By Will Morrow, 28 February 2015
Thousands of people have been left to fend for themselves, with little or no government support, and been forced to turn to charities, friends and family to survive.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 February 2015
Nick Beams, a founding member and long-time leader of the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, announced last Sunday he was stepping down as national secretary.
By Mike Head, 26 February 2015
Underlying the destabilisation is mounting business dissatisfaction with the Abbott government’s failure to impose deep cuts to social spending and workers’ wages and conditions.
By Peter Symonds, 25 February 2015
A major obstacle to Malcolm Turnbull’s ambitions to take over as prime minister lies in Washington.
By Terry Cook, 25 February 2015
Amid plummeting coal prices, the rail freight company is seeking to dismantle long-standing working conditions and protections for its Queensland workforce.
By Mike Head, 24 February 2015
Yesterday’s “national security” speech sought to stoke fears of terrorism and incite anti-Muslim sentiment as a means of diverting political discontent.
By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2015
The report is a whitewash designed to cover-up the extensive relations between the hostage-taker Monis and various police and intelligence agencies.
By Gabriela Zabala, 23 February 2015
The harsh treatment of Sydney’s homeless is in response to growing numbers of people sleeping on the street in inner city areas.
By Terry Cook, 21 February 2015
Officially, the number of jobless workers now stands at nearly 800,000, due to the job destruction under Liberal-National and Labor governments alike.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 21 February 2015
Griffith University’s bans are a direct political attack on the IYSSE, and the democratic rights of students.
By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015
The Australian government’s defence of the illegal incarceration and torture of David Hicks is a warning that it is preparing to ramp up the “war on terror” and its attacks on democratic rights.
By Will Morrow, 20 February 2015
Prime Minister Abbott vilified the Human Rights Commission over its report on children incarcerated in refugee detention centres in breach of international conventions.
By Nick Beams, 19 February 2015
For the dominant sections of the financial elite, the political impasse facing the Abbott government goes far beyond currently-stalled budgetary measures.
By our reporters, 19 February 2015
Workers and youth voiced their concerns about the brutal police killing of Courtney Topic in Hoxton Park, a southwestern Sydney suburb.
Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 February 2015
The SEP campaign will advance a socialist and internationalist program to fight war, austerity budget cuts, attacks on jobs and conditions and the assault on democratic rights.
By Richard Phillips, 18 February 2015
Wounded hostage Marcia Mikhael said the police have treated her “like a criminal.”
By James Cogan, 16 February 2015
The expansion of US-Australia military relations is bound up with the US “pivot to Asia.”
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 February 2015
The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at university orientation days across Australia over the next two weeks.
By Will Morrow, 14 February 2015
Prime Minister Abbott used parliamentary privilege to make highly prejudicial statements alleging that a plot was underway to commit a terrorist attack.
By Mike Head, 14 February 2015
Labor’s precarious hold on office underscores the fragility and volatility of the parliamentary system in Australia.
By Terry Cook, 13 February 2015
Both the Liberal and Labor parties are preparing for the further sale of government-owned assets following next month’s state election.
By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2015
The spectre of the “lone wolf” attack is being exploited to push for a new round of draconian anti-terror legislation.
By Susan Allan, 12 February 2015
“I think all the austerity measures are terrible—the rich and poor divide is growing.”
By Nick Beams, 11 February 2015
The Murdoch press has proposed a national economic summit to push forward policies that will make even deeper inroads into social spending and living standards.
By Richard Phillips, 11 February 2015
The latest police killing is further evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in response to worsening social problems in working-class areas.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 February 2015
A vast chasm has opened up between the austerity program demanded by the financial elite and the social needs of working people.
By Nick Beams, 7 February 2015
The move against Prime Minister Abbott arises from a deepening economic and political crisis that has seen the country without a stable government for the past five years.
By Oliver Campbell, 6 February 2015
The measures that the government is attempting to implement are the continuation of a bipartisan assault on higher education.
By Will Morrow, 5 February 2015
A recent Australian Financial Review article highlights the far-reaching implications of Canberra’s alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Mike Head, 5 February 2015
The ruling gives a green light to the bipartisan drive to go to ever-greater lengths to stop all asylum seekers entering Australia.
