Vanstone loves expensive whines

Ben Hillier Wake up Australia. Life is tough at the top – but top sorts aren’t being paid their due. The rich need a champion, not ever more detractors stoking class envy and making the nation uncomfortable. That’s why Fairfax Media pays Amanda Vanstone, the former Liberal government cabinet minister,...CONTINUE READING

Lies, damned lies, and the liberal media

Diane Fieldes It’s common to think that the liberal media like the ABC and Fairfax press (publisher of the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald ) are a cut above the Murdoch media and crude racists like Jacqui Lambie. It’s not true. The respectable voices have spread lies (with or without retractions), hal...CONTINUE READING

Who benefits from higher education?

Duncan Hart Whatever else can be said about education minister Christopher Pyne, let no one say he doesn’t have a strong sense of fairness. Or, at any rate, a strong sense that he should act like he does. In a late August address to the National Press Club, Pyne quoted favourably the words of former p...CONTINUE READING

NTEU close but still not good enough on Palestine

Katie Wood On Saturday 5 October, the National Council of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) debated the prospect of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. A motion proposed by Socialist Alternative delegates to inform members of the campaign and enc...CONTINUE READING

Innocent until proven Muslim

Diane Fieldes Vox pops in the wake of last week’s police raids have yielded the predictable “you don’t have anything to fear if you have done nothing wrong” responses. But the actual use of so-called anti-terrorism laws shows that you do. Take the case of UNSW medical student Izhar Ul-Haque. ASIO picked...CONTINUE READING

Why they hate

Ben Hillier Scarcely a month after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon attacks in 2001, Newsweek , the second highest circulation newsmagazine in the US, ran a provocative and evocative front cover, “Why they hate us”. The text, with thick, full capitalisation, imposed itself just above a picture...CONTINUE READING

Modern day women’s pages are beneath contempt

Louise O’Shea There’s a lot to be angry about in capitalist society – war, starvation, poverty, discrimination, oppression. But sometimes it’s the littlest things that hurt the most, like when the footy is being broadcast only on Foxtel, or anything to do with baby Prince George. Somewhere in between th...CONTINUE READING

Why Scotland should vote ‘yes’

Diane Fieldes With the latest opinion poll indicating a slight lead for the Yes camp, the referendum on Scottish independence on 18 September will be close. It looks like there will be a big voter turnout. Nonetheless, it took the intervention of Tony Abbott to make this big news in Australia, making it...CONTINUE READING

Save us from grown-up government

Ben Hillier “Elect the Coalition, and you will have a grown-up, adult government” – Tony Abbott, National Press Club address, 2 September 2013. My godson Griffin is a child. I last spent any time with him several years ago; he was two or three years old. He liked sharing things – the play equipment, t...CONTINUE READING