No War

Iraq and the Australian anti-war movement

This post was originally published at Overland Journal. *** This is the speech I gave on Monday this week, at the forum ‘IRAQ 10 years on: Remembering when the world said NO to war’ — organised by the Sydney Stop the War Coalition.  Soon after the fall of the Berlin wall, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama […]

Leo Panitch

Leo Panitch’s critque of the state

These are some early thoughts on Leo Panitch’s work on the nature of the state, who I see as the best contemporary proponent of aspects of the work of Poulantzas and Miliband. There is further work to do on the critique of the concept of ‘relative autonomy’, but also on Panitch’s more recent work with […]

indentured labour

Unfree Labour in a Capitalist Mode of Production?

This month I guest edited, with Jonathon Collerson, an issue of the Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE) on new research in Marxist political economy. It arose, in part, from a conference Jonathon and I organised in 2011 titles ‘Capital Against Capitalism’. The full journal issue is available online (open access) here, and my article […]


2012: A lesson in how to blame the victim

This post was originally published at Overland Journal. *** For the last post of 2012 we were asked to reflect on politics over the last year. In thinking on this for the last week I’ve drafted about ten first paragraphs. The writer’s block arises not from nothing to say, but from a place that wonders […]

The Gillard Government made a commitment in 2010 to release all children from immigration detention by June 2011, but still 1000 children languish in the harsh environment of immigration camps around Australia. The Refugee Action Collective organised a protest on July 9, 2011 outside the Melbourne Immigration Transit accommodation which is used for the detention of unaccompanied minors.

Children, women, men: The ALP’s conscious cruelty

This blog post first appeared at Overland Journal. *** Govt confirms they have sent women and children refugees overnight to the detention camps in Manus Island indefinitely. Shameful. – Senator Sarah-Hanson Young on Twitter, 21 November 2012 In 2001 Four Corners aired a watershed episode on the mandatory detention of children in Australian refugee detention centers. The pain and […]


Neoliberals on bikes

This post was first published at Overland Journal. *** [M]yth has the task of giving an historical intention a natural justification, and making contingency appear eternal – Roland Barthes One of the founders of the German Greens, Jutta Ditfurth, left her party in the early 1990s. She was critical of their move to the Right, […]


Malcolm is not so in the middle

This post was first published on the ABC’s The Drum website. *** Australian politics has a strange ‘centre’ at the moment, and the dial seems increasingly to fall at the feet of Malcolm Turnbull. His presence on shows like Q&A results in both calls for him to reassume the Liberal Party leadership, and the suggestion he is an ALP member […]