John Pat and state violence

Cathy Lewis Thirty years ago, a young Aboriginal boy was beaten to death by five off-duty police in Roebourne, Western Australia. His crime had been to defend his friend, who’d been called a “black cunt” and set upon by the officers. His head was bashed in and he was left to die in a cold prison cell....CONTINUE READING

Recollections of a militant

Jerome Small and Jessica Lenehan Talking with Peter Close is a lesson in working class struggle – in Australia and around the world. As a seafarer, Peter has lived his working life, and now his (very active) retirement, building solidarity with people in every part of the planet. “I was very lucky to be afforded an excell...CONTINUE READING

Welcome to Red Flag

Subscribe to Red Flag INTRODUCTORY SUBSCRIPTION (5 ISSUES) - $10 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION (12 ISSUES) - $35 12 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION (24 ISSUES) - $70 Preview PDF versions of select back issues below (click to open or download) Our politics We live in a world where “political struggle” is a sulli...CONTINUE READING

No NT nuclear waste dump!

Jon Lamb and Cathy Lawless Despite clear opposition from the Aboriginal traditional owners, the push for a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, continues. The campaign led by traditional owners to stop the waste dump is gearing up for the next stage...CONTINUE READING

Militant unionism can hold off Abbott

Jerome Small “Fair Work Unleashes Mob Rule – And It’s Spreading!” Every day over the past year, some hyperventilating headline writer had the job of proving that the Labor government was controlled by militant unions. Especially in the Murdoch press, claims of “mob rule”, a “staggering” level of strike...CONTINUE READING

We need free child care

Kate Jeffreys Child care in Australia is expensive and hard to find. Even when it’s available, stressed-out parents must run the gauntlet of morning traffic in the “double drop-off” – where one child attends school and another attends day care. The childcare industry itself is in crisis. According to th...CONTINUE READING

Disability plan is not all it seems

Lana Woolf DisabilityCare, formerly the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), has been sold as a historic advance in the provision of disability services in Australia. With its focus on “individualised support”, it’s claimed that the national scheme ushers in a new era of “choice and control”...CONTINUE READING

The limits of the Greens’ leftism

From one side of the country to the other, the Greens’ vote dropped in this election. In Tasmania, home of party elder statesman Bob Brown, their portion of the vote halved compared with the 2010 election. In Western Australia, they were down by around one-quarter, in Queensland by two-fif...CONTINUE READING

Rising anger at mainstream parties

Tom Bramble There is mass alienation from established politics. Increasing numbers feel that the big parties offer them nothing. The informal vote in the House of Reps contests rose to a record high of 5.9 percent, or nearly 700,000. In NSW, informal votes reached 7.7 percent and, in a string of worki...CONTINUE READING