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”
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?
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
I was interested to read that Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will give a speech today to the Women in Leadership summit on her decade-long battle against sexism in politics. The Guardian report on her speech said that she will touch on problems women experience in the Greens. Good on her. That’s a challenging subject. Greens parties … Continue reading Greens challenge – how to hold powerful men accountable
Morrison’s talk of recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is much more than a pitch for Liberal votes in the Wentworth by-election. It is a further attack on the rights of Palestinians to live in their own country. This is a shocking development that now aligns Australia even more closely with the Israeli government. This … Continue reading Reject Morrison Jerusalem plan – stand with Palestine
A recent Norwegian-Russian study has shown that the dangers of PFAS, the toxic group of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl chemicals, have reached the Arctic. This research has implications for the people of Williamtown where residents are living with the impacts of PFAS contamination. Chemical Watch reports that polar bears have 30-35 per cent higher concentration … Continue reading Research in Arctic has implications for Williamtown residents affected by PFAS contamination
I was in Parramatta Court for a hearing today arising from a protest I participated in to save Thompson Square and heritage sites at Windsor. Our media release about what happened is below. A number of charges were withdrawn. There were some guilty pleas but no convictions were recorded. I was pleased that the police dropped … Continue reading Thompson Square protest – Rhiannon, Eggleton, Evans no convictions recorded