Safe zones outside abortion clinics are welcome

Daniel Lopez The New South Wales state government recently passed laws imposing bans on protests outside abortion clinics. If you live in Victoria or one of the four other states with such bans, then you won’t have seen one of these protests for a few years. This is because, in 2016, the state governme...CONTINUE READING

The state, the far right, and repressive laws

Chris di Pasquale The debate on the left sparked by Emma Norton’s recent comment piece in Red Flag about establishing safe access zones around abortion clinics exposed a worrying trend among some of Norton’s critics. Norton argued that the left must oppose moves by governments to criminalise anti-choice big...CONTINUE READING

Don’t ban protests, even those of bigots

Emma Norton Abortion laws in Australia are worse than you think. The procedure is still in the criminal code in NSW and Queensland. A woman seeking an abortion in NSW needs a doctor to say that the pregnancy threatens her health or wellbeing. In South Australia, she needs two doctors to believe that i...CONTINUE READING

How much can you learn in a neoliberal education system?

Jorge Jorquera The notion of lifelong learning is now ubiquitous. In the Golden Age of capitalism – the decades following the Second World War – middle class dreams were couched in terms of material gain, mid-life affluence and early retirement. Today, middle class illusions rest on the promises of educa...CONTINUE READING

I watched the royal wedding. And I loved it.

Ben Hillier I’m supposed to write about the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle being a disgusting display of opulence by a bludging waste-of-space family whose titles are both affronting and anachronistic. It was. They are. Yet I am caught up in it. For a brief escape from the small agonies of...CONTINUE READING

Israel’s Eurovision win pinkwashes genocide

Tess Lewis Israel’s winning entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, “Toy” by Netta Barzilai, has been hailed by the media for having a powerful anti-bullying message, celebrating diversity and women’s empowerment and capturing the #MeToo movement. The ABC’s live blog of the competition raved ab...CONTINUE READING

Who gives a f*ck about Mark Manson and Jordan Peterson?

Simone White Who gives a fuck about the world? Lots of people, it turns out. According to a World Economic Forum survey of 32,000 18-35-year-olds across 186 countries, the top four concerns are climate change, wars, income inequality and poverty. Extensive surveying by Roy Morgan finds that people cons...CONTINUE READING

Trump lies, but his lies are the small ones

Sandra Bloodworth The Oxford Dictionary declared “post-truth” the word of the year in 2016, with the explanation: “it describes not just particular assertions, but a general characteristic of our age”. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was widely thought to embody this new age. And now, it seems his pres...CONTINUE READING

The waterfront war that shook Australia

Diane Fieldes Twenty years ago, on 7 April 1998, Patrick Stevedores dismissed and locked out all 1,400 of its unionised waterside workforce, triggering mass protests and picketing around the country. In the dead of night, balaclava-wearing scabs with German shepherds and rottweilers entered the docks, c...CONTINUE READING