Jonathan Strauss

Labor's reaction to the High Court ruling that indefinite detention is unlawful underscores its continuing racist scapegoating of refugees, argues Jonathan Strauss.

Refugees and their supporters have called a major rally in Canberra on March 6 and around the country on April 2. Labor's “resolution of status” permanent visa does not go far enough.

Pat O’Shane, a Kuku Yalanji woman from Mossman, is the Socialist Alliance candidate for the Far North Queensland lower house seat of Leichhardt in the federal election.

Labor seems more determined than ever to promise little, hoping the next election will land in its lap without offering any meaningful change.

It all reads like something out of George Orwell’s seminal work, 1984.

The Labor and Liberal National parties hope to slip in four-year fixed parliamentary terms in Queensland through a referendum being held at the same time as state-wide polls for local councils.