Dr Mehreen Faruqi

Protesters called for solutions to the housing crisis in a rally organised by the National Union of Students, Get A Room and the NSW Greens. Jim McIlroy reports.

 

Protesters march on NSW Parliament. Photo: Peter Boyle

Climate activists and unionists rallied in various cities for World Environment Day, calling for an end to new coal and gas projects for anti-protest laws to be scrapped. Jim McIlroy, Sue Bull & Niko Leka report. 

In the midst of a worsening cost-of-living crisis, more than 3 million Australians continue to be burdened by student debts. Isaac Nellist reports.

Loughinisland massacre

Many people in Anglo societies seemingly can’t imagine that the fairytale queen they recognise might look different to those who live in the countries from where the shining jewels in her crown and sceptre were stolen, writes Carlo Sands.

The aggressive police operation to “combat” the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney’s South West is yet another example of politicians’ racist, anti-working class and punitive handling of the pandemic, argues Markela Panegyres.

War crimes protest

A snap protest outside Australian Department of Defence offices called for the total withdrawal of troops to Afghanistan, reports Peter Boyle.

Markela Panegyres reports University of Sydney staff and students have been protesting the federal government’s attacks on higher education, management’s austerity measures and NSW Police's brutal policing policies.

Amid the smoke and mirrors of the Coalition’s federal budget, the Senate voted to formally censure far-right Senator Fraser Anning on April 3. Since then, the tone in this election campaign has been noticeably less tinged with race fear than looked likely just a few months ago.

Chanting “Michael Spence, you will fail, USyd is not for sale!”, students opposing the vice chancellor’s support for the Ramsay Centre made their point outside the University of Sydney administration building on October 31.

Speakers condemned the discussions between university management and the board of the right-wing Ramsay Centre think tank, which aims to set up a degree in “Western Civilisation”.

Supporters of safe access zones at abortion clinics are celebrating after the NSW Parliament voted for such zones in the early hours of June 8.

Supporters of equality will be surprised to learn that of three motions supporting abortion rights scheduled for debate at the NSW state Labor conference June 30-July 1, party officials are recommending that two be rejected and the third be sent off for further consideration.

There were mixed results in the recent Greens NSW Legislative Council preselections. But, that in itself represents a revival in the fortunes of the more radical (or red-ish) Greens who have suffered a series of losses in such ballots over the past two years. Those losses were welcome news to the self-styled “mainstream progressives” (or centrists) who lead the Australian Greens and have long chaffed at the presence of Corbyn-like elements in the Greens NSW. Now, writes former convenor of NSW Greens Hall Greenland, that losing trend is over.