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.
By Nick Beams, 4 September 2014
The announcement on Ukraine was accompanied by signals that Australian collaboration in renewed US operations in Iraq could go beyond transporting supplies and guns.
By Terry Cook, 4 September 2014
The oil company’s share price jumped to a record high after slashing 350 further jobs to deliver cost savings of around $100 million a year.
By Patrick Kelly, 2 September 2014
Tasmania already has the worst poverty and unemployment levels of any Australian state.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 September 2014
The Australian political establishment as a whole has committed to a new US-led intervention that threatens to trigger a broader regional and global conflict.
By Joe Lopez, 2 September 2014
Nine Pilbara “Fly In Fly Out” workers have committed suicide in the past 12 months, despite an earlier federal parliamentary inquiry.
By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2014
As in 2003, Canberra is committing military forces to an open-ended war in Iraq behind the backs of the Australian population and on the basis of lies.
By our reporters, 1 September 2014
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2014
Protest organisers have channelled public opposition into the dead-end of parliamentary manoeuvre, promoting the illusion that Labor and the Greens would block the budget measures.
By Nick Beams, 29 August 2014
Paul Kelly’s book effectively demolishes the political fictions manufactured to justify the coup against Kevin Rudd.
By Chris Johnson and Mike Head, 28 August 2014
The Abbott government is deepening the pro-market assault on higher education begun by the previous Labor government.
By Terry Cook, 27 August 2014
The move will effectively cut the human services department in half, paving the way for the axing of tens of thousands of jobs.
By a reporting team, 25 August 2014
Those who spoke to the WSWS explained their own experiences with police brutality and linked it to the growth of poverty and social inequality in Australia.
By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2014
The Australian reported that options under discussion include dispatching ground forces as well as war planes to participate in the expanding US intervention in Iraq.
By James Cogan, 25 August 2014
For all the sound and fury against Palmer, the reality is that the US-led pivot has, from the beginning, been justified by falsely denouncing China as a danger.
By Mike Head, 22 August 2014
The shift reflects the government’s inability to push through key measures, while exposing the fraud of claims by Labor and the Greens to oppose the thrust of the budget.
By an IYSSE reporting team, 21 August 2014
The National Union of Students is seeking to divert opposition to the budget cuts, peddling illusions in Labor and the Greens.
By Terry Cook, 21 August 2014
Pay levels of casualised workers in the private sector are increasing at less than half the inflation rate, while the wealthy elite reaps the benefits.
By Peter Symonds, 20 August 2014
Palmer was declaring openly and crassly what is being discussed behind closed doors as part of the preparations for war against China.
By Daniel Saul, 20 August 2014
Homelessness has risen due to the pro-business policies of both major parties.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 19 August 2014
The fight for education rights must be inseparably linked with the broader struggle against austerity, the attacks on democratic rights and the dangers of war.
By Laura Tiernan, 19 August 2014
Mike Carlton’s resignation was the result of a concerted campaign by Murdoch’s News Limited and the right-wing Zionist lobby.
By Richard Phillips, 19 August 2014
The seizure of Germany’s Pacific colonies underlined the real character of World War I as an imperialist war.
By Nick Beams, 18 August 2014
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been forced into a back down over remarks about the poor while trying to sell his regressive budget measures.
By Patrick O’Connor, 18 August 2014
Socialist Alternative seeks to justify its continuing support for the US-led regime-change operation in Syria by arguing that US imperialism is no longer a significant factor in Middle East politics.
By James Cogan, 18 August 2014
What unfolded was a tawdry affair in which no evidence of illegal doping or organised crime in sport emerged.
By Zac Hambides, 14 August 2014
Sydney university students and staff are being diverted into another round of bankrupt appeals to the campus administration and the Labor opposition to stop job cuts.
By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2014
From the US-led confrontation with Russia, to the new air war in Iraq and the US “pivot” against China, there was not a sliver of difference between US and Australian ministers.
By Nick Beams, 13 August 2014
The gruesome picture was published to promote new “terror” laws targeting democratic rights.
By Ellen Jones, 13 August 2014
The Aboriginal lobby group’s 2014 theme dovetails with the government’s four-year “celebration” of World War I.
By Mike Head, 12 August 2014
The Australian defence minister has declared Canberra’s preparedness to provide whatever assistance the US wants as it mounts a wider military offensive.
By our reporters, 11 August 2014
Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality members spoke at campuses in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
By Zac Hambides, 11 August 2014
Up to 2,500 people in Sydney and 600 in Melbourne marched on Saturday in opposition to the continued bombardment of the Gaza by the Israel Defence Forces after a three - day ceasefire ended. Almost 2,000 Palestinians have been killed and at least 60,000 have had their homes destroyed by Israeli missiles.
By Mike Head, 9 August 2014
Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.
By Will Morrow, 8 August 2014
The July figures begin to show the impact of an ongoing tidal wave of job cuts, plus the lack of new jobs for young people.
By Nick Beams, 7 August 2014
Australia’s commemorations are part of a global offensive to condition the population to the deepening drive to war.
By Mike Head, 7 August 2014
Because of the popular hostility to the key social spending cuts, none of the “cross-bench” senators feels able to publicly support them.
By Terry Cook, 7 August 2014
The proposed DHS agreement will create a benchmark to impose similar attacks on other federal public sector workers.
By Mike Head, 6 August 2014
Australians are being bombarded with media coverage designed to glorify the 1914–18 war and prepare for another catastrophic conflict.
By Mike Head, 6 August 2014
Abbott’s government again seized on the fraudulent pretext of stopping “jihadists” returning from Syria to justify police-state provisions.
By our reporters, 6 August 2014
Meetings called on the centenary of World War I discussed the necessity for a revolutionary socialist solution to prevent the eruption of a third world war.
By Nick Beams, 1 August 2014
After remaining silent for days on the downing of MH17, Socialist Alternative is providing grist to the mill of the US-led war drive against Russia.
By Mike Head, 30 July 2014
The new rules are designed to cut thousands off welfare benefits, and coerce them into low-paid work.
By Margaret Rees, 30 July 2014
While insurance companies recouped their losses, devastated families will have to wait many months for small compensation payments.
By Mike Head, 29 July 2014
The asylum seekers will now be interrogated by consular officials from India, the very country they fled about six weeks ago.
By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2014
There is nothing benign about what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described yesterday as “a humanitarian mission”.
By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 26 July 2014
Howes is treading a well-worn path, taken by a host of union bureaucrats, into the financial elite and the political establishment.
By Mike Head, 25 July 2014
Hockey essentially blames Prime Minister Abbott for the political crisis over the budget.
By Keith Morgan, 25 July 2014
A consultants’ report reveals advanced plans to wind back postal deliveries, outsource more jobs and cut wages.
SEP and IYSSE public meetings in Australia
25 July 2014
One hundred years on, amid the most severe global economic breakdown since the 1930s, a new world war is in the making.
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.