What kind of national student union?

Sarah Garnham The left in Australia has had a rocky relationship with the National Union of Students (NUS). A large coordinating body that ostensibly defends students’ interests on a national level is obviously a positive thing. But the fact that NUS has been dominated by ALP factions from its inception...CONTINUE READING

What next for equal marriage campaign?

After nearly ten years of fighting the combined might of the Labor and Liberal parties, it is undoubtedly a milestone that the ALP has elected its first pro-marriage equality leader. It is an indication of the impact the campaign has had on Australian politics, and a credit to the thousand...CONTINUE READING

Economic migrant, and proud of it!

Grace Gorman In 1967 I left England because of unemployment, rotten wages, rotten weather, and what looked to me like a bleak future for a young adult. In short, I made a lifestyle decision, and I reckon I made a good one. The Australian government heavily subsidised my fare, my share of which was £10,...CONTINUE READING

Federal intervention won’t save NSW Labor

Mick Armstrong The corrupt right wing controlled NSW ALP has been a disgrace for many decades. When it comes to thuggery, standover tactics, rigging union elections, soliciting bribes from big business interests, spying for the CIA and screwing their left wing opponents, few can outdo the machine men (an...CONTINUE READING

Can Labor stoop any lower on refugees?

Andrew Martin Prior to being removed as prime minister in 2010, Kevin Rudd promised that his government would not be “lurching to the right” on refugees. At the time, he had already implemented policies that included locking up children and reopening the detention centre on Christmas Island. He had also...CONTINUE READING

Rudd on Rudd: Kev’s nephew speaks out

Ben Hillier “Who would have thought I’d be swept into this shit again?” Van Rudd is beaming about the prospect of sitting for another interview about the Labor leadership, a subject in which he actually has very little interest. Apart from his surname, there is little to associate the 40-year-old radi...CONTINUE READING

Can science explain Gina Rinehart’s poetry?

Steph Price Sure, a lot of good people have spent a lot of time deriding it and belittling it. Time no doubt well spent. But every word of humorous commentary, satisfying as it is, leaves one question unanswered. Why? What critical failure of self-awareness allowed this woman to pen such odious verse?...CONTINUE READING

The surveillance state exists to suppress dissent

Jerome Small “Boundless Informant” – the name says it all. This US government data-mining project, exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden along with the PRISM project, gathers and sorts literally billions of pieces of data on us, enabling spy agencies to piece together our activities, associations and...CONTINUE READING

Not the change we want to see

Editors Under a new leader, the ALP has moved into the second wave of its long campaign for a third term in office. Labor’s strategy seems clear enough: win back the seats it can (mainly Qld), hold those it must (mostly NSW). Its tactic is on one hand to remind us of the party’s so-called tremendo...CONTINUE READING