‘We are disposable’: Casual work, low pay and low power

By deliberately misclassifying these workers as casuals, employers have been able to satisfy their ongoing labour needs, benefit from wage penalties, and withhold entitlements at the same time. Who should be regarded as ‘double dipping’ under such circumstances?

Alan Roberts Prize Essay: The Limits of Science Communication

Chloe Ward

25 Feb 2021

Knowledge and scientific understanding could have been a democratic inheritance... Instead the West—that is, a powerful, liberal consensus in the West—doubled down on an elitist, technocratic politics, inattentive to social need or the growing crisis of democratic representation...

‘Except by Chance’: The Christchurch Inquiry

Faisal Al-Asaad

25 Feb 2021

...we might consider how, with unerring though likely unwitting proficiency, the report essentially acts as an endorsement of Countering Violent Extremism…

Under the Same Moon

Arena Online

UB

25 Feb 2021

Webtoon: An inter-generational story of migration and place-making.

Myanmar’s Military Coup

Under the 2008 constitution, the Tatmadaw-dominated National Defence and Security Council] can revoke the writ of the elected parliament at any time for any reason.

Neo-fascism and the Culture of Silence

A culture of silence provides us with an important insight into the nature of hegemony: control over the population is best maintained through complicity in one’s own oppression.

Biotech is about more than ownership. It’s about what human beings are

…the notion that (potential) human beings—that life—can be ‘mined’ or even created in order to provide other human beings with the material they need to be healthy and happy represents a momentous shift in how we view human being itself…

The Princeps and the Pauper

…we have seen a collation of pro-gun, anti-abortion, lib-baiting, QAnon-addled, fact-free, anti-republican Republican banshees howling for the blood in the name of Donald J. Trump, America, and Jesus, in roughly that order.

Investigating War Crimes: Israel, the Palestinian Territories and the ICC

Achieving justice through international court processes tends to be celebrated by parties who either benefit directly from them or observe them with a dispassionate eye. For the rest, it’s politics.

The Limits of Control

Compelled towards impossible dreams of infinite growth within finite nature, the cybernetic capitalist system is decidedly expansionist and colonial...

From the Archive

‘Fire’ may be an appropriate way to think and talk about the climate-change emergency, not just because we are literally dealing with a burning world but also because it does not bring with it the concerns associated with ‘rule by emergency’.

From the Archive

Our resistance demonstrated our rejection of violence, affirming our dignity as human beings by imbuing our struggle with peace.

The New Anthroposcenery

…the city itself must become its own source of wilderness, where natural elements from flora to fauna are sourced, renovated, and put on display.

A Five-kilometre Economy

In Australia, communities had searched for answers to the perceived impact of globalisation long before the advent of COVID-19.

Insecure work is a virus, and it’s making us all sick

…a genuine acknowledgment that care workers, cleaners, warehouse workers and food-production workers—among many others—produce significantly more social value through their labour than the average executive is a challenge to the classist hierarchies of work.

Kafka Sunday Morning, Coming Down: Why Julian Assange is still caged

Extradition would be denied because Julian was weak, not because he was right. We should have been happier, given we have worked and waited for Julian’s freedom for ten years, but having worked on this campaign for ten years, we couldn’t quite believe it was over. And it’s not.

Response to issues raised in ‘Sub-Imperial State, Australian Dirty Work’

Richard Tanter responds to Clinton Fernandes' review of Brian Toohey's book Secret: The Making of Australia's Security State

A reply to Richard Tanter

Brian Toohey replies to Richard Tanter's response to a review of his book.