Australia

Australian economy heading for recession

By Nick Beams, 29 May 2015

The rapid fall in business investment has shattered the scenario on which official economic policy has been based.

Officials signal Australia will join US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 May 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reportedly receive a briefing within two weeks on military “options” to challenge China’s territorial claims.

Australian government moves to revoke citizenship rights

By Mike Head, 28 May 2015

The Abbott government is proposing legislation that would strip citizenship from individuals on vague national security grounds.

Australian budget targets working-class households

By Mike Head, 26 May 2015

The majority of families will lose between about $2,000 and $6,000 a year by 2018–19.

Australia deeply embedded in US military build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2015

Despite strenuous official denials, Australia “will probably be hosting some American B1 supersonic bombers after all.”

Australian budget boosts spending on war and surveillance

By Mike Head, 21 May 2015

While cutting funding for health, education and welfare, the budget increased outlays for overseas military operations, weaponry and war-related intelligence activities.

Australian government undermines arts funding body

By Richard Phillips, 19 May 2015

While various creative institutions suffered cuts in last week’s budget, the main shift was to substantially defund the Australia Council for the Arts.

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

Australian Labor leader calls for bipartisanship with Abbott government

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2015

Pressed in his television interview as to where Labor would make cuts, Shorten continually referred to his call for discussions with the government on “reform.”

Police shift their line on Australia’s latest terrorism “plot”

By Mike Head, 14 May 2015

For the second time in two weeks, police and media claims of teenagers planning imminent terrorist attacks have proven to be dubious.

Australian budget: A fraudulent bid for political survival

By Mike Head, 13 May 2015

Confronting deep public hostility, the government is making a cynical shift in tone, marketing its budget as “fair.”

Australian government shifts tactics in pursuit of budget austerity

By Nick Beams, 12 May 2015

The Liberal government is standing the concept of “fairness” on its head to try to push through greater social inequality in its second budget, to be delivered today.

Australian “Rental Affordability” report highlights housing crisis

By Oliver Campbell, 11 May 2015

An overheated housing bubble, growing unemployment and low wages are having a devastating social impact.

New Australian police “terror” raids used to ramp up crisis atmosphere

By Mike Head, 9 May 2015

Prime Minister Abbott again seized on yesterday’s police raids to foment fears of terrorist “plots.”

Workers, students and youth in Australia discuss May Day rally

By our correspondents, 9 May 2015

May Day rally participants voice their concerns about the rise of militarism and the necessity to unite the international working class against imperialist war.

Australian Greens execute abrupt leadership change

By Mike Head, 8 May 2015

Di Natale, the new leader, announced his readiness to negotiate with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the budget and other measures.

Leading Australian journalist advocates confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 7 May 2015

Beijing’s attempts to match US militarism are being seized upon to demand even greater aggression.

Australian central bank cuts interest rate to record low

By Nick Beams, 6 May 2015

The Reserve Bank of Australia has been caught in the financial vortex created by global interest rate cuts and a developing currency war.

A second open letter to the vice chancellor

Further on political censorship at the University of Sydney

By James Cogan, 6 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party national secretary James Cogan has written a second open letter to the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the university’s ban on the SEP holding a public anti-war meeting.

Australian Federal Police defend decision to expose “Bali 9” to Indonesian death penalty

By Mike Head, 5 May 2015

The police commissioners refused to apologise for the decisions that led to last week’s executions and declared that they would do the same again.

University of Sydney meeting discusses attacks on democratic rights

By Oliver Campbell, 5 May 2015

While the meeting expressed growing opposition to attacks on democratic rights at the university, it also underscored political issues that need to be tackled by those seeking to oppose the crackdown on civil liberties.

Finance houses warn of loss of Australia’s AAA credit rating

By Mike Head, 4 May 2015

The financial elite is sending a message that the government must impose harsher austerity measures on the working class.

US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015

The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

Students and young workers in Australia register for international May Day event

By our reporters, 1 May 2015

Those planning to attend the rally spoke of their deep concern about the dangers of war as well as the necessity of a struggle by the international working class against it.

