The private health insurance scam

Mick Armstrong Private health insurance is a monumental rip-off that does nothing to deliver better health outcomes. Quite the opposite – it serves only to undermine public health. The only outcome the health insurance parasites are concerned about is the health of their bottom lines. Money desperately n...CONTINUE READING

Government funds miners at environment’s expense

James Plested A report by the Australian Conservation Foundation shows just how committed the government is to giving a “hand up” to one of Australia’s most profitable, and environmentally destructive, industries. According to the ACF analysis, the mining industry is set to receive $2.5 billion in fuel...CONTINUE READING

Anti-African racism just the latest desperate attempt to divide us

Mick Armstrong There is nothing new about the appalling racist campaign against African youth being waged in Victoria. Back in 2007, a young Sudanese teenager was assaulted with a broken bottle and racially abused. What was the response of then immigration minister Kevin Andrews? He used this racist atta...CONTINUE READING

Grab this chance to put a socialist into parliament

Corey Oakley When the Herald Sun broke the news this morning that a new political party – the Victorian Socialists – has been formed with the ambitious goal of winning an upper house seat in the Victorian elections later this year, some people may have been surprised to learn that Socialist Alternative...CONTINUE READING

Who are the Victorian Socialists?

Our political system is broken. The Liberals rule for their corporate mates. Labor is little better, tailing the political right and selling out its working class supporters to big money and developers. It’s time for a genuine left alternative. In the November 2018 state election, left win...CONTINUE READING

Defend Tarneen Onus-Williams

Gavin Stanbrook On 26 January, some of the biggest Invasion Day mobilisations for Aboriginal rights in the past decade were held in the east coast capitals. Yet the main focus of the media has been a speech given by Tarneen Onus-Williams, Aboriginal activist and organiser of the Melbourne rally. Onus-Will...CONTINUE READING

Merchants of death to benefit from $3.6 billion government handout

Tom Bramble While practising cutbacks for working class Australians, the federal government has announced a torrent of cash for the merchants of death, otherwise known as Australia’s defence industry. The Turnbull government has allocated $3.6 billion to establish a Defence Export Facility to enable l...CONTINUE READING

What they can get away with is the only limit to Liberal bastardry

Sarah Garnham The media are preoccupied with the scintillating tale of the government filing cabinet full of classified documents that ended up in a second hand furniture sale. But the entire narrative is focused on national security, bureaucratic procedure, the identity of the person who handed the fil...CONTINUE READING

‘A deadly day’ in Melbourne as tide turns on Invasion Day

Viktoria Ivanova The tide has turned. January 26 is becoming established as Invasion Day. Tens of thousands marched in Melbourne, 15,000 in Sydney and up to 10,000 in Brisbane to support Indigenous rights. “Let’s have a deadly day!”, Wurundjeri man Bill Nicholson said, ending his welcome to country and kic...CONTINUE READING