Are we going to see the military on the streets?

Carl Jackson A new bill that could soon pass in federal parliament opens the way for the military to be more easily deployed against Australia’s civilian population. The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill, first introduced into the lower house in late June and now up to its third reading, rewrites part of the 1903 Defence Act. Currently, state and territory authorities can request military...CONTINUE READING

Progressive alliance breaks seven-year conservative stranglehold at QUT

Declan Kerr An alliance of progressive students at the Queensland University of Technology has won the student union elections after seven years of Young Liberal National Party control. With a grassroots campaign, “Reach” secured 58 percent of the vote to the “Epic” Young LNP’s 42 percent. This came in the wake of a Democracy 4 QUT campaign, which overturned a rigged election result earlier in the semester, when Epic p...CONTINUE READING

Marching against fascists in Berlin

Oscar Sterner The first marchers reached Siegessäule two hours after leaving Alexanderplatz, six kilometres away. At the same time, the last of the demonstrators were just starting to march. The crowds did not disperse until well into the evening, after a six-hour street concert. You could march with refugee activists chanting anti-nationalist slogans and then jog ten minutes ahead and find Maoists blasting “the Internat...CONTINUE READING

Perth to play host to merchants of death

Jade Mawby Perth’s Crown Casino will host the inaugural Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference this month, featuring guest speakers from two of the world’s biggest weapons manufacturers, state and federal politicians and military researchers. State minister for defence issues Paul Papalia said the conference will provide an opportunity to promote “our capabilities and [harness] the state’s competitive edge...CONTINUE READING

Hanson met with protest in Perth

Phoebe Burrage A “Fish and Chips” meet and greet for One Nation leader Pauline Hanson in the Perth suburb of Innaloo on 13 October was met with a rowdy protest. Protesters chanted “Black, Indigenous, Arab, Asian and white: unite to fight the right!” and “Whose streets? Our streets!” as Hanson supporters arrived for the meeting. A “Honk if you hate Pauline Hanson” sign got an enthusiastic response from passing motorists. N...CONTINUE READING

Work for the dole: punitive, dehumanising and racist 

Miranda Wood The federal government’s beleaguered Community Development Plan (CDP) has been labelled a “policy disaster” that exacerbates poverty and continues intergenerational trauma. The program, which has been widely criticised for its punitive system of fines and payment cut-offs since its introduction three years ago, overwhelmingly affects Indigenous people in remote areas, who make up about 80 per cent of its pa...CONTINUE READING

Confronting the law and order agenda in Sydney

Chris Anderton Australia is becoming increasingly authoritarian. Laws restricting civil liberties and democratic rights have proliferated under the guise of anti-terrorism, public order and combating criminal gangs. Prisons are more populated than ever before despite violent crime rates being at a historic low. And policing is racially biased against Muslims, Indigenous people and certain non-white migrant groups. How do...CONTINUE READING

Doctors expelled from Nauru

Simone White Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) workers have been forcibly expelled from Nauru for the crime of caring about refugees. Dr Nicole Montana, senior medical officer for Australia’s health contractor IHMS, has also been arrested and ordered to leave the island for “a breach of regional processing rules”. Australian governments, both Liberal and Labor, have criminalised compassion and are persecuting those who res...CONTINUE READING

Young Nationals infiltrated by fascists

Jordan Humphreys The NSW Young Nationals, the youth wing of the National Party, has expelled one member, suspended two others and temporarily halted recruitment after supporters of the far right got one of their own elected to its national executive. The group, the New Guard, identify as fascists and share the name with the Australian Depression era fascist organisation. They are also members of the Lads Society, a fight cl...CONTINUE READING