From gays at work to union pride

Liz Ross From the beginning, LGBTI workers knew that our rights at work not only were worth fighting for, but had to be fought for. From Gay Liberation joining the May Day Committee in 1974 to the Gay Teachers and Students Group’s formation in 1975; from the peak union body’s push for anti-discrimination legislation to the Plumbers Union statement, “Homosexual discrimination is an industrial issue and has to be foug...CONTINUE READING

Malaysian students threatened by Monash University

Tess Dimos Four day s before a rally to demand the resignation of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, Monash University Malaysia emailed students threatening to take disciplinary action if they were caught attending. The email read: “You are advised not to participate in any illegal gathering/related activity that contravenes Malaysian laws. Any student found to be participating in such gathering/activity or who is...CONTINUE READING

Pro-refugee demonstration sends NSW Liberals packing

Eleanor Morley More than 60 activists shut down a NSW Liberal Party state electoral conference on Thursday, 3 November. A motion on notice at the conference called for an end to all immigration and refugee intake, referring to refugees as “criminals”, “bastards” and “jihadists”. This came just days after the federal government announced a proposal to ban all asylum seekers arriving by boat from ever entering Australia. Am...CONTINUE READING

Health workers protest against hospital privatisations in NSW

April Holcombe The central coast of NSW has a reputation as being a sleepy string of suburbs between Sydney and Newcastle. Perhaps Mike Baird thought so too, expecting no blowback after his state government announced the sell-off of Wyong Hospital. If so, he was wrong. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NMA) drew more than 2,000 locals together on 16 October to protest against privatisations in the health sector. T...CONTINUE READING

Sirius building brings Green Bans back to the Rocks

Christopher Anderton Two worlds collide in the Rocks. One, accessible mainly to the rich, is expanding: the world of boutique stores, world class restaurants and luxury hotels. The other, the residential world where the workers who made Sydney city once lived, is dying a slow death at the hands of developers and politicians, all in the name of “progress”. The Sirius building is the latest to be put on the chopping block, with t...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds at Socialist Alternative’s union conference

Kath Larkin More than 250 people attended Socialist Alternative’s Union Activism and History Conference, held at the Victorian Trades Hall on Saturday, 15 October. Union delegates and activists present were drawn from a variety of industries including transport, the public service, logistics, construction, health care and education. It was a fantastic day of discussion and debate about the history and politics of union...CONTINUE READING

Treatment of refugees is ‘deliberate torture’ – Amnesty

Jess Lenehan The extreme cruelty endured by refugees on Nauru is not the result of a few sadistic guards; it is a deliberate government policy, according to Amnesty International. Islands of despair , the latest report from the organisation, describes conditions in the camp. Jalil* fled religious persecution in Iran. He spoke to Amnesty about the psychological torture inflicted by the government: “Immigration has been p...CONTINUE READING

Labor students deal in Tories

Lily Campbell Student union elections at the University of Sydney have again exposed the dodgy dealings of the ALP. Student Labor factions, from behind a thin facade of identity politics and social democratic rhetoric, have elected two Liberals to paid union positions in order to secure jobs for themselves. This comes after running a campaign with the Liberals in order to get a Labor “left” presidential candidate elected...CONTINUE READING

Student representation under attack at Griffith University

Kim Collett Since 2014, the Liberal government has struggled to implement its dream of deregulated universities in Australia, a measure that would push the burden of education costs on to students and allow vice-chancellors to charge whatever they like for degrees. A student campaign organised by the National Union of Students brought public attention to the issue and solidified Senate opposition to the attack. Since t...CONTINUE READING