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

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’