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Fifty years after the Freedom Ride

February 19, 2015 - 20:40 -- Admin


Solidarity has a good article on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Ride through New South Wales. As they say:

By commanding front-page publicity, the Freedom Ride put Aboriginal rights squarely on the national agenda. The oppression of Aboriginal people could no longer be swept under the carpet.

Asylum seeker Wei Lin’s account of the Australian government’s failed attempt to deport him back to China

February 18, 2015 - 17:23 -- Admin

On 19 December last year the Government tried to deport asylum seeker Wei Lin from Australia back to China on an Air China flight. After Wei Lin protested on board, some passengers refused to cooperate when they found out what was happening and Wei Lin was saved from being sent back. His future is very uncertain.

If Greece can close down its refugee detention centres why can’t Australia?

February 17, 2015 - 07:28 -- Admin

SYRIZA, the new radical left wing government in Greece ‘pledged on Saturday to close down detention centres for [refugees] that have long been criticised by rights groups as inhumane.’

A Pakistani man had died overnight at the Amygdaleza detention centre in western Athens in a suspected suicide.

Joe Hockey really truly will crack down on tax avoidance, and pigs might fly

February 16, 2015 - 20:36 -- Admin

Joe Hockey, Australia’s most hated Treasurer (and that’s just within the Liberal party room) , is committed to cracking down on tax avoidance.

So much so that he decided a few weeks ago not to proceed with former Labor government proposals to stop big business claiming legitimate interest deductions against exempt income. It would be too hard to do.

‘Weak’ one of good government in Australia

February 15, 2015 - 19:59 -- Admin

Week one (or should that be weak one?) of good government in Australia has gone well hasn’t it? After his near death experience in the party room meeting last Monday when 39 of his own colleagues out of 100 voted for none of the above in a leadership ballot – ah OK, it was a spill motion to declare Abbott’s position as Prime Minister vacant – it has been all up, up and away for the good government that Abbott then promised.