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

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

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

Thompson Square protest – Rhiannon, Eggleton, Evans no convictions recorded

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