Kids getting together to watch a fight is an Australian tradition

Mick Armstrong The media are absolutely relentless when it comes to demonising the “un-Australian” behaviour of Sudanese youth. The latest threat to the very fabric of white Western civilisation occurred in the outer Melbourne suburb of Taylors Hill, when a crowd of 50 or so South Sudanese teenagers gath...CONTINUE READING

The far right is ascendant, but don’t weep for the old liberal order

Mick Armstrong The long established liberal world order is under sustained assault. The political and institutional framework that has regulated and stabilised capitalism since the end of World War Two is facing concerted challenges that threaten to tear it apart. Vicious far right parties have swept int...CONTINUE READING

The bipartisan attempt to jail a lawyer and his client for exposing a national disgrace

Mick Armstrong The Howard government’s invasion of Timor Leste (East Timor) in 1999 was justified by an incredible outpouring of hypocritical cant about ending the Indonesian genocide of the Timorese people. As though John Howard ever cared for the wellbeing of the Timorese. There was nothing humanitaria...CONTINUE READING

Two apartheid states, two massacres

Mick Armstrong On 21 March 1960, the apartheid state of South Africa carried out one of its most notorious massacres, unleashing murderous fire on 5,000 Blacks gathered outside the police station in Sharpeville. They were protesting against the racist Pass Laws, which severely restricted the movement of...CONTINUE READING

Change the Rules: biggest union demonstration in more than a decade 

Mick Armstrong Central Melbourne was shut down today by the largest union demonstration since the campaign against John Howard’s WorkChoices legislation. Both the Herald Sun and the Age report that up to 100,000 marched in the Change the Rules rally. There were large turnouts from the construction union,...CONTINUE READING

Tax cuts arguments are economic blackmail

Mick Armstrong One of the main arguments put forward in favour of massive tax cuts for big business – including billions for the banks whose nefarious practices are being exposed by the royal commission – is that if they aren’t given a tax cut, they will refuse to invest or will take their money offshore...CONTINUE READING

What happened to Bernie Sanders?

Mick Armstrong It is easy to despair about Donald Trump’s America. The most reactionary president in modern US history has survived more than a year in office and maintains a significant base of support. Surrounded by a sea of far right and semi-fascist advisers, Trump pumps out vile tweets threatening n...CONTINUE READING

The private health insurance scam

Mick Armstrong Private health insurance is a monumental rip-off that does nothing to deliver better health outcomes. Quite the opposite – it serves only to undermine public health. The only outcome the health insurance parasites are concerned about is the health of their bottom lines. Money desperately n...CONTINUE READING

Anti-African racism just the latest desperate attempt to divide us

Mick Armstrong There is nothing new about the appalling racist campaign against African youth being waged in Victoria. Back in 2007, a young Sudanese teenager was assaulted with a broken bottle and racially abused. What was the response of then immigration minister Kevin Andrews? He used this racist atta...CONTINUE READING