More details emerge over sacking of Australian journalist for challenging Anzac myth

By Mike Head, 29 April 2015

Any criticism of the Australian ruling elite’s involvement in imperialist wars, past or present, cannot be tolerated.

Anzac Day marches mobilise contingents of youth

By our reporters, 28 April 2015

The Anzac Day processions around Australia last Saturday were carefully choreographed events and far larger than in previous years. Groups of veterans from the wars and military interventions involving Australia since World War II were vastly outnumbered by serving military personnel, municipal bands and contingents of youth.

Australia’s Anzac celebrations and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2015

The meetings of the SEP (Australia), held in the teeth of an official campaign to glorify militarism and attempts to prevent them from taking place, gave conscious political expression to opposition to war and attacks on democratic rights.

Militarised war centenary events across Australia

By Mike Head, 28 April 2015

Throughout the weekend’s events, the most prominent theme was the need to inculcate in a new young generation a willingness to lay down their lives for their country.

Australia: Camp Gallipoli fails to attract support

By Richard Phillips, 28 April 2015

The event was aimed at inculcating its participants, especially the children and young students, with Australian patriotism and the glorification of militarism and war.

Australian broadcaster sacks journalist for criticising Anzac Day

Defend Scott McIntyre! Defend freedom of speech!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 April 2015

The sacking of Scott McIntyre is a transparent act of politically-motivated persecution.

Workers and youth defy Anzac Day propaganda to attend SEP anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

The SEP’s meetings were the only ones to challenge the quasi-religious atmosphere being whipped up over the centenary of Australian and New Zealand involvement in the failed Anglo-French invasion of Turkey in April 1915.

International greetings to the SEP (Australia) meetings

27 April 2015

Leaders of the International Committee of the Fourth International, an d its sections around the world, sent greetings to the Socialist Equality Party’s meetings.

Workers and young people speak at SEP (Australia) anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

Workers, students, and young people who attended SEP’s meetings on Sunday entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III,” spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised as well as the attempts by Burwood Council and Sydney University to prevent the events from taking place.

Australia’s Anzac Day and the glorification of militarism and war

By Peter Symonds, 25 April 2015

The Anzac Day juggernaut is a deliberate attempt to inculcate patriotism and overwhelm anti-war sentiment in preparation for new and more terrible wars.

University of Michigan IYSSE and WSWS readers oppose ban on SEP (Australia) meeting

By our reporter, 25 April 2015

The role of Australian schools in World War I

Soldier Boys: The Militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War I

By Margaret Rees and Linda Levin, 25 April 2015

The vast majority of recruits to the Australian military during WWI were the product of a harsh and punitive system of compulsory military training.

Australian government to share intelligence with Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2015

The foreign minister’s mission in Tehran was to feel out the possibilities for Washington for greater collaboration with Iran in securing US interests in the Middle East.

Australia: State-funded broadcaster at forefront of Anzac glorification

By Richard Phillips, 24 April 2015

The Australian government directed the national broadcasting network to churn out hours of World War I centenary propaganda.

Sydney pacifist forum blocks motion to oppose bans on SEP’s anti-war meeting

By Mike Head, 23 April 2015

The chairman of last night’s event abruptly shut it down to prevent an SEP member asking the audience to support the SEP’s resolution.

More letters denouncing Australian city council and university bans on SEP anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 23 April 2015

Australia’s Anzac Day: Revising history in preparation for new wars

By Peter Symonds, 23 April 2015

The political establishment can no longer tolerate anything that could open an avenue for anti-war sentiment, including any questioning of martial traditions that have their roots in World War I.

Humboldt University IYSSE denounces Australian university’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 22 April 2015

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2015

The attempt to block the SEP meeting shows the fear in ruling circles of mass anti-war sentiment being provided with a socialist and revolutionary political program.

Socialist Equality Party meetings to proceed on April 26

By the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2015

The concerted attempt to politically censor the SEP by denying it access to meeting facilities in Sydney has failed.

Caterpillar moves to close its plant in Tasmania, Australia

By Terry Cook, 21 April 2015

Caterpillar will retrench almost its entire workforce in Burnie and relocate production to Thailand over the next 12 months.

