Australia

Australian unions promote anti-Chinese nationalism

By our reporters, 1 August 2015

Amid growing unemployment, union leaders are staging protests to denounce a Free Trade Agreement with China.

Australia: Two highly-politicised arrests of “foreign fighters”

By Mike Head, 31 July 2015

Both arrests serve definite political purposes bound up with the fraudulent “war on terrorism.”

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings [ link to meeting ] in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.

US Department of Homeland Security spied on Black Lives Matter protesters

By Josh Varlin, 28 July 2015

Homeland Security has been spying on Black Lives Matter protesters since the police killing of Michael Brown in August 2014.

Australia: Sydney’s median house price tops $1 million

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 July 2015

The housing bubble, fueled by a frenzy of speculative investment, has led to obscene house prices, well beyond the reach of working people.

Australian SEP meetings discuss political issues posed by Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

The SEP meetings were the only public events in Australia to expose Syriza’s craven capitulation to German banks and the financial elites.

Australian Labor Party conference shores up party leader

By Mike Head, 27 July 2015

The gathering shifted Labor even further to the right amid a rapidly deteriorating economy and escalating US aggression toward China.

Australian Labor leader delivers pitch to big business at party conference

By Patrick Kelly, 25 July 2015

Bill Shorten’s speech aimed at winning the backing of key sections of the ruling elite by pledging to enforce “tough” pro-business policies, including cuts to public spending.

Bipartisan agreement on austerity at Australian premiers’ summit

By Mike Head, 24 July 2015

The assembled Labor and Coalition leaders were unanimous about finding ways to enforce deep cuts to social spending and living standards.

Australian Labor leader insists on turning back refugee boats

By Mike Head, 23 July 2015

By adopting the Abbott government’s regressive policy, Bill Shorten also sent a wider signal of his determination to shift Labor further to the right across the board.

Workers in Australia condemn Syriza and austerity in Greece

By our correspondents, 22 July 2015

“Greece is in conditions of war again, not a military war, but it’s akin to war—the type of poverty imposed on them.”

Large police mobilisation at right-wing Reclaim Australia rallies

By James Cogan, 20 July 2015

Reclaim Australia has been emboldened by the climate of anti-terrorism hysteria whipped up by the political establishment and the media.

Australian banking system vulnerable to global economic shocks

By James Cogan, 17 July 2015

A perfect storm is developing, leading towards a meltdown in the utterly speculative forms of wealth accumulation of the Australian ruling class.

Australian economic summit to plan new attacks on wages and social conditions

By Nick Beams, 16 July 2015

The Australian Financial Review, one of the summit’s convenors, recalled the achievements of the prices and incomes accord of the Hawke Labor government in cutting real wages.

Australian Greens senator talks of war with China

By James Cogan, 15 July 2015

Scott Ludlam epitomises the cynical manner in which a layer of the Greens occasionally pose as “left” and “anti-war.”

Australian police, spy agencies flocked to Italian hacking company

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2015

The revelation that numbers of Australian police and spy agencies sought out the Italian Hacking Team is of a piece with a broader assault on democratic rights.

Report urges closer US-Australian military collaboration against China

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2015

The joint US-Australian think tank report documents the extent to which Australia has already become a major base of operations for the US military in Asia.

WikiLeaks email release reveals hacking by governments worldwide

By Mike Head, 13 July 2015

At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.

Hypocrisy all round as Australian Labor leader testifies at royal commission

By Mike Head, 10 July 2015

There is nervousness in ruling circles about the potential of the revelations to intensify the popular hostility toward the entire political establishment.

Australian state government to slash hundreds of electricity jobs

By Terry Cook, 10 July 2015

Networks NSW jobs are being eliminated to cut costs and make the sale of its businesses more attractive to potential buyers.

Labor leader pledges support for further privatisations

By Terry Cook, 10 July 2015

New South Wales Labor Opposition leader Luke Foley dedicated a substantial part of his state budget reply speech last month to assure the financial elite that Labor, in or out of office, remained the privatisation party par excellence.

Australian prison riot highlights spiralling detention rates

By Patrick Kelly, 9 July 2015

Skyrocketing inmate numbers and deteriorating conditions have created an explosive crisis throughout the prison system.

Factional rival Turnbull publicly condemns policies of Australian prime minister

By James Cogan, 8 July 2015

Malcolm Turnbull sought to portray himself as a cultured “liberal” statesman and a defender of democratic rights.

Australia: The political fraud of constitutional “recognition” for Aborigines

By Mike Head, 8 July 2015

Aboriginal people, like the rest of the working class, are facing a wholesale onslaught on essential services, living conditions and basic rights.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation censures “Q&A” producer

By Oliver Campbell, 6 July 2015

The ABC board is attempting to appease the Abbott government and the Murdoch media by attacking the democratic rights of its staff.

