By James Cogan, 23 July 2014
All the establishment parties have come together in a display of “national unity,” based on condemnations of Russia, manufactured sorrow and boasts of Australia strutting the “world stage.”
By Mike Head, 23 July 2014
The state government’s defeat reflects, in a confused form, the widespread outrage toward the assault by state and federal governments on social spending.
By James Cogan, 22 July 2014
The Australian government’s diplomatic intervention is carefully coordinated with Washington.
By our reporters, 22 July 2014
Initially called in response to the growing imperialist debacle in Iraq, the meetings were broadened to review as well the Israeli military assault on Gaza and the origins of the crisis in Ukraine.
By our reporters, 21 July 2014
“If the Palestinian people don’t have a voice, we have to give them a voice.”
By Will Morrow, 19 July 2014
The Australian political elite functions as a chief diplomatic adjunct to Washington’s aggressive intrigues in every corner of the globe.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2014
Imprisonment in these inhuman conditions is clearly in violation of international law.
By Mike Head, 18 July 2014
The Abbott government, together with the spy chiefs and the media, are seeking to whip up fears of imminent terrorist attacks in order to justify police-state measures.
By our reporters, 16 July 2014
The decision will have devastating consequences for tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers.
By Terry Cook, 15 July 2014
The bank’s financial planning companies not only misled clients into buying high risk products but also fabricated documents.
By Mike Head, 14 July 2014
The unanimous report underscores the consensus within the political elite on shredding voting rights to try to shore up the established order.
By Mike Head, 12 July 2014
As immigration minister Morrison praised President Rajapakse’s government, 153 Tamil asylum seekers remained incarcerated on an Australian Customs vessel.
By James Cogan, 11 July 2014
Fury is growing in the corporate media over the government’s failure to push through austerity cuts.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 July 2014
Labor refused to bring down the Napthine government, and voted for its latest anti-working class austerity budget.
By Nick Beams, 9 July 2014
The corporate media establishment is backing the re-militarisation of Japan and its closer military ties with Australia.
By Mike Head, 9 July 2014
Despite the flagrantly illegal character of the asylum seekers’ arbitrary detention, the court case leaves them in great danger.
By Will Morrow, 9 July 2014
The bill seeks to reinstate a Labor government policy to permit the expulsion of asylum seekers who confront a distinct risk of being tortured.
By Nick Beams, 8 July 2014
Prime Minister Abe’s speech underscores the militarist agenda behind the reinterpretation of the Japanese constitution.
By Ben McGrath, 8 July 2014
By Alan Leigh, 8 July 2014
Those living in the squalid premises were rescued but their plight highlights the dangers facing thousands of super-exploited young people.
By James Cogan, 7 July 2014
Workers stayed away from the protests because they do not view the unions as organisations that fight for their interests.
By our reporters, 7 July 2014
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with workers and youth attending protests yesterday [insert link] in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle against the Abbott government’s budget measures. None were aware that the main budget appropriation bills had already been passed by Labor and the Greens in the Senate.
By our reporters, 5 July 2014
Interviews in Melbourne illustrated the deep hostility to US imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, and Australia’s involvement.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 July 2014
For all the sound and fury that Labor and the Greens have vented against the Abbott government, they voted to pass the appropriation bills.
By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2014
Given Clive Palmer’s pivotal role in the new Australian parliament, the White House requires a line of communication and leverage—something that Gore has conveniently provided.
By Alan Leigh, 3 July 2014
The number of billionaires reached a record of 39, primarily because of rises in property and share values.
By Mike Head, 2 July 2014
If confirmed, the forced transfer of asylum seekers to the military forces whose violence they are fleeing will be a flagrant violation of the international Refugee Convention.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 July 2014
The witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative is aimed at intimidating opponents of the Abbott government.
By Richard Phillips, 1 July 2014
The proposed measures would see thousands of people forced into deeper poverty and low-wage employment.
By Mike Head, 1 July 2014
While not ending the impasse of the budget, Labor and the Greens have quietly passed the essential legislation to allow the Abbott government to keep functioning.
By our reporters, 28 June 2014
The budget measures will force working class people to choose between going to the doctor and meeting other pressing needs.
By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2014
Deep public hostility to the May 13 budget threatens to produce a political crisis.
By Mike Head, 26 June 2014
While claiming to be dismayed by Peter Greste’s fate, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given his full support to the US-backed junta in Cairo.
