We must offer hope to those hurting in the wake of Saturday’s infuriating result. Alienating the masses and tearing each other apart will get us nowhere.
It may be tempting to draw reactionary lessons from this calamity. These are the lessons of establishment journos and smug politics, and they are lessons we can ill-afford in an age of climate emergency.
From climate crimes to crimes against humanity, from coddling white supremacists to closing Indigenous communities, from attacks on public broadcasters to assaults on media diversity, from cutting funding to schools, hospitals, penalty rates, pensions and community organisations to cutting arms deals with terrorists, from prosecuting whistleblowers to protecting the banks, from its war on civil liberties to its war on the poor, from Islamophobia to homophobia, from rigging the tax system to ruining the NBN, from naked corruption to never-ending corporatism, the fight against extremism compels Australians to give the Coalition an electoral flogging of painful proportions.
A frank assessment of Hawke’s role in tipping the scales in favour of capital is fair enough. Ignoring his many progressive policies is not.
What they really deserve is prosecution for climate crimes.
A mining magnate who steals his party name from the 1930s, takes his slogan from a reality TV President, and rips his advertising budget from 800 of his own workers, can do so with reckless abandon because “there’s no limits”. We must change the system which feeds him.
Rupert Murdoch has been poisoning our democracy for decades. It’s time for a united front to offer an antidote.
Much has been written about the spread of the Murdoch empire’s “cancer on democracy”. What started as a localised malignancy close to a century ago has metastasised and now threatens all the vital organs of democracy in the US, UK, and Australia. Much less has been written about the treatment options for this ravaging sickness. Parts two and three of this series try to redress the balance, starting with framing Rupert Murdoch as the true enemy of the people.
Dissident News Corp voices are making out like their papers have recently fallen from once great heights of fair and balanced reporting. Tell that to James Scullin, Billie McMahon, Gough Whitlam, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull.
Abbott’s Law states the quality of a nation’s satire is inversely proportional to the quality of the government. For the last six years the world’s best satire has called Australia home.
It’s been five days since by far the most electrifying television in Australian history and yet for some reason voting for the Gold Logie remains open.
For two decades, Western governments and media outlets have taught their citizens it’s okay to demonise, imprison, torture, and kill Muslims who want nothing more than to live a life safe from violence. Yet for the Australian political and media classes who counter overwhelming evidence for their own culpability with pernicious propaganda, blame for the Christchurch terror attacks lies not with their own dark arts but solely with the darkest corners of the World Wide Web.
The term populism has become an insult but it's not something left-wing parties should sneer at. The cause of One Nation's regeneration, populist politics is also likely to be the solution.
To read this list of 120 government actions which have targeted mostly Muslim refugees is to understand the phenomenal fraud that is the Australian Prime Minister.
Please don’t stuff this up.
Yesterday, we brought you a list of 123 things the Liberal Government did to ‘tackle’ climate change. The list, compiled by Liam McLoughlin, was sparked by a ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia which found that for the voters of Wentworth – former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s old seat – tackling climate change was their number one priority. The second priority for voters was immigration. As Wentworth voters head to the polls today, here’s a list (which reads like an International Criminal Court charge sheet) of what the Liberal Government has done to asylum seekers over the past five years, and in many cases is still doing.
A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth – former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s old seat – tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Party’s action on climate change over the last five years. It’s a long list… actually, it’s a long Shitlist.
Mess with berries and you’re locked up for over a decade. Mess with the minds of refugee children and you’re a daggy dad with a half-million-dollar salary.
This nation is stained with blood, soaked with white supremacy, and shameless with its boastful brand of discrimination. Aboriginal leaders and refugees light the path to justice and healing, we just need the courage to follow them, writes Liam McLoughlin.
They both start with the letter ‘L’ and they both end with ‘party’. But they’re the only ones celebrating, writes Liam McLoughlin.
Reading the words of Aboriginal and Liberal leaders side by side,it's hard to deny that white supremacy is at the very core of Australian government.
Race relations have long been used as a powerful tool to divide, and to distract, writes Liam McLoughlin.
Well may we grieve, but Trump's victory could motivate progressives to build a global left coalition combining a radical systemic critique with a unifying vision for social and environmental justice.
For decades, the left has largely lacked a unifying progressive vision. Now Canada has the Leap manifesto, the establishment is losing its mind. Liam McLoughlin interviewed Leap activist Bianca Mugyenyi to find out more.
Next week, million of American consumers will play citizen for the day, reluctant extras in the latest episode of "America's Next Top Oligarch". Meanwhile at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, thousands of Native American citizens are exercising the true meaning of democracy.
While many Americans fear the extremes of a Donald Trump Presidency, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign slogan offers little hope: "Corporate Totalitarianism We Can Believe In", writes Liam McLoughlin.
Donald Trump is a self-declared patriot. The greatest patriot ever. He's just really, really great at being a patriot. But according to Liam McLoughlin's research, if the Founding Fathers had forseen Trump 2016, they'd have probably founded Canada instead. Turns out that under scrutiny, The Donald's views don't square away all that well.
Many of Donald Trump's policies are as fanciful as they are terrifying, but Hillary Clinton's establishment embrace is also delusional and dangerous, not to mention a terrible election strategy.
Diverse local comedians are making institutional sexism and racism laughable.
A Yolngu man's extraordinary win at the Northern Territory election is a significant milestone for the Treaty movement. Yet all the media can talk about is the 'Indigenous' Andrew Bolt.