Reviews //

On Blowing Things Up

Why is Australian politics so awful, why does Labor not enact progressive policies, and how do we start to fix it? Jacqui Lambie (purportedly) has the answer.

News //

The party without any candidates

The rise of the minor party is one of the media’s pet narratives of the 2013 federal election. WikiLeaks, Palmer United, the Pirate Party: all claim to be dissatisfied with the old ALP-LNP duopoly and promote themselves as a new voice that you should install in the Senate. There’s another name on the list of…

Features //

Smash the rich, save the base

While the history of Chinese communism is complex, a little polishing makes the parallels with contemporary Australian political life shine through. A few years ago, I was walking down Eastern Avenue with a senior journalist from a major Chinese news organisation when we were approached by a couple of Socialist Alternative (SA) leafleteers. The SA…