150,000 young Australians providing unpaid care

Carl Jackson New data from the 2016 census reveal that more than 150,000 Australians aged 18-24, or 5.6 percent of that age group, provide unpaid care for a disabled, sick or frail family member or friend, up from 5.0 percent in 2006. This is a disgrace, not only because their vital labour is unpaid, but because of the impact it has on the lives of the young carers and those requiring care. Professional care should be a...CONTINUE READING

Murdoch press takes aim at welfare recipients

Louise O’Shea While the Turnbull government plays Santa to the big end of town, the Murdoch press has launched a new campaign to vilify the poorest people in Australian society: welfare recipients. Teaming up with their buddies at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consultancy firm with a wealth of experience assisting bosses to condemn workers to welfare dependency, Melbourne’s Herald Sun has cooked up sensationalist statistics...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds stand against fascism in Melbourne

Michael Roberts Ah, the fash. They just never learn. They’re repeatedly told that they’ll always lose in Melbourne, yet every so often they insist on raising their heads. Sunday 24 June was the latest occasion. And yet again they lost. The “Aussie Pride Flag March”, organised by far right group True Blue Crew, attracted about 70 people to the Carlton Gardens at midday. Heavily guarded by Victoria Police, they intended to w...CONTINUE READING

Students protest against UQ taking dirty Dow money

Elizabeth Flaherty University of Queensland students have protested against a proposed building funded by, and named after, Dow Chemicals CEO and UQ alumnus Andrew Liveris. Dow Chemicals produced Agent Orange, a defoliant, and napalm. Between 1961 and 1971, the US military sprayed 45 million litres of Agent Orange across Vietnam, poisoning waterways, rice paddies and forests and exposing between 2 and 5 million people to toxi...CONTINUE READING

NSW, the police state

Christopher Anderton Police in New South Wales have been given increased powers to ban or disperse rallies or public meetings anywhere on crown land – which includes most town squares, roads and community halls. Under the Liberal government’s updated crown land management regulation, individuals can be fined up to $11,000 or be arrested for “taking part in any gathering, meeting or assembly” once they have been told not to. In...CONTINUE READING

Biloela refugee family remains at risk of deportation after legal setback

The Tamil Refugee Council today again criticised the federal government’s immigration laws, following the failure of a Tamil family’s Federal Circuit Court appeal to be granted the right to stay in the country. Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters – aged 1 and 3, born in Australia – have now spent more than 100 days detained at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows. “If thi...CONTINUE READING

More far right dopes heading down under

Elliot Downes It seems that just about every far right racist with an internet connection is announcing Australian speaking tours these days. Riding on the coattails of Milo Yiannopoulos and Jordan Peterson, Canadian alt-right YouTube personalities Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have announced an Australian tour next month. They’ll be joined by fellow right wing YouTuber Dave Rubin later in the year. Even former UKI...CONTINUE READING

Joe ‘end the age of entitlement’ Hockey goes on a half-year bender

Louise O’Shea “Get a good job that pays good money” was Joe Hockey’s advice to those struggling to afford their first home during his time as treasurer in 2015. And as befits a man of his integrity, Hockey has led by example. Following his stint of selfless public service at home, he has secured a good – some might say very good – job, one that mainly involves spending taxpayers’ money on himself and his friends. In just...CONTINUE READING

Drug dogs used to harass festivalgoers

Jack Mansell “No one should be told to go home and slapped with a six-month ban just because they go out to see live music and a drug dog looked at them.” So said the Facebook page of the campaign group Sniff Off, which has been fighting police attempts to ban people from festivals, even if they have no drugs on them, if a sniffer dog “identifies” them. On 5 June, NSW Police announced that any revellers stopped by sniff...CONTINUE READING