Comment and Analysis

Let's liberate our cities

Australia's largest cities are urban planning disaster zones.

Two facts in particular bear this out. First is the ongoing housing affordability crisis, which shows no sign of abating. Second is the relentless march of car-dependent urban sprawl, which continues to devour remnant native vegetation and good farming land. You get an eyeful of this latter problem as you approach Perth by plane, by some accounts the second-biggest metropolis in the world by surface area.

Sale of Ausgrid should be stopped once and for all

In the recent controversy over the proposed sale of key NSW state-owned electricity company Ausgrid to Chinese bidders, the primary issue seems to have been lost: a vital public asset such as Ausgrid should not be privatised in the first place, whoever the potential buyers might be.

A storm broke out over the planned sale of Ausgrid by the state government to either of two Chinese corporations: the government-owned State Grid Corporation of China; or the privately-owned Hong Kong-listed Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group (CKI), controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing.

Presumably foreign hackers also slashed the ABS budget

When the Census website crashed and was taken offline on August 9, the ABS was quick to blame overseas hackers. And in its defence, blaming foreigners has worked pretty well for authorities in this country on pretty much every other issue up till now.

Nauru in solidarity with Ms Dhu

Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA and Refugee Rights Action Network WA released this joint statement on August 10.

* * *

Every afternoon at 4pm on Nauru, asylum seeking adults and children stage a peaceful protest at the gate of the OPC3 family camp, which they have done since March 20 (Palm Sunday). Four weeks into their protest, refugees in the RPC3 camp opposite joined them.

A member's view of the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association

Brian Jessup is a medical imaging technologist, working in the Victorian public sector, and a proud member of the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association. This is his story.

NDIS: no quality or safeguarding guidelines

While hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities will now get services they have never had under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), we must closely examine how the scheme is being implemented.

The public should demand nothing less in return for the $22 billion of public expenditure and the vulnerability of the recipients. But that is not happening.

The NDIS is brilliant for people with physical disabilities, but the scheme risks further marginalising thousands of people with profound intellectual disability.

I don't want to get married… but I should have the right

When I first came out as a lesbian in high school, I was scared.

Hanging over my envisioned future were a lot of question marks, a familiar feeling for a lot of LGBTQI youth.

Heightened rates of mental illness, suicide, homelessness and assault frame the vision of adulthood with very real uncertainty.

This uncertainty is mirrored by the media. The distinct lack of representation in media robs queer youth of healthy role models.

Refugees in their own land: how Aboriginal people are still homeless in modern Australia

Without anywhere that is home, Aboriginal people have been without a physical space to reinvent themselves and their culture in modern Australia.

Since colonisation, Aboriginal people have been internally displaced from their country. The doctrine of terra nullius — a land without people — was established under British colonial government and persisted in Australian law until 1992.

New report: World is hot and getting hotter

A new climate report released on August 3 by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms the world is hot and getting hotter.

The State of the Climate report said that last year was the second consecutive hottest year on record, surpassing 2014 as the previous warmest year.

CensusFail: Boycott grows, servers crash, IBM rorts — business as usual for Turnbull Government

They had one job: Count 24 million people in the National Census. But now the Turnbull government looks like a deer caught in the headlights.

One of the most stunning things about the spectacular implosion of the National Census is that it was billed by the government as “the largest online event in Australian history”.

Pages