By Nick Beams, 24 April 2014
Hockey’s longer-term goal is to eviscerate the entire social welfare system in the name of “personal responsibility.”
By David North, 24 April 2014
“The International Committee of the Fourth International is the product of more than six decades of political struggle against opportunism.”
24 April 2014
The congress unanimously adopted two resolutions: “Australian imperialism and the Obama administration’s ‘pivot to Asia’” and “The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party.”
By Mike Head, 24 April 2014
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter package is designed to help satisfy the Obama administration’s demands for Canberra to increase military spending in order to confront China.
By Mike Head, 22 April 2014
Labor’s pro-market funding system will be extended to private profit-making providers, allowing them to undercut the public universities.
By Alan Leigh, 19 April 2014
The denial of access to legal aid escalates the government’s drive to coerce asylum seekers to abandon their refugee applications.
By Terry Cook, 18 April 2014
The response of the trade unions to the seizure of CBI workers’ property has been to demonstrate their unwavering support for the draconian Fair Work laws.
By Tom Peters, 17 April 2014
Canberra and Wellington both indicated their approval for the extra-judicial assassinations, setting a dangerous new precedent for attacking legal and democratic rights.
By Nick Beams, 17 April 2014
The scandal that led to NSW Premier O’Farrell’s sudden resignation is about effecting a further lurch to the right by governments at the state and federal level.
By Peter Symonds, 15 April 2014
The trip was generally praised in the Australian media, simply because Abbott managed to avoid any diplomatic rows with Beijing.
By Nick Beams, 14 April 2014
The Abbott government’s first budget will contain major attacks against pensioners, together with deep cuts in public spending.
By Mike Head, 14 April 2014
Carr’s The Diary of a Foreign Minister points to wider unease in ruling circles about Canberra’s “too-desperate” embrace of Washington.
By Will Marshall, 12 April 2014
Far from being a fight to defend jobs, the rally was aimed at promoting the Labor Party and unions, which bear full responsibility for the devastation of cities like Geelong.
By Mike Head, 11 April 2014
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined a fundamental assault on social spending in Australia and internationally, in line with the demands of the global financial elite.
By Keith Morgan, 10 April 2014
Young Asian workers on temporary visas are being systematically underpaid and mistreated.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 April 2014
The agreements underscore Japan and Australia’s active collaboration with Washington’s drive to militarily encircle and diplomatically isolate China.
By Mike Head, 8 April 2014
Amid an unprecedented mass abstention, just one in five voters cast a ballot for Labor.
By Joe Lopez, 7 April 2014
Hundreds of public health jobs to be eliminated at hospitals in Perth, the state capital.
Oppose the use of SSAF to attack student political clubs!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 4 April 2014
Members of political clubs at the university are being denied rights enjoyed by all other students, and attempts are being made to restrict or even proscribe their activities.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 March 2014
The government has revived the central elements of the old system of knights and dames as another means of glorifying the army and its commanders.
By our correspondents, 29 March 2014
That broad layers of the student population view the protest politics of the NUS as unserious was reflected in a low turnout.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 28 March 2014
The Papua New Guinea government, at Canberra’s behest, is blocking a judicial inquiry into abuses against refugees inside Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island.
“No section of public housing is safe”
By our reporters, 26 March 2014
Following the New South Wales Liberal government’s announcement that it was privatising all public housing in the area, WSWS reporters spoke with residents of Millers Point and The Rocks.
By Terry Cook, 26 March 2014
A corruption scandal sheds light on growing inequality and the aspirations of an upper middle class layer.
By Stephen Griffiths, 26 March 2014
The NSW government aims to drive low-paid workers and pensioners out of inner Sydney.
Christopher Boyce: “Snowden is a very brave man”
By Mike Head, 24 March 2014
Boyce, now 61, confirmed his previous statements that the CIA was centrally involved in the dismissal of the Whitlam government.
By Daniel Saul, 22 March 2014
The official response underscored the utter contempt for working class communities like Morwell and neighbouring towns.
By Mike Head, 21 March 2014
In announcing the sanctions, the Australian foreign minister specifically warned of a potential military confrontation.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 21 March 2014
A construction site blaze highlights the drastic deterioration of health and safety in Australian workplaces.
By Terry Cook, 19 March 2014
Martin Ferguson accused the Abbott government of being too “timid” on industrial relations “reform.”
By Mike Head, 18 March 2014
After years of implementing the agenda of the corporate elite, Labor’s votes fell to new lows in Tasmania and South Australia.
By our reporters, 18 March 2014
Speakers outlined the need for the global unity of workers, and a socialist perspective, to fight the worldwide assault by the auto giants.
By Patrick O’Connor and Peter Symonds, 18 March 2014
All the details of Gillard’s anti-working class policies were overlooked in her public appearances before crowds of adoring admirers.
By Will Morrow, 15 March 2014
The Australian Council of Trade Unions immediately hailed the ASU agreement as a template for implementing all 5,000 Qantas job cuts.
By Mike Head, 14 March 2014
Labor’s anti-working class program—severe public sector cuts, mass layoffs by major companies, and deteriorating social services—has fuelled deep popular hostility.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 March 2014
The brutal treatment of refugees is a sharp warning of the police-state measures being prepared against the working class as a whole.
By Mike Head, 12 March 2014
The indefinite detention of refugees denied security clearances demonstrates the contempt for fundamental democratic rights within the Australian ruling elite.
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.
1 February 2014
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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.