‘Windows can be replaced, lives can’t’: protesters demand justice for Elijah

Nick Everett Three hundred protesters gathered at Perth’s Cultural Centre on 5 September to demand justice for the family of Aboriginal youth Elijah Doughty. Killed a week earlier on a bush track near Boulder’s Gribble Creek, Elijah was allegedly run over by a 55-year-old white man chasing him in a Nissan Navara. The man, whose name police have not released, has been charged with manslaughter despite evidence suggesting...CONTINUE READING

Young Liberals ousted at Adelaide University

Tom Gilchrist The left has cemented its place in the Adelaide University Union and Student Representative Council with a comprehensive victory in recent student elections. Socialist Alternative members have in recent years held positions, including the president of the SRC, but until now, Young Liberals at the university have dominated both student organisations. They have used their offices to mimic their mates in Canbe...CONTINUE READING

Ms Dhu’s family demand CCTV release

Ben Fowler A crowd of family members and supporters gathered on the steps of Perth’s central law courts on the second anniversary of the death of 22-year-old Aboriginal woman Ms Dhu. They demanded that the West Australian coroner release CCTV footage of the hours leading up to Ms Dhu’s death in police custody. “CCTV – for the family!” was the chant raised by the protesters. The coronial inquest, which began more than...CONTINUE READING

Big turnout for Socialism Conference

More than 500 people attended Socialist Alternative’s Socialism Conference in Sydney, held at the University of Sydney from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August. Around 350 people packed in for the conference’s opening night plenary, “Racism and resistance to the system”. The panel discussion featured Rahaf Ahmed, anti-Islamophobia activist; Gavin Stanbrook, Aboriginal activist and Socialist Alternative member; US...CONTINUE READING

Soccer fans stand up for Palestine

Benjamin Solah Fans of Glasgow-based Scottish football club Celtic defied attempts to ban Palestinian flags at recent matches against Israeli club Hapoel Be’er Sheva. In the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, Celtic fans flew the red, green, black and white in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle despite threats of fines and even arrest. The protest was led by the Green Brigade, a Celtic fan group. Marc Pa...CONTINUE READING

Victory for one family facing deportation

Kim Stern “It’s overwhelming. It has been so long waiting, and the community has stood by us. Students all over Australia have come forwards!” Dr. Bisawjit Banik has received great news: he, his partner Sarmin Sayeed and their 12-year-old son Arko have been granted permanent residency in Australia. Their application was originally rejected on the grounds that their son’s autism would be a financial burden on the stat...CONTINUE READING

Uni students, staff launch campaign to defend family from deportation

Jasmine Duff After living and working in Australia for nine years, Monash University academic Biswajit Banik and his family have been told to get packing. The immigration department has refused the family’s application for permanent residency on the basis that their 12-year old son – who has an autism diagnosis – will be a burden on the Australian economy. Biswajit, his partner Dr Sarmin Sayeed and their son Arkojeet no...CONTINUE READING

Government plans to push unemployed further into poverty

Darren Roso Living on the dole is hard yakka. And it is going to get harder. Research by the Australia Institute (TAI), a think tank, shows that newly announced cuts to Centrelink payments will drive the unemployed further below the poverty line. The Coalition government is proposing to shave at least $8.80 per fortnight from incomes. That’s one less meal a week for people who already have to skip meals because they do...CONTINUE READING

Appalling result of gutting social services

Simone White Children removed from families in NSW are being forced to sleep on the floors of child protection offices. The revelations have been slammed as “appalling” by the general secretary of the Public Service Association, Steve Turner. They reveal the depths of a punitive, grossly under-resourced and racist system in crisis. “There’s now a shocking amount of children being put up by FACS [Department of Family and...CONTINUE READING