Australian state-funded networks provide platform for extreme-right

By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2015

Extensive media coverage of anti-Islamic organisations is in line with the government’s preparations for war and deeper attacks on democratic rights.

Australian workers and youth denounce war drive after Paris attacks

By our reporters, 23 November 2015

Workers and young people spoke out against the use of the Paris terror attacks to escalate the drive to war and the assault on democratic rights.

Australia: Labor Party attacks government over Chinese port contract

By James Cogan, 23 November 2015

Labor’s subservience to Washington and the US-Australia alliance is in line with its entire history.

Toyota worker denounces union over shutdown of Australian car industry

By our reporter, 21 November 2015

“The only people who will win out from this closure are the company and the unions.”

BlueScope praises Australian unions for pushing through job destruction at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2015

The company will now try to use the threat to close the steel plant to extract more cuts to wages and conditions.

Australian unemployment figures provoke disbelief and criticism

By Terry Cook, 20 November 2015

Despite mounting job losses, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for October recorded an unexplained fall in the unemployment rate.

Obama demands China halt South China Sea activities

By Mike Head, 19 November 2015

In Manila for the APEC summit, Obama condemned China specifically, further escalating the confrontation over the South China Sea.

US president reproaches Australian PM over Darwin port deal

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2015

Amid rising tensions with Beijing, Obama said Washington should have had “a heads-up” over a Chinese company winning the northern Australian port lease.

Australian unions force through steel job cuts and wage freeze

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2015

A significant minority of workers rejected the company-union blackmail.

Australian establishment seizes on Paris attacks to justify war and police state measures

By James Cogan, 18 November 2015

Every effort is being made to silence any criticism of the wars, attacks on democratic rights and worsening social conditions that have fuelled Islamist extremism.

Australian maritime union betrays Hutchison workers

By Richard Phillips, 18 November 2015

Hutchison management thanked the union for giving the company “greatly enhanced flexibility.”

Hutchison worker: “The union delivered the job cuts the company wanted”

18 November 2015

One sacked Hutchison worker who attended the Brisbane mass meeting on Monday spoke with the World Socialist Web Site. He said that although there was “almost unanimous” vote for union-company deal “there were a lot of concerns about the end results.

Australian unions seek to ram through job destruction at BlueScope Steel

By Oscar Grenfell and James Cogan, 17 November 2015

Opposition has steadily increased to the union’s efforts to blackmail workers into voting to slash their own conditions.

Divisions emerge over Chinese contract for northern Australian port

By James Cogan, 16 November 2015

The discussion shifted from the commercial opportunities offered by Chinese investment to the “threat” posed by Chinese companies.

Australian government considers removing refugees to Kyrgyzstan

By Max Newman, 14 November 2015

Kyrgyzstan, one of a number of former Soviet Union countries being considered for transferring refugees, ranks among the 50 poorest countries in the world.

Australia: Growing opposition to union-company deal at Port Kembla steelworks

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 November 2015

The unions are seeking to intimidate workers into accepting 500 job cuts, a wage-freeze and an overhaul of working conditions.

Australian Labor Party backs revamped bill to revoke citizenships

By Mike Head, 13 November 2015

With Labor’s assistance, the Turnbull government’s bill establishes a wider precedent for overturning the fundamental democratic right to citizenship.

Australian government deporting life-long residents over minor offences

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 November 2015

Hundreds of long-term residents are being stripped of their visas, and face indefinite detention and deportation.

Forty years since the Canberra Coup

By James Cogan, 11 November 2015

The concern in ruling circles in Australia and the US was that the Whitlam Labor government had failed to stem the powerful movement of the working class that had brought it to power in 1972.

Refugee’s death triggers another riot on Australia’s Christmas Island

By Mike Head, 10 November 2015

According to detainees, a confrontation broke out after Iranian refugees demanded answers from security guards, only to be abused and taunted.

New research highlights social inequality in Australian schools

By Frank Gaglioti, 9 November 2015

A recent report verifies that ever-widening social inequality in Australia continues to have the most detrimental consequences for the working class.

Report reveals widening gap in Australian living standards

By John Harris, 9 November 2015

The gulf between the richest and poorest households grew over the past decade, and will deepen during the next 10 years.

Australian workers and youth denounce preparations for war against China

By our reporters, 7 November 2015

Australia’s Turnbull government last week gave its immediate support for US naval provocations against China in the South China Sea.

Brisbane residents startled by low altitude military flight

By Mike Head, 7 November 2015

The unannounced fly-over by a large Globemaster aircraft displayed utter contempt for the residents and alarmed many people, both physically and politically.

