Reject Morrison Jerusalem plan – stand with Palestine

Morrison’s talk of recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is much more than a pitch for Liberal votes in the Wentworth by-election. It is a further attack on the rights of Palestinians to live in their own country. This is a shocking development that now aligns Australia even more closely with the Israeli government. This … Continue reading Reject Morrison Jerusalem plan – stand with Palestine

Research in Arctic has implications for Williamtown residents affected by PFAS contamination

  A recent Norwegian-Russian study has shown that the dangers of PFAS, the toxic group of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl chemicals, have reached the Arctic. This research has implications for the people of Williamtown where residents are living with the impacts of PFAS contamination. Chemical Watch reports that polar bears have 30-35 per cent higher concentration … Continue reading Research in Arctic has implications for Williamtown residents affected by PFAS contamination

Thompson Square protest – Rhiannon, Eggleton, Evans no convictions recorded

I was in Parramatta Court for a hearing today arising from a protest I participated in to save Thompson Square and heritage sites at Windsor. Our media release about what happened is below. A number of charges were withdrawn. There were some guilty pleas but no convictions were recorded. I was pleased that the police dropped … Continue reading Thompson Square protest – Rhiannon, Eggleton, Evans no convictions recorded

Israeli archives reveal Zionist operations to eliminate Palestinian National identity

If you have ever doubted that the objective of Zionists is the elimination of Palestinian national identity please read this article from Zochrot published by the New York Review of Books. In 2012 the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem, in line with the thirty-year rule of declassification, released material covering Israel’s 1982 war in Lebanon. The declassified … Continue reading Israeli archives reveal Zionist operations to eliminate Palestinian National identity

Does Australia Have The Courage To Challenge India’s Defiance Over Kashmir?

New Matilda published this article on my recent trip to Kashmir and Pakistan. This was their introduction “Australia has an important role to play in protecting the lives of the people in India Administered Kashmir, writes Lee Rhiannon*.”   Thousands of eucalyptus trees line the motorway to Islamabad’s International Airport. As I headed home after six … Continue reading Does Australia Have The Courage To Challenge India’s Defiance Over Kashmir?

Strong support to change Lord’s Prayer opening to Senate

  Just prior to leaving the Senate I put forward a motion requesting that the Senate Procedure Committee inquire into a proposal to replace the Christian prayer that is read out by the Senate President at the start of each parliamentary sitting day with a statement that invites all Senators to pray or reflect on their … Continue reading Strong support to change Lord’s Prayer opening to Senate

Tertiary education – celebrating unionism, call for no fees

Thanks to the NTEU for their invitation to attend their Melbourne forum on “Reflections on 25 years of higher education unionism” and the celebration of NTEU General Secretary Grahame McCulloch extraordinary contribution to unionism, tertiary education and international solidarity. It was a pleasure and honour to join these events. For a few years I held … Continue reading Tertiary education – celebrating unionism, call for no fees

Smash the state – let’s be careful what we wish for

In the 1970s one of the most popular radical slogans was ‘Smash the State’. As the subsequent experience with neoliberalism has taught us, it is wise to be careful what you wish for.  Incredible as it must seem now, one of the chief selling points for neoliberalism was its claim to stand for slashing the … Continue reading Smash the state – let’s be careful what we wish for

Hoping Four Corners goes beyond vendettas, ambition and madness

Tonight’s ABC Four Corners program “A form of madness” looks at the end of the Turnbull government. I very much hope it goes beyond talk of personal vendattas, individual ambition and sheer madness, and deals with the role of corporate power and media players. Our country now has a pattern that stretches back over a … Continue reading Hoping Four Corners goes beyond vendettas, ambition and madness