Okinawa continues resistance to US bases

Kaye Broadbent Henoko, a small seaside town in Okinawa, has for months been the site of daily demonstrations against the construction of a new US military base. On 14 December, private contractors hired by the Japanese government were to begin the final phase of building an offshore airstrip by filling i...CONTINUE READING

Fraser Anning doesn’t represent shit

Kaye Broadbent Queensland senator Fraser Anning was the only parliamentarian to turn up to a fascist demonstration in Melbourne in early January. Organised by leaders of the far right white supremacist group United Patriots Front to “reclaim St Kilda” from “African gangs”, the protest, which included peo...CONTINUE READING

Rent increases in Northern Territory public housing create financial stress

Kaye Broadbent Waiting lists for public housing are increasing nationally, and the stock of housing has dropped in the past 15 years. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 190,000 households nationally are on public housing waiting lists. With many households juggling paying bills,...CONTINUE READING

Shameful inaction on contaminated water in NT communities

Kaye Broadbent In his introduction to the 2018 “Closing the Gap” report, Malcolm Turnbull wrote that the government would “recommit and renew our collective efforts and focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”. It seems he does not consider the Northern Territory town...CONTINUE READING

Aged care providers avoiding tax while taking handouts

Kaye Broadbent The largest six private aged care providers – BUPA, Opal, Regis, Estia, Japara and Allity – are using trusts and offshore tax havens to obscure profits and avoid paying tax, according to a recent report commissioned by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Allity has paid no tax...CONTINUE READING

Profit put before people in aged care

Kaye Broadbent Aged care facilities in Queensland are dumping sick elderly residents into hospitals as a way of cutting their own labour costs – putting even more pressure on staff working in hospital emergency departments. Cuts to staff mean that staff-patient ratios in some aged care facilities are at...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s hunger games

Kaye Broadbent More than 3.5 million Australians, 15 percent of the population, experienced food insecurity in 2017, according to Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation. Food insecurity, as defined by Foodbank and the United Nations, is “a situation that exists when people lack secure a...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane bus drivers still fighting for safety

Kaye Broadbent It has been 10 months since Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher was murdered at work. It’s been nearly that long since the start of enterprise agreement negotiations between bus drivers and Brisbane City Council. Predictably, the main issue for drivers is safety, but they are also demandin...CONTINUE READING

Dutton moves to starve out refugees

Kaye Broadbent Australia’s minister for immigration and border protection, Peter Dutton, continues to ramp up the inhumane treatment of refugees housed in offshore concentration camps. As if the constant reports of abuse, self-harm and deaths are not evidence enough that the system is cruel, refugees on...CONTINUE READING