ScoMo Has One Rule For China, Another For India On Abuse Of Muslim Minorities

Published by New Matilda. While the Australian Government has ramped up its rhetoric and aggression towards China, its silence on human rights abuses in India remains deafening. Lee Rhiannon explains. The virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, held in early June, had a largely militaristic outcome and … Continue reading ScoMo Has One Rule For China, Another For India On Abuse Of Muslim Minorities

ROUNDTABLE – Assessing the Accord and Labour’s Role in Neoliberalism

I recently participated in a Roundtable on “Assessing the Accord and Labour’s Role in Neoliberalism” - along with Sarah Gregson, Labour History Deputy Editor; Frank Bongiorno, ANU Professor of History; and Ian Hampson, Honorary Professor at Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University. The aim was to air a diversity of views on the Accord period. … Continue reading ROUNDTABLE – Assessing the Accord and Labour’s Role in Neoliberalism

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

11th anniversary of massacre of Tamils – some of the worst crimes ever committed

  Due to the COVID-19 lockdown the Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day ceremony was held on line. The occasion was very moving. This is my speech to mark the occasion. -------------- Today, May 18, is a most significant date for Tamils in Sri Lanka and the diaspora Tamil community scattered around the world. Today is the … Continue reading 11th anniversary of massacre of Tamils – some of the worst crimes ever committed

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