Palestinian National Day – Sydney speech

I acknowledge traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay tribute to their history, their culture and their ongoing fights for justice.  Thank you to the organisers for the invitation to join you tonight  - the General Union of Palestinian Workers, the Australian Palestinian Club and Australia Palestinian Graduates Association I appreciate … Continue reading Palestinian National Day – Sydney speech

Webinar – Year of abuse in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir

My speech to the 5 August 2020 Webinar - Year of abuse in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which all meet. Today I am on the land of the Gadigal people and pay tribute to their history, their culture and their ongoing struggles for justice. … Continue reading Webinar – Year of abuse in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir

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

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

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”

Greens challenge – how to hold powerful men accountable

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

Reject Morrison Jerusalem plan – stand with Palestine

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

Research in Arctic has implications for Williamtown residents affected by PFAS contamination

  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