Social Justice

A letter to Coalition MPs

  To Coalition MPs, I am writing to express my grave concern with the direction this government is taking and my disgust with the obvious manipulative barrage of misinformation. I understand that Mr Abbott told you not to worry about… Read More ›


Does your success owe nothing to luck, or circumstance? Then you probably think the poor actually deserve to be poor. Peter Barnes examines the conservative mentality that underlies the coming budget. One of the great things about Australia is that… Read More ›

I believe in men

“In terms of feminism, I’ve never been someone who really associates with that movement. That movement was a set of ideologies from many, many decades ago now.” – Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women, March 2014… Read More ›

A Fair Go

Is everybody given a fair go in this country? Not anymore, says Peter Barnes, and definitely not with a government intent on taking away the services and support most needed by the nation’s poorest. But what is even more disgraceful,… Read More ›

The power of congregations

It has long been my view that the potential and resources of the church are largely wasted on worship. There are few institutions with the power to influence fundamental change – governments, unions, the military, big corporations, and the church…. Read More ›