Sam Wainwright

The December 2 ABCC demo over here was very good; well over 2000 present maybe as much as 3000. Biggest contingents were from MUA and AMWU at around 1000 each.

On Saturday November 15 around 25 Socialist Alliance members and supporters in Perth gathered for our annual State Conference.

On Sunday November 16 around a dozen members of the Community Solidarity group took to the streets in the annual Fremantle Festival parade. A couple of comrades entered the “Guantanamo Cage” on the back of our mighty workers rights chariot, actually a ute from Tony's Hire; the cheapest car rental place in Fremantle. No vehicle's done less than 200,000 kilometres, guaranteed! As John and Justine played imprisoned workers in the cage, the rest of us shouted ourselves hoarse and leafleted the crowd of some 30,000 for the December 2 rally.

The French Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) summer school, which, I recently attended, has attracted around 1200 people.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme, now to be known as DisabilityCare, has become a central theme of Australia’s national debate. This is a tribute to the many thousands of people who have campaigned tirelessly for better support for and inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

It is vitally important that people are not so cowed by the new anti protest laws that they stop protesting — quite the opposite.

The government's move to scrap 457 visas was a political stunt designed to revive its flagging popularity by talking about giving "Aussie workers priority for Aussie jobs". This latest attempt at racist jingoism includes the changes to the citizenship test.

On the day Tony Abbott was rolled, one of my family members, who lives in Malcolm Turnbull's electorate of Wentworth, posted a one line warning on Facebook: "Beware the silver fox." Well, it proved true remarkably quickly.

The Socialist Alliance is using the federal election to popularise the idea that we need bring mines, banks and power companies into democratic public ownership. Here are five reasons why this is a good idea.

Celebrating January 26 is a state-sanctioned exercise that rubs salt into the wounds of Indigenous Australia.

What local councils do or don’t do on January 26 has burst into the national political debate, and what a good thing that is, writes Socialist Alliance councillor Sam Wainwright.

Remember last year when federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, picking up where Joe Hockey left off, declared that we had a spending problem not a revenue problem? That seems like a long time ago now.

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