By Terry Cook and Oscar Grenfell, 19 April 2018
The trade unions are directly responsible for the social crisis that the “Change the Rules” campaign purports to oppose.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 April 2018
The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia’s role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.
By Mike Head, 17 April 2018
Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union’s assurances.
By Mike Head, 16 April 2018
The bill is a part of a multi-pronged legislative package that targets alleged “Chinese interference” in Australian political and commercial life.
By Mike Head, 14 April 2018
At the heart of the worsening political instability are mounting economic and geo-strategic pressures.
Public Meetings in Australia and New Zealand
14 April 2018
The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington’s escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.
By John Braddock, 13 April 2018
The escalating propaganda war is another sign of deepening tensions across the Asia Pacific that threaten to embroil the entire region into a major war.
By Richard Phillips, 12 April 2018
#MeToo campaigners want “reform” of Australia’s defamation laws making it easier to take down anyone via unsubstantiated media allegations.
By Max Newman, 11 April 2018
As of this month, over 12,000 refugees are at risk of being left destitute and forced to return to the countries they fled.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 April 2018
A report last month documented the proliferation of ties between Australian universities, government-backed military research, and private contractors, including arms dealers.
By Mike Head, 9 April 2018
Almost half the university’s staff abstained or refused to vote in the postal ballot to accept the NTEU-negotiated agreement.
By our reporters, 6 April 2018
The Maritime Union of Australia is isolating the workers, while it seeks to strike a sellout deal with Qube Ports.
By Max Newman and Mike Head, 6 April 2018
Home Affairs Minister Dutton insists white farmers deserve “special attention” for humanitarian visas.
By our reporters, 5 April 2018
Graphic video footage of a distressed man being attacked by six police officers has provoked deep concern in the working class.
By Mike Head, 3 April 2018
Abbott’s decision to launch Hanson’s book marks a sharp shift to the right within the political establishment to promote nationalism and xenophobia.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2018
Captured on CCTV footage, the incident graphically exposes the impunity with which police officers brutalise working class people, especially the poor and the vulnerable.
By Mike Head, 30 March 2018
The setback could reignite the factional rifts that have wracked both the Liberal and National parties, especially since the Coalition government’s near-defeat in 2016.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2018
Workers question the legitimacy of the postal ballot and condemn the sordid manoeuvres of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.
By Mike Head, 27 March 2018
Under the banner of combating a Chinese “conspiracy” to dominate Australia, the bills contain far-reaching attacks on fundamental democratic rights.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2018
The New South Wales rail unions could only secure a razor-thin margin through a months-long campaign to stifle and suppress opposition.
By Mike Head, 24 March 2018
The case indicates that much is at stake for the ruling class in protecting the potentially dictatorial powers of the governor-general.
By Margaret Rees, 23 March 2018
High medical payments and reduced income while patients are being treated or recovering from cancer are causing distress and avoidable deaths.
By Richard Phillips and James Cogan, 22 March 2018
A judge ruled that the Murdoch media could not substantiate the allegations of sexual misconduct it made against acclaimed Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.
By our reporters, 20 March 2018
“There should be money for everybody, for health, for the elderly.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 March 2018
The Greens’ defeat in Batman marks a significant blow to their hopes of enlarging their influence within the parliamentary apparatus.
By our correspondent, 20 March 2018
The secrecy imposed by the NTEU is a warning that Macquarie will be a test case for the union’s capacity to impose intensifying cuts and pro-business measures.
By Michelle Stevens, 20 March 2018
The allegations against the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, if proven correct, will reveal a profit-driven disregard for the health and wellbeing of the women.
By James Cogan, 19 March 2018
Australian Prime Minister Turnbull sought to draw more ASEAN members toward the anti-China orientation of the more openly US-aligned states.
By Mike Head, 19 March 2018
The result is part of a wider pattern in recent Australian elections that points to the breakdown of the two-party political set-up, through which the capitalist class has ruled since World War II.
By Terry Cook, 19 March 2018
For decades, the three unions that amalgamated this month have imposed cuts to the jobs, wages and conditions of maritime, mining, textile and construction workers.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2018
Submissions to a parliamentary committee provided chilling examples of how the legislation will eviscerate freedom of political expression and organisation.
By our reporters, 17 March 2018
The SEP has led a fight within the working class against the provocative hysteria against young people of African origin.
By Mike Head, 16 March 2018
No commentator has been able to predict the result, because of the ongoing collapse of support for the two major parties—Labor and Liberal.
By Frank Gaglioti and David Cohen, 16 March 2018
The event underscored the fraud of the efforts of Labor and the Greens in the Batman election campaign to present themselves as duelling “progressive” parties.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 March 2018
The rail unions have done everything they can to suppress any industrial and political struggle by workers.
By Max Newman, 15 March 2018
People in a Queensland rural town are outraged at the pre-dawn Australian Border Force raid to seize and imprison a local family.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 March 2018
The latest opportunist manoeuvre by the pseudo-left is a calculated response to immense disaffection within the working class towards the Labor Party.
By Mike Head, 14 March 2018
Instead of “jobs and growth,” the statistics point to increasing casualisation, real wage cuts and deepening social inequality.
By the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2018
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) distributed the following statement at university orientation week events across Australia and in New Zealand.
By Zac Hambides, 13 March 2018
The real purpose of the rallies was to urge the US and other Western imperialist powers to directly militarily intervene into Syria.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2018
There were concerns in both Canberra and Washington that Australia’s refusal to abide by international law was opening the door for China to acquire greater influence.
By George Morley, 13 March 2018
Warwick Thornton’s second feature is a visually striking and powerful historical drama, which confronts audiences with some ugly truths about Australia’s colonial past.
