Our Common Cause

For many young people, the fact that modern Australia emerged from a colonial-settler society founded on the violent dispossession of First Nations peoples is a self-evident fact. Sarah Hathway and Sam Wainwright comment on a significant political shift underway.

History shows that governments have consistently resisted any proposals from First Nations advisory bodies to deliver real justice. Peter Boyle argues that the Voice to Parliament could end up as another token gesture, unless there is a strong and independent movement for First Nations justice.

The unjust jailing of climate activist Violet CoCo exposes the limits of the type of democracy we are being asked to uphold, argues Alex Bainbridge

Claims the new IR laws will close the gender pay gap and strengthen equal pay laws are welcome. But, as Mary Merkenich and Sarah Hathway argue, the laws will divide workers and weaken the Better Off Overall Test.

As corporations increase prices and cause inflation, nearly everyone is feeling the pinch. Socialist Alliance is contesting the Victorian elections to help win pro-people changes by giving voice to grassroots campaigns.

Premier Andrew’s energy announcement is a nod to the failures of privatisating the energy sector and the growing pressure to speed up the transition, argues Sarah Hathway.

Progressives need to build support for the right of the peoples of the Pacific to self-determination, free from interference, including from our own government, argues Sam Wainwright.

The biggest housing crisis Australia has ever experienced is fast becoming a humanitarian disaster. But, as Angela Carr argues, there are solutions.

Socialist Alliance extends its solidarity to the mass protest movement in Iran that has developed in response to the killing of Mahsa Amini by the Iranian authorities.

Any call for a republic that is disconnected from addressing the very real social and ecological crises will not be enough, argues Sam Wainwright.

Earthcare not warfare

Not only are we being told to prepare for war with China, but to expect it. It’s the stuff of nightmares, writes Sam Wainwright.

The rising cost of living and the strain on public services mean Labor must junk its support for the Coalition's stage 3 tax cut policy, argues Mary Merkenich.

Early childcare workers are going on strike for better pay and urgent action on staff shortages, reports Jacob Andrewartha.

The Scott Morrison multiple-portfolio saga is just the tip of the credibility crisis plaguing politics. Sam Wainwright argues we need to look a lot further than the restoration of Westminster conventions.

The crisis in public education will not be solved by pitting teachers against each other or outsourcing responsibility for graduates' jobs. Mary Merkenich argues for greater funding for smaller classes and more teachers on fair wages.

Claims that Labor’s 43% climate emissions bill will bring “an end to the climate wars” are wrong: it will make it harder to ensure a safe climate with a just transition for workers, argues Alex Bainbridge.

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