NTEU Sydney Uni

September 24, 2018 SocialistAu 0

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY management have made an interim pay offer of 4 percent.

The offer came through the afternoon before an NTEU members meeting which was planning to discuss possible industrial action unless the University started to negotiate seriously.

The offer, to be followed by “a substantial additional offer”, was not accepted by the members meeting.

It was conditional on the …

New GG – blood-stained general

September 15, 2018 SocialistAu 0

“HE IS a man of the people,” John Howard said as he promoted Major-General Michael Jeffery to the position of Governor-General.

The media lauded Jeffery as a “safe” and “modern” choice.

In reality Jeffery is a deeply elitist and conservative figure who embodies John Howard’s vision of Australia.


“I believe passionately that Vietnam was a just cause in the …

Brisbane Social Forum

August 30, 2018 SocialistAu 0

What does democracy look like?

By Alison Stewart

MORE THAN 250 people attended the third annual Brisbane Social Forum in an exciting event that energised participants to continue the fight for social justice and a better world.

The highlight was the opening address by Julian Burnside, QC, whose principled defence of refugee rights has been inspirational.

Julian spoke to a …

The spark that lit a revolution

August 23, 2018 SocialistAu 0

We continue our series on rebel newspapers with a look at Pravda, the paper of the Russian Bolshevik Party

By Matthew Cookson

PRAVDA, meaning truth, was a key part of the great wave of upheaval that swept Russia before the First World War. It played an important role in the Russian Revolution of 1917.

It was the paper of the …

They make desolation and call it peace

August 21, 2018 SocialistAu 0

To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire they make a desolation and they call it peace.

THESE WORDS were used by the Roman historian Tacitus to describe the devastation of Britain by the Roman empire in the first century AD.

They find an echo in Iraq today. Suha al-Hayatti, a rich woman living in Baghdad, could have been …

US voted number 1 threat

July 26, 2018 SocialistAu 0

TIME MAGAZINE is running an online poll on the biggest threat to world peace.

For some reason, they were foolish enough to include the US in the list of dangerous countries.

At the time of printing, online polling has the United States way out in front on 82 per cent.

More than 240,000 people have voted in the survey-a fairly …

History of racism at the heart of the beast

May 16, 2018 SocialistAu 0

BY THE beginning of the 20th century the South’s rulers had denied blacks the right to vote and had re-established legal segregation.

This system of apartheid was known as the “Jim Crow” laws.

There were 181,000 blacks in Alabama eligible to vote in 1900. Two years later there were just 3000. All-pervasive racism encouraged poor whites to identify with the …

Latham talks tought but will he fight?

April 22, 2018 SocialistAu 0

MARK LATHAM’S election as Labor leader has stirred up the national debate.

The view that Latham might offer a serious fight is giving confidence to everyone who wants to see Howard thrown out at the election.

In contrast to the wooden gestures of Simon Crean, and Kim Beazley’s well known support for the US military alliance, Latham captured the anger …

Socialist Alliance debates the way forward

April 3, 2018 SocialistAu 0

UNITY AGAINST capitalism and war was the central theme of the Socialist Alliances second national conference, held in Melbourne on May 10-11.

Some 120 delegates representing more than 900 financial members in 24 branches debated how to build on the Alliances first two years of existence. There were 160 observers.

It was so fantastic to meet such a broad range …

Occupy to beat fees

April 1, 2018 SocialistAu 0

BRENDAN NELSON’S legislation to fundamentally restructure higher education along free market lines was passed on the final sitting day of the Senate in December.

The package was passed by a single vote due to a dirty deal between Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, One Nation’s Len Harris and the three Independents Meg Lees, Brian Harradine and Shayne Murphy.

HECS fees will …