Vote “no” in the postal ballot!
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 March 2018
The agreement provides for continuous pro-business restructuring, job cuts and the elimination of working conditions.
10 March 2018
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
By Mike Head, 8 March 2018
A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.
By Max Newman, 8 March 2018
Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers’ jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.
By our reporters, 7 March 2018
Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.
By Mike Head, 6 March 2018
After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with “SA Best.”
By Mike Head, 5 March 2018
Far from an “historic” victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.
By Patrick Davies, 5 March 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has imposed another deal that slashes conditions and provides for the ever-greater use of casual labour by the freight operator.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.
As Liberal-National government implodes
By Mike Head, 28 February 2018
Two prominent interviews with Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen have touted his vows to revive the Hawke-Keating “reform” agenda.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 February 2018
The trade unions in both New Zealand and Australia are seeking to isolate workers in each country from each other in order to facilitate further attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 27 February 2018
None of the sordid details now emerging about the high-level plotting to knife Barnaby Joyce can be understood outside the broader political context.
By Erika Zimmer and Linda Tenenbaum, 27 February 2018
“Pop-up” schools are temporary replacements for the huge shortage of public schools capable of providing their students with the classrooms and other facilities they require.
By Mike Head, 26 February 2018
Turnbull was clearly under pressure to step-up Canberra’s participation in US military operations.
By Terry Cook, 26 February 2018
As the union isolates the Oaky North workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating a protest picket near the Queensland mine.
Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne
26 February 2018
The government has promoted a lurid media campaign, seeking to elevate a few instances of petty crime into a virtual national security threat.
By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018
Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”
By Mike Head, 24 February 2018
The removal of Barnaby Joyce throws into further doubt the future of the already fragile Turnbull Coalition government.
By Mike Head, 23 February 2018
Under Liberal and Labor-Greens governments, the situation confronting the working class has continued to worsen.
By Max Newman, 22 February 2018
Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.
By Mike Head, 21 February 2018
The turmoil surrounding the deputy prime minister is a symptom of more fundamental frictions engulfing the government and the parliamentary establishment.
By Terry Cook, 20 February 2018
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union isolated a protracted strike of maintenance workers before striking a sell-out enterprise agreement.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2018
The last enterprise agreement imposed by the rail union created the conditions for mass sackings and continuous pro-business restructuring.
Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective
By our reporter, 19 February 2018
The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2018
The appalling social situation confronting Australia’s indigenous people is one of the sharpest features of a broader impoverishment of the working class.
17 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
By Mike Head, 16 February 2018
An affair involving Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has become a vehicle for seeking to oust him and possibly the government itself.
By James Cogan, 16 February 2018
Molan and the wing of the political and military establishment for which he speaks want military spending dramatically ramped up.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.
By Frank Gaglioti, 15 February 2018
The extreme heat conditions have intensified and become more frequent due to the effects of global warming, resulting in a rising death toll.
By James Cogan, 14 February 2018
The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2018
Mark Butler’s remarks point to a growing fear of the deepening hostility in the working class toward the Labor Party and the trade unions.
By our reporters, 13 February 2018
The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.
By Max Newman, 12 February 2018
A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2018
The real purpose of the marginal pay rise is to provide the union and the government with a pretext for imposing cuts to jobs and conditions.
By Mike Head, 10 February 2018
A parliamentary submission depicts Chinese Australians as participants in a subversive Chinese Communist Party network.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018
The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 February 2018
Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.
By Terry Cook, 6 February 2018
Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018
The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2018
David Feeney’s case underscores the reactionary character of the ongoing witch hunt.
By Mike Head, 3 February 2018
The attorney-general suggested that the critics are playing into the hands of enemies seeking to damage Australia’s “national interests.”
By Terry Cook, 3 February 2018
The six-month lockout of coal miners is the longest in Australian history.
By Mike Head, 2 February 2018
The ABC’s supposedly “alarming” discovery of the documents is being exploited to support sweeping new “foreign interference” bills.
Part 3: Far-reaching measures against political dissent
By Mike Head, 2 February 2018
Old “treasonous” offences are being “modernised” for a new period of war and political convulsions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 February 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said it will enforce a court ban on any industrial action, while seeking a sell-out deal with the state government.
Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations
By Mike Head, 1 February 2018
These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.
By Mike Head, 1 February 2018
Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”
Part 1: Preparing for war against China
By Mike Head, 31 January 2018
The legislation, targeting alleged “improper influence” by China and other “foreign states,” will have far-reaching consequences for free speech and political dissent.
By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2018
The active discussion is another sign of sharpening geo-political tensions and the accelerating arms race by major powers around the world.
By John Harris, 30 January 2018
The 40 percent increase over the past five years points to the escalating impact of “law and order” campaigns, anti-democratic bail laws and punitive sentencing requirements.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2018
Of the 19 new billionaires created in Australia over the past 10 years, eight were added in the past year alone.
By Eric Ludlow, 29 January 2018
The Automatic Train Protection system would have reduced the seriousness of last week’s crash of a suburban train in Sydney, says expert.
By Eric Ludlow, 27 January 2018
Amnesty International documents ongoing abuses amounting to torture in a youth detention centre.
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 January 2018
Concerns are being raised that extreme heatwaves are becoming the new norm as a result of global warming and climate change.
By Max Newman, 26 January 2018
Local residents were concerned because sewage was flowing from the unfinished detention camps into their houses.
By our reporters, 26 January 2018
The lively meeting in Melbourne was attended by workers and young people of African origin.
By Mike Head, 25 January 2018
The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.