By Mike Head, 29 November 2014
On the pretext of combatting ISIS, the government’s laws can be used against anyone perceived as a political threat to the ruling establishment.
By Will Morrow, 29 November 2014
The toll road has served as a convenient diversion in the Victorian election campaign to help suppress any debate on broader issues confronting the working class.
By James Cogan, 29 November 2014
At the recent G20 summit, the Greens singled out Chinese President Xi Jingping to present a protest letter on “human rights”—in line with Washington’s confrontational stance towards Beijing.
By our reporters, 28 November 2014
Unemployment in Broadmeadows and Dandenong, former centres of manufacturing and the car industry, has now reached depression-era levels.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 November 2014
The official campaign has been a sham from start to finish.
By Richard Phillips, 27 November 2014
JBS’s rapid expansion over the past nine years has been driven by an unrelenting assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 26 November 2014
Following two fatal police shootings within two days in the state of Queensland there is mounting evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in working-class areas. The two killings brought the number to four in suburbs around Brisbane, the state capital, since late September. Another man was shot in the head at close range, but survived.
By Mike Head, 25 November 2014
Senator Lambie’s acrimonious departure from the Palmer United Party further fractures the Senate, where the government lacks a majority.
By Oliver Campbell, 25 November 2014
The ABC announced more than 400 redundancies, along with significant changes to programming and news coverage.
25 November 2014
The G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane underscored just how embroiled Australia is in US-led wars and intrigues.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 22 November 2014
Hastings Deering’s ultimatum points to an intensification of the assault against jobs and conditions in the mining industry.
By Oliver Campbell, 21 November 2014
The spending cuts go hand-in-hand with disciplining the ABC to ensure that it functions more closely as a propaganda arm of government.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 21 November 2014
Both incidents—a shooting and an assault—were brutal displays of force in working class suburbs of Brisbane.
By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2014
The manoeuvres surrounding the Indian prime minister’s visit were likened to the “Great Game” of imperialist rivalry in Asia before World War I.
By Mike Head, 20 November 2014
Working class households are increasingly priced out of buying a home, while thousands of properties lie vacant.
By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.
By James Cogan, 18 November 2014
Xi’s speech in the Australian parliament yesterday was a carefully-crafted response to President Obama's bellicose reaffirmation of the “pivot” last Saturday.
By Barry Andrews, 18 November 2014
The scheme is even more of a travesty than the previous Labor government’s carbon tax regime, which also sought to boost business profits.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2014
Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.
By Nick Beams, 17 November 2014
The G20 summit pledge on economic growth is belied both by the actions of the major powers and the text of the final communiqué itself.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
Far from challenging the G20 agenda, all of the officially-sanctioned protest groups sought, in one way or another, to appeal to the assembled leaders.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
The gulf between the leaders of world capitalism and the vast majority of the population was on graphic display during last weekend’s G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia’s third biggest city.
By Peter Symonds, 15 November 2014
Even before the summit began, Australian and British leaders targeted Russia—a sign of the bitter rivalry and wrangling that will dominate the talks.
By Patrick Kelly, 15 November 2014
Several working class areas in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, now have depression-level unemployment rates.
By James Cogan, 14 November 2014
The unions’ statement to the G20 leaders is a grab-bag of issues that their privileged functionaries know will never be acted on.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2014
The event provided a revealing glimpse of what passes for “opposition” by the various Greens, liberals, anarchists and pseudo-left groups involved.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2014
Australia’s third biggest city resembles a ghost town under police occupation.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2014
The “Eleventh of the Eleventh” is considered of secondary importance by the Australian ruling elite in promoting patriotism.
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 November 2014
Students and young workers condemned the spending of half a billion dollars on protecting government leaders who are responsible for wars and boosting corporate profits.
By James Cogan, 12 November 2014
Abbott once again exploited the deaths of 38 Australian citizens and residents in the crash.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
By Terry Cook, 10 November 2014
Amid the collapse of the mining boom, safety is being further eroded in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.
By Patrick Kelly, 10 November 2014
A Liberal Party defeat in the November 29 ballot would mark the first one-term government in Victoria since 1955.
8 November 2014
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By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2014
Senior Japanese officials were honoured guests at the latest First World War centenary event.
