Posts in: australia

New Zealand earthquake exposes a government that is upping military spending while neglecting environmental safety

January 2017

November 2016 turned out more momentous than New Zealanders expected. Anti-war campaigners converged on Auckland to protest against international naval exercises celebrating the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary. Ships arrived from 15 countries, and the activists’ focus was the USS Sampson, the first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years. New government… Read more »

Lex Wotton: Palm Island class action win is an important precedent

January 2017

If I had to choose one word to described Palm Island community leader, Lex Wotton, it would be “tenacious.” In 2008, Wotton visited Melbourne for his first speaking tour, organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association. At that time, Wotton faced the threat of jail for his role in a protest in November 2004, following… Read more »

A call to unionists: Stand together against far-right attacks on workers

January 2017

Across the world, the far right and neo-Nazis are not only active in the streets. They are entering parliamentary politics. In Australia, Pauline Hanson’s extreme-right One Nation Party (ONP) made a comeback after 20 years, winning four Senate seats in the 2016 federal election. ONP is now seriously preparing for state elections in Queensland, Western… Read more »

We need to act as ONE to stop the fascist threat

January 2017

For nearly two years, consistent anti-fascist organising has thwarted neo-Nazis’ efforts to build a movement. In Australia, they remain isolated, splintered and weak. Two recent events show the impact of tenacious, well-organised resistance. In late November, at short notice, Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and No Room for Racism mobilised Melburnians against a rally planned… Read more »

Three reasons to STOP Adani: Sovereignty, the Great Barrier Reef and our planet

January 2017

One of the most inspiring speakers I’ve heard recently is Murrawah Maroochy Johnson, a 20-year-old from the Wangan and Jagalingou people (WJP) of central Queensland. She spoke passionately about the battle to stop the Carmichael mine on her ancestral lands. Adani, an India-based multinational, plans to build one of the world’s biggest coal mines in… Read more »

Trans-Tasman Union Beat: Workers organising in Australia & Aotearoa

October 2016

Making history! Early childhood educators, who are members of the United Voice union, made history on 7 September, Equal Pay Day: they walked off the job, closing many childcare centres. They’ve been organising for pay justice for several years through the Big Steps campaign. Up to now, they’ve held weekend rallies, but this was their… Read more »