Some thoughts on the current debate in the NTEU

14 April 2020. Some thoughts on the current debate in the NTEU which I hope people will find useful, whether or not they agree. The national executive has broken solidarity with the membership A vigorous debate is currently underway among NTEU members as a result of the National General Secretary’s email last week informing them… Continue reading Some thoughts on the current debate in the NTEU

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

The roots of Islamophobia in France

Jacobin, 29 August 2016. Read the original here. Read a German translation here. Read a Bosnian translation here. The “Burkini ban” pursued in Cannes and about thirty other towns might have just been overturned in the French courts, but it was only the latest and most absurd Islamophobic assault endured by Muslims in the country.… Continue reading The roots of Islamophobia in France

Islamophobia, secularism and the French Left

Solidarity online, 19 August 2016. Read the original here. Introduction For as long as Muslim people have been living in modern France, they have endured violence and exploitation at the hands of French capital and the French state. The intensity of this violence has varied in different periods, but it has intensified since the jihadist… Continue reading Islamophobia, secularism and the French Left

Why is Sydney University on strike? Because students are not our ‘clients’

The Guardian, Friday August 30 2013. Read the original here. On Saturday, thousands of Year 12 students and their parents will visit Sydney University for Open Day, one of the many such exercises around the country. A full brace of marketing techniques will be deployed to convince would-be “clients” to choose Sydney’s “brand” over those… Continue reading Why is Sydney University on strike? Because students are not our ‘clients’