Australian government pushes to increase taxes on workers and poor

By Mike Head, 6 November 2015

Business leaders are demanding the hiking of the Goods and Services Tax, in line with higher consumption taxes being imposed around the world.

Chevron to slash hundreds of jobs at Australian gas projects

By Terry Cook, 6 November 2015

The resources giant is eliminating up to 14,000 jobs globally, underscoring the sharp reversal in the mining sector.

Australian financial commentator hails union role in steel cuts at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2015

The so-called negotiations had the character of a union-company conspiracy against the BlueScope workers.

Australian government trials new “welfare card”

By Susan Allan, 4 November 2015

Once more, Aboriginal people are being used as guinea pigs for measures designed to dismantle welfare entitlements throughout the working class.

Australia and China conduct joint naval exercises

By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2015

The joint operation in no way eases the tensions heightened by the US naval intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea last week.

Two more refugees commit suicide in Australia

By Max Newman, 2 November 2015

The Australian government’s responsibility for the suicides is underscored by the treatment of Khodayar Amini, who set himself alight last month.

Australian unions peddle anti-Chinese chauvinism as they enforce job destruction

By Mike Head, 30 October 2015

The union campaign seeks to blame Chinese workers, and Chinese companies, for the growing unemployment in Australia.

Tensions soar internationally following US deployment in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 October 2015

The reckless calculation in Washington is that the Chinese regime’s diplomatic and military response to its provocative actions are nothing more than rhetoric.

Australian electricity unions go to industrial tribunal to assist job shedding

By Terry Cook, 27 October 2015

A directive by the Fair Work Commission ordering the reinstatement of 74 workers amounts to nothing more than a temporary stay of execution.

Australian PM refuses to halt deportations of New Zealanders

By Tom Peters, 26 October 2015

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bluntly rejected a request to end the removal of New Zealand-born Australian residents who have received prison sentences.

Australian government plans to repackage university cuts

By Evrim Ludlow, 26 October 2015

Despite union claims of “victory,” the Turnbull-led Coalition will push ahead with revised schemes to slash student funding.

Australian government sends alleged rape victim back to detention on Nauru

By Max Newman, 24 October 2015

In order to prevent a court injunction, the Turnbull government quickly removed a young refugee woman seeking an abortion in Australia.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 October 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Australian ex-treasurer spells out corporate elite’s agenda

By Mike Head, 23 October 2015

In his departing speech, Joe Hockey outlined the dismantling of welfare, health and education, as well as deep cuts to working-class wages and conditions.

Major shareholder predicts closure of Australian steel plant

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2015

The comments underscore that the attack on the Port Kembla workers is part of a global restructuring of the steel industry.

Mining giant Glencore cuts global output and jobs

By Terry Cook, 21 October 2015

In a bid to reduce debt, the Anglo-Swiss giant will slash production throughout its zinc, copper and coal mines.

Australia: Human rights abuses in Northern Territory juvenile detention centres

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2015

Reports indicate that solitary confinement and other abuses are regularly meted out to incarcerated children, mostly Aboriginal.

Australian government seeks to block High Court case on offshore detention centres

By Max Newman, 19 October 2015

The Turnbull government claims that Nauru’s new “open centre” model means asylum seekers are no longer “detained.”

Australian public sector union in closed-door talks with government

By Terry Cook, 17 October 2015

After closed-door talks, the CPSU is working with the new Turnbull government to break up resistance by public sector workers to its cost-cutting demands.

Two young Australian Muslims arrested as “extremism” summit prepares surveillance of youth

By Mike Head, 16 October 2015

The Turnbull government foreshadowed further draconian “terrorism” laws and called for pervasive monitoring of young people.

US, Australia talks portend military provocation against China

By James Cogan, 15 October 2015

For the first time, the Ausmin communiqué has explicitly named Chinese activity as the cause of “strong concerns.”

New Australian “terrorism” laws to target 14-year-olds

By Mike Head, 14 October 2015

The Turnbull government is exploiting yet another terrorism scare campaign to justify handing further powers to the police and intelligence apparatuses.

US navy planning provocative “patrols” in South China Sea

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2015

The apparent US decision to go ahead with “patrols” in the South China Sea follows a steady drumbeat from within military circles.

Amid moves to sell-out Hutchison workers, Maritime Union of Australia threatens WSWS

By James Cogan, 14 October 2015

The MUA’s main fear is that the alternative perspective provided by the WSWS has won an audience among waterfront workers.

