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

Christos Tsiolkas on “the toxicity of smugness”

Allyson Hose “Both my parents were factory workers, migrants to this country. That history and that understanding is crucial to me and it’s crucial to the way I understand what I do as a writer.” Christos Tsiolkas, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and award- winning novelist, speaks quietly but empha...CONTINUE READING

Refugees right to burn down Nauru

Tim Arnot “Blazing fire lit the skies… Very loud. Shouts of ‘freedom’ along with sound of riot shields banging… Massive smoke rising from within the camp. Shouting and commotion. Baseball-sized rocks can be seen flying into the midst of the police.” Local photographer Clint Deidenang had never seen...CONTINUE READING

Rudd’s moral wasteland

Tom Bramble From the moment Kevin Rudd started a push for ALP leadership in 2006 he assured the public of his moral rectitude. It was, he said, founded on a solid platform of Christian righteousness and brotherly love for the downtrodden. Whether it was homilies to the media outside church services ac...CONTINUE READING

A racist disgrace

Andrew Martin The ALP has succeeded in setting an international benchmark for cruelty. In a move that has outflanked to the right most of the Liberal Party, Kevin Rudd has completely trashed the UN convention on the rights of refugees. Asylum seekers who come by boat will never be settled in Australia....CONTINUE READING

Let them in

Editors Australia has a border protection problem. It is not that the border is too porous: fewer than 16,000 people have travelled here by boat this year. That’s a tiny fraction of the estimated 15 million refugees struggling to survive around the globe. The problem is the pervasive idea that it...CONTINUE READING

New LGBTI anti-discrimination laws finally passed

Roz Ward In a major legal milestone, new protections against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are to be introduced. The new law broadens the basis for protection against discrimination to include “sexual orientation”, “gender identity”, “intersex st...CONTINUE READING