By Alan Leigh, 10 March 2014
Joblessness among young workers is comparable to levels across southern Europe, where governments have imposed savage austerity measures.
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 March 2014
After initially lying that no violence occurred within the Manus detention camp, Prime Minister Abbott and Immigration Minister Morrison are proceeding with an abject whitewash.
By Will Morrow, 8 March 2014
The threat of an imminent plant closure will be used to intimidate workers into accepting deeper attacks on wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 7 March 2014
The two-decade mining boom is starting to collapse, yet the country’s richest people are enjoying soaring profits and share prices.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2014
The only way that Qantas workers can defend their jobs and conditions is through a unified struggle with airline workers internationally against the global airline conglomerates.
By our correspondents, 7 March 2014
IYSSE members won support, campaigning against an attempted university ban on “political members” being invited onto the campus.
By Mike Head, 6 March 2014
The ruling protects Australian spying operations in the Asia-Pacific and undermines East Timor’s legal challenge to an energy treaty with Australia.
By Richard Phillips, 6 March 2014
Australian and international artists protest over Canberra’s incarceration and brutal treatment of refugees.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2014
The entire Australian political and media establishment has lined up in lock-step behind the Obama administration’s intervention into the Ukraine crisis, its support of last month’s fascist-led putsch and its denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the dispatch of troops into Crimea.
By Mike Head, 5 March 2014
Prime Minister Abbott made clear that Qantas must continue to axe workers’ jobs and conditions.
By Terry Cook, 3 March 2014
Big business regards the dispute as an important test case for a wider corporate drive to slash wages and conditions throughout the mining and energy sectors.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2014
The unions have no problem with making workers bear the cost of the Qantas crisis, but want to maintain their privileged position within the airline industry.
By Joshua Newsham, 1 March 2014
In one shutdown after another, the unions have functioned on behalf of management to suppress any struggle to defend jobs.
By Daniel Saul, 28 February 2014
Despite health warnings about the dangers of toxic smoke and ash, residents of Morwell have received virtually no assistance from the government or the corporate mine owners.
By James Cogan, 27 February 2014
The job destruction flows directly from the cut-throat competition for market share and profits among rival transnational airline alliances since the 2008 global financial crisis.
By Stephen Griffiths and Richard Phillips, 26 February 2014
New South Wales minister attacks residents, claiming they are responsible for conditions produced by decades of poverty, government cost-cutting and social neglect.
By James Cogan, 25 February 2014
Triton drones would vastly expand the area of the Indian and Pacific Oceans under surveillance by the Australian military.
By Terry Cook, 25 February 2014
The Royal Commission witchhunt is part of a sweeping drive to dismantle working conditions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 February 2014
The shifting official version of events is further evidence of a cover up of what initial witness accounts indicate was state sanctioned violence.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia, 24 February 2014
For the first time at any university, University of Newcastle Clubs and Societies is re-interpreting the Students Services and Amenities Fee legislation to justify proscribing political activities.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 February 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has effectively welcomed the killing of a 23-year-old refugee as a “deterrent” to others thinking about seeking asylum in Australia.
By Zac Hambides, 22 February 2014
The official unemployment rate in Australia has hit a ten-year high.
By our reporters, 22 February 2014
SEP campaigners met with a warm response from Toyota workers, many of whom bitterly denounced the union for its partnership with the company.
By Max Newman, 21 February 2014
The closure of Newcastle’s Stockton Centre exposes the purpose of the former Labor government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.
By Mike Head, 20 February 2014
CEOs are being rewarded for slashing costs, along with the livelihoods of many thousands of people.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 February 2014
The Point Henry closure forms part of a ruthless global restructuring of the aluminium industry.
By James Cogan, 18 February 2014
At least 44,000 car component jobs are under threat.
By Oliver Campbell, 18 February 2014
The pseudo-left organisations that organised the rally are seeking to divert opposition to cuts to social spending behind the Labor Party, Greens, and trade unions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 18 February 2014
The normalisation of relations with the junta is aimed at undercutting Fiji’s ties with China.
By Daniel Saul, 17 February 2014
In an attack on democratic rights, police are to be given wide powers to bar people from areas or exclude them from protests and pickets.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2014
None of the underlying social issues bound up with TJ’s life and death have been resolved in the last decade.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 February 2014
Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek denounced the insinuation that her praise for the Israeli war criminal was not genuine.
By James Cogan, 13 February 2014
The situation facing car workers in Australia is a devastating historical verdict on all national programs and the profit system itself.