By Mike Head, 6 November 2014
“Get used to it” was the basic message delivered by the attorney general and the police counter-terrorism commander in a provocative performance on national television.
By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014
A report released this week draws details scenarios that could trigger a conflict in the East China Sea.
By Mike Head, 5 November 2014
On the pretext of protecting G20 leaders from terrorist threats, more than 2,000 military personnel and 6,000 police will be mobilised next week.
By Nick Beams, 4 November 2014
Washington’s intervention, objecting to the bank on strategic grounds, points to the escalating military drive against China.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2014
Under the new “terrorism” laws, anyone who “discloses information” about an intelligence operation can be jailed for up to 10 years.
By Terry Cook, 1 November 2014
The cost-cutting drive is intensifying amid the implosion of the mining boom, with export prices falling sharply and thousands of jobs being destroyed by mine closures.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2014
The “metadata” bill, which orders the storage of vast amounts of phone and on-line information, is directed against the entire population.
By Mike Head, 29 October 2014
The callous, short-sighted and nationalist decision has set a new benchmark for the response of governments around the world toward the disaster.
By Barry Andrews, 29 October 2014
The Queensland government’s privatisation plan is in response to the end of the mining export boom in Australia and the collapse of its revenue base.
By Oliver Campbell and Zac Hambides, 27 October 2014
The National Union of Students is promoting the illusion that education can be defended by pressuring Labor and the Greens to block the Abbott government’s budget cuts.
By Mike Head, 24 October 2014
Australian attacks in Iraq are assisting the US to pursue the real thrust of the war—a renewed drive by Washington to oust Syrian President Assad.
By Alan Leigh, 23 October 2014
Nearly 14 percent of the Australian population is living in poverty, according to a report by the Australian Council of Social Service.
By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014
Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.
By Mike Head, 21 October 2014
The second of the Abbott government’s three “terrorism” bills is set to pass through parliament before the end of the month.
By our reporters, 21 October 2014
The SEP held five public meetings to oppose the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the recent anti-terror raids in Australian cities.
By our reporters, 21 October 2014
By Nick Beams, 20 October 2014
Australian Prime Minister Abbott’s declaration that he intended to “shirtfront” Russian President Putin at the forthcoming G20 summit is another expression of rising geo-political tensions.
By Mike Head, 18 October 2014
While the Abbott government rushed to dispatch military forces to the Middle East, it has rejected calls to help fight the worsening health crisis in Africa.
A case study in hypocrisy
By Mike Head, 17 October 2014
Albanese’s interview prompted extensive media coverage, promoting the illusion that he was mounting a challenge to the Labor Party’s backing for the legislation.
By Will Morrow, 17 October 2014
Socialist Alternative has yet to write a single article even acknowledging that US bombs have begun to rain down on Syria. As the old maxim states, silence is consent.
By Mike Head, 16 October 2014
Fresh revelations show how the laws will expand the mass surveillance conducted by Australia’s spy agencies in partnership with the US.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2014
For a G20 leader to threaten another with physical violence—even figuratively—indicates how far diplomatic norms have broken down.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2014
In order to keep anti-Muslim agitation on the boil, Prime Minister Abbott teamed up with right-wing radio host Alan Jones to denounce a regular weekly lecture by an Islamist group.
By Joe Lopez, 14 October 2014
With the reversal of the mining boom, both the state government and the Labor opposition agree that the working class must pay the price.
By James Cogan, 13 October 2014
The revelation adds to already disturbing questions about the recent raids on 15 homes in five Sydney suburbs.
A bipartisan conspiracy
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
13 October 2014
The justification for war is no less a lie than the claims in 2003 that the US invasion of Iraq was about “weapons of mass destruction.”
By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014
The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.
By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014
The illusion of “strength” surrounding the Abbott government as it commits troops to the US-led war is, above all, a product of the bipartisan support it is receiving.
By Mike Head, 10 October 2014
Tony Abbott said Hizb ut-Tahrir could be proscribed under new laws against “promoting terrorism.”
By Richard Phillips, 10 October 2014
The ban was issued during a series of terror scares designed to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria and draconian new anti-terror legislation.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014
The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.
By Terry Cook, 7 October 2014
The state government withdrew its pay freeze and declared it will axe a further 500 jobs, bringing the total to 1,200 since the August budget.