By Nick Beams, 4 February 2015
Australia has now joined the global currency war amid deepening economic and political crisis.
By Nick Beams, 3 February 2015
Abbott began his National Press Club address by invoking the bogus “war on terror.”
By Mike Head, 2 February 2015
In an unprecedented political reversal, the Liberal National Party is poised to lose office just three years after coming to power in a landslide victory.
By James Cogan, 2 February 2015
A definite pattern has emerged in Australian political life where elections, at both the federal and state level, have an entirely negative character.
By our correspondents, 2 February 2015
During last Saturday’s state election in the Australian state of Queensland, Socialist Equality Party members and supporters spoke to voters at Kippa-Ring, an outer northern suburb of Brisbane, the state capital.
By Will Morrow, 31 January 2015
The affair has underscored the enormous weight wielded by Murdoch personally and his ability to manufacture crises to effect right-wing political shifts.
By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2015
The overriding aim is to counter public suspicion, while protecting the government, police and intelligence agencies that were responsible for the tragic outcome.
By John Roberts, 30 January 2015
Eleven more prisoners, including two Australians, face death after President Joko Widodo ruled out clemency for anyone convicted of drug offences.
By Will Morrow, 29 January 2015
Shorten’s trip to Iraq underscores the Labor Party’s complete alignment with the US-led war in the Middle East and Washington’s broader militarist agenda.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2015
The election campaign has underscored the popular hostility toward budget-slashing measures and the instability of the parliamentary system in Australia.
By James Cogan, 29 January 2015
Socialist Alternative’s enthusiasm stems from years of promoting illusions in Syriza and presenting it as a model for new “left” formations internationally.
By James Cogan, 28 January 2015
While derided as a relic of Australia’s past colonial relationship with Britain, the monarchy remains central to the Australian capitalist state and particularly to the military.
By Mike Head, 27 January 2015
The inquiry openly canvasses abolishing penalty wage rates for after-hours work and scrapping the minimum wage.
By Oliver Campbell, 24 January 2015
Kevin Norris became the third person to die after being tasered by New South Wales state police since 2010.
By Will Morrow, 23 January 2015
An editorial in the Australian newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education.
By Mike Head, 22 January 2015
While opposing the government’s key budget measures, Labor is drawing up policies to make even deeper inroads into social spending.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2015
The Queensland election has turned into a contest between the main parties over which can cut government spending the fastest.
By our correspondents, 20 January 2015
After years of broken election promises and worsening social conditions there is intense hostility to both major parties.
By Patrick Kelly, 19 January 2015
A campaign is underway that could see the reversal of the right to bail in a wider range of criminal cases, even where there is no proven link to terrorism.
By Will Morrow, 17 January 2015
The protest reportedly involves over 400 of the 1,053 detainees.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2015
Despite the latest backflip—the second in a month—the underlying drive to dismantle the subsidised health system will continue.
By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 14 January 2015
Luke Foley became the second figure parachuted into the New South Wales leadership of the two traditional ruling parties within eight months.
By Will Morrow, 13 January 2015
The government and security forces decided that the siege would only end through a violent shoot-out.
By Mike Head, 13 January 2015
Both major parties have vowed to satisfy the demands of the global financial markets and the corporate elite for the slashing of Queensland’s near $3 billion budget deficit.
By Will Morrow, 12 January 2015
Australian troops are attached to Iraqi units that function as sectarian death squads, murdering suspected opponents of the US puppet regime.
By Patrick Kelly, 12 January 2015
Having already banned anti-business protests, the Tasmanian government is preparing laws to allow companies to sue anyone criticising their activities.
By Mike Head, 10 January 2015
While claiming to defend free speech, the prime minister sought to justify measures that abrogate fundamental democratic rights, along with stepped-up involvement in the Middle East war.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2015
Export prices are collapsing, with devastating consequences for jobs, living standards and government budgets.
History web site secretary discusses World War I centenary
By Susan Allan, 8 January 2015
Dr David Stephens explains how the Australian government is using the World War I centenary to promote nationalism and militarism among school children.
