Review: Public Enemy @ The Espy

Thursday May 17, The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda, Melbourne Public Enemy are not your usual hip hop outfit. Their career has spanned 25 years during which they have become one of the most famous and influential groups on the planet. Not only has their music often broken new ground but they are also rightly known […]

Review: The Baiada poultry workers’ strike

Allyson Hose from Socialist Alternative has written a new pamphlet called ‘The Baiada poultry workers’ strike – How class struggle unionism can win’. It is an attempt to give an overview of the Baiada strike which took place in the western suburbs of Melbourne in late 2011. The introduction of the pamphlet claims that its […]

Disappointing end to Victorian nurses’ dispute

The nine month dispute between nurses and midwifes in Victorian public hospitals and the Baillieu State government has come to an end. The Australian Nurses Federation (ANF) announced in mid March that a settlement had been reached and that all industrial action could be called off. Throughout this dispute nurses enjoyed high levels of public […]

Successful SP Conference held in Melbourne

The Socialist Party held its annual National Conference in Melbourne on March 30, 31 and April 1. The event played an important role in analysing the current political climate so that the party can prepare for the period ahead. Vincent Kolo from Socialist Action in Hong Kong spoke at the first session titled, ‘China on […]

Behind the ALP leadership crisis

The ALP leadership crisis has dominated news headlines for weeks on end. While Julia Gillard was able to fend off a challenge from Kevin Rudd yesterday, the underlying issues that led to the tensions remain. Many commentators in the capitalist press have tried to portray the Gillard/Rudd battle as one of competing personalities. While inevitably […]