Bushfires: we need a more oppositional political culture

New Matilda, 7 January 2020, under the title 'Two Sides, Same Coin: It’s Not About Labor Or Liberal Anymore. It’s Too Late For That Now'. Original here. Amidst the bushfire devastation, it’s natural to hope that one saving grace pulled from the ashes might be greater public resolve to convert the desire for climate action… Continue reading Bushfires: we need a more oppositional political culture

Tomorrow Students Strike For Their Future. But Like Iraq in 2003, They Shouldn’t Assume They’ll Be Heard

New Matilda, 4 March 2019. Original here. Among people who care about the planet, the massive turnouts expected around the country – and the world – for tomorrow’s climate demonstrations are fueling justified excitement. It’s not just that hundreds of thousands of students will go on strike from school and demand real action on global… Continue reading Tomorrow Students Strike For Their Future. But Like Iraq in 2003, They Shouldn’t Assume They’ll Be Heard

Peak Hour Traffic Trumps The Right To Protest, Court Finds

New Matilda, August 22 2014. Read the original here. And down the slippery slope we go, a few inches more. In a national context characterised by expansion of the state’s powers to monitor the internet, punish whistleblowers, and restrict the power of the media to report matters of public interest, a further incremental affront to… Continue reading Peak Hour Traffic Trumps The Right To Protest, Court Finds

Calls Grow For Boycott Of Sydney’s Israeli Film Festival

New Matilda, August 18 2014. Read the original here. Thursday will mark 45 days since Israel started Operation Protective Edge, the brutal assault that has now killed around 2,000 Palestinians. It is also the opening night of Sydney’s Israeli Film Festival (IFF), a nationwide showcase of Israeli cinema, sponsored by, among others, the Israeli embassy.… Continue reading Calls Grow For Boycott Of Sydney’s Israeli Film Festival

Writing letters of protest won’t change Australia’s refugee policy

The Guardian, Friday 21 February 2014. Read the original here. Regardless of who was directly behind this week’s horrifying attacks on asylum seekers in Manus, the ultimate responsibility lies with Australia’s bipartisan refugee policy. As a result, many people are agonising over how to play a role in ending Australia’s escalating violence against refugees. In… Continue reading Writing letters of protest won’t change Australia’s refugee policy