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Mobilise against homophobia and transphobia: A socialist feminist take on the Australian Marriage Law postal survey

issue 26
September 2017

Mobilise against homophobia and transphobia: A socialist feminist take on the Australian Marriage Law postal survey

The response in the LGBTIQ community to the unnecessary postal survey on marriage equality ranges from trauma and pain to white-hot anger. The community bitterly opposed, and defeated, an earlier proposal for a compulsory plebiscite on same-sex marriage equality — denouncing it as a ploy by the far right to derail the growing public support for equality.

Neo-Nazis face Melbourne Magistrates Court: An anti-fascist united front, not the courts, will stop them

Neo-Nazis face Melbourne Magistrates Court: An anti-fascist united front, not the courts, will stop them
issue 26
July 2017

Twice this year, the busy street outside Melbourne’s Magistrates Court was an unusual scene. People on their way to work saw Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) holding a speakout among colourful banners and placards and chanting anti-fascist slogans at arriving neo-Nazis. All this was happening amidst a heavy presence of media and police.

Police Give Fascists State Protection: A strong, broad united front can break this!

Police Give Fascists State Protection: A strong, broad united front can break this!
Debbie Brennan
issue 26
July 2017
Police stop and search intimidation tactics did not work. Anti-fascists complied when they had to and went back to demonstrating.

On June 25, about 100 “patriots” showed up to march for “Australian Pride.” They were met by a 250-strong “No Pride in Hate” — LGBTIQ, diverse genders, First Nations, multiple ethnicities and races mobilised by Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) and No Room for Racism.

Power, Gas and Hot Air: How the markets manufactured Australia’s “energy crisis”

Power, Gas and Hot Air: How the markets manufactured Australia’s “energy crisis”
Peter Murray
issue 26
July 2017
Albany wind farm in Western Australia: a truly national grid would stablise baseload power.

Australia’s energy networks are under severe pressure. Firstly, the gas network is at capacity and cannot deal with a further population expansion. Second, unchecked export of this natural resource means that domestic supply is under severe pressure, notwithstanding that Australia is soon to be the world’s largest exporter of gas.

“Stop Failing Our Kids!” Campaign demands Victorian Government be held accountable for Juvenile Justice crisis

“Stop Failing Our Kids!” Campaign demands Victorian Government be held accountable for Juvenile Justice crisis
Youkyoung Lee
issue 26
July 2017
Hui Zhou: “This is a system that is founded in the history and the present reality of breaking up families and community, that is founded on the Stolen Generation.”

A young man stopped his bike on Spring Street. He saw a group of people of varying ages and different backgrounds standing together on the steps of the Victorian State Parliament.

Australia’s low wage growth: Bosses’ greed shows capitalist contradictions

Australia’s low wage growth: Bosses’ greed shows capitalist contradictions
Alison Thorne
issue 26
July 2017

Treasurer Scott Morrison has a huge dilemma. In commentary leading up to the May Federal Budget, he described low wage growth as being one the “biggest challenges” for the Australian economy. This view is shared by Philip Lowe, head of the Reserve Bank of Australia, who is concerned that households are suffering from a “sobering combination” of high debt and slow wage growth, warning that this will be a drag on spending.

After three years, public sector unionists remain defiant against anti-worker bargaining rules

After three years, public sector unionists remain defiant against anti-worker bargaining rules
Alison Thorne
issue 25
January 2017

The federal government is at war with its own workforce. But its strategy to starve public servants into giving up a generation of hard-fought working conditions is backfiring. Workers in the largest public sector agencies have shown they’ll fight for as long as it takes. In vote after vote, public servants have rejected sub-standard offers that would deliver poor pay outcomes, remove union rights and strip all but the most basic of conditions.

Hands off the PBS! Free Trade Agreements threaten affordable medication in Australia

Hands off the PBS! Free Trade Agreements threaten affordable medication in Australia
Michael Clark
issue 25
January 2017

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) provides low-cost medication, making it a keystone of equitable, affordable healthcare for all. The federal government subsidises prescriptions so that the upfront cost for patients does not put medication out of reach. The scheme includes an annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses to protect those with chronic illnesses.

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

New Zealand earthquake exposes a government that is upping military spending while neglecting environmental safety
Alex Cole
issue 25
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 regulations prevented protest boats from getting near the visiting naval vessels. However this didn’t stop protesters from blockading a weapons expo and shutting it down.

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

Lex Wotton: Palm Island class action win is an important precedent
Alison Thorne
issue 25
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 the release of autopsy results for the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee in the Palm Island lock-up.

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