Socialist Equality Party supporters oppose anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Alan Seymour (1927–2015)—a critical voice against Australian militarism

By Kaye Tucker, 21 April 2015

Seymour’s most successful play The One Day of the Year is one of the very few that challenges the myths surrounding Anzac Day.

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!

An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

By James Cogan—National Secretary SEP (Australia), 20 April 2015

SEP national secretary James Cogan wrote to the Sydney University vice chancellor demanding that he allow the SEP the right to hire a venue at the university to hold a public anti-war meeting.

Australia: Police “terrorism” raids exploited to boost Anzac Day events

By Mike Head, 20 April 2015

Without providing any evidence, the federal and state governments claimed that two teenagers planned attacks at Anzac Day ceremonies.

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party

Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 April 2015

The university’s decision is an attack on the democratic rights not only of the SEP but of the working class in Australia and around the world.

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

One of the central lies promoted by the saturation media campaign extolling WWI is that Australia was unified in backing the imperialist war.

Australia: Corporate exploitation of Anzac myth triggers a furore

By Mike Head, 17 April 2015

The outcry over Woolworths’ advertising campaign offers a revealing insight into the real character of the official four-year “celebration” of World War I.

“Act of political censorship is a damning indictment of Labor”

More letters opposing Australian council’s attack on democratic rights

By our reporter, 17 April 2015

Burwood City Council is refusing to provide any political explanation for its actions.

Australian government dispatches 330 more troops to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2015

While denying any further expansion of the Australian role in the US-led war, Prime Minister Abbott said such matters were under “constant review.”

State premier threatens to “disengage” from Australia

By Mike Head, 16 April 2015

Western Australia’s premier said the state faced its “Boston tea party moment” over the sharing of tax revenues.

An open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne

Overturn the decision to block IYSSE affiliation on University of Melbourne campus!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 April 2015

The following open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne is being distributed by members of the IYSSE to students on campus.

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

By James Cogan, 15 April 2015

Everything indicates that discussions have taken place, at far higher levels of the political establishment than the Burwood Council, to ban the SEP’s anti-war meeting.

Australian city council refuses to revoke ban on SEP meeting

By our reporter, 15 April 2015

The Labor council’s decision to maintain its ban is an expression of its hostility to any discussion among workers and youth on the dangers of militarism and imperialist war.

Australian citizen on US drone “kill list”

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2015

The complicity of the Australian political establishment underscores not only its support for Washington’s crimes but its contempt for democratic rights at home.

Letters demand Australian council reverse censorship of SEP

14 April 2015

The letters condemn the Burwood Council’s cancellation of the SEP’s booking for a public meeting entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III.”

Australian workers and youth oppose Labor council’s ban on SEP anti-war meeting

“If they wanted to honour the dead, they would have stopped all wars”

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Hundreds of people have signed petitions demanding that Burwood Council reverse its decision to block the SEP’s April 26 anti-war meeting.

Defenders of democratic rights condemn Australian council’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Letter to Burwood Council from SEP National Secretary James Cogan

13 April 2015

The following letter demanding the reversal of the cancellation of the SEP’s hall booking was sent on April 13.

Australian council cancels hall booking for SEP anti-war meeting

Defend the democratic rights of the SEP! Oppose political censorship!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 April 2015

It is already clear that Burwood Council cancelled the hall booking in a knee-jerk response to phone calls from racist and nationalist elements.

Australian Senate tax grandstanding: A preparation for austerity

By Mike Head, 10 April 2015

The posturing in a Senate committee this week over the need to “tax the rich” is window dressing for deeper cuts to essential social spending.

Australian central bank warns of worsening economic outlook

By Mike Head, 8 April 2015

Yesterday’s Reserve Bank decision to leave record low interest rates on hold highlights the precarious state of Australian capitalism.

Australia: Socialist Alliance lauds Greens wins in NSW election

By James Cogan, 8 April 2015

The pseudo-left organisation ascribes to the Greens vote an anti-capitalist and even socialist character that it does not have.

Australia: Political witch-hunt against Sydney University academic

By Oliver Campbell, 8 April 2015

The attempt to remove Lynch from his academic position is part of a broader assault on democratic rights on university campuses.

