Democracy campaign overturns young Liberals’ rigged student election

Declan Kerr Students at the Queensland University of Technology have overturned a rigged election at the campus. The young Liberals, who have controlled the guild for six years, were returned to office in the student guild unopposed last month after nominations were opened and closed secretly. Young Liberals in Queensland have form. In 2012, Liberal students at the University of Queensland changed election regulations,...CONTINUE READING

Government wants telcos to install spyware on your phone

Carl Jackson Security and immigration ministers from the “Five Eyes” security alliance countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – quietly descended upon the Gold Coast for a two-day conference in late August. These conferences are never good news for the majority of people, and they usually conclude with the publishing of wish lists for more invasive state surveillance and rep...CONTINUE READING

$4.6 billion handout to rich schools

Jasmine Duff Scott Morrison has announced a $4.6 billion federal government handout to independent and Catholic schools. Changes to the way funding is allocated will result in a $3.2 billion funding increase from 2019 to 2020. An additional “Choice and Affordability Fund”, worth $1.2 billion, will be made available to Catholic and independent schools to spend however they choose from 2020 onwards. On top of all this, pr...CONTINUE READING

The failure of service privatisation

Priya De The Australian Council of Social Service and Choice magazine recently commissioned a study into the effects of privatisation on “human services”. They found that, far from achieving efficiency, opening social services to the market has been disastrous. Surveying vocational education and training (VET) and employment services, the study reported that profit comes at the expense of service quality and accessi...CONTINUE READING

Morrison: bigot and loser

Lily Campbell Under the guise of freedom of speech, defending religious freedom and “letting kids be kids”, LGBTI people have faced an assault from recently anointed prime minister and homophobe in chief Scott Morrison. He went on 2GB radio earlier this month to gabber with cretin Alan Jones, discussing the supposedly “skin curling” Victorian high school program teaching students about “building respectful relationships”...CONTINUE READING

Workers rally against South Australian state budget

Daniel Neser The first Liberal government in South Australia for 16 years has delivered its inaugural state budget, and it’s filled with brutal cuts to public services. Treasurer Rob Lucas is eager to pick up where he left off. He’s infamous for privatising the electricity grid in 1999, a move that led to ballooning power prices, decrepit infrastructure and the energy crisis we’re dealing with today. His budget will sac...CONTINUE READING

Students protest against SA’s biggest Downer

Tom Auld The University of Adelaide’s decision to give former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer an honorary doctorate has been met with protest. On 11 September, Downer spoke to graduates at the university’s Bonython Hall, where a small contingent of protesters from the campus Disarm campaign were waiting. Downer was a leading figure in the government that sent troops to invade Iraq in 2003, and he played a...CONTINUE READING

Adelaide’s public space privatised

Tom Gilchrist The land surrounding Adelaide’s central grid has traditionally been public space. Wide green parklands surround most of the CBD, while along the northern edge are various public buildings: the hospital, parliament, library, art gallery, museum and two public universities. Over the last decades, the public nature of this space has been eroded. Skycity Casino now operates in the heritage-listed railway buildi...CONTINUE READING

Chelsea Manning’s case reveals the right’s hypocrisy

Jasmine Duff US whistle blower Chelsea Manning’s speaking tour has been thwarted by the Department of Home Affairs. And the political right, which complains endlessly about the curtailment of freedom of speech, has been noticeably silent. Manning was a US intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010, with reports and videos daily coming across her desk detailing the horrors of the United States’ war crimes in the country. She r...CONTINUE READING