College hazing rituals: turning today’s little darlings into tomorrow’s corporate monsters

Vashti Kenway A journalist once reportedly asked Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilisation. “I think it would be a good idea”, he is said to have replied. The release of a new report into hazing rituals at elite Australian university residential colleges has yet a...CONTINUE READING

Victoria’s privatisation problem

Robin Laycock Victoria has a privatisation problem. To be fair, selling public assets for profit has been a world trend over the last 40 years. But Victoria led the way in Australia. In the Andrews Labor government’s 2017 budget, a large increase in privatisations was planned, with between 40 and 50 per...CONTINUE READING

Posh schools use public money to up their opulence

Wealthy private schools around Sydney are set to splurge on building upgrades and new developments, some worth tens of millions of dollars. According to an investigation by Fairfax journalist Pallavi Singhal, more than $365 million is planned to be spent by just seven elite schools. One su...CONTINUE READING

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