Kashmir Suffers Under Indian-Imposed Internet Cuts

This article was first published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs in the online publication "Australian Outlook". In 2019, the Indian government imposed a lockdown on Kashmir with no phone connection and no internet service. The impact on the health, education, and economy of this once prosperous Indian state has been massive. Prior to … Continue reading Kashmir Suffers Under Indian-Imposed Internet Cuts

To win support for the right of Kashmiris to determine their own future we need to build awareness of what is happening in India

My speech on 5 February - Kashmir Solidarity Day It is good to be together on Kashmir Solidarity Day -  a day when we can amplify our voices for the rights of the people of Kashmir. This is a tough struggle. It will be a long struggle. We need to be well organised and united. … Continue reading To win support for the right of Kashmiris to determine their own future we need to build awareness of what is happening in India

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

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

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

Jack Mundey: why the inspiration lives on

In the early 1970s Jack Mundey led a union of builders labourers that took strike action and imposed bans on developments that were then worth around $5 billion. At the time, Jack and his union, the Builders Labourers Federation, were intensely vilified. Death threats were common. The BLF were challenging the power of developers, a … Continue reading Jack Mundey: why the inspiration lives on

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