Trust them both ... to screw us over

Ben Hillier There is one thing certain to come out of the 2013 federal election: the contest will be won by a right wing pro-big business party intent on attacking workers and the poor. The backdrop to this year’s poll is the unwinding of the mining investment boom and the softening of the economic ou...CONTINUE READING

Democracy should be better than this

Editors Democracy literally means “rule of the people”. It is a great and noble idea, originating in its modern form during the enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries, when rationalism and humanism rose out of the cesspit of feudal Europe to challenge superstition, irrational fear and the ru...CONTINUE READING

Biggest refugee rights protests in years

Thousands of people demonstrated around the country on Saturday and Sunday against the racist immigration policies of the Labor and Liberal parties. The past week has seen the unveiling of some of the most disgraceful attacks – and proposed attacks – on asylum seekers in decades. But the r...CONTINUE READING

Amber’s story

Amber Maxwell As a young trans person living in Perth, my experience attempting to find housing illustrates the discrimination that transgender people face on a daily basis. I’ve been rejected from share-houses on the basis that the advert specified they were looking for a female and I don’t “fit that c...CONTINUE READING

The con of constitutional recognition

Cathy Lawless Addressing Indigenous leaders in Yirrkala in the Northern Territory on 10 July, Kevin Rudd announced his intention to hold a referendum to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution. “I want us to agree on the question to be put to the Australian people”, he said. “No more delays, no...CONTINUE READING

Reasons for outrage here too

Diane Fieldes Protests against the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the murderer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, have reverberated across the US. But it is not only there that outrage has been felt. The Zimmerman trial again highlighted the issue of racial profiling. Many people saw in the US case a reflec...CONTINUE READING

Student poverty soars

Kat Henderson A new study has found that students are more indebted, impoverished and financially stressed than ever before. Universities Australia’s University student finances report notes that between 2006 and 2012, the average real debt for an undergraduate student rose by $9,000 to $38,000. The pro...CONTINUE READING

Conference discusses action against education cuts

Sarah Garnham This year’s National Union of Students (NUS) Education Conference (EdCon), held in Adelaide on 10-12 July, took place in the wake of the most successful national student demonstrations in almost a decade. The conference represented an excellent opportunity to talk about the future of the c...CONTINUE READING

Packer’s playground for the rich

Dean Maloney James Packer’s Barangaroo casino project – 60 storeys of steel and glass stuffed full of exclusive penthouse suites, signature restaurants, swimming pools, luxury sundecks and VIP-only high-roller gambling – is set to cast a long shadow across an area that was once a Sydney working class h...CONTINUE READING