Global displacement at record highs 

Viktoria Ivanova The number of the world’s forcibly displaced people reached a record 68.5 million at the end of 2017, according to a recent UNHCR report. That’s more than the total population of the United Kingdom. The rise is greater than global population growth, meaning that the persecution, war and vi...CONTINUE READING

The millionaires paying no tax 

Viktoria Ivanova Out of 12,706 taxpayers with an income of more than $1 million, 62 paid zero income tax in the 2015-16 financial year, an increase of 30 percent from the previous year. The data, provided by the Australian Taxation Office, reveal that the majority claimed to have taxable incomes under $6,0...CONTINUE READING

More government handouts for Australia’s richest private schools 

Viktoria Ivanova The Turnbull government has handed an extra $7.1 million to 102 of the richest private schools in the country. This is the first instalment of a $40 million National Adjustment Assistance Fund created to help “vulnerable and disadvantaged” schools transition to Gonski 2.0 – the cut-price L...CONTINUE READING

‘That’s all youse are good for’: footage shows real role of Victoria Police

Viktoria Ivanova “How tough are youse?”, asks disability pensioner John. His personal CCTV cameras show him hunched over on his front lawn, beaten and pepper-sprayed. The pain comes through in his voice. A cop shoots water at his face with a high-pressure garden hose while five others watch, some laughing,...CONTINUE READING

‘A deadly day’ in Melbourne as tide turns on Invasion Day

Viktoria Ivanova The tide has turned. January 26 is becoming established as Invasion Day. Tens of thousands marched in Melbourne, 15,000 in Sydney and up to 10,000 in Brisbane to support Indigenous rights. “Let’s have a deadly day!”, Wurundjeri man Bill Nicholson said, ending his welcome to country and kic...CONTINUE READING

Sudanese youth: over-represented or over-policed?

Viktoria Ivanova Countless articles, with “African gangs” or similar in their headlines, state that Victoria’s Sudanese population is over-represented in crime statistics. According to the latest data by Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency (CSA), Sudanese-born migrants make up 0.1 percent of the general pop...CONTINUE READING

‘African gangs’ hysteria is a stinking pile of racist BS

Viktoria Ivanova If we are to believe politicians and the press, Victoria is in a crime apocalypse. Headlines read: “State of fear”, “State of disorder”, “Calls for action against rioting African mobs” and “Trauma of crime lingers in wake of African gang rampage”. The federal minister for home affairs, Pet...CONTINUE READING

The origins of inequality

Viktoria Ivanova “Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization,” wrote the late US historian William Durant. “Economic development specialises functions, differentiates abilities, and makes men unequally valuable to their group.” It is common sense that inequality...CONTINUE READING

Bitter fruit of law and order agenda

Viktoria Ivanova Prisoner numbers are increasing at a rate almost three times faster than the general population, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. “You can’t build prisons fast enough at the moment to deal with the incoming prisoners”, says Don Weatherburn, director of the NSW Bureau o...CONTINUE READING