Education

The turnout and energy at the March in May rallies on May 18 proved that people are not going to take this budget lying down.

Resistance members and Deakin University students, were told to change out of their T-shirts which displayed the classic feminist 'Rosie the Riveter' image with the text “Up Yours Abbott”.

The February 5 announcement that the Victorian Socialists — an alliance of socialist groups, including the Socialist Alliance — will contest the upper house in the upcoming Victorian elections flags a new, exciting opening for the left and progressive movements.

The March in March protests across Australia over March 15-17 were a resounding success – not just because of their size, focus and breadth.

Finance minister Mathias Cormann has threatened the opposition parties that if they continue to block key budget measures — such as the demolition of universal health care and welfare, the deregulation of university fees, and the hike in the interest rate on student HECS debts — then the government would be forced to look at raising taxes.

In February last year, 39 universities signed up to “Respect. Now. Always”, a campaign to eliminate sexual assault and harassment on campus. But more than a year later, there are no new initiatives in place and students are asking why.

The Socialist Alliance will be running three Hunter-based candidates in the March 23 NSW state elections.

Education is a fundamental right for all people, yet the policies of successive governments has been to turn education into a privilege; with wealth as the main entry qualification. At all levels, the public education system has been systematically dismantled, while private schools enjoy billions in taxpayer subsidies.

It is now two and a half months since budget night. Remember Treasurer Joe Hockey and Mathias Corman smoking cigars, satisfied and smug after doing a job on Australian workers, pensioners and the poor?

NSW Senate candidates, Susan Price and Sharlene Leroy-Dyer have been nominated as an NTEU Higher Education Defenders. Read more to see why Socialist Alliance's stands for free, quality public education at all levels.

If #Libspill can be summed up as the “madness of Abbott”, we have to recognise that this and other symptoms of political “madness” (such as Trump) are expressions of the dangerous times we live in.

The demand of tens of thousands of people who marched through the streets in cities around Australia on May 18 was clear. They want the federal government’s killer budget blocked.

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