By Will Morrow, 13 February 2014
The policy is aimed at terrorising the Palestinian population and suppressing any opposition to the Israeli occupation.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2014
The previous Labor government presided over the axing of more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs between 2007 and 2013, including in the car industry.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 February 2014
Unless the working class takes up a fight in defence of jobs against the closures, the entire auto industry in Australia will be wiped out.
By Mark Church, 11 February 2014
By forcing the unemployed to perform demoralising work, the program seeks to humiliate, harass and coerce them into low-paid jobs.
By Mike Head, 10 February 2014
Amid a very low voter turnout, Labor suffered a further loss of votes in former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s electorate.
By Zac Hambides, 10 February 2014
The state government blamed a major blaze on an 82-year-old widow who allegedly failed to maintain “private” power poles on her property.
By Mike Head, 8 February 2014
The government and the corporate media are seeking to create an atmosphere of wartime-like censorship.
By Will Morrow, 8 February 2014
Sailors intentionally held the hands of asylum seekers over hot engine pipes as punishment for their protests against lack of access to the toilet.
By Mark Church and Mike Head, 8 February 2014
Despite the concerns of local residents, Monika Chetty’s plight was ignored by authorities until she was found with fatal burns.
By James Cogan, 7 February 2014
The unions have moved immediately to suppress any opposition by bitter Ford workers.
By Will Morrow, 6 February 2014
The wealth of the top 50 Australians increased by 49 percent over the past three years.
By Patrick O’Connor, 6 February 2014
Howes appealed for a new “Grand Compact” between unions, business and government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2014
The government has rejected calls for a subsidy for SPC and vilified workers for their “extraordinary” wages and conditions.
By Keith Morgan, 5 February 2014
Whatever the Abbott government’s final plans, there will be another wholesale attack on jobs, wages and conditions, as well as the slashing of mail services.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 February 2014
Decisive layers within the ruling elite have concluded that most of the industry is “globally uncompetitive” and should be allowed to collapse.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2014
The attacks on Snowden by Abbott and Bishop demonstrate the utter servility of the Australian government to Washington.
By Mark Church, 3 February 2014
Despite the Abbott government’s military secrecy, reports are starting to surface of asylum seekers being beaten, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed to force them back to Indonesia.
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By Terry Cook, 1 February 2014
The media witch hunt emerges amid incessant demands by the corporate elite for further draconian industrial relations measures.
By Will Morrow, 1 February 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott made clear that the decision was part of a strategy to enforce restructuring throughout manufacturing.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014
Tony Abbott’s accusations against Snowden were made in the course of a McCarthy-style attack on the ABC.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 January 2014
The Abbott government has overtly aligned Australia with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia and preparations for military conflict with China.
By Will Morrow, 30 January 2014
The government is presenting its insistence that workers vote on Toyota’s cost-cutting demands under the fraudulent guise of giving them the “right” to choose.
By Will Morrow, 29 January 2014
In contrast to previous years, the official celebrations last Sunday took on a distinctly militarist tone.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2014
The choice of former general Peter Cosgrove is bound up with the government’s plans for a four-year “celebration” of the centenary of World War I.
By Terry Cook, 27 January 2014
Full-time jobs fell in 2013 for the first time since the 2008 crash, and jobs growth was the weakest since the 1991-92 recession.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 January 2014
Julie Bishop’s statements point to Australian imperialism’s role as the junior partner of the United States.
By Mark Church, 25 January 2014
A comparison between Mosman, on Sydney’s north shore, and the working class suburb of Liverpool provides a glimpse of Australia’s social polarisation.
By our reporters, 25 January 2014
The WSWS interviewed people in Liverpool’s shopping mall about the increasingly obvious inequality in Sydney.
By a reporting team, 24 January 2014
Socialist Equality Party supporters interviewed workers at Toyota’s Altona plant in Melbourne about the destruction of jobs and conditions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 January 2014
The review is part of the preparations for an austerity budget but has a longer term agenda involving the elimination of entire welfare programs.
By our reporters, 21 January 2014
Workers in the car components sector have been under relentless assault since the 2008 financial crash and global restructuring of the auto industry.
By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2014
The AEU withdrew its court case and reached a secret deal with the Victorian state government.
By Joe Lopez, 18 January 2014
Following major bushfires in the Perth Hills, the state government attempted to blame residents for not maintaining “private” power poles.
