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Waterloo Injustices: An Interview with Indigenous Social Justice Association’s Ken Canning


A 31-year-old Aboriginal man fell from the 13th floor of an apartment block in Sydney’s Waterloo on February 7. The man slipped from the balcony of the residence, as he was trying to evade Redfern police officers who were attempting to gain access to the apartment. Father-of-three, Patrick Fisher was at his girlfriend’s place, when ...

Supermax Prisons: Doing More Harm Than Good


Supermax prisons are the most secure and highly monitored form of incarceration there is. These super-maximum security facilities are designed to house “the worst of the worst:” your mass killers, top-level gangsters, gang rapists and, more so these days, terrorists. A judge doesn’t sentence an offender to a supermax facility. Either an inmate has been ...

NSW Premier Continues Assault on Civil Liberties


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Berejiklian government is continuing its assault on civil liberties with the implementation of a further range of oppressive national security measures. And this time, Gladys’ new counterterrorism policy is aimed firmly at teenagers. On February 7, the state Coalition government announced it will be spending $6 million on setting up ...

Justice at Last: Good Cop Found Not Guilty!


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Queensland jury has returned a not guilty verdict in favour of former Gold Coast Police Sergeant Rick Flori who was charged with ‘misconduct in public office’ after allegedly leaking footage of his colleagues bashing a handcuffed young man, chef Noa Begic, in the basement carpark of a police ...

Bigotry Rife Within the NSW Police Force


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A recent investigation into the handling of internal complaints against police has revealed further evidence of the culture of sexism and homophobia ingrained in the NSW Police Force. Sexualised comments A NSW police detective, who calls herself ‘Jen’ for fear of reprisals, has detailed years of sexual harassment that ...

Rethinking Closing the Gap: An Interview With NCAFP Co-Chair Rod Little


The Close the Gap Statement of Intent was issued by the Rudd government in early 2008 with bipartisan support. Its stated aim is achieving “equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.” The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) launched the Closing the Gap ...

Arrest Made in Murder of Sydney Criminal Lawyer


Homicide detectives have arrested the man they suspect of murdering Sydney criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh at a café in Bankstown last month. Arrested trying to flee The suspect was arrested at Sydney International Airport as he attempted to leave the country on a flight to Bali. Police say they moved in when the man’s passport ...

The World’s Biggest Terrorist was a Fascist


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A strange anomaly has been occurring over recent years across social media platforms and political websites, which involves individuals claiming the Nazi party were socialists. Indeed, these pundits would have us believe Adolf Hitler was something of a Bolshevik. Nazi is a shortened version of the German term Nationalsozialistische, ...

It’s Time to Fight for Worker Rights, Again


The blocking of the planned 24 hour Rail, Tram and Bus Union’s (RTBU) strike on January 29, along with the halt to its ongoing bans on overtime, are a stark reminder of just how significantly worker rights have been eroded in this country. The Rudd government’s Fair Work Act 2009 was supposed rebalance industrial relations laws for ...

Catholic Church: $30 Billion But Won’t Pay Child Sexual Assault Victims


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Wealthy, ruthless and immoral: these are some of the words used to describe the Catholic Church during the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Despite its wealth being comparable to some of Australia’s largest corporations, the Church has fought for many years against compensating victims ...