Last week, the multinational mining giant Rio Tinto blasted a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site so as to expand its iron ore mine in Western Australia. It’s the latest example of the powerful mining sector exploiting a legislative system built on indigenous dispossession.
Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland.
Fascists groups in Australia, though tiny, regularly threaten violence. The state is traditionally blind to terror from the Right; don’t expect it to intervene.
Even as Australia burns, the government is reaffirming its commitment to coal and waging a war on climate activists. But as the crisis deepens, climate barbarism is no longer an option.
The Australian government’s latest proposition to ban climate protests appears as the country’s east coast is ravaged by fires. In the face of “climate barbarism” from both traditional parties, is a grassroots campaign stepping up?
A look back at the subjection of Tasmania shows that while Israel’s settler colonialism is brutal, it’s hardly without precedent.