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Hands off JobWatch!

The future of JobWatch is under threat. Richard Dalla-Riva, Victorian Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, has told the service: “ It is my assessment that the activities for which the previous government provided funding

Make change happen! Give to the $80,000 Socialist Feminist Fund Drive!

As the Middle East revolts and the Midwest of the United States rebels, the need is more apparent than ever for media that unabashedly take the side of working people — not the bosses and

Equal pay: Wanted NOW! (not in 2016)

Pay Justice Action, the grassroots campaign for equal pay, chose May Day to launch a petition directed at Prime Minister Julia Gillard, highlighting that women workers are sick of waiting for equal pay. The statistics

Indigenous Inclusion in the Constitution — worth fighting for?

According to the federal government, there is “ a national discussion and broad consultation” taking place this year around plans for a referendum to recognise Aboriginal Australians in the Constitution. Last November, the Prime Minister

Feminist Futures Conference: Build a feminist future with Radical Women

The world is bursting with revolt against the many brutalities afflicted by capitalism. It’ s no surprise that women are among the resisters, leading. The unifying force of feminism is needed more than ever. For

Drop the charges: Stop persecuting the Hickey family!

Tisha Hickey’ s 21st birthday party last September turned into a nightmare when police in the western Sydney suburb of Riverstone raided her home. Tisha was brutally treated by the police who crushed her, tore

Resistance grows against FBI raids on U.S. activists

On 24 September 2010 gun-toting FBI agents broke in the homes of U.S. anti-war campaigners, socialist and Latin American and Palestinian solidarity activists. Since then the government has delivered subpoenas to more activists, bringing the

Support clinic defenders’ battle for free speech and protest rights

On a Tuesday afternoon in December, as thousands of city workers were heading for their trams and trains, a speakout was in full swing outside Melbourne’s Town Hall. Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights’ bold purple

Fighting families provide inspiration and need our solidarity

Deaths in custody take a terrible toll on the family members who have lost a loved one in this way. For some, the grief is immobilising. But for others, there’s a steely determination to expose

Equal Pay: A battle unfinished!

Louisa Dunkley was born in the working class Melbourne suburb of Richmond in 1866. She is remembered today for her leadership in the battle for equal pay. At 16, Louisa got a job with the

Climate change and the flood crisis: Make big business pay!

Greens Leader Bob Brown has sparked a controversy in the Murdoch media for his comment that the coal industry is to blame for the recent floods in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

A view from Queensland: Bad weather — don’t risk it!

It’s Queensland... the radio is on and it speaks of mayhem and disaster. A short distance from where I live many people are weeping over lifetime losses that have been swept away on a raging

Lex is gagged but we are not! Act now!

Lex Wotton, who is still seen as a political prisoner by the movement to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody, visited Melbourne on November 10 to meet with his lawyers to plan a challenge to his

Victorian State Election 2010 — Vote Socialist

It’ s three months since the federal election and nothing has altered in the political landscape, except for one thing, of course — the rise and rise of The Greens party. Based on the federal

Challenge law and order bipartisanship: Cancel all contracts with G4S

The ALP and the Liberal Party are engaged in a predictable “ tough on crime” battle in Victoria’ s state election. However neither party has anything to offer in terms of police accountability or solutions

Alert: Mumia’s life is in danger!

On 9 November supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal mobilised outside the U.S. Court of Appeals as the Third Circuit met, for a second time, to decide whether Mumia is to be quickly executed or granted a

Abortion Rights and Free Speech: the Fight is on!

The fight in Victoria to defend abortion rights has widened into a battle for free speech. Pro-choice activists who each month defend an East Melbourne clinic from anti-abortion zealots are being harassed by Melbourne City

Stop bankrolling investors and speculators!: A practical guide to providing quality shelter for all

There’ s a monumental housing crisis in Australia. Rents are skyrocketing and vacancy rates are the lowest on record, pushing desperate tenants to resort to rent auctions. In 1996 the cost of buying a house