Posts in: Editorial

Don’t let education be handed back to the rich: It’s time for students and unions to take the offensive

Winter/Spring 2007

The Howard Government imposed Voluntary Student Union legislation to destroy a collective voice for students. In a privatising frenzy, John Howard’s Coalition Government is going after education as if there’s no tomorrow. For the ordinary person, education decides how life will turn out. It’s a right. But to Howard and his neoliberal ilk, rights are… Read more »

Election result will not improve life for Thailand’s poor

Summer/Autumn 2008

Thailand has a turbulent political history — it has seen 24 prime ministers and 18 coups in the past 75 years. On 23 December 2007, voters again went to the polls but the result, a strong vote for the People’s Power Party (PPP) that gave it the most seats but left it just short of… Read more »

Urgent action needed to end transgender discrimination

Summer/Autumn 2008

We welcome the publication of Tranznation, an important new study launched by the Australian Research Centre of Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University. The report confirms that the oppression of transgendered people runs deep. The findings of Tranznation are based upon an online study of 253 transgendered Australians and New Zealanders. Doing it tough…. Read more »

Bankrupting Dissent

Winter/Spring 2008

The federal minister for destroying the environment, Peter Garrett, has made a series of outrageous pro-business decisions, including approval of the Gunns pulp mill near Launceston, the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and a desalination plant near Wonthaggi. All three projects pose considerable risks to the environment and have led to the formation of local… Read more »

Will Obama change U.S. foreign policy?

Summer/Autumn 2009

Hope soared worldwide at the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president of the United States. Emerging now is the sobering reality of his political direction. Yes, the threatening visage of the U.S. empire may slightly brighten, but its predatory actions will remain the same. Photo from whitehouseprotest.org Neoliberalism, the unhindered operation of… Read more »

Lex Wotton jailing is an outrage!

Summer/Autumn 2009

The 24th of October 2008 goes down as a shameful day in Australian history. On this day, an all-white jury found Lex Wotton guilty of riot with destruction. When Lex was sentenced two weeks later, supporters from around the country rallied outside the Townsville court. He was sentenced to six years’ jail with a minimum… Read more »

Anti-war veterans speak out

Summer/Autumn 2009

In 1918, on 11 November at 11.00 am, the guns of the Western Front fell silent. The first global war ended after millions had perished. On November 11, 2008 the Freedom Socialist Party marked the 90th anniversary with an anti-war forum. This date, when we remember those killed, is associated more with the war-worshipping Returned… Read more »

Locals speak out against the Northern Territory Intervention

Summer/Autumn 2009

The Prescribed Area People’s Alliance is a group of Aboriginal people from communities affected by the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER.) On Friday November 7, 2008, the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance held its second meeting in Alice Springs and issued this statement. We are outraged that, today, Lex Wotton, an Indigenous man from Palm Island,… Read more »

Change of government in New Zealand heralds the need for a fightback!

Summer/Autumn 2009

With the election of a National Party-led government in New Zealand/Aotearoa on 8th November 2008, the working class will have a much harder struggle ahead. The Nationals won 44.93% of the vote, the Labour Party polled 33.99% and the Greens came in third with 6.72%. As the worldwide capitalist economic crisis loomed, the Labour Party,… Read more »

Fair Work Bill retains restrictions on organising

Summer/Autumn 2009

On 25 November 2008, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard grandly told Parliament that the government’s Fair Work Bill “takes the Australian value of the fair go and builds around it a new workplace relations system ready to meet the needs of the nation in the 21st century.” ACTU President Sharan Burrow echoed Gillard’s enthusiasm, declaring,… Read more »