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Make Universities free

December 3, 2014 - 16:53 -- Admin

Alexis Vassiley in Red Flag argues for free higher education. Here is a snippet.

In one of its many position papers advocating fee deregulation, the Group of Eight (Go8) universities inadvertently let out of the bag just how affordable free education is.

In “No such thing as a free degree”, it calculated that the total additional funding required to fund free education between 2014 and 2030 is $132.8 billion.

The grim within

December 3, 2014 - 16:27 -- Admin

The Canberra Times published this poem of mine in 1996.

The grim within

There is a grim within that gathers and grows

And catches the grass in its throes

It flames the ground to its belows

And wells the land of our sorrow

The fire’s end is all we know

The phoenix rising has burst the snow

And the grim within gathers again

And the grim within grows its pain

The Eureka Stockade

December 2, 2014 - 17:31 -- Admin

The 1854 Eureka Stockade in Ballarat was one of the defining moments in Australian history. It was a struggle for democracy against authority and for economic justice against establishment interests, which has inspired generations of militants in the workers’ movement and beyond. Jessica Lenahan in Red Flag tells the story of goldfields in revolt. Here is a snippet.

Here comes the hearse

December 1, 2014 - 21:48 -- Admin

Here comes the hearse

There is no sound
Just the silence of the rain
And the fighting within
That begins, again and again
To bury the future
In our pain

The handshake yesterday
Will repay emotion, now
Wrought thought riddled
Past the talk
Of commotion, not quiet
But rioting, outside

What will it bring
Inside? Nothing,
We hide, aside,
in the open
The enemy can see
It is me