Keeping people out of Australia under the guise of stopping “people smuggling” and “deaths at sea” is no excuse for government cruelty towards people escaping war, torture, persecution and death.
This long, dirty war has very deliberately been conducted in secret.
If there is one thing the recent unprecedented bushfire emergency has proved to us in Australia — and to millions in countries who watched on in horror — is that the climate emergency is not just something to worry about in the future: this is the climate emergency and it is already catastrophic.
The horror of the devastating and apocalyptic fires in NSW and Victoria has not only dampened the New Year party mood, it has fanned anger over the government's obvious failure to respond to the climate emergency.
PM Scott Morrison hypocritically describes the climate movement as opposed to “alternative views”. Yet he is the one refusing to compromise on climate action.
Socialist candidates are campaigning in the May 18 federal elections to put forward solutions to the growing wealth divide and looming environmental crisis.
The ALP lost the NSW election with its small-target strategy, its refusal to take on the privatisation agenda and its sly accommodation to racism.
As we make a plan for a new year of activism, we can take some heart from the growing student movement for real climate action.
Our new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, takes credit for driving the Coalition government’s Orwellian-named “welfare reform strategy”, which has aimed at further punishing those already living below the poverty line.
We need to keep the pressure up for real solutions, on our terms, which will begin to shatter institutional sexism.
Leaked reports of atrocities and misconduct point to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq being part of the problem, not the solution.