By James Cogan, 28 April 2016
The contract also serves the US and Australian aim of drawing France more closely into the strategic planning for war with China.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 April 2016
This year’s Anzac events gave centre stage to military veterans from Australia’s more recent neo-colonial interventions in Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Richard Phillips, 28 April 2016
Former SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre posted a series of tweets on Monday opposing the promotion of militarism and war.
By Mike Head, 28 April 2016
Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling exposes the unlawful character of the Australian policy of incarcerating asylum seekers on remote islands.
By Mike Head, 27 April 2016
Unsubstantiated claims of ISIS-inspired plots are being utilised to justify attacks on democratic rights and drum up pro-war jingoism.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 27 April 2016
Students participated in lively discussions on the principles outlined in the ICFI’s historic statement, “Socialism and the Fight Against War.”
By Mary Beadnell, 26 April 2016
Steep increases in the numbers of people taking their own lives point to deteriorating economic and social conditions.
By Mike Head, 21 April 2016
The corporate media’s concerns reflect the conundrum that has wracked governments over the past decade: how to impose deep cuts to living standards on a hostile electorate.
By Mike Head, 19 April 2016
Amid a worsening economic situation, the government is under intense pressure from big business to break the parliamentary logjam and impose its austerity agenda.
By Mike Head, 18 April 2016
The warning highlights the crisis of the Coalition government which is under mounting pressure to implement deeply unpopular austerity measures.
By James Cogan, 16 April 2016
Turnbull carefully avoided any contentious public remarks on the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2016
The violent actions of the police against a handful of student protesters are a warning of the preparations for a broader crackdown on any opposition to austerity cuts and war.
By James Cogan, 13 April 2016
Despite the hype about exciting economic opportunities in China, Turnbull faces fraught issues on trade and Australia’s involvement in the US military buildup in Asia.
By Mike Head, 13 April 2016
Behind the populist façade, the Labor opposition is trying to convince the corporate elite that it would be better able to contain public discontent and shore up the financial industry.
Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 13 April 2016
The National Union of Students has called rallies to promote the lie that the election of a Labor government will halt the assault on higher education.
For democratic and political rights on campus!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 April 2016
The IYSSE calls on students, staff, academics and all workers and youth opposed to the assault on democratic rights to support our campaign against political censorship at the University of Melbourne.
By Mike Head, 11 April 2016
Australia’s corporate elite is heavily involved in using offshore shell companies to minimise taxes and avoid scrutiny of their business operations.
By Richard Phillips, 11 April 2016
Increased workloads, inadequate mine ventilation and low dust-testing standards have produced a sudden jump in the number of coal miners suffering from black lung.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016
The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.
Australia: Socialist Alternative conference endorses US-led Syrian war and Syriza’s betrayal in Greece
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 April 2016
Like their counterparts internationally, Socialist Alternative responded to the global financial crisis of 2008 by junking even nominal opposition to imperialist war.
By Mike Head, 8 April 2016
Steelworkers in Australia, like those around the world, are being made to pay for a colossal breakdown in the world capitalist economy.
By Terry Cook, 8 April 2016
The ban on strike action by Immigration and Border Protection employees has set a precedent that will be used against other sections of the working class.
By Nick Beams, 7 April 2016
The official position is that the Australian housing market is sound but it is becoming increasingly clear that this view is not shared internationally.
By Mike Head, 5 April 2016
Prime Minister Turnbull’s new slogan—“We must live within our means!”—signifies that working class people must be made to pay for the worsening economic situation.
By Terry Cook, 5 April 2016
Essential Energy wants to axe agreements covering hundreds of workers to begin sackings and further slash working conditions.
By Mike Head, 2 April 2016
Just 48 hours after floating a plan to restructure the Australian federation, Prime Minister Turnbull was forced to “withdraw” the proposal.
By Mike Head, 1 April 2016
In his latest twist, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seeking to shift the blame for devastating and deeply unpopular cuts onto state and territory governments.
By Peter Symonds, 31 March 2016
Just a week after his move to bring on an early “double dissolution” election, Malcolm Turnbull has announced a new tax plan that could sow the seeds for a fracturing of the Australian federation.
By Peter Symonds, 30 March 2016
Opposition leader Bill Shorten is preparing for this year’s election with false promises on “jobs, education and health” to obscure Labor’s commitment to austerity.
By Paul Bartizan, 30 March 2016
The super-exploitation of Pacific Islanders who have no democratic rights under the Seasonal Workers Program is to be extended throughout the agricultural industry.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2016
The declaration that Turkey’s flagrant act of war was “a small victory for humanity” underscores the pseudo-lefts’ support for imperialist provocations, including those that threaten to trigger world war.
