Take to the streets to oppose uni cuts!

Sarah Garnham The government’s cuts to higher education funding are the most severe in decades. On Tuesday 20 August there will be demonstrations in every city to protest against these cuts. The demonstrations are an opportunity to send a strong message to Labor and the Liberals in the lead-up to the fe...CONTINUE READING

Stand against Labor’s refugee barbarity

Corey Oakley For three weeks in a row, angry demonstrators have taken to the streets of Australian cities to voice their disgust at Rudd’s plan to ban all refugees who attempt to get to Australia by boat. The biggest of the refugee protests so far has been in Melbourne, with 5,000 turning out on 27 Jul...CONTINUE READING

Trust them both ... to screw us over

Ben Hillier There is one thing certain to come out of the 2013 federal election: the contest will be won by a right wing pro-big business party intent on attacking workers and the poor. The backdrop to this year’s poll is the unwinding of the mining investment boom and the softening of the economic ou...CONTINUE READING

Democracy should be better than this

Editors Democracy literally means “rule of the people”. It is a great and noble idea, originating in its modern form during the enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries, when rationalism and humanism rose out of the cesspit of feudal Europe to challenge superstition, irrational fear and the ru...CONTINUE READING

Biggest refugee rights protests in years

Thousands of people demonstrated around the country on Saturday and Sunday against the racist immigration policies of the Labor and Liberal parties. The past week has seen the unveiling of some of the most disgraceful attacks – and proposed attacks – on asylum seekers in decades. But the r...CONTINUE READING

Amber’s story

Amber Maxwell As a young trans person living in Perth, my experience attempting to find housing illustrates the discrimination that transgender people face on a daily basis. I’ve been rejected from share-houses on the basis that the advert specified they were looking for a female and I don’t “fit that c...CONTINUE READING

The con of constitutional recognition

Cathy Lawless Addressing Indigenous leaders in Yirrkala in the Northern Territory on 10 July, Kevin Rudd announced his intention to hold a referendum to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution. “I want us to agree on the question to be put to the Australian people”, he said. “No more delays, no...CONTINUE READING

Reasons for outrage here too

Diane Fieldes Protests against the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the murderer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, have reverberated across the US. But it is not only there that outrage has been felt. The Zimmerman trial again highlighted the issue of racial profiling. Many people saw in the US case a reflec...CONTINUE READING

Student poverty soars

Kat Henderson A new study has found that students are more indebted, impoverished and financially stressed than ever before. Universities Australia’s University student finances report notes that between 2006 and 2012, the average real debt for an undergraduate student rose by $9,000 to $38,000. The pro...CONTINUE READING