By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2015
The overriding aim is to counter public suspicion, while protecting the government, police and intelligence agencies that were responsible for the tragic outcome.
By John Roberts, 30 January 2015
Eleven more prisoners, including two Australians, face death after President Joko Widodo ruled out clemency for anyone convicted of drug offences.
By Will Morrow, 29 January 2015
Shorten’s trip to Iraq underscores the Labor Party’s complete alignment with the US-led war in the Middle East and Washington’s broader militarist agenda.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2015
The election campaign has underscored the popular hostility toward budget-slashing measures and the instability of the parliamentary system in Australia.
By James Cogan, 29 January 2015
Socialist Alternative’s enthusiasm stems from years of promoting illusions in Syriza and presenting it as a model for new “left” formations internationally.
By James Cogan, 28 January 2015
While derided as a relic of Australia’s past colonial relationship with Britain, the monarchy remains central to the Australian capitalist state and particularly to the military.
By Mike Head, 27 January 2015
The inquiry openly canvasses abolishing penalty wage rates for after-hours work and scrapping the minimum wage.
By Oliver Campbell, 24 January 2015
Kevin Norris became the third person to die after being tasered by New South Wales state police since 2010.
By Will Morrow, 23 January 2015
An editorial in the Australian newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education.
By Mike Head, 22 January 2015
While opposing the government’s key budget measures, Labor is drawing up policies to make even deeper inroads into social spending.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2015
The Queensland election has turned into a contest between the main parties over which can cut government spending the fastest.
By our correspondents, 20 January 2015
After years of broken election promises and worsening social conditions there is intense hostility to both major parties.
By Patrick Kelly, 19 January 2015
A campaign is underway that could see the reversal of the right to bail in a wider range of criminal cases, even where there is no proven link to terrorism.
By Will Morrow, 17 January 2015
The protest reportedly involves over 400 of the 1,053 detainees.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2015
Despite the latest backflip—the second in a month—the underlying drive to dismantle the subsidised health system will continue.
By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 14 January 2015
Luke Foley became the second figure parachuted into the New South Wales leadership of the two traditional ruling parties within eight months.
By Will Morrow, 13 January 2015
The government and security forces decided that the siege would only end through a violent shoot-out.
By Mike Head, 13 January 2015
Both major parties have vowed to satisfy the demands of the global financial markets and the corporate elite for the slashing of Queensland’s near $3 billion budget deficit.
By Will Morrow, 12 January 2015
Australian troops are attached to Iraqi units that function as sectarian death squads, murdering suspected opponents of the US puppet regime.
By Patrick Kelly, 12 January 2015
Having already banned anti-business protests, the Tasmanian government is preparing laws to allow companies to sue anyone criticising their activities.
By Mike Head, 10 January 2015
While claiming to defend free speech, the prime minister sought to justify measures that abrogate fundamental democratic rights, along with stepped-up involvement in the Middle East war.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2015
Export prices are collapsing, with devastating consequences for jobs, living standards and government budgets.
History web site secretary discusses World War I centenary
By Susan Allan, 8 January 2015
Dr David Stephens explains how the Australian government is using the World War I centenary to promote nationalism and militarism among school children.
By Mike Head, 7 January 2015
Premier Newman’s desperate move underscores the increasingly volatile and fragile state of parliamentary politics in Australia.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2015
Abbott’s visit coincides with the Obama administration’s push to expand the size and operations of US forces.
By Will Morrow, 6 January 2015
Firefighters in South Australia are struggling to control bushfires that have torn through 12,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least 26 homes.
By James Cogan, 3 January 2015
The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2014
Governments and police exploited the café siege as a giant dress rehearsal for police state measures that will in the future be used against the working class.
By James Cogan, 27 December 2014
The Abbott government is using constant fear-mongering to justify its support for the US-led war in the Middle East and deep inroads into democratic and social rights.
