Category Archives: Rights

The high rise lockdown in Victoria and the lesson this provides

By Jim Hayes

No doubt about it. Victoria’s state government has done more to combat Covid-19 than any other around Australia. This is not to say that it has all been perfect. Nevertheless, what it has done has not been able to prevent Melbourne being the epicentre of what could be the start of a second wave outbreak. Continue reading The high rise lockdown in Victoria and the lesson this provides

We need to consign the term ‘dole’ and its nasty derivatives to pre-Covid history

Cassandra Goldie, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) wrote the following opinion piece (The Guardian 2 July 2020), about the need to champion a new way of looking at unemployment and the way in which those out of work are regarded. In the post Covid-19 reality, the past must be left behind to deal appropriately with the economic reality the nation faces.

Continue reading We need to consign the term ‘dole’ and its nasty derivatives to pre-Covid history

The prosecution of witness K and Bernard Collaery and covering up wrongdoing and corruption

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On 26 June, ACT Supreme Court justice David Mossop ruled for the Morrison government’s intention to keep evidence over the prosecution of Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, and thereby block their chances of a fair trial. Continue reading The prosecution of witness K and Bernard Collaery and covering up wrongdoing and corruption

Morrison Government plans to set up task force to target Australians under guise of protecting national interests

By Jim Hayes

When the Scott Morrison government claims it is working on a plan to protect democracy, counter disinformation and promote transparency, it’s time to get worried. These are not exactly this government’s style. Continue reading Morrison Government plans to set up task force to target Australians under guise of protecting national interests

Peter Dutton opens door to attack our rights a little wider

By Jim Hayes

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is now pushing changes to laws that will allow the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to spy on Australians as never before, and without oversight, strengthening already existing measures for detention without charge and denial of the right to have a lawyer present. Continue reading Peter Dutton opens door to attack our rights a little wider

May Day 2020 in Melbourne

This year, instead of the usual activities held during the week around 1 May, the main focus was on a Webinar held on Sunday 3 May. It went well, despite the occasional technical hitch. Those who joined in responded quite enthusiastically, and the resolution read out was approved by overwhelming acclaim.

The clip below takes a little while to start. Please be patient. It will come, despite the occasional technical hitch. The clip below takes a little while to start.

 

 

Has the Australian government done an ideological and political backflip or not?

by Joe Montero

A spinoff the Corona virus pandemic is that Scott Morrison and his government’s image have been partially re-written – at least for now. The legacy of neoliberalism, Allegations of rorts and outright corruption, have faded into the background, allowing a temporary re-writing of illusion, of a leader and government undergoing a monumental change. Continue reading Has the Australian government done an ideological and political backflip or not?

Waging war on the Corona virus also means defence against rising authoritarianism

By Adam Carlton and Joe Montero

Concern over Australian government’s extraordinary control and policing measures being applied to the Corona virus outbreak is rising.

These unusual and dramatic times do call for some inconveniences we’d rather not have. Most people are ready to take the on the chin. after all, we’re all in the Corona virus crisis together. Continue reading Waging war on the Corona virus also means defence against rising authoritarianism