Fascists frolic on the foreshore

Ben Hillier Nothing says Australia Day like army trucks towing cannon down St Kilda Road and a few haggard RAAF Roulettes manoeuvring over the CBD. After all, colonisation began with a small military garrison asserting itself in Port Jackson. It’s always a curious event, in part because confusion surr...CONTINUE READING

New Year in detention

Ben Hillier It’s New Year’s Day, and the Broadmeadows detention centre is in lockdown. We’re told to wait. Eventually, a guard comes to the car park to tell us that all visits are off. She won’t say why. But after a few calls at our end, word has it that a couple of visa overstayers awaiting deportati...CONTINUE READING

World peace ‘could get us killed’

Ben Hillier When news broke that an Australian had won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, my first thought was whether the Nobel Committee had found a mass murderer or a genuine aspirant for world peace. After all, previous winners include David Trimble, sectarian former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party i...CONTINUE READING

When the right comes to a worker’s defence

Ben Hillier An 18-year-old children’s entertainer, Madeline, last week was sacked by Capital Kids Parties in the ACT after putting a “vote no” filter on her Facebook profile picture. Her employer, Madlin Sims, informed her of her dismissal on 17 September before writing on her own Facebook page: “Toda...CONTINUE READING

Morrison’s ‘economics of opportunity’ is a sham

Ben Hillier We have been regaled of late with news of “better days ahead” finally arriving. Business confidence – a gauge of how business owners and purchasing managers feel this week or this month – is up. Jobs growth is strong. There are high expectations for non-mining capital investment, which has...CONTINUE READING

Dutton calls refugee defenders, and by association the Constitution, ‘unAustralian’

Ben Hillier There is a long list of behaviours attracting the supposedly pejorative label “unAustralian”. Sydney Morning Herald columnist Tim Dick last year, after an extensive reading of Hansard, the federal parliamentary record, noted that politicians had used the phrase to describe all manner of th...CONTINUE READING

The left needs to reject authoritarianism and censorship

Ben Hillier The German Interior Ministry has shut down anti-capitalist and anti-fascist website linksunten.indymedia.org and raided the houses of several members and supporters of the site in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg. According to Deutsche Welle, Germany’s English-language internat...CONTINUE READING

The further development of Australia's security state

Ben Hillier The man responsible for Australia’s gulag archipelago of refugee concentration camps, Peter Dutton, will now preside over a Home Affairs department incorporating the AFP, ASIO, Border Force and Immigration. Changes to the Defence Act are soon to be passed through parliament making it easie...CONTINUE READING
Chris Uhlmann

Chris Uhlmann is a tool

Ben Hillier Chris Uhlmann went viral and liberals lost their minds. The ABC political editor’s two-minute “takedown” of US president Donald Trump for the Insiders program on 9 July was masterful, they said. It was shared and retweeted tens of thousands of times. Like the fallen, crushed of heart and e...CONTINUE READING