Australian dock, engineering workers express solidarity with US autoworkers

By our correspondents, 13 October 2015

Workers involved in bitter industrial disputes on the Australian waterfront and at engineering company UGL have spoken out in support of American autoworkers.

Australia: Union keeps tram workers in dark over new agreement

By our correspondent, 13 October 2015

The RTBU has declared that workers will see the full enterprise bargaining agreement with Yarra Trams only after a vote is taken on it.

Australian Toyota workers support US auto workers’ struggle

By our correspondents, 12 October 2015

Autoworkers in Australia face the shutdown of the country's entire auto industry.

Workers and young people speak out against the demonization of Muslim youth in Australia

By our reporters, 12 October 2015

Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”

Oppose the destruction of the car industry in Australia! Launch a struggle in defence of jobs!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 10 October 2015

The closure of the car plants is not inevitable, but it can only be fought on the basis of a new political perspective and new forms of organisation.

Papua New Guinea trial obscures Australian responsibility for refugee’s death

By Max Newman, 10 October 2015

Two Manus Island locals accused of murdering Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Reza Barati have won an order re-opening their trial.

Unions push sweeping cuts to Australian steel workers’ jobs and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2015

The deal hatched by the unions and BlueScope involves hundreds of sackings and a wage freeze.

Sydney teenager detained for 100 hours questioning over alleged “terrorist” killing

By Mike Head, 9 October 2015

Such prolonged detention without charge is another serious attack on basic legal and democratic rights.

Police target Muslim youth after alleged “terror” shooting in Sydney

By Linda Levin, 7 October 2015

More than 200 police launched a series of coordinated “counter-terrorism” raids this morning across four western Sydney suburbs resulting in five arrests.

Australian maritime union moves to sell out Hutchison dispute

By Mike Head, 7 October 2015

Under the MUA agreement, all Hutchison workers will be required to work for half pay, or less.

Death in custody highlights Australia’s brutal deportation of New Zealand citizens

By Tom Peters, 6 October 2015

Junior Togatuki, who was found dead in his prison cell, was one of hundreds of long-term Australian residents being deported to New Zealand under a draconian new policy.

Australian police kill 15-year-old in purported “terror” incident

By James Cogan, 5 October 2015

As in previous cases, such as the Sydney siege last December, the deaths are being used to justify the “war on terror.”

Australia: Ausgrid plans far-reaching restructure ahead of privatisation

By Terry Cook, 3 October 2015

Power distribution business Ausgrid intends to close depots, phase out apprenticeships, sell off training facilities and outsource call centres.

Australian PM’s summit displays union-business “consensus”

By Mike Head, 2 October 2015

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s meeting discussed how to “sell” and impose far-reaching attacks on jobs and social conditions.

Australia: Union imposes job cuts at UGL, defying workers’ votes

By Mike Head, 30 September 2015

Workers accuse the AMWU of paving the way for the next round of redundancies.

Australian PM calls summit with union and business leaders

By Nick Beams, 29 September 2015

The summit is aimed at developing a “consensus” for the sweeping attacks on social and working conditions being demanded by corporate and financial elites.

Australia: Union shuts down industrial action by public transport workers

By Frank Gaglioti, 29 September 2015

Workers are being deliberately kept in the dark over deals being struck by the unions and management behind closed doors.

Agonising suicide in Australian refugee detention centre

By Max Newman, 28 September 2015

All the circumstances surrounding Ali Jaffari’s death point to the impact of the harsh measures being taken by Australian governments to repel asylum seekers.

Reports forecast worsening economic conditions for Australia

By Mike Head, 26 September 2015

The mining investment boom that partly shielded the Australian economy from the full effects of the global financial crisis, has gone into sharp reverse.

Australian public sector workers reject government pay offer

By Terry Cook, 25 September 2015

The CPSU has kept workers divided along departmental lines, while appealing to the Turnbull government for negotiations on its cost-cutting demands.

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull gets US backing

By Nick Beams, 24 September 2015

American Ambassador John Berry has countered suggestions that the new Turnbull government might shift its orientation towards China and away from the US.

Australian tax summit sees an emerging “consensus”

By Nick Beams, 23 September 2015

Business economist Saul Eslake set out a strategy for “selling” an increase in the regressive Goods and Services Tax to fund cuts in corporate and income tax levels.

Australian coroner: Chinese student killed in building fire because laws violated

By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2015

All the factors that led to the Bankstown tragedy are replicated in many buildings across Australia, potentially endangering thousands of lives.

IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

The lectures outlined the contemporary political significance of the struggle waged by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the carnage of World War I.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.

Unions push protectionism while pledging to impose steel job cuts at Wollongong rally

By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015

At a “Save Our Steel” rally the unions sought to channel the anger over job losses into nationalist calls for governments to subsidise local steel producers.

Turnbull’s cabinet to deepen attacks on Australian working class

By Nick Beams, 21 September 2015

The gushing media support for the new “progressive” cabinet is intended to win the backing of sections of the upper middle class for the program of austerity.

New Turnbull government suffers loss of support in Australian by-election

By our correspondents, 21 September 2015

Behind the electoral volatility that characterises Australian politics lies widespread alienation from the entire political establishment.

Australian UGL workers condemn union’s role in retrenchments

By Mike Head, 21 September 2015

Workers at UGL’s Auburn railway workshops in Sydney last week responded warmly to a Socialist Equality Party leaflet.

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia’s wealthiest prime minister

By Mike Head, 19 September 2015

Representing the financial elite, Turnbull has been assigned the task of imposing sweeping cuts to working-class living standards.

Withdraw all Australian military forces from Syria and the Middle East!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015

The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.

Foreign policy dilemmas over China confront new Australian PM

By Nick Beams, 18 September 2015

The conundrum facing Australian capitalism, flowing from its economic relationship with China and its strategic integration with the US anti-China “pivot to Asia,” could be set to worsen.

Business warns new Australian PM over promises to National Party

By Mike Head, 17 September 2015

The potential ructions between the Liberal and National parties, and within the Nationals, underscore the unstable character of the newly-installed Turnbull government.

A reply to the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee

Overturn the ban on the IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (University of Melbourne), 17 September 2015

Seeking to justify its ban on the IYSSE club, the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee has sent a letter containing a series of unsubstantiated allegations.

An internationalist strategy to oppose the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

By the Socialist Equality Party, 17 September 2015

The SEP insists that workers can only defend their interests on the basis of an independent class stance that rejects both the pro-ChAFTA “free traders” and the reactionary nationalism of Labor and the unions.

Another palace coup in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2015

For the third time in five years, the Australian population awoke yesterday to find the government changed, behind their backs, as a result of an inner-party putsch.

Australian business chiefs hail Turnbull as prime minister

By Nick Beams, 16 September 2015

Turnbull’s insistence on the need to “explain” is aimed at winning support among the upper layers of the better-off middle classes for deepening attacks on the working class.

Australian police fatally shoot 51-year-old postal worker

By Terry Cook, 16 September 2015

The deadly shooting follows a pattern of increasing police repression and violence in Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull installed as Australian prime minister in inner-party coup

By James Cogan, 15 September 2015

Turnbull, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is the personification of the interests of finance capital and has been inserted to implement its austerity agenda.

Australia, New Zealand reject stronger climate measures at Pacific Islands Forum

By John Braddock, 15 September 2015

Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.

Rumours of leadership spill resurface around Australian government

By Mike Head, 14 September 2015

Behind the moves to oust Prime Minister Abbott lies a protracted political crisis, intensified by a sharp economic downturn.

Australian tram drivers strike over jobs and conditions

By Margaret Rees, 14 September 2015

As tram workers hold limited stoppages, the Victorian Premier Labor threatens to do whatever is necessary “to protect the economic interests of the state.”

IYSSE in Sri Lanka, India condemn ban at University of Melbourne

14 September 2015

IYSSE clubs and supporters in Sri Lanka and India have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.

Australian wages growing at slowest rate in two decades

By Cheryl McDermid, 12 September 2015

Workers in Australia last year experienced “the largest downside surprise” in wages of all the 34 OECD countries.

UGL workers face deepening job cuts in Australia and Asia

By the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2015

The layoffs by a major engineering company are part of a wider barrage of job destruction throughout Australia and internationally.

IYSSE in Germany protests against University of Melbourne ban

11 September 2015

The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.

Australian government commits to air strikes inside Syria

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2015

The Abbott government is seeking to exploit the refugee crisis to silence opposition to its decision to join the US-led air war inside Syria.

IYSSE in Sri Lanka, US, condemn University of Melbourne ban

10 September 2015

The IYSSE in Sri Lanka and at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan have written to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.

Australian waterside workers “in the dark” as union negotiates job cuts with Hutchison

By Richard Phillips, 9 September 2015

“All sorts of people control our destinies—everybody except us,” sacked Hutchison wharfie.