Unemployed forced to “work for the dole” in Australia

By Zac Hambides, 6 July 2015

Thousands of unemployed workers are now being forced to carry out unpaid work in exchange for welfare payments.

Australia Post to axe another 1,900 jobs in preparation for privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 4 July 2015

The claim of mail business losses is a smokescreen to eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs over the next three years.

World medical body denounces Australia’s refugee detention censorship law

By Will Morrow, 4 July 2015

The new law makes it a crime, punishable with two years in jail, to publicly reveal information about the conditions in Australia’s refugee detention camps.

Australian pseudo-left hails Syriza’s fraudulent referendum in Greece

By Oliver Campbell, 4 July 2015

Socialist Alternative’s promotion of the Greek referendum is an attempt to prevent the working class drawing any lessons from its experiences with the Syriza government.

Inequality in Australia rising at one of world’s fastest rates

By Cheryl McDermid, 3 July 2015

Australia’s mining boom benefited a tiny elite at the top of the income table.

The hypocrisy of the attack on the ABC

Murdoch’s Australian media put Zaky Mallah “up in lights”

By James Cogan, 3 July 2015

In 2012, today’s “terrorist” was a propagandist for Syrian “freedom fighters.”

Detention centre staff defy Australian government’s refugee censorship laws

By Will Morrow, 2 July 2015

Medical professionals and former staff in Australia’s refugee detention network have challenged the new “Border Force Act.”

Backlash mounts against government attack on Australian Broadcasting Corporation

By James Cogan, 1 July 2015

There is growing public disquiet over the government’s hysterical attack on the ABC and endless rhetoric about terrorism.

Budget bipartisanship in Australia: Labor backs more Abbott government cuts

By Mike Head, 1 July 2015

Labor leader Shorten helped push through a fuel excise increase that will raise $3.6 billion from motorists over the next five years.

The case of Zaky Mallah and the witch-hunt against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

By Mike Head, 30 June 2015

After being acquitted by a jury on two trumped-up terrorism charges, Mallah was uniquely qualified to ask a question about handing the government power to revoke citizenship by ministerial decree.

Australia: Fire inquest told Bankstown apartment block still unsafe

By Richard Phillips, 30 June 2015

The long-delayed inquest into the Euro Terraces apartment fire that killed a student and badly injured another began hearings this month.

Australian government intensifies political assault on the ABC

By Richard Phillips, 29 June 2015

The campaign is aimed at intimidating ABC journalists and producers and transforming the network into a direct government mouthpiece.

Australian Labor leader pledges loyalty to government’s assault on democratic rights

By Mike Head, 27 June 2015

Labor helped ram through an anti-refugee bill amid an escalating terrorist fear campaign by the government and the corporate media.

Australian pseudo-lefts hail advance of US-backed Islamists in Syria

By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015

Socialist Alternative continues its public support for the US-led regime-change operation against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Abbott government calls for sackings at Australian Broadcasting Corporation

By Nick Beams, 26 June 2015

The ABC is mounting a defence of free speech on its knees, having accepted the essential premise of the Abbott government’s attack.

Behind the political furore over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

By James Cogan, 25 June 2015

Prime Minister Abbott will accept nothing less than the complete refashioning of the ABC into an unabashed propaganda arm of his government.

Australian government unveils bill to revoke citizenship by ministerial decree

By Mike Head, 25 June 2015

The legislation could be used to terminate the fundamental political and civil rights of many people, including those opposing war.

Oppose political censorship at the University of Western Sydney!

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

In violation of basic democratic rights, university officials are seeking to vet IYSSE leaflets and identify students circulating them.

Australia: The live exchange on ABC television’s “Q&A”

By Nick Beams, 24 June 2015

Monday night’s “Q&A” program witnessed the deeply reactionary outlook driving the “war on terror.”

Australian government deepens attack on free speech and democratic rights

By Nick Beams, 24 June 2015

The attack on the ABC by “liberal” Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is his second such intervention against the right of free speech in two months.

Australian treasurer denies housing affordability crisis

By Terry Cook, 24 June 2015

Rampant speculation by banks and property developers, encouraged by government tax breaks, has produced an astronomical increase in housing prices.

Australian Labor leader defends “modern” union deals to boost corporate profits

By Mike Head, 23 June 2015

Bill Shorten spelt out the role of the trade unions as industrial police forces over their members.

Australian prime minister launches new attack on democratic rights

By Nick Beams, 22 June 2015

Abbott’s claim to interpret the will of the nation, as he advocated doing away with legal rights, contained more than a whiff of Nazi ideology.

Australia: Political cover-up over Sydney siege continues

By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 22 June 2015

The coronial inquest fails to examine the siege gunman’s relations with Australian intelligence agencies.

War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

Australian Greens back Abbott government’s deep pension cuts

By Mike Head, 18 June 2015

The Greens sent a clear message of their readiness to play a central role in imposing austerity measures on the working class.

