Early last year, an academic debate over Invasion Day erupted at the University of NSW. Apparently, some well credentialed people are offended that the term “invasion” is used to describe January 26.

I would be quite happy not to have to use that term. Stop and think for a few minutes: that would mean altering history or going back in time and ensuring the invasion of this country, now called Australia, never happened. 


When Fremantle councillors voted in August last year to end the Australia Day fireworks display that it had been running for the past eight years, I fully expected a conservative backlash. But even I was surprised to see the decision featured in news bulletins for months on end.

On one...


Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale has pledged to introduce a private senator’s bill by the end of the year for a “sugar tax” which he estimates would claw $500 million from the country’s shopping list each year.

The legislation which Di Natale has hailed as an “obesity prevention...

Australian news

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pro-choice activists in Queensland say the campaign for abortion law reform is entering its “final, most important stage”.

This was the assessment of Kate Marchesi and Olivia King from Young Queenslanders for the Right to Choose about...

Monday, January 16, 2017

The New South Wales state government has released changes to the state’s planning law which, if passed, will grant big mining companies more power and reduce communities and councils’ already limited rights of appeal.

The government says the changes to the...

International news

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Workers across the country walked off their jobs and staged actions on January 20 to protest the inauguration of one of the most anti-worker presidents in modern history, Donald Trump.

As he was being sworn in around midday, dining hall workers at Northeastern University walked out. The...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Above: Democracy Now's full coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration and protests from January 20. Below: A special broadcast live from the huge Women's March on Washington on January 21.

Comment & Analysis

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Good riddance to NSW Liberal Premier Mike 'Bad' Baird who announced on January 19 that he was resigning from his position.   A year ago, Mike Baird was the most popular politician in the country. Now he is on the nose, suffering one of the biggest falls in opinion polls in Australian political...
Monday, January 16, 2017

As the people on Manus Island prepared to see in the New Year, drunken immigration officials and police beat up asylum seekers who were then taken into police custody and denied food and medical treatment. PNG politician Ronny Knight responded by tweeting “They deserved what they got”.


Cultural Dissent

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Starting at Zero: His own story
By Jimi Hendrix (edited by Peter Neal)
Bloomsbury, 2014
203 pp., $19.99

Jimi Hendrix Soundscapes
By Marie-Paule MacDonald
Reaktion, 2016
300 pp., $37.99

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix’s management decided to introduce him...

Serena Williams and Common discuss race, gender and sport in an ESPN interview.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One of the best tennis players and athletes of all time, US star Serena Williams has been scrutinised so much for being a strong, Black woman that she herself began to doubt her own strength and body, the star told her long-time friend and rapper, Common, in a special ESPN interview last month...