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

Ten years on from Tamil genocide: still standing, still fighting

At the 2019 Marxism Conference held in Melbourne I joined a panel on “Ten years on from Tamil genocide: still standing, still fighting”. Below is my speech. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and I pay tribute to their history, their culture and their ongoing struggle for justice for all … Continue reading Ten years on from Tamil genocide: still standing, still fighting

Working for a strong vote for the Greens and exposing the false narrative about the Greens NSW

The coming elections are clearly challenging for the Greens NSW. Biased and highly misleading reports about our party and some members, based on misinformation being fed to the media, particularly the SMH, have been published on a regular basis.  At the same time the need for a strong, united progressive voice in our parliaments and … Continue reading Working for a strong vote for the Greens and exposing the false narrative about the Greens NSW

US Cuts To Palestine Aid: Ruthless, But ‘Right of Return’ Grows Stronger

New Matilda printed my article on Trump’s total ban, as of 31 January, on all aid to Palestine. Further oppression and poverty will not end Palestinian’s demand for justice. The ongoing Great March of Return is the latest testimony to this endurance. ————————————————————————————————————————— January 2019 is shaping up as one of the cruellest months Palestinians have … Continue reading US Cuts To Palestine Aid: Ruthless, But ‘Right of Return’ Grows Stronger

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”

Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?

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?

Women have been abused – Greens must be transparent to change the culture

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

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