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

Conference discusses action against education cuts

Sarah Garnham This year’s National Union of Students (NUS) Education Conference (EdCon), held in Adelaide on 10-12 July, took place in the wake of the most successful national student demonstrations in almost a decade. The conference represented an excellent opportunity to talk about the future of the c...CONTINUE READING

Packer’s playground for the rich

Dean Maloney James Packer’s Barangaroo casino project – 60 storeys of steel and glass stuffed full of exclusive penthouse suites, signature restaurants, swimming pools, luxury sundecks and VIP-only high-roller gambling – is set to cast a long shadow across an area that was once a Sydney working class h...CONTINUE READING

Christos Tsiolkas on “the toxicity of smugness”

Allyson Hose “Both my parents were factory workers, migrants to this country. That history and that understanding is crucial to me and it’s crucial to the way I understand what I do as a writer.” Christos Tsiolkas, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and award- winning novelist, speaks quietly but empha...CONTINUE READING

Refugees right to burn down Nauru

Tim Arnot “Blazing fire lit the skies… Very loud. Shouts of ‘freedom’ along with sound of riot shields banging… Massive smoke rising from within the camp. Shouting and commotion. Baseball-sized rocks can be seen flying into the midst of the police.” Local photographer Clint Deidenang had never seen...CONTINUE READING