Biloela refugee family remains at risk of deportation after legal setback

The Tamil Refugee Council today again criticised the federal government’s immigration laws, following the failure of a Tamil family’s Federal Circuit Court appeal to be granted the right to stay in the country. Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters – aged 1 and 3, born in Australia – have now spent more than 100 days detained at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows. “If thi...CONTINUE READING

More far right dopes heading down under

Elliot Downes It seems that just about every far right racist with an internet connection is announcing Australian speaking tours these days. Riding on the coattails of Milo Yiannopoulos and Jordan Peterson, Canadian alt-right YouTube personalities Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have announced an Australian tour next month. They’ll be joined by fellow right wing YouTuber Dave Rubin later in the year. Even former UKI...CONTINUE READING

Joe ‘end the age of entitlement’ Hockey goes on a half-year bender

Louise O’Shea “Get a good job that pays good money” was Joe Hockey’s advice to those struggling to afford their first home during his time as treasurer in 2015. And as befits a man of his integrity, Hockey has led by example. Following his stint of selfless public service at home, he has secured a good – some might say very good – job, one that mainly involves spending taxpayers’ money on himself and his friends. In just...CONTINUE READING

Drug dogs used to harass festivalgoers

Jack Mansell “No one should be told to go home and slapped with a six-month ban just because they go out to see live music and a drug dog looked at them.” So said the Facebook page of the campaign group Sniff Off, which has been fighting police attempts to ban people from festivals, even if they have no drugs on them, if a sniffer dog “identifies” them. On 5 June, NSW Police announced that any revellers stopped by sniff...CONTINUE READING

Children detained indefinitely in Queensland watch-houses

Reeshan Zakiyya An alarming number of children are being held in Queensland police watch-houses for long periods, according to data tabled in the Queensland parliament. Children as young as 11 have been detained for up to five days at a time with no exercise or visitation rights. Hundreds of young people have been locked in watch-houses over weekends since December. Two 10-year-olds have been detained overnight. One 17-yea...CONTINUE READING

More arms industry ties to universities

Con Karavias The Liberals are crowing. Twenty-five million dollars of public money will be spent on a university research deal with the US military. “This is a great outcome”, defence industry minister Christopher Pyne said. The deal is part of the Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, a US military program using international universities to develop US weaponry. Five Australian universities are repo...CONTINUE READING

Black deaths in custody rally demands justice

Lily Campbell More than 600 people gathered at Sydney Town Hall on 12 May to demand an end to Black deaths in custody. The protest, called by activist organisation Fighting in Resistance Equally (FIRE), heard from families of Aboriginal people killed by police, and committed Black activists, including nine-year-old Justice, who addressed the rally: “Last night there was a Black death in custody at Mount Druitt. Nobody ev...CONTINUE READING

Victorian Socialists officially launch election campaign

More than 600 people turned out to the Grace Darling Hotel on 12 May for the Victorian Socialists campaign launch. Organisers had to open another room to accommodate more people, and the candidates repeated their speeches to those waiting downstairs. Comedian-turned-lawyer Corinne Grant was MC as leaders of community organisations spoke of why they support the campaign, followed by speeches from the candida...CONTINUE READING

Public tenants raise their voices against privatisation 

Everyone is three steps from homelessness: unemployment, family break down or a poor decision can all lead to homelessness. Nobody believes it can happen to them, but it can and does. I was very lucky. I was thrown a lifeline. We were all thrown a lifeline … That lifeline is our homes here. They are not simply flats. They are our homes. I’ll admit to being nervous when I first moved here. Like untold thousa...CONTINUE READING