Hundreds stand against fascism in Melbourne

Michael Roberts Ah, the fash. They just never learn. They’re repeatedly told that they’ll always lose in Melbourne, yet every so often they insist on raising their heads. Sunday 24 June was the latest occasion. And yet again they lost. The “Aussie Pride Flag March”, organised by far right group True Blue Crew, attracted about 70 people to the Carlton Gardens at midday. Heavily guarded by Victoria Police, they intended to w...CONTINUE READING

Students protest against UQ taking dirty Dow money

Elizabeth Flaherty University of Queensland students have protested against a proposed building funded by, and named after, Dow Chemicals CEO and UQ alumnus Andrew Liveris. Dow Chemicals produced Agent Orange, a defoliant, and napalm. Between 1961 and 1971, the US military sprayed 45 million litres of Agent Orange across Vietnam, poisoning waterways, rice paddies and forests and exposing between 2 and 5 million people to toxi...CONTINUE READING

NSW, the police state

Christopher Anderton Police in New South Wales have been given increased powers to ban or disperse rallies or public meetings anywhere on crown land – which includes most town squares, roads and community halls. Under the Liberal government’s updated crown land management regulation, individuals can be fined up to $11,000 or be arrested for “taking part in any gathering, meeting or assembly” once they have been told not to. In...CONTINUE READING

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