By Mike Head, 7 January 2015
Premier Newman’s desperate move underscores the increasingly volatile and fragile state of parliamentary politics in Australia.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2015
Abbott’s visit coincides with the Obama administration’s push to expand the size and operations of US forces.
By Will Morrow, 6 January 2015
Firefighters in South Australia are struggling to control bushfires that have torn through 12,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least 26 homes.
By James Cogan, 3 January 2015
The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2014
Governments and police exploited the café siege as a giant dress rehearsal for police state measures that will in the future be used against the working class.
By James Cogan, 27 December 2014
The Abbott government is using constant fear-mongering to justify its support for the US-led war in the Middle East and deep inroads into democratic and social rights.
By Mike Head, 24 December 2014
John Robertson’s removal underscores the reactionary political climate created by the “terrorist” claims surrounding the Sydney hostage incident.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2014
The prime minister signalled with a cabinet reshuffle how he intends to exploit the hostage crisis to implement austerity as well as boost the “war on terror.”
By our reporters, 22 December 2014
Many of those who spoke with the WSWS in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend were deeply suspicious about the state counterterrorism operation.
By Nick Beams, 20 December 2014
The Sydney siege and its bloody outcome are the consequences of the increasing integration of Australia into the war drive of the US.
By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2014
The Sydney hostage-taking is the latest chapter in the lies and deceit used to boost the “war on terror” and its agenda of war and militarism.
By Will Morrow, 20 December 2014
A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2014
The government’s “review” seeks to divert attention from its own role in manufacturing a national “terrorism” crisis that ended tragically with three deaths.
By James Cogan, 19 December 2014
The raids have been used to maintain the drumbeat that Australia is under attack by domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS.
By Terry Cook, 19 December 2014
The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture.
By James Cogan, 18 December 2014
The hostage crisis is being exploited by the Abbott government to press ahead with its agenda of support for US wars abroad and new anti-democratic measures at home.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 17 December 2014
The most disturbing question is why the Australian government immediately elevated the incident into a major national crisis.
By Patrick Kelly, 17 December 2014
Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2014
The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy.
By Mike Head, 16 December 2014
Long-distance footage showed heavily-armed units storming the building, firing stun grenades and semi-automatic weapons.
By James Cogan, 16 December 2014
The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending.
By our reporters, 16 December 2014
The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2014
Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings.
By Mike Head, 15 December 2014
Without any evidence being made public of terrorist involvement, a massive police operation has been set in motion in Sydney and other Australian cities.
By Mike Head, 13 December 2014
There are now about five times as many unemployed workers as the number of job advertisements.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2014
Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.
By Mike Head, 10 December 2014
Abbott’s apparent about-face is another indication of the political crisis wracking the Liberal-National Coalition government.
By Mike Head, 9 December 2014
An official report says the risks confronting the economy are much greater than during the 2008–09 meltdown.
By Susan Allan, 8 December 2014
A record level of suicides by Aboriginal children and teenagers is a product of decades of poverty and a damning indictment of the profit system.
By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014
The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2014
Naval personnel testify that captains received instructions direct from Canberra not to assist stricken boats, leaving the passengers to perish.
By Nick Beams, 4 December 2014
Output grew by only 0.3 percent in the third quarter, well below expectations, accompanied by a fall in national income.
By Terry Cook, 4 December 2014
Thousands more jobs across Australia’s mining and resources sector will be eliminated as major companies restructure their operations and shelve investment plans in response to the ongoing plunge in commodity prices and slowing global demand.
By Zac Hambides, 3 December 2014
This generation of young people will become the first in the post-war period to have a lower standard of living than their parents.
By James Cogan, 3 December 2014
The ship’s role has been expanded since Australia enlisted as one of the main partners in the aggressive US “pivot to Asia.”
By Mike Head, 2 December 2014
Prime Minister Abbott held a 50-minute solo media conference to try to deal “head on” with the ever-more visible disarray of his government.
By James Cogan, 2 December 2014
The overblown response of the entire media, political and sporting establishment to Hughes’s death deserves careful and critical scrutiny.