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

Working for a strong vote for the Greens and exposing the false narrative about the Greens NSW

The coming elections are clearly challenging for the Greens NSW. Biased and highly misleading reports about our party and some members, based on misinformation being fed to the media, particularly the SMH, have been published on a regular basis.  At the same time the need for a strong, united progressive voice in our parliaments and … Continue reading Working for a strong vote for the Greens and exposing the false narrative about the Greens NSW

US Cuts To Palestine Aid: Ruthless, But ‘Right of Return’ Grows Stronger

New Matilda printed my article on Trump’s total ban, as of 31 January, on all aid to Palestine. Further oppression and poverty will not end Palestinian’s demand for justice. The ongoing Great March of Return is the latest testimony to this endurance. ————————————————————————————————————————— January 2019 is shaping up as one of the cruellest months Palestinians have … Continue reading US Cuts To Palestine Aid: Ruthless, But ‘Right of Return’ Grows Stronger

Book launch – “How Labour Built Neoliberalism”

In August Laurie Carmichael, former AMWU and ACTU leader, former president of the Communist Party of Australia and one of the architects of the accord, died. In October commemorations of Laurie’s life were held in Melbourne and Sydney. I attended the Sydney event. It was very moving and obviously Laurie’s work on the Accord was … Continue reading Book launch – “How Labour Built Neoliberalism”

Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?

This is my talk on “Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?” given at this year’s Historical Materialism Conference.     This talk is underpinned by a commitment to the global struggle for a fairer, more just world, for transformative change, for a socialist Australia. That struggle is only effective when we have some … Continue reading Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?

Women have been abused – Greens must be transparent to change the culture

There are big lessons to be learnt from the Luke Foley matter. Once the details were revealed a number of Labor MPs quickly went public with their support for the woman involved. They spelt out how unimpressed they are with Luke Foley’s statements and criticised his defamation threat. Both Michael Daley and Bill Shorten have … Continue reading Women have been abused – Greens must be transparent to change the culture