What’s the alternative to the NTEU framework – and if it’s really so bad, why are the leadership pushing it ?

Next week, NTEU members will be called on to vote on the controversial National Jobs Protection Framework, the plan developed by the union’s national leadership, without any consultation of members, to address the crisis in university funding triggered by Covid-19. Since information about the framework emerged, NTEU branches at Sydney, Latrobe, Monash, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria,… Continue reading What’s the alternative to the NTEU framework – and if it’s really so bad, why are the leadership pushing it ?

BDS – a global intifada for justice and peace in Palestine

Israeli Apartheid Week protest, Sydney, March 18 2018. We’re standing today with millions of people in Palestine and around the world. Our demands are modest. We’re calling for the bare minimum that anyone committed to peace and justice should be demanding: an end to apartheid in Israel – now; the release of Ahed Tamimi and… Continue reading BDS – a global intifada for justice and peace in Palestine

Manus Crisis: Our Protests Must Build Momentum

New Matilda, 4 November 2017. Read the original here. As the crisis on Manus Island deepens, it’s easy to forget the reason the detention centre is closing in the first place: the PNG Supreme court found that imprisoning Australia’s refugees breached their fundamental rights, and was therefore unconstitutional. How are those same human rights being… Continue reading Manus Crisis: Our Protests Must Build Momentum

Teachers should be an example and that means speaking their minds on refugees

Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2016. Read the original here. This week, hundreds of school teachers from the national Teachers for Refugees group will protest against our brutal and internationally condemned refugee policies by wearing "close the camps, bring them here" T-shirts to school. Predictably, the initiative has drawn strident criticism from the federal government… Continue reading Teachers should be an example and that means speaking their minds on refugees

Geert Wilders is a lightning-rod for racists

New Matilda, February 21, 2013. Read the original here. What do you do when a famous racist politician descends on Australia in a fanfare of media? Geert Wilders’ current speaking tour makes the question topical, raising key issues about free speech, the political response to racism, and the utility of protest. No sooner had Wilders’… Continue reading Geert Wilders is a lightning-rod for racists