By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015
BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.
By our correspondents, 29 August 2015
Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 August 2015
Left in the hands of the MUA, the outcome is a foregone conclusion: the further destruction of the jobs and conditions of waterfront workers.
By Mike Head, 28 August 2015
The collapse of the case exposes the lurid allegations of an “ISIS-inspired” conspiracy by Melbourne teenagers to conduct mass shootings at official World War I centenary celebrations.
By Mike Head, 27 August 2015
The purpose of the “extraordinary gathering” was to use the “urgency” of the global slump to drive through a new wave of attacks on jobs and living standards.
By Terry Cook, 26 August 2015
The Australian Workers Union has immediately signalled that it will help impose BlueScope Steel’s job-cutting measures.
By James Cogan, 26 August 2015
Underlying the declarations of “urgency” is the rapid deterioration of Australia’s economic position.
By Mike Head, 25 August 2015
Soaring unemployment in Western Australia underscores Australian capitalism’s sharp economic reversal, placing intense corporate pressure on Abbott.
By James Cogan, 22 August 2015
Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.
By Mike Head, 21 August 2015
The Abbott government’s frenzied response to the Adani case reflects the intensifying pressure from the corporate elite for the dismantling of all barriers to increased profits.
By Mike Head, 20 August 2015
At the heart of the Dyson Heydon affair is the escalating dissatisfaction of the corporate elite with the Abbott government for failing to carry through the austerity agenda.
By Terry Cook, 20 August 2015
The state Labor government reacted with undisguised hostility to the prospect of the first public transport strike in Melbourne since 1997.
By our correspondents, 19 August 2015
After isolating the walkout and telling workers that they could face crippling fines, the NUW pushed through a return-to-work vote.
By Mike Head, 18 August 2015
The MUA celebrated the “pleasing” fact that Hutchison agreed to hold “formal talks” on how to cut jobs and conditions.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
In a move that directly mirrored its betrayal of the 1998 waterfront dispute, the union shut down the strike after obtaining a court ruling that left the sacked wharfies outside the company gates.
By Richard Phillips, 15 August 2015
The court ruling gave the union precisely what it wanted: to shut down the strike and demobilise workers, while it manoeuvres for a negotiated job-cutting deal.
By Zac Hambides, 15 August 2015
The unions are trying to silence criticism because they cannot answer the truth—they are carrying out a betrayal of the Hutchison workers.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015
After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.
By Mike Head, 15 August 2015
The corporate elite is venting its frustration at the Abbott government’s failure to deliver a far deeper onslaught on workers’ living standards.
By Mike Head, 14 August 2015
While claiming a “victory,” as it did in 1998, the MUA is sending the Hutchison Ports workers back to work today, with many to lose their jobs.
By Mike Head, 13 August 2015
The MUA’s move is similar to its legal manoeuvre in the union’s historic sellout of the 1998 waterfront dispute.
By our correspondents, 13 August 2015
The Woolworths workers have become the second group of strikers currently defying return to work orders, following similar votes by Hutchison Port workers Brisbane and Sydney.
By Mike Head, 12 August 2015
Hutchison is rolling out remotely-controlled automated terminals around the world, ruthlessly destroying jobs and conditions.
Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015
The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.
By our reporters, 11 August 2015
Striking workers at Hutchison container terminals in Sydney and Brisbane spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the job cuts by the multi-million dollar corporation and the dangers now facing the working class.
By Mike Head, 11 August 2015
A worsening economic situation is fuelling corporate discontent with the Abbott government and the entire political system.
By Richard Phillips, 11 August 2015
The MUA has responded to an industrial commission return-to-work directive by denying it has any involvement in the waterfront walkout.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015
The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.
By our reporters, 10 August 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with sacked Hutchison Port Australia workers at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal over the past two days. Workers described Hutchison’s high-productivity regime and how the company lured workers from various stevedoring companies, as well as airline, manufacturing and logistics businesses, promising them long-term employment.
By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2015
No faith can be placed in the union, which has collaborated with waterfront companies for decades in restructuring that has destroyed thousands of jobs.
By Cheryl McDermid, 10 August 2015
NATSEM research shows that the poorest suburbs are the worst affected by the budgets.
By Richard Phillips, 8 August 2015
The maritime union has appealed to the global stevedoring corporation for negotiations on its multi-million dollar cost-cutting plans.
By our reporters, 8 August 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with wharfies and waterfront maintenance workers at a protest outside Hutchison’s Port Botany container terminal in Sydney yesterday. It followed the late-night sacking almost 100 HPH employees nationally.
By Mike Head, 7 August 2015
The Productivity Commission report sets out a framework for cutting wages and conditions to the levels already imposed on workers in Europe and America.
By Patrick Kelly, 7 August 2015
The political crisis in Victoria is being fuelled by mounting dissatisfaction in corporate circles with the government.
By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2015
The naval build-up is an integral part of the military preparations by the US and its allies throughout Asia for war against China.
By our reporter, 4 August 2015
Thousands more mining-related workers are expected to lose their jobs during the next 12 months, with the impact spreading across the country.
By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2015
Bronwyn Bishop was compelled to step down, above all, because her extravagant spending became a focus for public hostility toward the entire parliamentary set-up.
By our reporters, 1 August 2015
Amid growing unemployment, union leaders are staging protests to denounce a Free Trade Agreement with China.
By Mike Head, 31 July 2015
Both arrests serve definite political purposes bound up with the fraudulent “war on terrorism.”
By our reporters, 28 July 2015
Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Kelly, 9 July 2015
Skyrocketing inmate numbers and deteriorating conditions have created an explosive crisis throughout the prison system.
By James Cogan, 8 July 2015
Malcolm Turnbull sought to portray himself as a cultured “liberal” statesman and a defender of democratic rights.
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.
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.
By Zac Hambides, 6 July 2015
Thousands of unemployed workers are now being forced to carry out unpaid work in exchange for welfare payments.
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.
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.
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.
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
By James Cogan, 3 July 2015
In 2012, today’s “terrorist” was a propagandist for Syrian “freedom fighters.”
By Will Morrow, 2 July 2015
Medical professionals and former staff in Australia’s refugee detention network have challenged the new “Border Force Act.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Beams, 24 June 2015
Monday night’s “Q&A” program witnessed the deeply reactionary outlook driving the “war on terror.”
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 23 June 2015
Bill Shorten spelt out the role of the trade unions as industrial police forces over their members.
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.
By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 22 June 2015
The coronial inquest fails to examine the siege gunman’s relations with Australian intelligence agencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 13 June 2015
The world’s governments are moving to overturn the most fundamental political right, that of citizenship.
By Nick Beams, 12 June 2015
Ongoing global stagnation is increasingly impacting on the Australian economy.