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

Palestine burns while Australia cuts aid and Trump threatens ‘Deal of the Century’

It is said to be days away – the grand unveiling of Trump’s plan for peace between Palestinians and the Israelis. Confident of a free hand under the Trump administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already begun to increase Israel’s hold over Jerusalem, the West Bank and the besieged Gaza strip. His hubris, and … Continue reading Palestine burns while Australia cuts aid and Trump threatens ‘Deal of the Century’