Category: Independent Commentary
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Anti-fascist campaigner and Australian citizen Jock Palfreeman was unexpectedly granted parole on September 19 after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence on trumped-up charges. He was last denied parole on July 17.
Palfreeman was convicted in 2009 of the stabbing murder of Andrei Monovread now
The Queensland Court of Appeal decided on September 10 that the Land Court does not have the power to consider groundwater quantity impacts when hearing mining objections.
Opponents of the mine, located on prime agricultural land inread now
A public debate has erupted over a decision by Moreland council, in Melbourne’s inner-north, to install armrests on benches outside Coburg Library.
As a Socialist Alliance Moreland councillor I moved a motion to remove the armrests at the September 11 council meeting. In the end,read now
A rally for a Free West Papua was held in Melbourne on September 14.
The rally comes amid ongoing mass protests in West Papua for independence.
[See also West Papua — Australia’s new Timor-Leste?.]
September 14 protest for a free West Papua. Photo: Meagan Streetread now
Pro-choice activists rallied in Sydney on September 14 to call for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW.
“Any law that places half the population at risk of criminality simply because of their biology is a ridiculous and unsupportable law”, Jane Caro, one of the speakers, said.read now
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Extinction Rebellion activists blockaded Princes Bridge in Melbourne’s CBD for several hours on September 14.
Several dozen people were arrested.
Extinction Rebellion activists on September 14. Photo: Jacob Andrewartharead now
On Thursday, the Member for Hughes, after a long lunch, struggled to his feet, adjusted his belt over his ample belly, wiped some egg from his tie, farted and proceeded to address our national parliament. His purpose was to convey a message to us all but to the younger generationread now
The budget was for practical purposes in neither deficit nor in surplus in 2018-19, the final figures released by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on Thursday reveal.
The underlying cash deficit was just A$690 million, which, on the scale of Commonwealth budgets, is close to nothing: 0.0%read now
The organiser pulled out, the Air Force told attendees not to come to Area 51, but this morning, goddamn it, they made it. Well, one at least. “Alienstock”read now
Call it a product of modernity if you will, but it is not. Give it whatever name you desire. It has, to my way of thinking, been with us for as long as our capacity to think advanced beyond the primitive.
The news last week of the death of former Stread now
Meaningful mental health treatment in prison is mostly fiction, as numerous reports paint an extremely dire tableau.
17-year old Stephen Downing had learning difficulties and a reading age ofread now
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Leigh Sullivan discusses Scott Morrison’s new family law inquiry with Michelle Grattan. They also speak of the developments in the Tamil family from Biloela’s case, and the UN barring Australia from speaking at the upcoming climate change summit.
Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult,read now
The protestor of school age sported a placard featuring a distorted caricature of Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison: “Scomo was liking it hot.” A glorious spring day, and a gathering was already fussing and buzzing outside the Victorian State Library and students were striking. The placard image was one thatread now
Well, it’s apparently official. Those special people who consider the species as a whole do nothing for our downstairs parts.
According to the moral barometer of our time, America,read now
It’s one of the most popular genres in American political commentary: articles explaining how Donald Trump “might” win a second term in office in November next year.
Not that he “will” or “probably will” or “is likely to,” but he “might.” Or he “could” or “can.” Don’t dismiss the possibility, don’tread now
By Denis Bright
The latest August 2019 employment data shows the Australian labor market in a transitional stage. The federal treasury is awash with funds from the senate’s rejection of tax reductions for larger companies. Commodity export prices are largely buoyant. However, the federal LNP is firmly committed to delivery ofread now
Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change.
If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Electric cars, trains, trams and boatsread now
The independent Australian Public Service Review is finished and its final report is in the hands of Phil Gaetjens, secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The chair of the independent panel, David Thodey, gave the final report to Gaetjens on Friday. A short statement from theread now
In my generation, we’ve had demonstrations against the Iraq War, Wall Street and against marriage inequality, but today’s climate change protests will stand alone.
I have spent almost two decades protesting for the causes I care most about. In all of these years, perhaps only three demonstrations actually felt like a seismic shift was taking place — and that we were part of a massive social upheaval that would turn the world in a more positive direction.
In 2003, there was mass mobilisation to stop the United States from invading Iraq — the largest global peace protest since the Vietnam War era. On a single day in March, some millions of people protested around the world, including over 200,000 in my hometown of Sydney.
I was 19 years old and felt inspired by the numbers —with so many of us against the invasion, there was no way that we could be ignored. As we know, the disastrous and brutal Iraq War went ahead anyway and has never really ended. We were ignored.
I had recently moved to New York when I was accidentally caught up in the early Occupy Wall Street protests. Held against a wall by police for simply being an onlooker, I was terrified of losing my visa status as I watched protesters rounded up and handcuffed on the other side of the street.
But by the next demonstration, Occupy had become mainstream — attracting thousands of people from all demographics in a display of collective rage against systemic inequalities. I was 27 years old, and I was sure that 2011 would go down as a change-making year in history, one that started with the Arab Spring and reverberated around the world. But, as we know, the Occupy movement petered out with no real agenda achieved.
And then two years ago, tens of thousands of people in my new city of Melbourne rallied in favour of marriage equality — and this time, we won (albeit only after a cruel referendum). When same-sex marriage was legalised in 2017, I felt hopeful in a way that I haven’t since before the Iraq War protests. With so many ofread now
Some 50 years ago an outbreak of coral eating crown-of-thorns (CoT) starfish on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) came to the attention of biologists. Today, after a half-century and hundreds of millions of dollars in research, during which time the starfish have blossomed and declined numerous times, there is stillread now
And so it begins. There are 110 towns and cities taking part in the Global Strike 4 Climate in Australia, with thousands already gathering in capital cities.
They’ve arrived with their best signs, their Earth balls, their kids, their parents, their colleagues and their loudest voices to protest inaction onread now
After a teenager was auctioned off on their platform, many are wondering why Facebook took so long to act. In response, the company has said nothing.
Officially, the slaveread now
What would Socrates say about coal mining? Or recycling? www.shutterstock.com
As world chiefs and youth leaders gather in New York at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, many of us as individuals are feeling powerless and overwhelmed. Making big personal changes can appear costly in terms of happiness. And anyway,read now
Sunrise at Beachmere, Queensland. Mark Wasser/Flickr
Hope, like a slinky, springs eternal. While rage, fear and disgust are all appropriate responses to the realities of climate change (which we have explored extensively this week), we must move from despair to action.
Fortunately, many courageous and dedicated people have spent decadesread now
The author Hal Colebatch, born in 1945, died unexpectedly on September 9 during a stay in a Perth hospital. His personality settled early, and was not for turning. A tall and thin six-foot-sixer with a deep voice and commanding, even formidable, personality, he was not easily forgotten. But he didread now
The recent vaping-related deaths in the US have brought the issue into the spotlight around the world. From shutterstock.com
Health authorities in the United States are investigating 530 cases of lung illness, including seven deaths, reportedly connected to vaping. Some of these patients have been diagnosed with lung inflammation caused byread now
The Coalition has launched another investigation into conditions on the Great Barrier Reef. But is it really about the science, or just a chance to attack Queensland’s Labor government?read now
I recently started reading An Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells. I assume it’s a fantastic book and the first chapter was extremely well written. But I couldn’t get past that first chapter.
Why? Because the subject is confronting and I suppose I hadn’t, whether out of ignorance or intention Iread now