Victorian Socialists’ campaign gearing up

Corey Oakley “It’s the left that have been the backbone of the same sex marriage debate; we were the backbone of stopping the East-West tunnel; we’re the backbone of fighting for workers’ rights and for public housing tenants. “We’re fed up with being political suckers. We’re fed up with doing all this...CONTINUE READING

Why we should nationalise the banks

Tom Bramble The corporate slogan of the National Australia Bank is “More than money”. Could anything be further from the truth? For the banks, it’s only ever about money – money for senior executives, money for boards of directors and buckets more money for shareholders. The vast pools of money in the...CONTINUE READING

A simple solution to homelessness

Dino Varrasso Amid continual assaults against social security, public housing and wages, homelessness is rising in Europe, the UK, the US and Australia. An exception is Finland – where homelessness has fallen by 35 percent in the past eight years. The reason for the decrease is simple: the Finnish gover...CONTINUE READING

Banking inquiry shows how capitalism sucks

Ben Hillier Not even the dead are safe from the predatory practices of big capital. Scarcely a month into a year-long (now possibly longer, given the scale of the crimes being uncovered) banking royal commission, we have a steady stream of revelations about bribery, deception and conning customers. AM...CONTINUE READING

Tax cuts arguments are economic blackmail

Mick Armstrong One of the main arguments put forward in favour of massive tax cuts for big business – including billions for the banks whose nefarious practices are being exposed by the royal commission – is that if they aren’t given a tax cut, they will refuse to invest or will take their money offshore...CONTINUE READING

More government handouts for Australia’s richest private schools 

Viktoria Ivanova The Turnbull government has handed an extra $7.1 million to 102 of the richest private schools in the country. This is the first instalment of a $40 million National Adjustment Assistance Fund created to help “vulnerable and disadvantaged” schools transition to Gonski 2.0 – the cut-price L...CONTINUE READING

Peaceful protest and civil liberties under attack by Queensland Police during Stolenwealth Games

We strongly condemn the actions of the Queensland police throughout the Stolenwealth Games protests, particularly in the lead up to the closing night ceremony where police have targeted known protest organisers. The police brutality at peaceful protests organised by the Stolenwealth Games...CONTINUE READING

Books not bombs!

Lily Campbell Australia is a global leader in exporting death and participating in predatory wars. And its ranking among warmongering states is only climbing. This was made clear in the Turnbull government’s 2016 Defence White Paper, which outlined “the largest [military] procurement program in Australi...CONTINUE READING

BP slip-up says it all about big business and the environment

James Plested It’s like something from satirical website the Onion or Australia’s Betoota Advocate. In a draft 2016 environment plan, slated for submission to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority as part of its bid to begin oil drilling in the Great Australian Bi...CONTINUE READING