wages and conditions at work. But here’s the thing about that: a better, fairer Australia w...CONTINUE READING

NUS education conference debates way forward

Emma Norton Hundreds of students from around Australia recently attended the annual National Union of Students (NUS) education conference, which this year was held in Brisbane. The conference, in the first week of July, debated the direction of the student movement. Many of these discussions related to the Make Education Free Again campaign, run by NUS this year. Other important questions for the left were also raised:...CONTINUE READING

Palestinians stand up to Israel’s attempt to control Al-Aqsa

James Crafti Deaths of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli “defence” forces are all too frequent. Israeli soldiers continue to murder Palestinians (including non-violent resistance activists) with impunity. Any attempt to fight back on the part of the occupied Palestinian population is dealt with swiftly, severely and collectively by the Israeli state. In the wake of a Palestinian attack on two Israeli police officers,...CONTINUE READING

Protesters confront homophobic Tele

April Holcombe Cries of “Shame, Murdoch, Shame!” could be heard at lunchtime outside the Daily Telegraph offices. A large rainbow was chalked on the pavement around the entrance. On 12 July, the Sydney newspaper had published infographics on its front page about a new “health crisis” for young people, referencing rates of drug use and obesity. Another sign of sickness, according to the Tele ? That 17 percent of young peop...CONTINUE READING

Murder of unarmed man confirms Sri Lanka still not safe for Tamils

The murder of Yogarasa Thines at the hands of Sri Lankan police on 9 July shows that Tamils are still not safe in their country, says the Tamil Refugee Council. Thines, aged in his 20s, was shot several times by officers in Vadamaradchi East, in the Jaffna district of the country’s Northern Province, which is majority Tamil. He reportedly had been hitchhiking home from a Hindu temple. Sri Lankan prime minis...CONTINUE READING

Huge demonstration in London says the Tories must go

A great wave of defiance against Theresa May’s government swept through central London on 1 July. Tens of thousands of people marched who are angry at austerity, racism and pay curbs. The Grenfell Tower fire was seen by many as the symbol of all that is wrong with a society that puts profit before people’s lives. And there was universal fury at the grubby deal with the bigots of the Democratic Unionist Part...CONTINUE READING

Think your way out of poverty? Yeah, right

Jess Lenehan EMpath, a self-described “high-performing and innovative organisation” based in the US, offers a “metric-based, mentor-led, incentivised program” that “takes a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to fostering economic mobility”. Poverty, they reckon, is all in your head. In the poor, they say, “the prefrontal brain can get swamped and the wave of emotion can drown out clear focus and judgment”. This is a...CONTINUE READING