‘Religious freedom’ is just a guise for bigotry

Chris di Pasquale The federal government’s Religious Freedom Review is not about religious freedom. It is homophobia and transphobia, pure and simple. A leaked recommendation from the review, obtained by Fairfax Media, suggests that LGBTI staff and students could be fired or expelled from their schools base...CONTINUE READING

Be sceptical of aged care royal commission

Eric Le Roy The state of Australia’s aged care sector is worsening every day, with overstretched staff forced to work harder and faster than ever before, inadequate training and stagnant wages. Residents’ expectations of what living in an aged care home should be are constantly being lowered. All the...CONTINUE READING

Against the French court’s pathologising of Marine Le Pen

Chris di Pasquale “Pathological liars” is a valid description of the far right. But we should be cautious not to take the first word literally. Last month, the leader of French far right party Rassemblement National (National Rally, formerly the National Front) was ordered by a court to undergo a psychiatri...CONTINUE READING

What’s a bit of political interference among friends? 

Chloe Rafferty The ABC boardroom is starting to look a little like a Liberal cabinet meeting, and not just because it’s been plagued by a series of coups, counter-coups and press leaks. Also like a Liberal cabinet, the ABC’s board is stacked with friends of big business: former representatives for News C...CONTINUE READING

Robert Manne’s self-important puffery

Daniel Lopez At the risk of making him sound more interesting than he is, emeritus professor Robert Manne reminds me of one of Dostoyevsky’s liberals. In the distant past, he wrote something (who can remember what) which won him a literary reputation. Then, in the 1980s, Manne found it necessary to dem...CONTINUE READING

Behrouz Boochani’s writings from Manus prison demand to be read

Diane Fieldes “I have always despised waiting. Waiting is a mechanism of torture used in the dungeon of time. I am a captive in the clutches of some overbearing power.” Powerful words. Even more so when you realise their author has been waiting indefinitely in an Australian prison on Manus Island for th...CONTINUE READING

Remembering Adrian Mitchell, the socialist poet laureate

John Scott Ten years have gone by since the death of Adrian Mitchell (1932-2008), for much of his life a sort of unofficial socialist poet laureate, today most widely known as the lyricist of the song “Victor Jara” recorded by Arlo Guthrie – a homage to the martyred Chilean left wing writer and music...CONTINUE READING

The Liberal Party is a cabal of bullies

Sarah Garnham The Liberal Party is a cabal of bullies. They subject a long list of victims to continual harassment and abuse, and escalate their attacks at every opportunity. One frequent target is the trade union movement. Last year, then employment minister Michaelia Cash ordered the federal police to...CONTINUE READING

Rioting refugees should be defended

Aran Mylvaganam A riot in Yongah Hill in Western Australia has again highlighted the appalling conditions in asylum seeker detention centres. A suicide attempt by a 22-year-old Iraqi refugee, Saruuan Aljhelie, on 2 September resulted in protests and the burning of mattresses. Several days later, Saruuan d...CONTINUE READING