Government’s binge on consultants goes ballistic

Michael West The Big Four global accounting firms have banked $3.1 billion in taxpayer income in the past six years for government consulting. That’s three thousand one hundred million dollars in government revenue to just four firms – PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte – for providing advice. The four firms a...CONTINUE READING

Endless cruelty to refugees must stop

Tom Bramble The Morrison government has indicated that it will transfer all refugee children and their families detained on Nauru to Australia for medical treatment by Christmas. But don’t start celebrating. While the announcement by George Brandis, Australia’s ambassador to the UK, was welcomed by ma...CONTINUE READING

Victoria: the police state

Louise O’Shea Victorian premier Daniel Andrews hails from the Socialist Left faction of the Labor Party. This has not stopped his government pursuing a repressive law and order agenda that would make Donald Trump blush. Crime in Victoria is at record lows. Figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show t...CONTINUE READING

Put a socialist in the Victorian parliament 

Corey Oakley You don’t need to be a genius to see that politics in this country is seriously broken. The problem, though, is that while there are massive levels of discontent with the major parties and the broader political establishment, there has been little in the way of an alternative that can give...CONTINUE READING

Will Labor change the rules?

Jerome Small Workers’ wages in Australia have stagnated or gone backwards for half a decade, while the super rich have been helping themselves – with both hands. According to the Australian Financial Review’s annual survey, the richest 200 people in the country increased their total wealth from $176.8...CONTINUE READING

Taking it to the next level against Kennett: a chat with Stephen Jolly

Jerome Small “We were just stumbling across struggles everywhere. You’d be walking through the city centre and there’d be some minor rally, then there’d be some big rally and then there were occupations taking place. The Age on the day after the big rally quoted Lenin and said this was like Petrograd i...CONTINUE READING

Why the right hates the ABC

James Plested The Australian government and its right wing, big business backers despise the ABC. If this wasn’t already well established, the recent leadership saga at the organisation has clarified it. The first sign of trouble came when managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked by the ABC board o...CONTINUE READING

Justice for Bowraville! 

Gavin Stanbrook Thursday 13 September 1990 was the day my cousin, Colleen Walker-Craig, was last seen in Bowraville, New South Wales. Thursday 13 September 2018 was the day the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal reduced her life, and that of Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, to a few lines of legal jarg...CONTINUE READING

Government lies about emissions, power prices

Jordan Humphreys Late on the last Friday in September, while the attention of the media was focused on the imminent AFL and NRL grand finals, the federal government quietly released a report showing it has failed to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Environment minister Melissa Price is trying to downplay...CONTINUE READING