How did politics get to this?

Corey Oakley When the USSR collapsed more than 20 years ago, right wing academic Francis Fukuyama wrote a notorious article announcing “the end of history”. What he meant was that all the great ideological battles of human history had been settled, free market capitalism had triumphed, and there was no...CONTINUE READING

Labor paves the way for Abbott

Editors When the bosses say jump, Tony Abbott asks “How high?” His address to the New South Wales Business Chamber on 19 August gave a taste of things to come under a Coalition government: “You’ve asked for lower taxes and we’ll give you lower taxes. We’ll abolish the carbon tax, we’ll abolish the...CONTINUE READING

Refugees are a union issue

Jerome Small Every unionist knows that “an injury to one is an injury to all”. This applies to refugees as much as the rest of us. If it is seen as “normal” that people are detained by the Australian government without charge or trial – or simply deported at a government’s whim – this makes it seem “no...CONTINUE READING

Fight for equality, fight for liberation

Kat Henderson The same-sex marriage campaign has been exceptional in recent Australian politics, giving rise to sustained mobilisations involving tens of thousands of people in spirited protest. It has repeatedly forced the question of LGBTI equality into the public spotlight, despite the wishes of the...CONTINUE READING

Supplements scandal shows Hird unfit to coach

Ben Hillier Imagine for a moment the following scenario. Employees at a medium sized company are brought before a group of their managers and asked to participate in a trial to increase work productivity. The pressure to participate is immense: the employees are all on contracts, and it is very diffic...CONTINUE READING

Too posh for prison

Louisa Bassini Charges of intentionally causing injury were heard last month in the Melbourne Magistrates Court against 27-year-old Liam Danial Sweeney. During sentencing, the magistrate made some unusually frank statements about his assessment of the matter. In doing so, for a moment he exposed a realit...CONTINUE READING

A fracking disaster for the Kimberley

Jon Lamb and Cathy Lawless Western Australian Liberal Premier Colin Barnett has given the green light to local and multinational mining companies to expand exploration and commercial production of shale gas reserves found in the Canning Basin in the Kimberley region. In doing so, he has demonstrated his government’s...CONTINUE READING

Access to university is a class question

Con Karavias If you are from a working class background, you are only one-third as likely as children of the middle class and the rich to get into university. A 2008 Melbourne University study found that students from the poorest 25 percent of society made up just 15 percent of uni students, while 40 p...CONTINUE READING

We need a genuinely free media

John Pilger Recently, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney, though ghosts still drink at the King’s Head pub nearby. As a cadet reporter, I might have walked on to the set of Lewis Miles...CONTINUE READING