Analysis

Debbie Kilroy, a long-term prison rights campaigner, argues that 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.

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.

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network has condemned the federal government's plans to spend billions to be a loyal deputy sheriff to the United States in the Asia-Pacific region, writes Vince Scappatura.

Young people, who have only ever had insecure casual jobs, face a very precarious future, writes James Swift.

Caroline Andersen speaks about her family’s struggle for the truth regarding her son Wayne 'Fella' Morrison's 2016 death in the custody of Corrective Services South Australia.

Bega Valley residents who survived the Black Summer bushfires in Cobargo and surrounds say the major parties are still in a sort of denial about climate change and drought, reports Sue Bull.

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