Australian “No to racism rallies” silent on Labor and union role

By Mike Head, 7 April 2015

Under conditions of political crisis, right-wing nationalist and neo-fascist organisations are raising their heads, exploiting fears whipped up about Islamic immigrants.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:

Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

The Anzac Day celebrations are part of conscious efforts to indoctrinate youth with patriotism and drown out anti-war sentiment.

Australia: NSW voters denounce war and austerity

By our correspondents, 1 April 2015

Workers and youth in New South Wales speak out about the attacks on social welfare, the danger of war and why they voted for the Socialist Equality Party.

Queensland Labor government destabilised by witch-hunt against indigenous MP

By Mike Head, 1 April 2015

The sudden eruption of the Billy Gordon affair highlights the instability of the parliamentary system.

Further blow to US as Australia signs up to China-backed bank

By Nick Beams, 30 March 2015

Intense geo-political tensions continue over the planned Asian investment bank.

Australia: Liberals hold power in NSW election

By James Cogan, 30 March 2015

Baird’s government is on a collision course with the working class as it attempts, alongside the federal government and other states, to impose austerity.

Labor plays anti-Chinese race card in NSW election

By Mike Head, 27 March 2015

Labor and trade union leaders are trying to incite fears that China could take over Australia’s most sensitive electricity networks.

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the NSW election

Against war, austerity and repression. For a socialist solution to the capitalist crisis

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 March 2015

The working class can only overcome the crisis produced by the failure of the capitalist profit system by taking up the fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective.

Australian property bubble could be heading for a bust

By Nick Beams, 26 March 2015

Australian household debt has reached a record high, fuelled by low interest rates.

Australian trade unions spearhead slashing of wage penalty rates

By Mike Head, 26 March 2015

The agreement sends a wider signal: the unions and the Labor Party are ready to enforce an all-out assault on wages and working conditions.

Revealing candidates forum in NSW election

By Zac Hambides, 26 March 2015

Apart from SEP National Secretary James Cogan, all the election candidates sought to confine the debate to so-called local issues and promote illusions in the parliamentary system.

Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015): A political assessment

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

Fraser’s name is indelibly etched in history for his role in the ousting of the Whitlam government in the 1975 Canberra Coup.

NSW election: Greens strike vote-swapping deal with Labor

By Mike Head, 25 March 2015

The pact is a clear signal of the party’s hopes of returning Labor to office, in partnership with the Greens.

Key historical issues discussed at SEP’s final New South Wales election meeting

By our reporters, 25 March 2015

The SEP’s final campaign meeting provoked discussion on the Russian Revolution, Trotsky’s struggle against Stalinism, revolutionary leadership and other critical historical and political issues.

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 25 March 2015

Workers, youth, students and retirees who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s final New South Wales state election rally last Sunday in Sydney spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised at the meeting. For some, it was their first SEP event.

The political issues in the fight to defend education

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 March 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at “day of action” rallies called by the National Union of Students in Australia on Wednesday.

Australian government welfare report prepares brutal assault against disabled, unemployed

By Patrick Kelly, 24 March 2015

The dismantling of welfare aims to give many recipients no choice but to accept low-wage employment.

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 24 March 2015

Workers, youth, students and retirees who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s final New South Wales state election rally last Sunday in Sydney spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised at the meeting. For some, it was their first SEP event.

Australian spies assist Japan’s plans for intelligence agency

By Peter Symonds, 23 March 2015

Australia’s involvement in training Japanese spies demonstrates just how closely the two US allies are intertwined with Washington’s war preparations against China.

Australian government in crisis over budget strategy

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2015

Big business leaders, financial commentators and political pundits have ridiculed the government for its failure to press ahead with austerity measures.

Australia: IYSSE campaign pushes back Griffith University’s political censorship

By our correspondents, 21 March 2015

Support from students and WSWS readers has forced the university’s authorities to drop their outright refusal to allow the IYSSE to register a club this year.

Socialist Equality Party election rally in NSW

21 March 2015

The SEP candidates will address a combined election rally on Sunday March 22.

Youth unemployment—a social catastrophe for the working class

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Bankstown, 20 March 2015

The major parties have nothing to offer youth because they defend the profit system and have helped create the conditions of mass unemployment and poverty.