A fight for abortion rights in Queensland

Priya De Queensland Labor has proposed a bill, to be moved in October, that will remove abortion from the criminal code. The 1899 legislation in effect today contains penalties of seven years, 14 years or even life imprisonment for women who unlawfully terminate pregnancies and for people who assist them in doing so. Women can legally terminate pregnancies only if their life is deemed in danger. Most abortion provid...CONTINUE READING

Waste dump bribery in SA

Jack Crawford The federal government is desperate to dump nuclear waste in South Australia. A campaign of bribery led by Liberal resources minister and pro-Adani crusader Matt Canavan is under way to find a location. The campaign has divided the two prospective towns, Kimba and Hawker. Hawker is an old railway town in the Flinders Ranges, and Kimba an outpost on the Eyre Peninsula. Both have suffered long-term economic d...CONTINUE READING

Violent racist attack at University of Newcastle 

Lily Campbell On the evening of Saturday 4 August, 21-year-old Pakistani international student Abdullah Qaiser was driving to the University of Newcastle library to finish an assignment. On his way, he was approached by a group of eight men and one woman. The group stepped out in front of the car, in the middle of the road. They began to hurl racist abuse. “Terrorist!”, “Go back to your f**cking country, you don’t belong...CONTINUE READING

Solidarity with Bangladeshi student protesters

Athulya Jancy Benny Bangladeshi students in Melbourne organised a protest on 8 August in solidarity with student protesters demanding justice for political prisoners in Bangladesh. Shahidul Alam, renowned photographer and an adjunct professor at RMIT, was among those arrested in Bangladesh for supporting the protests, which began after two students were killed by a speeding bus. Alam was dragged from his home by a squad of und...CONTINUE READING

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