Palestine solidarity activists demand SBS #BoycottEurovision2019

Hersha Kadkol, Paulie Bover Despite calls for an international boycott, SBS has maintained that it will broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, which is to be held in Israel next year. The contest is set to be hosted in Tel Aviv – 70 kilometres from the Gaza border, where the Israeli military murdered more than 200 protesters this year. The event was planned for occupied East Jerusalem, where Israel has made an aggressive push to...CONTINUE READING

Campus anti-military campaign celebrates first year

Jack Crawford Forty people gathered at an Adelaide pub on 15 November to celebrate the establishment of the Disarm campaign at South Australian universities. The student campaign – aimed at cutting ties between universities and the arms industry – has hit something of a nerve in the “defence state”, garnering attention in the press and creating political controversy on campuses. Over the last semester, around 2,500 stude...CONTINUE READING

The dirty truth about pollution

Josh Lees In 1845, Friedrich Engels wrote, “These east and north-east sides of Manchester are the only ones on which the bourgeoisie has not built, because ten or eleven months of the year the west and south-west wind drives the smoke of all the factories hither, and that the working people alone may breathe”. A new report, The Dirty Truth, by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), reveals that little has chan...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds rally in Adelaide against nuclear waste dump 

Jack Crawford South Australia has long played an important role in the global nuclear industry. Its deserts were made a testing ground for atomic weaponry in the 1950s and 1960s, condemning countless Aboriginal lives to the rolling black mist. The state is also home to nearly a quarter of the world’s uranium reserves, providing the raw material for overseas reactors and contributing to disasters such as Fukushima. But fo...CONTINUE READING

Are we going to see the military on the streets?

Carl Jackson A new bill that could soon pass in federal parliament opens the way for the military to be more easily deployed against Australia’s civilian population. The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill, first introduced into the lower house in late June and now up to its third reading, rewrites part of the 1903 Defence Act. Currently, state and territory authorities can request military...CONTINUE READING

Progressive alliance breaks seven-year conservative stranglehold at QUT

Declan Kerr An alliance of progressive students at the Queensland University of Technology has won the student union elections after seven years of Young Liberal National Party control. With a grassroots campaign, “Reach” secured 58 percent of the vote to the “Epic” Young LNP’s 42 percent. This came in the wake of a Democracy 4 QUT campaign, which overturned a rigged election result earlier in the semester, when Epic p...CONTINUE READING

Marching against fascists in Berlin

Oscar Sterner The first marchers reached Siegessäule two hours after leaving Alexanderplatz, six kilometres away. At the same time, the last of the demonstrators were just starting to march. The crowds did not disperse until well into the evening, after a six-hour street concert. You could march with refugee activists chanting anti-nationalist slogans and then jog ten minutes ahead and find Maoists blasting “the Internat...CONTINUE READING

Perth to play host to merchants of death

Jade Mawby Perth’s Crown Casino will host the inaugural Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference this month, featuring guest speakers from two of the world’s biggest weapons manufacturers, state and federal politicians and military researchers. State minister for defence issues Paul Papalia said the conference will provide an opportunity to promote “our capabilities and [harness] the state’s competitive edge...CONTINUE READING

Hanson met with protest in Perth

Phoebe Burrage A “Fish and Chips” meet and greet for One Nation leader Pauline Hanson in the Perth suburb of Innaloo on 13 October was met with a rowdy protest. Protesters chanted “Black, Indigenous, Arab, Asian and white: unite to fight the right!” and “Whose streets? Our streets!” as Hanson supporters arrived for the meeting. A “Honk if you hate Pauline Hanson” sign got an enthusiastic response from passing motorists. N...CONTINUE READING