Campus culture: it’s time to fix it

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Summer Hill MP, Jo Haylen, writes about the action needed to stamp out sexual assault and harassment at university campuses.

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Fixing the Child Protection System in Australia

It's hard to remember a time when the child protection system wasn't in the spotlight. In South Australia we have had two Royal Commissions in the past three years along with the ongoing National Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Other jurisdictions too have been embroiled in cases where child protection systems have let kids, parents and the broader community down. But with numerous Royal Commissions, Coronial Inquests and Independent Reports one would be forgiven for thinking that we might not be asking the right questions.  In Adelaide, Uni SA's Australian Centre for Child Protection has been looking at the bricks and mortar of the system with a view to redesigning the way we engage with families both in, and on the periphery, of the system.

Blair Boyer writes for Challenge Magazine.

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Why the Labor Left should embrace Jeremy Corbyn

In the Summer 2016 Edition of Challenge, Andrew Giles MP wrote of Jeremy Corbyn's success in the UK Labour Leadership contest. Giles, whilst indicating there was much we can learn from Corbyn's victory, concedes he would not have voted for him if he were eligible. In response, NSW Young Labor Left member Chris Warren writes why the Australian Labor Left should be more supportive of Corbyn and inspired by his victory.

I would have voted for Jeremy Corbyn, and the Socialist Left should be inspired by his victory.

Like a lot of Young Labor Left activists, I was very personally moved by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn is clearly a genuinely nice person - he appears to have very little ego and is clearly surprised and humbled by his own victory. He did not initially want to run in the Labour leadership, but did so under the expectation he was putting forward a point of view and not the possibility that he would actually win. The movement he generated both propelled and drafted him into the position. I find it really admirable that he is taking on this role out of a sense of duty rather than a sense of ambition. 

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Trade Union Royal Commission: A Labor Left Analysis

Blair Boyer from the SA Left writes on the Trade Union Royal Commission: 

The festive season has come and gone in a flash of riotous consumerism, cricket, celebrity Twitter rants and B grade political scandals.  But amidst the post-Christmas sales, ill-advised trips to Hong Kong bars and the odd SMS sent astray, an event with long term significance also occurred; the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC) delivered its Final Report on 28 December.  When one considers that the Commission had been running since March 2014, it was somewhat surprising to have such an immense Report (Volume I is 336 pages alone) land when most people were disengaged from current affairs.  Having said that, many of the people named in the Report were no doubt thankful it emerged in the off-season.  And, predictably, the headlines were all about a series of individuals who are now household names.  

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Increasing the GST will target those less well off

There is a real need for tax reform, but the answer is not an increase in the GST.

THE debate on increasing the GST continues to rage among federal politicians, with the Government currently testing the appetite of the electorate for such reform. Taxation policy is one of the greatest equalisers that we have in society. The sheer effectiveness of tax policy is the reason why it sparks so much debate. 

Currently, Government expenditure as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is over 26 per cent, the same level as at the height of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Yet, I believe there still isn’t enough money being raised to meet the needs of the community. The question that should be being asked then is, what is the level of revenue that we need to raise in order to meet the demands of the community and how do we reform the tax system to make a fairer and a more egalitarian Australia?

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