Anti-Adani activists fined while company gets kid glove treatment

It’s an old adage: there’s one rule for the rich and another for the poor. And that’s precisely how courts are treating Adani’s Carmichael mine and the protesters opposed to it. In a first for Queensland courts, on 14 March nine activists from Frontline Action on Coal were found guilty of...CONTINUE READING

Sunrise host calls for new Stolen Generation

Maddie Powell Had you tuned into Channel Seven’s Sunrise at just the right moment on 13 March, for a second you might have thought that right wing commentator Prue MacSween cared about Aboriginal children and the abuse they face at the hands of racist politicians, mining magnates and police officers. “W...CONTINUE READING

A family snatched at dawn, fighting for their lives

Ben Hillier It’s the stuff of nightmares. A family with two infant daughters, their house raided by 20 or more armed strangers, bundled into vans, flown half a continent away, imprisoned for a week before again being put into vans, flown thousands of kilometres and placed on another aircraft bound for...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s hunger games

Kaye Broadbent More than 3.5 million Australians, 15 percent of the population, experienced food insecurity in 2017, according to Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation. Food insecurity, as defined by Foodbank and the United Nations, is “a situation that exists when people lack secure a...CONTINUE READING

Media bias against Muslims documented

Chris di Pasquale Reading “Islam in the Media 2017”, an investigation by Sydney-based Muslim production studio OnePath Network, is like looking through the greatest hits compilation of the world’s worst band. In this case, it’s the Murdoch press. Who could forget the Daily Telegraph’s dogged campaign agains...CONTINUE READING

Surging homelessness as wages stagnate

Diane Fieldes Despite 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth, homelessness is rising in Australia. What ought to be a fundamental human right – like access to food, water, education and health – is increasingly denied to people in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. More worrying is that in...CONTINUE READING

College hazing rituals: turning today’s little darlings into tomorrow’s corporate monsters

Vashti Kenway A journalist once reportedly asked Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilisation. “I think it would be a good idea”, he is said to have replied. The release of a new report into hazing rituals at elite Australian university residential colleges has yet a...CONTINUE READING

Victoria’s privatisation problem

Robin Laycock Victoria has a privatisation problem. To be fair, selling public assets for profit has been a world trend over the last 40 years. But Victoria led the way in Australia. In the Andrews Labor government’s 2017 budget, a large increase in privatisations was planned, with between 40 and 50 per...CONTINUE READING

Posh schools use public money to up their opulence

Wealthy private schools around Sydney are set to splurge on building upgrades and new developments, some worth tens of millions of dollars. According to an investigation by Fairfax journalist Pallavi Singhal, more than $365 million is planned to be spent by just seven elite schools. One su...CONTINUE READING