I have arrived at the extremely difficult, heartbreaking decision that I must resign from the Greens, on principle. I have lost faith in the Party’s governance and I can no longer remain silent about the abuses of power and process that seem to be endemic within the organisation.
As health professionals, we took on tobacco and now we need to take on coal, because of the climate emergency. Continue reading We took on tobacco; now, we need to take on coal.
Alex Bhathal stands down as the Greens candidate for Cooper. Why we don’t have more People of Colour in Australian parliament. Continue reading Announcement regarding my Cooper candidacy
Shout out to Racoon Club in Preston and Fairyfields in Fairfield for protecting their staff by paying penalty rates. I’m pretty happy that I’m a customer at both of these local businesses. But I’m sure there must be other Darebin businesses who are doing the same. If you know of a local business which isContinue reading Darebin businesses backing penalty rates
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Observance Committee) Week officially starts tomorrow, though there have been plenty of events during the past week. Yesterday’s NAIDOC March in Narrm (Melbourne) was huge, despite the early rain. This year’s #Because of her we can NAIDOC theme has been particularly inspiring.
Please note: this post contains images and names of deceased persons. BREAKING: our federal seat is to be renamed for William Cooper, the great Yorta Yorta human rights leader! My respects to all in our suburbs who campaigned for two decades to rename Batman – to the Wurundjeri Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corp. whoContinue reading Seat of Batman to be renamed after William Cooper
We were lucky enough to have veteran documentary filmmaker Helen Gaynor shadowing us throughout the 2018 Batman by-election, recording every aspect of the campaign trail. Her documentary following the entire Alex Bhathal campaign, The Candidate, is now ready to be edited – check out the trailer and the crowdfunding page. This was a really great project,Continue reading Documentary: The Candidate
I’m pretty happy that my union, the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association, is organising its own t-shirt campaign in support of the asylum seekers held in indefinite detention by the Australian government. Buy yours here – wear it to work and everywhere else from 1st – 5th May and make sure you join everyone atContinue reading VAHPA Close the Camps t-shirt campaign
This article, by Fotis Kapetopoulos, who happens to be a Dad from our local soccer club in Darebin, captures something that most concerns me about Malcolm Turnbull’s recent announcements of changes to Australia’s citizenship laws. And that is the dilution of our universal citizenship rights. I believe this has been the key to our multiculturalContinue reading ‘Aussie values’
Tonight I’m speaking at this Refugee Action Collective forum on the plight of Iraqi refugees seeking asylum in Australia. The government and coalition have passed motions calling for an end to the genocide of minorities in Iraq and yet they are refusing to back Greens’ attempts to introduce a moratorium on deportations of asylum seekersContinue reading Forum on Iraqi refugees