Rachel Evans

Blockade Australia in Sydney on June 28. Photo: Blockade Australia

Progressive people need to push back against the draconian police reppression of peaceful climate activists in Sydney.

Labor's claim that its tactics defeated the Religious Discrimination Bill do not stack up. Progressive politics is about building support for progressive ideas, not parliamentary manoeuvres that give political space to conservatives and reactionaries to compromise hard-won rights.

Lead Socialist Alliance candidate for the Legislative Council in the NSW election Rachel Evans gave this speech to a Justice Action election forum on February 25.

The Ruddock Review has shown that the fight is not over to ensure queer kids and queer teachers are free to come out of the closet, safe from the threat of being expelled or sacked.

Just as in the 21 countries where marriage equality has been won, we will have to win this democratic right on the streets here too.