It is amazing how radical believing in the simple notion of welcoming refugees in Australia has become. ABC’s Q&A program on alternatives to detention on October 10 gave some insight into how convoluted the debate on refugees has become.

A number of “compromise solutions” are being put forward but none of them address the worldwide refugee crisis or end Australia’s cruel detention system.


Just as in the 21 countries where marriage equality has been won, we will have to win this democratic right on the streets here too.

This is the resounding conclusion supporters of equality must draw if we are to push back an emerging tide of conservatism unleashed by this latest round of...


Tertiary students are doing it tough. Yet the Coalition would have you believe we have it easy. High — and getting higher — course fees, job insecurity and accommodation costs are all adding to students’ anxieties.

A National Union of Students’ (NUS) submission to the 2015-16 federal...

Australian news

Protesters outside residents being evicted
Friday, October 21, 2016

Contractors for the controversial $18 billion WestConnex tollway project dismantled their Sydney Park construction compound on Euston Road, St Peters, on October 14, following a major community campaign to stop the works.

Residents had mounted a 24-hour-a-day camp beside the site from...

Friday, October 21, 2016

On ABC’s Q&A on September 19 rock legend Jimmy Barnes said he had been lost for words when he heard the Productivity Commission had recommended copyright protection for authors be drastically reduced from the current period of 70 years following the death of the author.

Barnes said...

International news

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Australian captain of a women-crewed boat, which tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza last month, firmly believes the mission was worthwhile.

“The Women’s Boat to Gaza managed to reignite the spotlight on Gaza and...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The systematic police repression of African Americans that Black Lives Matter (BLM) has exposed has prompted Black athletes to express their solidarity. The latest has been the silent protests at sporting events initiated by Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers....

Comment & Analysis

Group of women holding pro-choice placards
Friday, October 21, 2016

Unlike the other states and territories, abortion is a criminal offence in New South Wales and Queensland, except under certain circumstances.

The doctor who provides the termination, anyone assisting and the woman herself could all be prosecuted under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) or the...

Friday, October 21, 2016

This is what things have come to.

The Greatest Democracy In the World™ is subjecting its people, and the world, to an election campaign to determine who gets to order new crimes against humanity, in which one candidate is a far-right, racist, woman-hating, tax-avoiding failed property...

Cultural Dissent

Monday, October 17, 2016

Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football
Brunette Lenkić and Rob Hess
Echo Publishing
2016, 324 pages

In a landmark development, the first national women’s Australian Football competition — AFL Women’s — will be launched next February. But a...

Monday, October 17, 2016

The star of the new Netflix hit Luke Cage, Mike Colter, said the new show — featuring a bulletproof African-American man sporting a hoodie — highlighted the plight of many young Black people in the United States who have been shot dead by police and the decades-long struggle against such...