One of the best protests in years as hundreds blockade Liberal fundraiser

Josh Lees In (actual) Armani suits and pearls they came. Struggling with the unfamiliar surrounds of Redfern, and many making the mistake of having their chauffeurs drop them off before they knew what awaited them; they looked shocked and a little lost. Cashed-up Liberals, doing their bit to boost the coffers of a certain member for Warringah, Tony Abbott, were not welcomed with the red carpet they are accustomed to....CONTINUE READING

Diary from a war zone

Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island The situation in Manus is getting worse. Last night the refugees were in a dark place. People were lying down on the floor and were struggling with serious hunger, having not eaten since Tuesday. At the same time they were struggling with tropical mosquitoes. Until recently the mosquitoes have been controlled with fumigation, but that has been stopped too. Now, malaria is a new worry to add to the many othe...CONTINUE READING

Rallies across country as Yes campaign enters final stretch

Louise O’Shea With the marriage equality postal survey deadline approaching, thousands have rallied around the country in support of a Yes vote. In Sydney, 15,000 people marched, while rallies in Canberra and Adelaide attracted 1,000 and 2,000 respectively. In Melbourne, thousands marched to a festival of bands and entertainment despite inclement weather. In Brisbane 1,000 defied the rain to rally. The Sydney event drama...CONTINUE READING

Refugee activist fined for attempting to stop deportation

Nicki Toupin A refugee rights activist has been ordered to pay $600 following a March demonstration outside the Melbourne Immigration Detention Accommodation in Broadmeadows. James Crafti had participated in a Refugee Action Collective (RAC) picket of the detention centre, in an attempt to halt the impending deportation of an Iraqi refugee. Saeed* (not his real name) came to Australia with his brother. Despite their cir...CONTINUE READING

World refugee numbers increasing

Con Karavias More than 2 million people fleeing wars or persecution have been added to the ranks of the world’s refugees in 2017, according to a report presented to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The largest increases come from South Sudan (650,000), and Muslim Rohingya (500,000) forced to flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar over the past five weeks. “[Refugees] often arrive sick, traumatised and...CONTINUE READING

Manus Island refugee protests continue

Liam Ward Refugees in the Manus Island detention centre stopped protesting on Monday, 2 October, after having marched and chanted in the tropical sun for 62 days continuously. But they weren’t celebrating victory or suffering a decisive defeat. For one day, they paused to mourn the death of one of their own. Earlier that day, Rajeev Rajendran, a 32-year-old Tamil refugee, was found dead – yet another death at the han...CONTINUE READING

School expulsions report highlights plight of disadvantaged youth

James Crafti “Every year several hundred children are expelled from government schools [in Victoria] … A disproportionate number of expelled children have a disability, are in out of home care, or identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Some come from backgrounds of significant trauma. Some are only five or six years old.” The opening lines of Victorian ombudsman Deborah Glass’ report into government school e...CONTINUE READING

Anti-racist protest dwarfs fascist rally in Melbourne

Simon Barrett The chant “You’ll always lose in Melbourne!” echoed in the streets of Melbourne on 17 September as another pick and mix of assorted fascists, Nazis and white supremacists was vastly outnumbered by a loud counter-rally. Between 400 and 500 anti-fascist protesters gathered at the State Library for speeches and chants. Indigenous activists, speakers from the Rohingya community, Jews Against Fascism and longsta...CONTINUE READING

Campus security targets student activism at Sydney University

Hersha Kadkol A concerning new precedent has been set for how university managements can deal with student activism. Students from the Education Action Group (EAG) have been organising to support staff at the University of Sydney, who are fighting attacks on pay and working conditions. The EAG created large posters to inform students about the strike, which has been organised by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTE...CONTINUE READING