By Patrick Kelly, 26 March 2016
The demonstration was among the largest in East Timor since the former Portuguese colony and Indonesian territory received formal independence in 2002.
By Nick Beams, 25 March 2016
The Australian economy’s “transition” from the China-induced mining boom has been described as an “internal devaluation,” involving major attacks on wages and social conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 March 2016
Socialist Alternative’s response to the Defense White Paper is aimed at obscuring Australia’s central role in the US drive to war against China.
By Peter Symonds, 24 March 2016
With an early election looming, Turnbull used his Lowy Lecture to spin his vision of bright economic opportunities in Asia, while seeking to answer critics’ demands for a tougher stance against China.
Socialism and the Fight Against War
IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand—Build an International Movement of the Working Class and Youth Against Imperialism!
24 March 2016
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is holding meetings in Australia and New Zealand to alert students, youth and workers to the threat of a Third World War.
By Richard Phillips, 24 March 2016
The CPSU is anxious to prevent the pent-up anger among its members, after years of job cuts, wage freezes and the erosion of working conditions, from erupting out of its control.
By Max Newman, 23 March 2016
Asylum seekers who have been receiving medical treatment in Australia are threatened with being sent back to Nauru or Manus Island.
By Mike Head, 22 March 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is trying to break through a political crisis that has increasingly engulfed the government and the parliamentary system itself.
By Terry Cook, 21 March 2016
Mining magnate Clive Palmer is making the Queensland refinery workers pay for the collapse of the mining boom.
By our reporters, 21 March 2016
The continuing campaign against African youth by the media and political establishment has prompted a reaction amongst young people in working-class areas of Melbourne.
19 March 2016
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
By Richard Phillips, 18 March 2016
The latest attack is part of a decade-long process of job destruction and restructuring at Fairfax Media.
By our reporters, 18 March 2016
Striking editorial staff speak out against the latest attack on jobs and conditions by one of Australia’s largest media corporations.
By Mike Head, 18 March 2016
New laws in three states impose draconian punishments for allegedly disrupting or hindering business operations.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2016
In the machinations over the electoral laws, the Greens have stepped forward, not just to assist the government, but to try to shore up the parliamentary system itself.
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2016
The state Labor government has seized on police clashes with youth in Melbourne on Saturday to demand greater police powers to “smash gang violence.”
Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 March 2016
The IYSSE is fighting for the development of an independent, socialist movement of the working class in opposition to the assault on education and the gutting of social spending.
By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 14 March 2016
The two teachers decided to go public, hoping to encourage other teachers to speak out about the escalating education crisis.
By Declan O’Malley, 14 March 2016
The official inquiry is an attempt to cover up the refusal of successive state and federal governments to provide adequate mental health services.
By Peter Symonds, 12 March 2016
The Australian government is already feeling the heat from Washington for failing to carry out a military intrusion into Chinese-claimed waters in the South China Sea.
By Terry Cook, 12 March 2016
Under the threat of closure, steelmaker Arrium is working with the unions to impose a 10 percent wage cut in its iron ore mines.
By Mike Head, 11 March 2016
Australia’s economy has so far avoided a recession, largely because of debt-fuelled household spending, based on steep rises in house prices.
By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2016
Citing Chinese “militarisation” of the South China Sea, the US Pacific Air Forces commander insisted that the US had to maintain “a credible combat power” in Asia.
By Mike Head, 9 March 2016
Sharp divisions within the political establishment lie behind recriminations within the Turnbull government.
By Patrick Kelly and Frank Gaglioti, 9 March 2016
The Labor and union campaign for a new “Gonski” school funding model is a fraud from start to finish.
By Richard Phillips, 8 March 2016
While thousands of Fijians desperately need assistance, Canberra and Wellington have seized on the disaster to advance their own geo-strategic interests.
By Max Newman, 7 March 2016
The Australian government is preparing continuous monitoring of immigrants and more severe visa and citizenship tests to block access to permanent residence.
By Terry Cook, 5 March 2016
Deep cuts have been imposed on the airline’s workers through a combination of intimidation and the collaboration of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 5 March 2016
The IYSSE’s campaign initiated a serious discussion among broad layers of students about the socialist and internationalist alternative to the preparations for World War Three.
By our reporters, 5 March 2016
During university Orientation Week events in Australia and New Zealand over the past two weeks, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned at seven campuses in opposition to the drive to war and the related assault on the social and democratic rights of the working class.
By Richard Phillips, 4 March 2016
The elimination of vital jobs wipes out decades of expertise and imperils the quality of water for Sydney’s 4.5 million residents.
By Mike Head, 3 March 2016
The Greens, who once postured as an anti-war party, have sent another signal of their readiness to support the US-led military build-up against China.