Australian Labor leader under fire over “sweetheart” deals with employers

By Mike Head, 17 June 2015

The posturing of both the prime minister and opposition leader as defenders of low-paid workers reeks of hypocrisy.

Australian cleaners denied penalty rates by trade union for more than a decade

By our reporters, 17 June 2015

Cleanevent workers speak to the WSWS about their poor pay and conditions, and the role of the Australian Workers Union.

Australia: Former Rudd and Gillard Labor governments also accused of paying “people smugglers”

By James Cogan, 16 June 2015

What has risen to the surface is just one aspect of the ruthless and criminal policy of “border protection.”

Australian government tacitly admits payments to “people smugglers”

By James Cogan, 15 June 2015

Indonesian police are investigating the allegations, which legal experts believe could be violations of Australian, Indonesian and international law.

Australia: Tony Abbott’s government accused of paying “people smugglers”

By James Cogan, 13 June 2015

The issue of stopping “people smugglers” is at the very core of Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott’s prime ministership.

Citizenship and the assault on democratic rights

By Mike Head, 13 June 2015

The world’s governments are moving to overturn the most fundamental political right, that of citizenship.

Gloomy outlook on Australian economy from central banker

By Nick Beams, 12 June 2015

Ongoing global stagnation is increasingly impacting on the Australian economy.

Australian strategists debate support for Washington’s provocations against China

By James Cogan, 11 June 2015

The escalating danger of war has sparked a series of conflicting opinion pieces in the Australian media.

Australian government pushing ahead on revoking citizenships

By Mike Head, 10 June 2015

Despite public opposition, the government is intent on stripping citizenship via ministerial directives, rendering people liable to be deported or detained indefinitely without trial.

Australian reports on wealth and poverty: A tale of two countries

By Cheryl McDermid, 9 June 2015

The poorest Australians eke out an existence on an impossible $43.45 per day, while the average daily income of the richest 200 is an obscene $2.7 million.

Australia: High-rise fire investigation reveals cost-cutting endangered lives

By Paul Bartizan, 6 June 2015

A report by the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade is another damning exposure of the deregulation of the highly-profitable construction industry over the past 20 years.

Australian union boosted membership lists by imposing low wages

By Mike Head, 5 June 2015

The Australian Workers Union agreement saved Cleanevent $6 million over three years, at the expense of low-paid casual cleaners.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

Workers and young people speak out against growing poverty

By our reporters, 5 June 2015

The WSWS spoke with residents about the decades of job cuts and the dismantling of essential social services.

Despite headline growth figures, Australian national accounts point to contraction

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2015

Australian Treasurer Hockey’s claim that only “clowns” were pointing to recessionary trends is not widely shared in business and financial circles.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia's Mount Druitt

“A lot of our people are trapped in a poverty cycle”

By our correspondents, 4 June 2015

In Mount Druitt, Aboriginal people, one of the most oppressed layers of the working class, confront many health and social problems.

Refugee boat pushed back by Australian navy crashes on Indonesian reef

By Mike Head, 3 June 2015

The near-tragedy of a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers is another damning indictment of the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy.

Struggle Street: Dehumanising the poor in preparation for new welfare cuts

By Richard Phillips and Chris Gordon, 3 June 2015

Struggle Street feeds into the reactionary ideology of “individual responsibility” which is central to justifications for endless welfare cutbacks.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

“Where are we going to herd our poor?”

By our correspondents, 3 June 2015

The WSWS interviewed Jon Owen, a community worker with the Urban Neighbours of Hope.

The Australian pseudo-left and the drive to war against China

By James Cogan, 3 June 2015

The maxim—silence implies consent—applies to the failure of the fake left organisations to utter a word on the mounting dangers of a US-led war against China.

Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2015

Acting on Washington’s behalf, Canberra is drawing up plans to challenge China by flying a military aircraft into what Beijing considers its territorial airspace.

Australian Labor leader moves bill on same-sex marriage

By Nick Beams, 2 June 2015

Bill Shorten is attempting to give Labor a “progressive” gloss as it joins with the Abbott government in attacking democratic and social rights.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

Funding cuts push community organisations to the brink of closure

By our correspondents, 2 June 2015

Organisations providing essential services for residents are being forced to shut their doors.

Australian media promotes right-wing, anti-Chinese protest

By James Cogan, 1 June 2015

The Australian establishment instinctively recognises the propaganda value of the Party for Freedom and its demonisation of China as a threat to the Australian “way of life.”

More job cuts in Australian car industry

By Chris Sadlier, 1 June 2015

For the first time in 28 years, General Motors Holden resorted to the forced sacking of 90 workers.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt

“Youth have been neglected”

By our correspondents, 1 June 2015

The WSWS interviewed a young homeless woman about her plight and the worsening social inequality.

Sydney’s Mount Druitt: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 May 2015

Over the past two weeks, a WSWS reporting team has spoken to community organisations, workers and youth about the worsening social conditions in western Sydney and the damaging impact of the recent federal budget.

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.