The panels at the Women & Labour Conference reinforced Wik as a feminist issue. They showed how non-Indigenous rural people are hurting badly from a crisis-ridden system, which is becoming increasingly brutal. The profiteers are attempting to use small farmers to incite mass panic in Australia – a panic fuelled by misinformation.
Governments regularly invoke the “public interest” as the reason for increased police budgets and expanded police powers.
Cecilia Hofmann and Melvi Gelacio are two Filipino feminists who toured Australia last September for the Women Cannot Be Bought National Tour. Alison Thorne spoke with them on the Melbourne leg of the tour.
Australia has one of the highest rates of part-time and casual work in the world, and three-quarters of part-time and casual workers are women. Casualisation is growing sharply. Two years ago, one in five workers was part-time or casual. Now it is one in four.
The activist Special Interest Group model within the structure of the union has resulted in significant gains for casual workers in the NSW TAFE system. It is a model TAFE workers in other states must consider.
Former union leaders from the Australian Education Union (AEU) sub-branch at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) are prepared to campaign for as long as it takes to bring the union busting management at the Institute to heel. The No More Intimidation of Teacher (NMIT) Unionists Campaign Committee, established at an AEU sub-branch stopwork meeting… Read more »
Bob Pease’s Men and Sexual Politics: Towards a Profeminist Practice is an important record of the anti-sexist men’s movement in Australia. Pease himself has at least 20 years’ experience in raising men’s consciousness about gender injustice. He helped form Men Against Sexual Assault (MASA) in Melbourne in 1989 and has been involved in its sexism awareness education program for men. Since 1989 Pease has taught a course called “Men, Masculinity and Anti-Patriarchal Practice” to women and men Social Work students at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
On 26 October, the Victorian government sent workers and police into Djab Wurrung country to bulldoze a 350-year-old tree that was culturally significant to the Djab Wurrung people and their birth practices.
The world is a better place today, thanks to Kendall Lovett. Ken exuded enormous energy and creativity as a community campaigner and movement linchpin who identified with all who are exploited. Ken died peacefully at home in Melbourne, where he lived with his partner of 27 years, Mannie De Saxe. He was 98 and remained… Read more »
State governments in Australia are attacking Covid-19 with a law-and-order sledgehammer.