Posts in: Editorial

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 »

Olympic games: An expensive imperialist spectacle

Winter/Spring 2008

How much is an Olympic gold medal? Not the token itself, but the cost of training and maintaining the winner. About $40 million, based on the last 35 years of government funding for so-called “elite” sports. A bronze is a bargain, coming in at only $16 million! It’s important to remember that this funding goes,… 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 »

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 »

Military indoctrination: A factory for producing violence against women

Winter/Spring 2007

A long-ignored aspect of Washington’s war machine is now getting sporadic attention in the U.S. mainstream media. This is the explosion of violence against women, both in war zones and the military itself. The corporate media, however, is incapable of tracing this problem to its source: the character of imperialist military indoctrination. Gender-specific brutality is… Read more »

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 »

The Superannuation Swindle

Winter/Spring 2007

A recent report found that most people aged between 35 and 44 will not have enough in their retirement accounts to survive without the age pension. Worse still, the amount available to women from this group will be half that of men who retire at age 60. Once again, neoliberal “reforms” hit women hardest. Privatisation… Read more »

May Day Arrests Target National Liberation Movement

Winter/Spring 2007

On May Day, two Australian citizens were arrested and charged with the vague, yet frightening, charge of supporting a terrorist organisation — the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). This is despite the LTTE not being proscribed as a terrorist organisation in either Australia or Sri Lanka! The Melbourne men — Aruran Vinayagamoorthy and Sivarajah… Read more »