Rent increases in Northern Territory public housing create financial stress

Kaye Broadbent Waiting lists for public housing are increasing nationally, and the stock of housing has dropped in the past 15 years. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 190,000 households nationally are on public housing waiting lists. With many households juggling paying bills, rent and food, the Northern Territory government recently announced it would increase public housing rents. From Octobe...CONTINUE READING

The fight against Adani continues

Jehiel Lomaz Adani claims to have secured finance for its Carmichael coal mine project in north Queensland. In an interview with the Economic Times, Karan Adani, CEO of Adani Group’s port subsidiary, announced that the multinational conglomerate has “completed the financing of the mine”. He also said the company is “closing on the financing of the rail part”, referring to a proposed rail line linking the mine to Abbot P...CONTINUE READING

Loser Lauren Southern and her man-baby bros flee to Somerton. Sad!

Chris di Pasquale “Fascists like things to run smoothly, they like their trains to run on time. Well, tonight, we made sure that things did not run smoothly for them.” – A Melbourne anti-fascist activist last night. Far right activist Lauren Southern did not expect to host the Melbourne leg of her Australian speaking tour in a reception venue on the Hume Highway more than 30 kilometres from the CBD. It’s a testament to the c...CONTINUE READING

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