By Oliver Campbell, 17 January 2014
The political establishment cannot allow any objective discussion of the social factors that produced the death of 18-year-old Daniel Christie.
By Zac Hambides, 17 January 2014
Fire services are already stretched to the limit by the number and spread of the fires, heightening the danger of a catastrophe.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2014
Big business is pressing for savage austerity measures amid indications of a further deterioration of the Australian economy.
By Terry Cook, 16 January 2014
While the causes of the death remain unclear, the circumstances raise questions about poor conditions and safety standards on construction sites.
By our reporters, 15 January 2014
Ford’s planned shutdown in 2016 will see nearly 1,000 jobs destroyed in Broadmeadows.
By James Cogan, 15 January 2014
A prominent Socialist Alliance member, Tim Gooden, is actively assisting the closure of the Ford plant in Geelong.
By Oliver Campbell, 14 January 2014
Everything is being done to prevent a discussion of the real causes of the war and to cultivate Australian nationalism.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2014
The education minister said he wants the syllabus “to celebrate Australia.”
Australia: Former Labor prime ministers call on conservative government to slash spending more quickly
By Richard Phillips, 11 January 2014
Hawke and Keating are calling for immediate austerity measures to cut the projected $47 billion deficit.
By Mark Church, 10 January 2014
Canberra’s policy is threatening hundreds of lives and fuelling tensions with the Indonesian government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 January 2014
Moody’s announcement comes as even more job cuts at the airline are threatened.
By Will Marshall, 9 January 2014
SPC’s closure would devastate Shepparton, which has a population of just over 60,000 and an already high official unemployment rate of 8.6 percent.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2014
Under the AMWU’s plan, the very future of thousands of workers is to be tied directly to the war aims of Australian and US imperialism.
By Oliver Campbell, 7 January 2014
The protest was called in response to proposals for upfront fees for visits to doctors.
By Dragan Slavkov, 6 January 2014
Even though the mining industry employs just 2 percent of the workforce, almost another 8 percent of workers are in associated industries.
By Terry Cook, 31 December 2013
Combet has built his career by imposing the dictates of the corporate establishment on the working class.
By Mike Head, 30 December 2013
The inquiry is about updating and boosting the powers of the security apparatus.
By Tania Baptist, 28 December 2013
Working class youth are systematically targeted and harassed by ticket inspectors, security personnel, and police, who know they are essentially immune from prosecution.
By Zac Hambides, 27 December 2013
The plant closure will destroy the last 1,600 car manufacturing jobs and hit a working-class community already suffering from decades of job shedding.
By Mike Head, 24 December 2013
A 92-page “letter of concern” sheds further light on the inhuman conditions in the country’s detention facilities.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2013
The primary purpose of the Productivity Commission’s interim report is to endorse the clamour by corporations and media commentators for cuts to wages and conditions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 December 2013
East Timor has asked the court to rule that the seizure of legal documents by Australia’s spy agency violated the country’s sovereignty and breached international law.
By Terry Cook, 21 December 2013
Hundreds of jobs are being destroyed in Kellogg’s Project K “efficiency and effectiveness plan” to restructure its global operations.
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 December 2013
SEP assistant national secretary James Cogan, addressing workers outside the Elizabeth Plant, called for a unified international struggle to defend jobs, wages and conditions.
By our reporters, 20 December 2013
The meetings discussed the necessity to unite the working class on a socialist program to oppose US military aggression against China.
By a WSWS reporting team, 19 December 2013
WSWS reporters spoke to workers at the General Motors Holden assembly plant in Elizabeth in South Australia, slated for closure in 2017.
By Zac Hambides, 18 December 2013
The gutting of manufacturing since the 2008 global crash is being compounded by rising job losses in the mining sector, retail closures and public sector cuts.
By Patrick O’Connor, 18 December 2013
The treasurer yesterday reprised the central theme of his 2012 “end of the age of entitlement” speech, which declared that governments could no longer provide welfare or basic services.
By Mark Church, 17 December 2013
The unions are rushing to offer their services in enforcing the company’s measures.
By Margaret Rees, 17 December 2013
The unions used the rally as a platform to offer their services to the government and employers to police further cost-cutting.
By Mike Head, 16 December 2013
“Deep packet inspection” technology allows the police to build a detailed picture of anyone’s daily life, including his or her political activities.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 December 2013
The company is threatening to end production in Australia unless costs are slashed by $3,800 per vehicle.
By Will Morrow, 14 December 2013
The decision will ensure that these workers remain among the worst-paid and most exploited sections of the working class.