The failure of service privatisation

Priya De The Australian Council of Social Service and Choice magazine recently commissioned a study into the effects of privatisation on “human services”. They found that, far from achieving efficiency, opening social services to the market has been disastrous. Surveying vocational education and tr...CONTINUE READING

More horror for children in Australia’s gulags

Priya De Children on Nauru are exhibiting signs of resignation syndrome, a rare mental disorder born from extreme trauma. The physiological basis of the illness is unclear. What is known is that traumatised children, including those caught in the horror of immigration limbo or who live without hope...CONTINUE READING

Paedophile protector Peter Hollingworth’s $350,000 annual pension

Priya De Peter Hollingworth, when serving as archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s, repeatedly failed to discipline child sexual abusers in churches and schools. In one example, the paedophile John Elliott remained a priest at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Sunnybank until retirement – despite both E...CONTINUE READING

A fight for abortion rights in Queensland

Priya De Queensland Labor has proposed a bill, to be moved in October, that will remove abortion from the criminal code. The 1899 legislation in effect today contains penalties of seven years, 14 years or even life imprisonment for women who unlawfully terminate pregnancies and for people who assis...CONTINUE READING

‘A fight we must not back down from’ – Oaky North coal miners take on Glencore

Priya De Tieri is a company town – established in the early ’80s by mining bosses who wanted a workforce on hand in a remote part of Queensland. Most of the 1,600 or so people who live there today have something to do with Glencore’s coal mines in Oaky Creek. Lachlan has worked at Oaky Creek as a c...CONTINUE READING

Griffith University restructures a disaster for students and staff

Priya De Griffith University has introduced sweeping restructuring this year, with more to come. The changes are an attempt to boost profits at the expense of education quality and accessibility. Without student consultation, and ignoring staff concerns, management implemented a trimester system in...CONTINUE READING

PR BS from Domino’s

Priya De Domino’s Pizza made $92 million in net profit last year. Now, they are giving back. The company’s “Give for Good” initiative, in partnership with the Smith Family, has announced that it will provide disadvantaged students financial assistance to buy “textbooks, stationery and other learnin...CONTINUE READING

‘Hospitality United’ campaign launched for penalty rates

Priya De United Voice Queensland launched a new initiative to organise hospitality workers in Brisbane on 5 December. Hospitality United aims to involve people working in hospitality in the fight to defend penalty rates. “Never has it been so important for hospitality workers to be united”, James G...CONTINUE READING

Penalty rates protest targets Brisbane club

Priya De A lively crowd of 150 unionists rallied outside the Redlands Sporting Club on 17 November, calling on management to maintain Sunday penalty rates. The snap action was organised by Hospitality United, a new initiative of United Voice involving pub and club employees across Queensland. The R...CONTINUE READING