Work for the dole: punitive, dehumanising and racist 

Miranda Wood The federal government’s beleaguered Community Development Plan (CDP) has been labelled a “policy disaster” that exacerbates poverty and continues intergenerational trauma. The program, which has been widely criticised for its punitive system of fines and payment cut-offs since its introduction three years ago, overwhelmingly affects Indigenous people in remote areas, who make up about 80 per cent of its pa...CONTINUE READING

Confronting the law and order agenda in Sydney

Chris Anderton Australia is becoming increasingly authoritarian. Laws restricting civil liberties and democratic rights have proliferated under the guise of anti-terrorism, public order and combating criminal gangs. Prisons are more populated than ever before despite violent crime rates being at a historic low. And policing is racially biased against Muslims, Indigenous people and certain non-white migrant groups. How do...CONTINUE READING

Doctors expelled from Nauru

Simone White Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) workers have been forcibly expelled from Nauru for the crime of caring about refugees. Dr Nicole Montana, senior medical officer for Australia’s health contractor IHMS, has also been arrested and ordered to leave the island for “a breach of regional processing rules”. Australian governments, both Liberal and Labor, have criminalised compassion and are persecuting those who res...CONTINUE READING

Young Nationals infiltrated by fascists

Jordan Humphreys The NSW Young Nationals, the youth wing of the National Party, has expelled one member, suspended two others and temporarily halted recruitment after supporters of the far right got one of their own elected to its national executive. The group, the New Guard, identify as fascists and share the name with the Australian Depression era fascist organisation. They are also members of the Lads Society, a fight cl...CONTINUE READING

Democracy campaign overturns young Liberals’ rigged student election

Declan Kerr Students at the Queensland University of Technology have overturned a rigged election at the campus. The young Liberals, who have controlled the guild for six years, were returned to office in the student guild unopposed last month after nominations were opened and closed secretly. Young Liberals in Queensland have form. In 2012, Liberal students at the University of Queensland changed election regulations,...CONTINUE READING

Government wants telcos to install spyware on your phone

Carl Jackson Security and immigration ministers from the “Five Eyes” security alliance countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – quietly descended upon the Gold Coast for a two-day conference in late August. These conferences are never good news for the majority of people, and they usually conclude with the publishing of wish lists for more invasive state surveillance and rep...CONTINUE READING

$4.6 billion handout to rich schools

Jasmine Duff Scott Morrison has announced a $4.6 billion federal government handout to independent and Catholic schools. Changes to the way funding is allocated will result in a $3.2 billion funding increase from 2019 to 2020. An additional “Choice and Affordability Fund”, worth $1.2 billion, will be made available to Catholic and independent schools to spend however they choose from 2020 onwards. On top of all this, pr...CONTINUE READING

The failure of service privatisation

Priya De The Australian Council of Social Service and Choice magazine recently commissioned a study into the effects of privatisation on “human services”. They found that, far from achieving efficiency, opening social services to the market has been disastrous. Surveying vocational education and training (VET) and employment services, the study reported that profit comes at the expense of service quality and accessi...CONTINUE READING

Morrison: bigot and loser

Lily Campbell Under the guise of freedom of speech, defending religious freedom and “letting kids be kids”, LGBTI people have faced an assault from recently anointed prime minister and homophobe in chief Scott Morrison. He went on 2GB radio earlier this month to gabber with cretin Alan Jones, discussing the supposedly “skin curling” Victorian high school program teaching students about “building respectful relationships”...CONTINUE READING