Australia

As COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out and lock downs and economic crisis measures wind up, the federal government is painting a rosy view of the economic recovery. But, as Neville Spencer argues, this is far from the reality for millions of casual and insecure workers.

Jack Williams argues that more staff in aged care homes would immediately make a difference to the lonely lives of their elderly residents.

Matt Haubrick reports on a successful community campaign against another government attempt to introduce a draconian anti-protest law.

The rapid growth of the gig economy has swelled the coffers of the international tech giants. Isaac Nellist reports on the growing push to end the exploitative business model which allows individuals to receive little pay while braving dangerous work conditions.

Those who work in the sector told Steve O'Brien that homelessness is an emerging humanitarian crisis

Chris Slee reports that a judge dismissed a charge of “incitement” against refugee rights activist Chris Breen.

Protesters again gathered outside the ACT Supreme Court to protest the secret trial of Bernard Collaery and Witness K, reports Kerry Smith.

Barry Healy reviews a new book researching the impact and consequences of anti-Semitism during the Russian Revolution.

Political and protest albums for March 2021

Here's a look back at March's political news and the best new music that related to it. You can also listen to a podcast of this column, including all the music, here.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller’s proposal for an app that records consent reveals how willfully ignorant he and government MPs are about the institutionalised nature of sexual assault, writes Isaac Nellist.

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