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  • Federal election: Which way forward for marriage equality?

    Federal election: Which way forward for marriage equality?

    By Ben Convey Scott Morrison’s first budget proposes to spend $160 million on a marriage equality plebiscite. With polls consistently showing that the majority of Australians already support marriage equality, most people will ask why this money is being wasted while the government wants to cut funding for the life-saving […]

  • Federal election looming: How should the labour and social movements respond?

    Federal election looming: How should the labour and social movements respond?

    Editorial comment from the May 2016 edition of ‘The Socialist’ We go to press this month with a federal election looming. The polls are close and it seems likely that the two major parties will be engaged in a very tight race. Turnbull’s hope is that a double dissolution election […]

  • Poor hit hardest by cashless welfare changes

    Poor hit hardest by cashless welfare changes

    By Jeremy Trott The Turnbull government is trialling a new cashless welfare card in three rural towns in preparation for a planned national roll out next year. The so-called Healthy Welfare Card is designed to restrict spending by welfare recipients to basic essentials like food, clothes, rent and utilities, and […]

  • The Eureka rebellion

    The Eureka rebellion

    A revolt that pioneered a tradition of militant struggle By Anthony Main That a flag used by gold miners during a revolt in 1854 is still seen today as a symbol of struggle says something about the significance of the Eureka rebellion. While the establishment has often tried to downplay […]

  • What to do about the housing bubble?

    What to do about the housing bubble?

    By Kirk Leonard “Sex for rent” ads in Sydney and on the Gold Coast which target struggling women are becoming more prevalent. Social ulcers like this indict the chaos in the housing sector, which sees affordability at crisis levels and growing alarm amongst commentators about a huge price bubble. The […]