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The release of the Palace letters between the governor general and the Queen have given renewed impetus for a republican movement, writes Jim McIlroy.

Rather than spending $270 billion on offensive weapons, Alex Bainbridge argues funding should go to permanently raising the JobSeeker rate.

Rupen Savoulian writes that modern history is full of examples where, rather than erasing history, tearing down statues of racist conquistadors has been a necessary starting point for illuminating the darkest corners of imperial colonisation.

Prison rights campaigner Debbie Kilroy argues we need to abolish prisons, police and other systems of social control, and that the rising movement around Black Lives Matter–Stop Black Deaths in Custody offers a valuable opportunity to talk about the alternatives.

Longstanding Jews against the Occupation member Pat Zinn was driven by a deep sense of compassion and concern for her fellow human beings, writes Vivienne Porzsolt.

The pandemic is serious and strong action needs to be taken to stop its spread. But punitive and paternalistic interventions, that remove people’s agency, is counterproductive, writes Sue Bolton.

Prisons activist Debbie Kilroy, First Nations activists Elizabeth Jarrett and Mervyn Eades addressed a Green Left forum discussing what it means to defund the police and abolish the prison system in Australia. 

July 19 marks seven years since Kevin Rudd said people seeking asylum, who arrive by boat, would never be settled in Australia. Alex Bainbridge spoke to councillors Jonathan Sri and Sue Bolton about the campaign to free imprisoned refugees and end the cruel policy. 

Socialist councillor Sue Bolton argues that listening to, and working with, affected communities is critical for any government wishing to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says there was no handbook for dealing with the Melbourne towers outbreaks. But local and international experiences in containing the COVID-19 pandemic prove this outbreak could have been avoided — and should never have ended up being handled like this, writes Fred Fuentes.

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