SEP & IYSSE public meetings
26 June 2014
There is an urgent need to build a new mass international movement against imperialism and war.
By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2014
The Abbott government’s stance may well point to a wider shift taking place in ruling circles, particularly in the US, on the status of occupied Palestinian territories.
By Mike Head, 25 June 2014
Under the guise of preventing the return of “terrorists” from Syria and Iraq, new anti-democratic measures are being prepared.
By Zac Hambides and Joshua Newsham, 23 June 2014
The decision cuts the wages of tens of thousands of casual workers who depend on Sunday penalties to supplement their low wages.
By Mike Head, 21 June 2014
While claiming to fight the federal budget, the state government is implementing it, and using it as the pretext for its own funding cutbacks.
By Richard Phillips, 20 June 2014
New data shows that Australia’s richest 1 percent own the same wealth as the bottom 60 percent of the population.
By Mike Head, 20 June 2014
The judges rubberstamped legislation introduced by the previous Labor government to remove any requirement to adhere to the international Refugee Convention.
By Mike Head, 19 June 2014
The budget includes another round of cutbacks to jobs and essential services including TAFE education, housing and hospitals.
By Keith Morgan, 18 June 2014
Up to 10,000 jobs are expected to be eliminated over the next three years to make the postal service an attractive proposition for a corporate buyer.
By our correspondent, 18 June 2014
The move points to an accelerating shut down of the automotive industry in the country, orchestrated by governments, corporations and the unions.
By Alan Leigh, 17 June 2014
Security guards broke up an extended protest by asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island.
By James Cogan, 17 June 2014
Cantwell voiced some basic truths about the situation in Iraq that are generally suppressed by the mass media.
By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014
Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2014
Tony Abbott’s visit to Washington marks another escalation in the Australian government’s involvement in American militarism.
By Peter Symonds, 14 June 2014
The US has encouraged closer collaboration between its two allies as part of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.
By our reporters, 13 June 2014
While thousands marched yesterday, the unions are seeking to prevent any independent action by workers against the government’s social assault.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014
This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.
By Richard Phillips, 11 June 2014
Popular hostility to the budget measures has brought the issue of social equality to centre stage.
By Mike Head, 11 June 2014
Behind the backs of the public, a discussion is taking place about the likelihood of Australia being involved in a US war for domination over the Asia-Pacific.
By Ellen Blake and Mike Head, 11 June 2014
Premier Campbell Newman’s about-face reveals fears in ruling circles about the groundswell of opposition toward the federal budget.
By Mike Head, 10 June 2014
According to the Fair Work Commission’s own data, many workers on the minimum wage will remain in poverty.
By Joe Lopez, 10 June 2014
Maritime workers’ disputes in the Pilbara mining region are seen by corporate elites as test cases for powers to block industrial action.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 June 2014
Principled socialist politics insists that the defence of democratic rights, including the fight against racism, can never be ceded to the capitalist state.
By Laura Tiernan, 9 June 2014
Carlton’s account is not based on any serious historical reconstruction and amounts to a glorification of the Australian military in World War I.
By Zac Hambides, 7 June 2014
The prosecution, which began under the previous Labor governments, is part of an escalating assault on democratic rights.
By Alan Leigh, 6 June 2014
The number of long-term unemployed youth—those out of work for a year or more—has increased to a record 50,000.
Four weeks after announcing austerity budget
By Richard Phillips, 6 June 2014
Divisions over how to implement the government’s deeply unpopular budget are producing clashes within the ruling Liberal-National coalition.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2014
The objective is the long-term reduction of public health spending by using “price signals” to deter people from accessing medical care.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2014
The Abbott government has sought to lessen the public outrage over its introduction of co-payments for public medical services by channelling much of the revenue into a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) until it reaches $20 billion. By 2017–2018, the MRFF, which will invest its capital in the share and money markets, will use its dividends to make grants of up to $1 billion annually for medical research in Australia.
By Nick Beams, 4 June 2014
The measures in the Abbott government’s first budget are being driven by the same economic processes that are driving the social counter-revolution underway against the US and European working class.
By our reporters, 3 June 2014
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 May 2014
An official report into the death of an Iranian asylum-seeker and the serious injury of others in the Manus Island camp exonerates the Australian government and its agencies.
By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014
By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014
Abbott government cutbacks will seriously impact on thousands of creative workers and technicians.
