Mary Merkenich

protester holding a sign saying 'Germany stop supporting Israel's war crimes'

While Germany cracks down on free speech and debate over Israel's genocidal war in Palestine in the name of 'protecting Jews and fighting antisemitism', its military industrial complex is making mega profits from the sales of weapons to Israel, writes Mary Merkenich.

From misappropriating JobKeeper funds, to illegally sacking thousands of workers, to Alan Joyce’s enormous “pay” rises, the scandals associated with Qantas are piling up. Mary Merkenich argues it should be renationalised.

The RBA wants unemployment to go up

The Reserve Banks of Australia's talk about the need to “increase productivity” means less regulation and more “flexibility” for the bosses. Mary Merkenich and Pip Hinman report.

Melbourne Extinction Rebellion organised three colourful and diverse days of actions on the climate crisis. Mary Merkenich reports.

NTEU members holding banner

More than 600 Victorian National Tertiary Education Union members crammed into Victorian Trades Hall for their first stop-work meeting in a decade, as part of their fight for better conditions and fair pay. Mary Merkenich reports.

Environment, union and left groups are pushing back against anti-protest laws that target environmentalists. Mary Merkenich reports.

Given how many are being crunched by the cost-of-living crisis, public sentiment would be on the unions’ side if they took united action for wage rises, argues Mary Merkenich.

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.

About 60 people took part in a funeral for trees, forests and animals lost due to destruction caused by the North East Link project. Mary Merkenich reports.

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.

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.

Where do we draw the line when deciding who has an “unfair” advantage in elite sports, asks Mary Merkenich