Government policy causes homelessness 

Dino Varrasso Homelessness has increased to 116,000 people in Australia, according to a report by Melbourne-based housing support agency Launch Housing. In the five years to 2016, the report found, homelessness jumped by 48 percent in Sydney, 36 percent in Darwin and 14 percent nationally. The number of people sleeping rough rose by 20 percent. According to Launch Housing CEO Tony Keenan, “Australia’s housing market is a...CONTINUE READING

More money for filthy rich private schools

Hersha Kadkol Two out of every three dollars of commonwealth school funding go to private schools: one of the highest levels of private school funding in the Western world. With substantial assets and yearly income in the millions, these schools clearly need some extra help for their pool renovations, large-capacity theatres and new rowing sheds. All this was supposed to change with the Turnbull government’s Gonski 2.0 f...CONTINUE READING

Future frigates no win for workers

Angus Clarke, Maddy Edhouse Socialists have condemned the militarisation of South Australia, the so-called defence state, at the annual National Union of Students Education Conference, held in Adelaide from 2 to 5 July. We argued that the left should oppose the $35 billion contract between the federal government and British defence company BAE Systems to build nine Hunter Class naval frigates. Student members of the Labor Party, refle...CONTINUE READING

Shameful inaction on contaminated water in NT communities

Kaye Broadbent In his introduction to the 2018 “Closing the Gap” report, Malcolm Turnbull wrote that the government would “recommit and renew our collective efforts and focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”. It seems he does not consider the Northern Territory towns of Laramba, Willowra and Wilora worthy of this effort or focus. The NT government’s own water provider, Power and Wate...CONTINUE READING

Peter Carter, 1957-2018

It was very sad news to hear of the death, after many years of ill health, of the long term socialist activist Peter Carter. Peter was a dedicated and determined working class militant. I first met him more than 30 years ago, back in the 1980s, when I helped recruit him to the International Socialists. Peter was a delegate for the Federated Clerks Union (FCU), now part of the Australian Services Union, at t...CONTINUE READING

Tony Jones is wrong, Tony Abbott is definitely a racist 

Lily Campbell On a recent episode of the ABC’s Q&A program, I was picked from the audience to ask about the Ramsay Centre’s attempts to partner with an Australian university to offer a degree promoting Western civilisation. My question, directed at Sydney University vice-chancellor Michael Spence, related to the centre’s extreme ideological bias. I quoted Ramsay Centre board member and former prime minister, Tony Abbott,...CONTINUE READING

150,000 young Australians providing unpaid care

Carl Jackson New data from the 2016 census reveal that more than 150,000 Australians aged 18-24, or 5.6 percent of that age group, provide unpaid care for a disabled, sick or frail family member or friend, up from 5.0 percent in 2006. This is a disgrace, not only because their vital labour is unpaid, but because of the impact it has on the lives of the young carers and those requiring care. Professional care should be a...CONTINUE READING

Murdoch press takes aim at welfare recipients

Louise O’Shea While the Turnbull government plays Santa to the big end of town, the Murdoch press has launched a new campaign to vilify the poorest people in Australian society: welfare recipients. Teaming up with their buddies at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consultancy firm with a wealth of experience assisting bosses to condemn workers to welfare dependency, Melbourne’s Herald Sun has cooked up sensationalist statistics...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds stand against fascism in Melbourne

Michael Roberts Ah, the fash. They just never learn. They’re repeatedly told that they’ll always lose in Melbourne, yet every so often they insist on raising their heads. Sunday 24 June was the latest occasion. And yet again they lost. The “Aussie Pride Flag March”, organised by far right group True Blue Crew, attracted about 70 people to the Carlton Gardens at midday. Heavily guarded by Victoria Police, they intended to w...CONTINUE READING