More horror for children in Australia’s gulags

Priya De Children on Nauru are exhibiting signs of resignation syndrome, a rare mental disorder born from extreme trauma. The physiological basis of the illness is unclear. What is known is that traumatised children, including those caught in the horror of immigration limbo or who live without hope, are at greatest risk of developing the condition. Similar cases of otherwise healthy people becoming mute and still ha...CONTINUE READING

SA universities tie themselves to weapons of mass destruction

Sage Jupe Take a plane to Adelaide and you’ll be greeted at the airport with a billboard advertising the University of Adelaide’s Masters of Marine Engineering and the promise of a future career in submarines, shipbuilding and defence. Take a taxi to the University of South Australia’s open day and you can attend an information session about careers in defence. Or peruse the Flinders University website and read about...CONTINUE READING

Victorian Socialists’ ‘fighting manifesto’ launched in Melbourne 

Workers, students, trade union leaders, community campaign activists and journalists crammed into Brunswick Town Hall on Friday 24 August to hear about the Victorian Socialists’ campaign to put a socialist into state parliament. The more than 450 attendees were there to launch the party’s manifesto, an 80-page plan to address the state’s chronic public housing shortage, inadequate public transport and divis...CONTINUE READING

The man-babies who ‘marched for men’

Chris di Pasquale The delicate snowflakes of the alt-right held their inaugural “March for Men” in Melbourne on 25 August. And they blamed every problem in their lives, from mental illness to the downfall of Western Civilisation, on women. Some 200 cry babies (of the more than 5,000 who expressed interest online) showed up to hear speakers, such as men’s rights activist Robert Brockway, rage against the use of misandrist gen...CONTINUE READING

Say no to oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight

Jack Crawford School students in South Australia are routinely taught about the marine wonder that is the Great Australian Bight. The Bight is home to whales and sea lions, and is a favourite hunting ground of great white sharks. But today, a far more terrifying group of predators is hunting there: fossil fuel corporations. Chief among these is Equinor (formerly Statoil). With the support of the federal government, Equin...CONTINUE READING

Perth Socialism a success

Scott Harney Socialism is in vogue, and the word has become hotly debated. The Socialism Conference’s positive reception in Perth reflects this, with more than 160 people attending the day-long event on 18 August. Radicals, unionists and student activists gathered at the University of Western Australia to discuss the world since the 2008 financial crisis, the collapse of the political centre and how to resist racism, am...CONTINUE READING

Protesting Sydney University’s Ramsay Centre 

Maddie Powell It’s a sunny afternoon on Sydney University’s picturesque campus. The quadrangle clock tower casts a shadow over dozens of lifeless, blood-soaked bodies. These are students who this month took a stand against our university’s ongoing negotiations with far right think-tank the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. In the tradition of anti-war activists of days gone by, we have doused ourselves in red paint...CONTINUE READING

Sydney trains going nowhere

Diane Fieldes Beleaguered Sydney train travellers have learnt a new phrase this month – “cascading anomalies”. When IT failures triggered an unprecedented collapse in the rail network’s computer systems on 16 August, including those that locate trains on the network, coordinate the rostering systems and provide information to passengers, it created a perfect storm. The network was crippled, leaving tens of thousands of f...CONTINUE READING

Paedophile protector Peter Hollingworth’s $350,000 annual pension

Priya De Peter Hollingworth, when serving as archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s, repeatedly failed to discipline child sexual abusers in churches and schools. In one example, the paedophile John Elliott remained a priest at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Sunnybank until retirement – despite both Elliott and one young victim revealing systematic and persistent abuse to Hollingworth personally. Referring to the Ellio...CONTINUE READING