Jack Mundey: why the inspiration lives on

In the early 1970s Jack Mundey led a union of builders labourers that took strike action and imposed bans on developments that were then worth around $5 billion. At the time, Jack and his union, the Builders Labourers Federation, were intensely vilified. Death threats were common. The BLF were challenging the power of developers, a … Continue reading Jack Mundey: why the inspiration lives on

Turkish political prisoners at COVID-19 risk — Prime Minister Erdogan’s dangerous move

Are the Turkish authorities using the COVID-19 crisis to kill off those who oppose their rule? This might seem to be an extreme proposition but it is a fair conclusion in light of recent actions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that leaves thousands of his opponents locked in gaols where they are exposed to … Continue reading Turkish political prisoners at COVID-19 risk — Prime Minister Erdogan’s dangerous move

One Member One Vote – only democratic option for a Greens Party

This week Greens members around the country should receive their ballot paper to vote in a plebiscite to determine how the federal parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens will be selected. I would like to explain how I am voting. There is some complexity because of the way the questions are phrased. There are three … Continue reading One Member One Vote – only democratic option for a Greens Party

Bill Ryan, Second World War Kokoda Trail veteran, arrested seven times at climate actions, dies at 97

  MEDIA RELEASE 24 December 2019 Bill Ryan, Second World War Kokoda Trail veteran, arrested seven times at climate actions, dies at 97 Bill Ryan, a 97 year old veteran of the Second World War Kokoda Campaign, died yesterday.  His life and work for climate action and social change is being widely celebrated amongst activists and … Continue reading Bill Ryan, Second World War Kokoda Trail veteran, arrested seven times at climate actions, dies at 97

Don’t forget the Tamil genocide

Review of Losing Santhia: Life and Loss in the Struggle for Tamil Eelam, by Ben Hillier (Interventions, 2019). This article first appeared in Jacobin on 20 October 2019. ———————- The annihilation of an ethnic or national group is inevitably accompanied by rape, sexual humiliation, disappearances, mass murder, and torture. Victims’ suffering is acute, and survivors’ … Continue reading Don’t forget the Tamil genocide

My speech on receiving Champion of Public Education Award

Yesterday the NSW Teachers Federation Conference very kindly presented me with a Champion of Public Education award. In my speech I mentioned the Schools funding bill from 2017 and the way the Greens handled it.  Thank you. Being made a champion of public education is an enormous honour and that the award is made by … Continue reading My speech on receiving Champion of Public Education Award

Mass Hunger Strike Win A Positive Sign For Kurdish Struggle

In May New Matilda published my article on the Kurdish struggle. Thousands of Kurds have just ended their political hunger strike claiming success in the tactical battle with the Erdogan government about the future of the Kurdish struggle for peace with justice. The hunger strike, initiated in November 2018 by Leyla Guyen, a Kurdish member of … Continue reading Mass Hunger Strike Win A Positive Sign For Kurdish Struggle

How labour built neoliberalism: Australia’s Accord, the labour movement and the neoliberal project

At the 2019 Marxism Conference held in Melbourne I joined a panel with Liz Humphrys and Tom Bramble on “How labour built neoliberalism: Australia's Accord, the labour movement and the neoliberal project”. Below is my speech. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and I pay tribute to their history, … Continue reading How labour built neoliberalism: Australia’s Accord, the labour movement and the neoliberal project

Ten years on from Tamil genocide: still standing, still fighting

At the 2019 Marxism Conference held in Melbourne I joined a panel on “Ten years on from Tamil genocide: still standing, still fighting”. Below is my speech. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and I pay tribute to their history, their culture and their ongoing struggle for justice for all … Continue reading Ten years on from Tamil genocide: still standing, still fighting