Morrison’s ‘economics of opportunity’ is a sham

Ben Hillier We have been regaled of late with news of “better days ahead” finally arriving. Business confidence – a gauge of how business owners and purchasing managers feel this week or this month – is up. Jobs growth is strong. There are high expectations for non-mining capital investment, which has...CONTINUE READING

Australian politicians back Trump’s unhinged nuclear threats

Mick Armstrong We are facing the greatest threat of nuclear war since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis: a nuclear war that would make the terrible destruction the US wreaked on the defenceless populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seem like a kindergarten affair. What is the response...CONTINUE READING

Socialism for the rich

Tom Bramble The Liberals love to say that they’re the party of private enterprise and that free markets must rule. In the name of capitalist efficiency and consumer choice, essential infrastructure has been sold off to private owners over the last decades. And a range of businesses now provide basic i...CONTINUE READING

Hundreds attend Sydney Socialism conference

Vinil Kumar Socialist Alternative’s Socialism conference, held at the University of Sydney over the weekend 18-20 August, attracted more than 500 participants. In the wake of the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the toppling of Confederate statues and sizeable anti-fascist mob...CONTINUE READING

Students taking a stand for Yes

Chris di Pasquale With some 200,000 young people in Australia between 18 and 24 not enrolled to vote when the marriage equality plebiscite was announced, the National Union of Students (NUS), along with campus student unions and Victorian Trades Hall Council, went into campaign overdrive. We ran daily stall...CONTINUE READING

Dutton calls refugee defenders, and by association the Constitution, ‘unAustralian’

Ben Hillier There is a long list of behaviours attracting the supposedly pejorative label “unAustralian”. Sydney Morning Herald columnist Tim Dick last year, after an extensive reading of Hansard, the federal parliamentary record, noted that politicians had used the phrase to describe all manner of th...CONTINUE READING

Right wing moonbats go statue crazy

Corey Oakley The perpetually frothing and indignant right have uncovered a fiendish plot to abolish history, or at bare minimum force it to get gay married. Stan Grant’s demand that the statue of Captain Cook in central Sydney be torn down sparked a flurry of outrage. “TALIBAN LEFT: PC vandals’ bid to...CONTINUE READING

One law for senators, another for refugees

Andrew Cheeseman There are lots of problems with section 44 of the Constitution. Dual citizens should have full democratic rights, including the right to be an elected federal representative. But when it comes to breaking bureaucratic rules, there is one law for politicians and very different laws for the...CONTINUE READING

Dutton moves to starve out refugees

Kaye Broadbent Australia’s minister for immigration and border protection, Peter Dutton, continues to ramp up the inhumane treatment of refugees housed in offshore concentration camps. As if the constant reports of abuse, self-harm and deaths are not evidence enough that the system is cruel, refugees on...CONTINUE READING