‘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

Fascists frolic on the foreshore

Ben Hillier Nothing says Australia Day like army trucks towing cannon down St Kilda Road and a few haggard RAAF Roulettes manoeuvring over the CBD. After all, colonisation began with a small military garrison asserting itself in Port Jackson. It’s always a curious event, in part because confusion surr...CONTINUE READING

There is nothing to celebrate about Invasion Day

Gavin Stanbrook January 26 is, and always has been, Invasion Day. It marks the day the British colonised this country and brought with them the exploitative and oppressive practices that made the British Empire so barbaric, yet so profitable. It’s an annual punch in the face for Aboriginal people, a day s...CONTINUE READING

On the Front Line against Adani

Tim Arnot, Jehiel Lomaz The ALP narrowly retained office in the recent Queensland election after saying it would veto Adani’s application for a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan of $1 billion to construct a rail line from its port in Bowen to the Galilee Basin. Many believed that the giant Ad...CONTINUE READING

Government’s fake news on climate exposed

James Plested Australia is among the world’s worst climate criminals. Out of 35 OECD countries, Australia is second only to Estonia in emissions intensity – the amount of greenhouse gases pumped out per dollar of economic output. Yet the vast majority of Australians think that the country should play a...CONTINUE READING

‘African gangs’ hysteria is a stinking pile of racist BS

Viktoria Ivanova If we are to believe politicians and the press, Victoria is in a crime apocalypse. Headlines read: “State of fear”, “State of disorder”, “Calls for action against rioting African mobs” and “Trauma of crime lingers in wake of African gang rampage”. The federal minister for home affairs, Pet...CONTINUE READING

Profits up, wages down: happy New Year

Tom Bramble Households across Australia are feeling the squeeze while the bosses continue to rake it in. For the first time since the deep recession of the early 1990s, when unemployment topped 10 percent, most household incomes have fallen. In September, household incomes were 2 percent lower than th...CONTINUE READING

Romper stomped

Rick Kuhn With all the analytical insight of a two-minute news report, but with less artistic finesse, the new streaming series Romper Stomper hams up fascists and anarchists in contemporary Melbourne. The series opens with its fundamental premise: both fascists and anti-fascists are violent thugs....CONTINUE READING

Government goes Grinch on higher education

Con Karavias Even Christmas couldn’t keep the Liberals from attacking higher education. In the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the government announced $2.2 billion in university funding cuts over the next two years. The cuts will take the form of a freeze in Commonwealth grants for teaching and...CONTINUE READING