Victorian Socialists officially launch election campaign

More than 600 people turned out to the Grace Darling Hotel on 12 May for the Victorian Socialists campaign launch. Organisers had to open another room to accommodate more people, and the candidates repeated their speeches to those waiting downstairs. Comedian-turned-lawyer Corinne Grant was MC as leaders of community organisations spoke of why they support the campaign, followed by speeches from the candida...CONTINUE READING

Public tenants raise their voices against privatisation 

Everyone is three steps from homelessness: unemployment, family break down or a poor decision can all lead to homelessness. Nobody believes it can happen to them, but it can and does. I was very lucky. I was thrown a lifeline. We were all thrown a lifeline … That lifeline is our homes here. They are not simply flats. They are our homes. I’ll admit to being nervous when I first moved here. Like untold thousa...CONTINUE READING

The millionaires paying no tax 

Viktoria Ivanova Out of 12,706 taxpayers with an income of more than $1 million, 62 paid zero income tax in the 2015-16 financial year, an increase of 30 percent from the previous year. The data, provided by the Australian Taxation Office, reveal that the majority claimed to have taxable incomes under $6,001. Three claimed between $6,001 and $18,200. All were below the tax-free threshold, and all avoided the Medicare levy....CONTINUE READING

Students stand with Palestine

Eleanor Morley Students have raised the Palestinian flag on university campuses across New South Wales in protest against the murder of 40 peaceful protesters in Gaza over the past two months. Rallies at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales gathered students in solidarity with those fighting for their lives in Palestine. “The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or r...CONTINUE READING

Working class migrant families take a hit 

Reeshan Zakiyya Working class migrants will find it harder to reunite with family and to support elderly relatives after changes passed in the 2016 and 2017 federal budgets come into effect. To prove that they can financially support family members, migrants’ incomes must be double the previous requirement. From 1 April, the changes to the Assurance of Support Scheme mandate that a single person must earn $86,606 a year, a...CONTINUE READING

Left versus right battle for NSW Greens seat

Sarah Garnham The contest between David Shoebridge and Jeremy Buckingham for the lead position on the Greens NSW Legislative Council ticket is a clear left versus right battle. The two candidates have very different approaches to the parliamentary position and to society more generally. Shoebridge is a bona fide left wing activist. He regularly speaks at demonstrations and uses these platforms to point to the systematic...CONTINUE READING

UQ accepts dirty money from DOW Chemical chief

Tim Heffernan University of Queensland vice-chancellor Peter Høj has announced plans to establish a new chemical engineering building named after the CEO and chairman of Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris. The “Andrew N. Liveris Building” and “Liveris Academy” will be funded, in Høj’s words, through a “historic gift” of $40 million from Liveris and his wife. This might seem like business as usual at UQ – just another rich pers...CONTINUE READING

Thousands of asylum seekers to be stripped of income

Tim Arnot Thousands of asylum seekers on bridging visas are being forced off the meagre assistance provided by the government and told to “support themselves”. The Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS), which provides a small allowance and casework, residence and counselling support to 12,500 asylum seekers, is being slashed by Peter Dutton’s Home Affairs Department. Individuals on the SRSS receive 89 percent of t...CONTINUE READING

NT work for the dole program robbing Indigenous workers

Gavin Stanbrook The federal government’s Community Development Program (CDP), a “work for the dole” program in the Northern Territory, has in less than three years proven to be a racist con-job. CDP was promoted as an initiative to support long term unemployed. But since July 2015, employment providers have fined and sanctioned the majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce more than 400,000 times. With the n...CONTINUE READING