Australian apartheid, even in death

Diane Fieldes Henry Lawson’s “The Bush Undertaker” tells the story of an old shepherd who respectfully reburies a white man after digging up the bones of a black man. “I’ll take a pick an’ shovel with me an’ root up that old blackfellow.” Little has changed more than a century later. At Fitzroy Crossing...CONTINUE READING

NSW continues assault on civil liberties

Alma Torlakovic The NSW state government has continued its assault on civil liberties, this time focusing on teenagers in the juvenile detention system. In February, the government announced a $6 million unit on countering extremism. Teenagers in the detention system labelled a threat to national security...CONTINUE READING

The day they stole Kerry’s baby

Eleanor Morley “I thought it was just all a joke. I never thought I would ever live through something like that. I never thought they had the right to come in and take my child on false allegations.” Kerry is talking about her nightmare dealing with the NSW Police, the Department of Family and Community...CONTINUE READING

Gov’t takes from the poor, gives to the rich

Tom Bramble It’s often said that you can judge a society by how it treats its most vulnerable. If the Coalition government and big business get their way, the vulnerable are about to get screwed big time, while the rich walk away with money pouring out of their pockets. The Turnbull government is tryi...CONTINUE READING

The fight over free speech on campus

Daniel Taylor On university campuses around the world, “free speech” is becoming the favourite slogan of the right, sure to be raised during campus political controversies. The Spectator, a magazine whose political allegiance sits somewhere between Tony Abbott and Richard Spencer, writes of a “free spee...CONTINUE READING

Former Tamil Tiger deported to danger in Sri Lanka

The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers). Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody for questioning in Colombo, the capital, on...CONTINUE READING

Understanding Nick Xenophon and the South Australian election

Tom Gilchrist Nick Xenophon has become the main attraction in the lead-up to the 17 March South Australian election. The latest Morgan poll has his SA Best party on track to receive almost 30 percent of the vote – more than the ALP and just behind the Liberals. Xenophon is the world’s most boring populi...CONTINUE READING

Half of aged care residents malnourished – report

Eric Le Roy The crisis of funding in Australia’s aged care sector is resulting in a sharp deterioration in living and working conditions. Researchers have reported that malnutrition affects “at least one in two residents in Australian residential aged care facilities”. The findings, published in the j...CONTINUE READING

Another Aboriginal man murdered by cops

Lily Campbell I’m walking through Waterloo, Sydney, on 11 February, as smoking eucalyptus drifts through the muggy air. Ahead, 100 people are gathered in a housing commission car park, surrounding a colourful memorial of flowers, bottles, a snapback cap and an Aboriginal flag. The feeling of outrage is...CONTINUE READING