By Mike Head, 24 December 2014
John Robertson’s removal underscores the reactionary political climate created by the “terrorist” claims surrounding the Sydney hostage incident.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2014
The prime minister signalled with a cabinet reshuffle how he intends to exploit the hostage crisis to implement austerity as well as boost the “war on terror.”
By our reporters, 22 December 2014
Many of those who spoke with the WSWS in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend were deeply suspicious about the state counterterrorism operation.
By Nick Beams, 20 December 2014
The Sydney siege and its bloody outcome are the consequences of the increasing integration of Australia into the war drive of the US.
By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2014
The Sydney hostage-taking is the latest chapter in the lies and deceit used to boost the “war on terror” and its agenda of war and militarism.
By Will Morrow, 20 December 2014
A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2014
The government’s “review” seeks to divert attention from its own role in manufacturing a national “terrorism” crisis that ended tragically with three deaths.
By James Cogan, 19 December 2014
The raids have been used to maintain the drumbeat that Australia is under attack by domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS.
By Terry Cook, 19 December 2014
The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture.
By James Cogan, 18 December 2014
The hostage crisis is being exploited by the Abbott government to press ahead with its agenda of support for US wars abroad and new anti-democratic measures at home.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 17 December 2014
The most disturbing question is why the Australian government immediately elevated the incident into a major national crisis.
By Patrick Kelly, 17 December 2014
Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2014
The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy.
By Mike Head, 16 December 2014
Long-distance footage showed heavily-armed units storming the building, firing stun grenades and semi-automatic weapons.
By James Cogan, 16 December 2014
The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending.
By our reporters, 16 December 2014
The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2014
Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings.
By Mike Head, 15 December 2014
Without any evidence being made public of terrorist involvement, a massive police operation has been set in motion in Sydney and other Australian cities.
By Mike Head, 13 December 2014
There are now about five times as many unemployed workers as the number of job advertisements.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2014
Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.
By Mike Head, 10 December 2014
Abbott’s apparent about-face is another indication of the political crisis wracking the Liberal-National Coalition government.
By Mike Head, 9 December 2014
An official report says the risks confronting the economy are much greater than during the 2008–09 meltdown.
By Susan Allan, 8 December 2014
A record level of suicides by Aboriginal children and teenagers is a product of decades of poverty and a damning indictment of the profit system.
By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014
The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2014
Naval personnel testify that captains received instructions direct from Canberra not to assist stricken boats, leaving the passengers to perish.
By Nick Beams, 4 December 2014
Output grew by only 0.3 percent in the third quarter, well below expectations, accompanied by a fall in national income.
By Terry Cook, 4 December 2014
Thousands more jobs across Australia’s mining and resources sector will be eliminated as major companies restructure their operations and shelve investment plans in response to the ongoing plunge in commodity prices and slowing global demand.
By Zac Hambides, 3 December 2014
This generation of young people will become the first in the post-war period to have a lower standard of living than their parents.
By James Cogan, 3 December 2014
The ship’s role has been expanded since Australia enlisted as one of the main partners in the aggressive US “pivot to Asia.”
By Mike Head, 2 December 2014
Prime Minister Abbott held a 50-minute solo media conference to try to deal “head on” with the ever-more visible disarray of his government.
By James Cogan, 2 December 2014
The overblown response of the entire media, political and sporting establishment to Hughes’s death deserves careful and critical scrutiny.
By Patrick Kelly, 1 December 2014
The result intensifies the crisis confronting the federal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
By our reporters, 1 December 2014
Workers and young people discussed a range of political concerns with World Socialist Web Site reporters outside polling booths during Saturday’s Victorian state election ( see: election result article).
By James Cogan and Peter Symonds, 1 December 2014
An editorial entitled “Abbott government is doomed without narrative” summed up the deep frustration in ruling circles over its failure to ram through the austerity agenda.
By Mike Head, 29 November 2014
On the pretext of combatting ISIS, the government’s laws can be used against anyone perceived as a political threat to the ruling establishment.