By Mike Head and Ellen Blake, 6 October 2014
People in a Brisbane working class community have been shocked by a para-military siege that ended with a man being killed by heavily-armed police commandos.
By James Cogan, 4 October 2014
The Abbott government’s deployment of military forces has been facilitated by the bipartisan support of the Labor Party opposition.
By Frank Gaglioti, 4 October 2014
The major powers are seeking to forge stronger ties with Fiji as a means of undercutting China’s influence in the South Pacific.
By Mike Head, 3 October 2014
In parliament yesterday, Labor backed bills that will severely affect working class families, students and disabled workers.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2014
Not a single vote was cast against the bill’s final reading in the House of Representatives yesterday.
By Will Marshall and James Cogan, 1 October 2014
Homes were searched in five northern and western suburbs of Melbourne to seek evidence of “terrorism financing.”
By Mike Head, 1 October 2014
New legislation will allow asylum seekers to be deported irrespective of Australia’s “non-refoulement obligations.”
By Mike Head, 30 September 2014
Television news footage showed police commandos firing multiple shots at pointblank range at the man.
By Nick Beams, 30 September 2014
Social spending is being cut on the claim “there is no money” but corporate tax avoided in the past decade alone would cover the last two budget deficits.
By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2014
The military victory at Bita Paka in New Guinea opened the way for Australian imperialism’s takeover of Germany’s South Pacific territories.
By Mike Head, 27 September 2014
An unknown number of people, starting with those detained on Nauru, will be consigned to one of the poorest countries on earth.
By our correspondents, 26 September 2014
Workers and youth expressed concern and disbelief to the WSWS over the police shooting of the 18-year-old.
By Terry Cook, 26 September 2014
In the past week alone, coal mine closures in central Queensland have directly destroyed another 700 jobs.
By Nick Beams, 25 September 2014
After escaping the full effects of the international financial crisis in 2008, Australia is being severely impacted by the ongoing global breakdown.
By Mike Head, 25 September 2014
On the pretext of combatting “jihadists,” the Abbott government and the Labor opposition are pushing through parliament bills that extend the police-state framework erected over the past decade.
By Mike Head, 25 September 2014
The bill’s seven schedules add many draconian features to the battery of “terrorist” legislation imposed since 2002.
By James Cogan, 24 September 2014
The 18-year-old’s death is the first in the “anti-terrorism” operations taking place across Australia.
By Mike Head, 22 September 2014
Australia’s largest-ever police-intelligence raids are being used to justify the introduction of further draconian provisions.
By our reporters, 22 September 2014
Socialist Equality Party (SEP) supporters spoke last weekend with workers, youth and students in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle about the unprecedented anti-terror raids conducted on over 15 homes in Sydney and Brisbane on September 17 by hundreds of heavily-armed police and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers.
By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014
Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.
By James Cogan, 19 September 2014
Absent from the lurid media stories about terrorists in Australia’s suburbs is any objective examination of the facts.
By James Cogan, 18 September 2014
Hundreds of police and ASIO intelligence operatives have launched pre-dawn raids across Sydney and Brisbane.
By Mike Head, 13 September 2014
Amid fear-mongering media coverage, both Labor and the Greens immediately backed the heightened alert declaration.
By Will Morrow, 13 September 2014
The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative is being targeted because of its opposition to the Israeli war against Gaza.
By Mike Head, 12 September 2014
The “war on terror” is being revived in a bid to drum up support for the renewed war in Iraq and bolster the powers of the police-intelligence apparatus.
By Mike Head, 10 September 2014
No “smoking guns” have yet been produced linking Abbott directly to either affair, but they involve major figures in his government.
By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2014
While the choice is being presented in economic terms, such a decision would have far-reaching geo-political ramifications.
By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014
By our reporters, 8 September 2014
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2014
The uranium pact removes an obstacle to closer military relations between Australia and India as part of broader US efforts to forge an anti-China bloc.
By Mike Head, 6 September 2014
Real national income per person declined for the second year in a row, driven by falling export prices.
By Terry Cook, 6 September 2014
The tragic death of Hamid Kehazaei, a young Iranian, is a direct outcome of Canberra’s brutal detention of refugees.
By Mike Head, 5 September 2014
Following the mining tax repeal, similar deals are being canvassed to push through further highly unpopular big-ticket budget items.