By our reporters, 28 May 2014
Mount Druitt and Bidwill residents voice their concerns about the Abbott government’s social austerity measures.
By Mike Head, 27 May 2014
Plans are underway to send asylum seekers, currently detained in an Australian-controlled camp on Nauru, to be “re-settled” in Cambodia.
By Nick Beams, 27 May 2014
The Labor Party’s flip flops over the freeze on family benefits expose the double game it is playing on the Australian budget
By Nick Beams, 26 May 2014
Opposition to the budget is growing as its measures are increasingly exposed as benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the majority.
By John Braddock, 24 May 2014
Both New Zealand and Australia, through signal intercepts and spy activities, are directly involved with the US assassination program.
By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2014
The Australian Council of Social Services “post-budget” luncheon with the federal treasurer was a congenial affair.
By Mike Head, 22 May 2014
Shadow treasurer Bowen boasted that Labor had a proven track record of imposing the dictates of finance capital to slash public spending.
By an IYSSE reporting team, 22 May 2014
Almost every section of students was represented at the rallies, from domestic and international university students, to TAFE and high school students.
By Nick Beams, 22 May 2014
The doctrine espoused by Hockey for ending the “age of entitlement” expresses the material interests of finance capital.
By Mike Head, 21 May 2014
Prime Minister Abbott’s claim that large cuts to state funding are years away has proven to be a lie.
By our reporters, 21 May 2014
The World Socialist Web Site continues discussions with workers, youth and welfare recipients about the social impact of the Abbott government’s federal budget.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 21 May 2014
In less than two years, fees will be deregulated, allowing Australian universities to charge tens of thousands of dollars for a degree.
By our reporters, 20 May 2014
By Nick Beams, 19 May 2014
As Australian budget figures are probed more deeply, the inequality on which it is based is more clearly exposed.
By our reporters, 19 May 2014
Those attending protest rallies raise their concerns about the social impact of the Liberal-National coalition’s federal budget.
By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014
A genuine struggle against the budget cannot be based on swapping one set of capitalist politicians for another within the parliamentary establishment.
By Joe Lopez, 17 May 2014
The Barnett government is attempting to impose the impact of falling mining and tax revenue onto the working class.
By Mike Head, 16 May 2014
Shorten’s speech was designed to divert the deep popular hostility to the budget back under the wing of the parliamentary establishment.
By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2014
The budget sets new global benchmarks for dismantling the welfare state established following World War II.
15 May 2014
The May 13 budget handed down by the Abbott government marks a major intensification of the assault on all the rights of the working class.
SEP (Australia) Second National Congress
Resolution 2: The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
15 May 2014
The resolution analyses the crisis of Australian capitalism and the accelerating assault on living standards, and outlines the SEP’s perspective for overcoming the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.
By Nick Beams, 14 May 2014
The Abbott government’s first budget will deepen social inequality in order to meet the dictates of the corporate and financial elites.
By James Cogan, 14 May 2014
Social welfare, health care, education and aged care have all been targeted for savage cutbacks.
SEP (Australia) Second National Congress
14 May 2014
The resolution outlines the political and theoretical basis for the struggle of the SEP and ICFI to build a unified anti-war movement of the working class in opposition to the war drive by the US and its allies against China.
By Zac Hambides, 13 May 2014
The incident provided a foretaste of the diversionary campaigns that will be organised by the pseudo-left as tonight’s budget measures provoke opposition.
By James Cogan, 13 May 2014
Employers will be provided with a conscripted low-wage workforce, courtesy of the new welfare regime, to drive down wages throughout the working class.
As geopolitical tensions grow with China
By James Cogan, 12 May 2014
The language used by Sheridan resonates with his portrayal of US and Australian foreign policy as a justified response to China’s “military build-up.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 May 2014
This week’s budget saw the state government trumpet its pro-business and pro-austerity credentials.
By Mike Head, 9 May 2014
According to the Australian Financial Review, the ICAC inquiry is “inching closer” to Tony Abbott’s office.
By Richard Phillips, 9 May 2014
Journalists, photographers and other staff are being axed in a new round of job destruction at one of Australia’s largest media corporations.
By Mike Head, 8 May 2014
Cabinet’s decision points to serious concerns within the government about the popular discontent that will be generated by the budget.
By our reporters, 7 May 2014
“The rally illustrated how to bring the socialist political movement to masses of people internationally.”