The time for pussyfooting around is over. The anger inside me is boiling up as I write this piece about the disgrace that is Manus Island and the Australian government’s refugee ‘policies’. These policies are designed to hurt desperate people and send a message that the Australian government will hurt you more and more until you look elsewhere to flee or stay home and suffer war, rape, torture, imprisonment, genocide.
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A lively and vocal rally of 150 people turned out in Logan, Brisbane, on Saturday to support Sheila Oakley, the local Murri woman who was tasered in the eye by Queensland Police on 6 February write Kaye Broadbent and Sarah Jean in Red Flag.
Dozens of Brisbane Murri community leaders gathered on Tuesday night in the southern suburb of Logan to organise support for Sheila Oakley, who was viciously tasered by police on the doorstep of her home on 6 February write Kaye Broadbent and Sarah Jean in Red Flag.
The relentless campaign in the Murdoch press and other right wing media outlets accusing the ABC of ideological bias and groupthink is so laughably hypocritical that it would be easy to conclude the lot of them were a cutting new satire from the people who brought us The Onion writes Corey Oakley in Red Flag.
The reactionary and viciously anti-union Abbott government has announced a royal commission into union ‘corruption’. This is code for a royal commission into unions.
It is a witch hunt designed to weaken if not destroy unions and drag the Labor Party down as a consequence. Labor and the unions have already taken the bait by arguing for a police task force to investigate possible criminal activity.
Terri Butler has won the seat of Griffith for the Labor Party. With 70 percent of the vote counted her two-party preferred vote is 52.3 percent and that of Bill Glasson, her Liberal National Party rival, 47.7 percent.
On primary votes the swing against Labor in Kevin Rudd’s old seat was, according to the ABC site at 9 am on Sunday morning, 1.4% and the swing to the Liberals 1.3%.
Schapelle Corby is out of jail, Paul Howes should be in it and Tony Abbott is… Well Tony Abbott is channelling Vladimir Putin with his rank xenophobic and ultranationalist comments about the ABC being ‘unpatriotic and unAustralian’.
It should be really simple: the state keeps its hands off women’s bodies. Yet abortion is currently the subject of criminal law in all states and territories except the ACT, writes Roz Ward in Red Flag.