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

‘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