Britain: Greens surge on back of anti-austerity anger

A Green Surge has hit Britain. Thanks to an ongoing growth spurt, the Green Party of England and Wales has now hit 54,000 members, on top of nearly 10,000 members in the Scottish Green Party.

Opinion polls put the party on the rise, frequently beating the Liberal Democrats, who are governing in coalition with the Conservatives. The Greens now have more members than the far-right anti-immigrant UK Independence Party (UKIP), whose growing support has generated much media attention.

Free Palestinian political prisoner Lina Khattab!

Palestinian student Lina Khattab, 18, a first-year media student at Birzeit University, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to six months imprisonment, a NIS6000 (US$1500) fine and three years probation on February 17.

She is also a folkloric dancer with the world-renowned El-Funoun Popular Palestinian Dance Troupe and is active in other cultural and political student activities at the university.

10 reasons to join the National Day of Action rallies against fee-deregulation

The National Union of Students organises national days of action, in which students around the country take part in rallies to fight back against the latest round of attacks against public education. This year, students are continuing to fight the biggest attack on accessible education since HECS was introduced in 1989.

Contesting Baird’s contestability

NSW premier Bruce Baird was confronted by 200 TAFE students, teachers and supporters when he visited Newcastle’s Hamilton TAFE campus on February 16.

His visit was to inaugurate the offices of the Hunter Business Chamber, which have been relocated to Hamilton TAFE.

Significantly, the old TAFE signage out the front of the campus has been replaced with a sign that reads “Australian Business Apprenticeship Centre”.

Disunity in NSW Education Action Network

On January 30 a meeting of the New South Wales Education Action Network (EAN) was convened at the University of Technology, Sydney. The EAN is a cross campus collective of university students committed to fighting fee deregulation and for free education. It is open to all student activists.


Briefs: Greece-Venezuela pledge cooperation, FARC extend ceasefire, Mexico teachers protest

Greece, Venezuela discuss cooperation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has invited the newly-elected Greek prime minister to Caracas, TeleSUR English said on February 9.

“I have invited Alexis Tsipras, comrade Alexis, to visit us as soon as he can, here in Venezuela,” Maduro told Venezuelan public TV.

“He plans to come to Latin America. He mentioned all the pressures that he is under. Because of a savage, savage neoliberal system that has been applied in Greece.”

Tsipras expressed an interest in touring Latin America, starting with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Students locked in elevator at Abbott's office

Ten student activists from the NSW Education Action Network were trapped in the small elevator at prime minister Tony Abbott's Manly office on February 9 for more than half an hour. They were told by police and firefighters that the elevator had being switched off while they were inside it.

Students were midway through a protest of the Coalition government's attempts to push university fee deregulation through the Senate again.

Sydney police gave no warning before pepper spraying students

Police attacked students with pepper spray during a protest against university fee deregulation in Sydney on February 13.

About 30 students gathered to protest against education minister Christopher Pyne, who was giving the Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture at the Sydney Masonic Centre. He planned to “outline the Australian government’s achievements in schools since coming to office”.

Police sprayed students to stop them entering the lecture to take part in an advertised Q&A with Pyne.

Cuts, fees and deregulation - we can stop Abbott

Australian tertiary students are facing fee deregulation and education cuts. Across society, all sectors are hurting under the impact of the Abbott government's cuts.

Meanwhile in Chile, students have mounted a mass campaign and won free education.

What can we learn for the struggle to defeat the Pyne-Abbott agenda?

A Murdoch University Resistance club forum.

Wednesday, March 11, 12.30pm
Murdoch Uni, venue to be confirmed

Ph Gavin, 0450 919680 for more info.

Event date: 
Wed, 11/03/2015 - 12:30pm
Event time: 
Wed, 11/03/2015 - 12:30pm
0450 919680

Ways to get active this week: Protest against Pyne

At 10.30am on February 13 at 66 Goulburn St (corner of Castlereagh St), Sydney, Education Minister Christopher Pyne will deliver the Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture. And there is a bonus: The address will be followed by a short Q&A session with the audience. Pyne’s proposed deregulation will destroy higher education through the creation of a two-tiered US-style system. Join us in reminding Pyne and the Liberal government that students are ready to fight in 2015 to make sure it's buried for good. Plus who doesn't love a good Q&A with Pyne.


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