Refugees protest

Asylum seeker families in the RPC3 compound and refugees in the adjacent Anijue camp on Nauru began protesting on Palm Sunday. October 5 marked the 200th consecutive day. Since the federal Labor government re-opened the concentration camp in 2012, along with another on Papua Guinea’s Manus Island, the asylum seekers sent here have been subject to violence, psychological torture, rape, intimidation and coerc...CONTINUE READING

Fight to stop WestConnex escalates

April Holcombe It’s clear from a quick glance that this blockade means business: dozens of tents, a rolling roster of volunteers for all hours of the day, a huge spread of fresh fruit and tinned everything. The campers are angry locals and community activists fighting to keep Sydney Park off the hit list of the widely hated WestConnex project. WestConnex is the latest freebie from the New South Wales Liberal government to...CONTINUE READING

A win for left at Monash Uni

Tess Dimos The radical left has won a big victory in student union elections at Monash University. The Left Action ticket won all the positions it contested – two positions in the Environment and Social Justice office, one seat on the Monash student council and two delegates to the National Union of Students. With Left Action having held the Environment and Social Justice office in 2016, Monash has become one of the m...CONTINUE READING

Pensioners left to rot

Darren Roso One-third of pensioners are left to rot in poverty, a new study into the age pension has found. Nearly 1 million pensioners are in economic hardship. “The pollies want pensioners to fall into a pine box at 70, but they’re on great pensions”, a participant in the study said. Pensioners shared their experiences of deprivation in the report, The adequacy of the age pension in Australia . It shows that payments...CONTINUE READING

Spread Aussie torture, Turnbull tells UN

Jordan Humphreys “We need to see the world clear eyed as it is, not as we would like it to be, or as we fondly imagine it once was. Secure borders are essential. Porous borders drain away public support for multiculturalism, for immigration, for aid to refugees.” This is how Malcolm Turnbull tried to defend Australia’s persecution of refugees at the United Nations General Assembly. He placed the blame for anti-refugee senti...CONTINUE READING

Government bows to the big end of town on super

The federal government has dropped a plan to place a $500,000 lifetime cap on after-tax superannuation contributions made since 2007. The backdown ensures that the rich will maintain another loophole to minimise their income tax payments. Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association policy coordinator Paul Versteege said: “The government has caved in to the super rich by abandoning the $500,000 lifetim...CONTINUE READING

Sydney University students say halal not Hanson

Angelica Fernandez Hundreds of students and staff at Sydney University attended a “Halal not Hanson” barbecue on 14 September. The anti-Islamophobia, anti-Hanson event was organised by Students for Palestine, Sydney University Muslim Students’ Association (SUMSA) and the Socialist Alternative club together with the Social Justice department of the Sydney University Student Representative Council. On offer were halal sausages...CONTINUE READING

Indigenous freedom fighters remembered

The opening of an official monument to two Indigenous freedom fighters, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, took place in Melbourne on Sunday 11 September. The monument stands on the ground where they were hanged by authorities in 1842, near the corner of Bowen Lane and Franklin Street next to RMIT University. Of the importance of the monument, Joseph Toscano, from the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner C...CONTINUE READING

Casualisation leaves workers without leave

Jess Lenehan Sick leave and time off for public holidays are just two of the rights slipping from the grasp of workers in Australia, as casualisation leaves fewer people with basic leave entitlements or job security, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Analysing the data, the Australian Council of Trade Unions noted: “Since August 2012, the number of workers without leave entitlements (i.e. casua...CONTINUE READING