Who’s who in the minor party mayhem?

Louise O’Shea When you’re handed a Senate ballot the size of a small bed sheet, you’d be forgiven for thinking there might be someone or something on it worth voting for. Surely among the dozens of intriguingly named political groupings, the ma and pa stores of the voting world, someone will stand for s...CONTINUE READING

Bosses prepare for industrial war

Jerome Small As the Liberals prepare for government, some major employers are preparing for war. Australia needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher” according to Mark Adamson, the boss of Fletcher Building Ltd, one of the largest construction companies in Australia. His sentiments are echoed throughout secti...CONTINUE READING

The media are as bad as the politicians

Diane Fieldes Is the US Daily Show’s comedy coverage of the Australian election – which focussed on an idiot candidate who couldn’t remember his own party’s policies, a sexting scandal involving red wine and a racist who thought Islam was a country – really that different from that of the serious Austra...CONTINUE READING

What this election should have been about, but wasn’t

Mick Armstrong Election day is meant to be the day when we get to have our say over the vital decisions that impact our lives – the day we determine the future of the country for the next three years. The lead-up to election day surely should be a time of great excitement, animated discussions, vibrant d...CONTINUE READING

A choice beyond the no-choice election

Editors Tony Abbott has been reassuring everyone that his will be a “no surprises” government. In a sense he’s right: if the Coalition wins the federal election, it won’t be surprising at all when he and his filth-pot conservative mates start kicking workers and the poor in the teeth. In May, shad...CONTINUE READING

The great super scam uncovered

John Passant Imagine a government announced that it was setting up a new pension scheme in which the richer you were, the more pension you got. It would be laughed out of office. But that in effect is what happens with the compulsory superannuation guarantee (SG) scheme and the associated tax concessio...CONTINUE READING

How Australia’s mining barons stole the boom

Tom Bramble The resources boom has been the most spectacular of its kind in 150 years, surpassed only by the gold rush of the 1850s. It has created enormous fortunes in the hands of a few, impoverished some and left many isolated from its benefits. Now that we are coming out of the construction phase,...CONTINUE READING

Why the fight for equality matters

Coral Teague Last year at a rally I met Chris, a young guy who was in his first gay relationship. He couldn’t march because he was scared he might be seen. Nothing new so far – fear of being “outed” is all too real because the consequences range from loss of former friends to being rejected by family,...CONTINUE READING

Orwell on Manus Island

Ben Hillier In the opening scenes of George Orwell’s 1984, the protagonist, Winston Smith, sits down to write a diary entry. Hands trembling, unable to be sure of the date, he is overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness, in part brought on by the sheer scale of state propaganda that he has witnessed in...CONTINUE READING