A moment to savour

Jerome Small It was the first or second protest we had in Melbourne, against John Howard's homophobic ban on same sex marriage. There were maybe three or four dozen of us, standing near the statues at the State Library in a thin Melbourne drizzle. “This campaign is going nowhere”, I remember thinking....CONTINUE READING

Manus is heading toward confrontation – we have to act

Liz Walsh The humanitarian crisis on Manus Island is galloping toward a frightening confrontation. At least 400 refugees continue to bravely resist all attempts to forcibly evict them from the prison camp. Saturday was to be D-Day. But they have been given a new deadline of Monday to move to three a...CONTINUE READING

One of the best protests in years as hundreds blockade Liberal fundraiser

Josh Lees In (actual) Armani suits and pearls they came. Struggling with the unfamiliar surrounds of Redfern, and many making the mistake of having their chauffeurs drop them off before they knew what awaited them; they looked shocked and a little lost. Cashed-up Liberals, doing their bit to boost t...CONTINUE READING

Politicians on both sides are responsible for Manus horror

Con Karavias For more than five years, refugees have been subjected to horror and abuse on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. With the government’s decision to permanently close the detention centre on 31 October, the horror has descended into absolute barbarity. Water, food and power have been cut off. M...CONTINUE READING

Adani mine takes centre stage in Queensland poll

Duncan Hart The state election on 25 November is poised to shake up Queensland politics, with neither major party likely to win a majority and One Nation polling well. After ousting the widely despised government of Campbell Newman in 2015, Labor is struggling to maintain its grip on government. Newma...CONTINUE READING

‘Parasite’ Serco to run Centrelink call centre

Liz Ross A company that has already brought misery to hundreds of thousands, including refugees and mainland prisoners, is now being given the keys to Australia’s social welfare system. The federal government has announced that some of Centrelink’s call centre functions will be outsourced to Serco....CONTINUE READING

Between a ROC and a desperate government

Liz Ross Suddenly, newsfeeds were full of clips of federal police marching into union offices in Melbourne and Sydney. In the full glare of the media – tipped off by a staffer in employment minister Michaelia Cash’s office – the police re-emerged with computers and boxes of files. It was, as labour...CONTINUE READING

The myths of Beersheba

Vashti Kenway The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba has been cause for great patriotic celebration among the Australian political elite and the mainstream media. The Battle, a little-remembered incident in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, featured the Australian Light Horse...CONTINUE READING

Fifty-five percent of Australians think there will be a war with North Korea. So where is the mass panic?

Corey Oakley According to a 9 October Essential Poll, 55 percent of Australians think it is likely or very likely that tensions between the US and North Korea will lead to war. That’s an extraordinary figure. There is only one rational reason to be in a state of anything other than total despair about...CONTINUE READING