By Will Morrow, 29 November 2014
The toll road has served as a convenient diversion in the Victorian election campaign to help suppress any debate on broader issues confronting the working class.
By James Cogan, 29 November 2014
At the recent G20 summit, the Greens singled out Chinese President Xi Jingping to present a protest letter on “human rights”—in line with Washington’s confrontational stance towards Beijing.
By our reporters, 28 November 2014
Unemployment in Broadmeadows and Dandenong, former centres of manufacturing and the car industry, has now reached depression-era levels.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 November 2014
The official campaign has been a sham from start to finish.
By Richard Phillips, 27 November 2014
JBS’s rapid expansion over the past nine years has been driven by an unrelenting assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 26 November 2014
Following two fatal police shootings within two days in the state of Queensland there is mounting evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in working-class areas. The two killings brought the number to four in suburbs around Brisbane, the state capital, since late September. Another man was shot in the head at close range, but survived.
By Mike Head, 25 November 2014
Senator Lambie’s acrimonious departure from the Palmer United Party further fractures the Senate, where the government lacks a majority.
By Oliver Campbell, 25 November 2014
The ABC announced more than 400 redundancies, along with significant changes to programming and news coverage.
25 November 2014
The G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane underscored just how embroiled Australia is in US-led wars and intrigues.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 22 November 2014
Hastings Deering’s ultimatum points to an intensification of the assault against jobs and conditions in the mining industry.
By Oliver Campbell, 21 November 2014
The spending cuts go hand-in-hand with disciplining the ABC to ensure that it functions more closely as a propaganda arm of government.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 21 November 2014
Both incidents—a shooting and an assault—were brutal displays of force in working class suburbs of Brisbane.
By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2014
The manoeuvres surrounding the Indian prime minister’s visit were likened to the “Great Game” of imperialist rivalry in Asia before World War I.
By Mike Head, 20 November 2014
Working class households are increasingly priced out of buying a home, while thousands of properties lie vacant.
By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.
By James Cogan, 18 November 2014
Xi’s speech in the Australian parliament yesterday was a carefully-crafted response to President Obama's bellicose reaffirmation of the “pivot” last Saturday.
By Barry Andrews, 18 November 2014
The scheme is even more of a travesty than the previous Labor government’s carbon tax regime, which also sought to boost business profits.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2014
Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.
By Nick Beams, 17 November 2014
The G20 summit pledge on economic growth is belied both by the actions of the major powers and the text of the final communiqué itself.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
Far from challenging the G20 agenda, all of the officially-sanctioned protest groups sought, in one way or another, to appeal to the assembled leaders.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
The gulf between the leaders of world capitalism and the vast majority of the population was on graphic display during last weekend’s G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia’s third biggest city.
By Peter Symonds, 15 November 2014
Even before the summit began, Australian and British leaders targeted Russia—a sign of the bitter rivalry and wrangling that will dominate the talks.
By Patrick Kelly, 15 November 2014
Several working class areas in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, now have depression-level unemployment rates.
By James Cogan, 14 November 2014
The unions’ statement to the G20 leaders is a grab-bag of issues that their privileged functionaries know will never be acted on.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2014
The event provided a revealing glimpse of what passes for “opposition” by the various Greens, liberals, anarchists and pseudo-left groups involved.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2014
Australia’s third biggest city resembles a ghost town under police occupation.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2014
The “Eleventh of the Eleventh” is considered of secondary importance by the Australian ruling elite in promoting patriotism.
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 November 2014
Students and young workers condemned the spending of half a billion dollars on protecting government leaders who are responsible for wars and boosting corporate profits.
By James Cogan, 12 November 2014
Abbott once again exploited the deaths of 38 Australian citizens and residents in the crash.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
By Terry Cook, 10 November 2014
Amid the collapse of the mining boom, safety is being further eroded in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.
By Patrick Kelly, 10 November 2014
A Liberal Party defeat in the November 29 ballot would mark the first one-term government in Victoria since 1955.