Tamils call for action on enforced disappearances

August 30, the International Day of the Victims of  Enforced Disappearances, was marked by the Tamil diaspora and in Sri Lanka by the women-led families of the disappeared. Since 2017 this movement for justice for the disappeared has been protesting and demanding answers. Below is my speech on this issue to an event organised by the … Continue reading Tamils call for action on enforced disappearances

#LetKashmirDecide – global actions call for justice

Two years ago the Indian government took total control of Kashmir. Since then the Modi’s forces have escalated attacks on the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The fightback of the Kashmiri people has been heroic. The global Kashmiri solidarity movement is growing as reflected in the many events held to mark the second … Continue reading #LetKashmirDecide – global actions call for justice

Colonisation – story of Kashmir post 5 August 2019

The Kashmir Institute of International Relations organised a webinar, "Colonisation of Kashmir, mechanisation and Impacts, story of Kashmir after 5 August 2019". It was held on July 14. Below is my speech. My talk examines some current developments in India, the impact of Covid in Kashmir and explores the relationship between India and Israel, In … Continue reading Colonisation – story of Kashmir post 5 August 2019

Taking on coal exports – the fault line in the climate movement

A major fault line in the movement for climate action centres around one’s response to coal exports. Should we be calling for an end to coal* exports or not? Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal. This industry brings in more than $60 billion annually in export earnings. As the United Nations’ Framework Convention … Continue reading Taking on coal exports – the fault line in the climate movement

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

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