By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2016
Abbott’s comments are part of growing demands for the Australian government to mount a military intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2016
The legislation is aimed at shoring-up the political establishment and clearing out the Senate to push through the sweeping austerity measures demanded by big business.
By James Cogan, 1 March 2016
The militarist agenda spelled out in the White Paper is incompatible with the democratic and social rights of the working class.
By Patrick Kelly and Linda Tenenbaum, 29 February 2016
Public grief and sympathy provoked anger from feminist commentators, providing a revealing glimpse into the political role of identity politics.
By Perla Astudillo and Richard Philips, 25 February 2016
The CSIRO cuts are a major setback for scientific investigation into ocean temperatures, greenhouse gas levels and other climate-change issues.
By James Cogan, 24 February 2016
The aim was to lend an air of urgency to a decision by the Australian government to order a military response to alleged Chinese “expansionism” in the South China Sea.
By Terry Cook, 23 February 2016
After the AWU and other unions helped impose savage cost cutting, the Australian steel manufacturer doubled its profits.
By Zac Hambides, 23 February 2016
Not one of the speakers mentioned the cutting of health spending by the last Labor government, kept in office by the Greens.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 February 2016
The Australian Workers Union, working hand in hand with the company, is preparing to impose another round of job cuts and attacks on working conditions.
By James Cogan, 20 February 2016
Labor is serving as the catspaw of the US military establishment and seeking to dramatically ratchet up military tensions with Beijing.
By Mike Head, 20 February 2016
The ongoing collapse of commodity prices has placed question marks over the exposure of the banks to losses in the resources sector.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 February 2016
The Maritime Union of Australia is seeking to divide workers along national lines and obscure its own role in facilitating the job destruction.
By James Cogan, 18 February 2016
Bishop’s visit to Japan and China underscored Australia’s role as a key partner of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.”
By Mary Beadnell, 18 February 2016
Deteriorating social conditions are hitting the entire working class, with Aborigines among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2016
Amid deteriorating economic conditions, Prime Minister Turnbull is under mounting criticism by the corporate elite.
By Richard Phillips, 15 February 2016
The unions have torn up teachers’ hard-won struggle for job security by implementing new anti-democratic inspection regimes and streamlined sacking procedures.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2016
The government’s reaction to the plight of these six Australian children displays its true contempt for the millions of victims of the predatory US-led war in Iraq and Syria.
By John Harris, 12 February 2016
The mining and resources sector is now in headlong decline, and the fallout is spreading throughout the economy, including the retail sector.
By Terry Cook, 11 February 2016
Forgacs workers were escorted off the job following the completion of a takeover by Civmec, as part of a sweeping restructuring of the industry.
By Max Newman, 10 February 2016
The report documents Australia’s stripping of asylum seekers of basic democratic rights and the build-up of repressive police powers.
By James Cogan, 10 February 2016
Raising the GST is viewed in corporate circles as the most rapid means of shifting more of the tax burden onto the working class.
By Mike Head, 9 February 2016
The ruling sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of innocent and desperate people in what amounts to Guantanamo Bay-style legal black holes.
By Mike Head, 8 February 2016
According to the AMA’s annual hospital report card, waiting times lengthened in 2014–15 and funding shortfalls will worsen in 2017 when the latest cutbacks come into effect.
By Richard Phillips, 8 February 2016
Closure of the inner-western Sydney Archway 1 theatre and exhibition space takes place amid ongoing federal and state government cuts to the arts.
By our reporters, 6 February 2016
The demonstrations expressed widespread revulsion at the persecution of asylum seekers, but the organisers promoted Labor and the Greens.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2016
The decision sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of men, women and children in conditions that amount to torture.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016
Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.
By Max Newman, 2 February 2016
A paediatrics professor who worked in Nauru has condemned the indefinite detention of asylum seekers as torture, defying the police-state secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act.
By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2016
“Freedom of navigation” is the threadbare pretext used to disguise US-led preparations for war with China.
By Mike Head, 1 February 2016
The vague charges underscore the increasingly repressive sweep of Australia’s “anti-terrorism” laws.
By Terry Cook, 30 January 2016
The New South Wales government’s blueprint will provide a bonanza for property developers and finance houses.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 January 2016
The award is part of a broader campaign to normalise military involvement in political life, under conditions of escalating militarism and war.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2016
Fraser’s speech is part of a mounting ideological offensive by the financial and corporate elite to combat public hostility to the austerity agenda.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 January 2016
The Maritime Union of Australia’s “Our Coast. Our Jobs” campaign divides workers and obscures the union’s role as the enforcer of sweeping cuts demanded by big business.
By Mike Head, 26 January 2016
Together with the other trade unions, United Voice is seeking to contain the growing anger among workers over the mounting destruction of jobs.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2016
The CSIS report demands a build-up of the Australia military, as well as US bases across the north of the continent.