Australia

SEP election rally in Sydney on June 26 to be streamed live on Facebook

24 June 2016

The Socialist Equality Party’s final election rally in Sydney, “International class struggle returns: A socialist program against war and austerity,” will be streamed live on Facebook.

Video: The Australian election and the fight against the danger of world war

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 24 June 2016

James Cogan, SEP national secretary and Senate candidate for New South Wales, condemns the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.

Australian federal election

Grayndler candidate Jim Casey and the fake-left wing of the Greens

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 24 June 2016

Figures such as Casey are seeking to head off a developing political radicalisation among workers and young people, and channel it back into the dead-end of parliamentary politics.

SEP candidates in Victoria interviewed by SBS Radio

By our reporters, 24 June 2016

Will Fulgenzi and Peter Byrne emphasised the SEP’s fight for a new anti-war movement of the working class, in opposition to the entire political establishment.

Australian poultry processor Ingham to close Cardiff plant

By Terry Cook, 23 June 2016

The announcement is part of an attack on jobs and conditions in the meat and food processing industries worldwide.

SEP challenges Labor, Greens over war policies at Sydney election forum

By our reporters, 23 June 2016

At the meeting, Labor Party candidate and former deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese defended Australia’s military alliance with the US and slandered socialists.

SEP candidate discusses war and the Russian Revolution at Melbourne high schools

By our reporter, 23 June 2016

Fulgenzi was invited to give a presentation to Year 11 politics students and participated in a lively question-and-answer session that followed.

Australia: Katter video depicts him killing Labor and Coalition opponents

By Richard Phillips, 22 June 2016

The vile election ad, which is pitched to extreme right-wing elements, is an incitement to violence against anyone who opposes Katter’s nationalist demagogy.

Australian election rally promotes Greens’ bogus refugee “solution”

By John Braddock, 22 June 2016

The Sydney Town Hall meeting was a thinly-veiled election rally for the Greens.

SEP candidates condemn worsening assault on legal aid

By Mike Head and Erin Cooke—SEP Senate candidates for Queensland, 22 June 2016

Cuts to legal assistance in Australia are part of a wider austerity offensive against the working class, while billions of dollars are being spent on the military in preparation for war.

Australian Labor Party vows “freedom of navigation” provocations against China

By James Cogan, 21 June 2016

Of the two main establishment parties, Labor is the most militarist, bellicose and committed to the US alliance, whatever the consequences.

Australian jobs figures show expansion of part-time work

By Mike Head, 21 June 2016

A new “normal” has emerged—growing numbers of workers being forced to take part-time jobs, which are invariably less secure and worse-paid.

SEP election campaign team visits lead-affected suburb

By our reporters, 21 June 2016

What has happened in Boolaroo typifies the corporate and government contempt for the health and safety of workers and their families.

Socialist Equality Party candidate interviewed by community radio station

By our reporter, 21 June 2016

”We are fighting to build a party against war,” Gabriela Zabala told the Muslim radio station 2MFM.

Australian Labor’s campaign launch features lies and duplicity

By Mike Head, 20 June 2016

Shorten sought to reassure big business of Labor’s commitment to austerity, while falsely promising voters that it would maintain jobs and essential services.

Thousands of Australian households cut off electricity

By Mary Beadnell, 20 June 2016

Households in the Dark found that extreme financial distress is the basic reason for power disconnections.

SEP senate candidate speaks with Melbourne tram drivers

By our reporters, 20 June 2016

Chris Sinnema received a warm response when he outlined the party’s fight for a new anti-war movement of the working class.

Australian election: Murdoch paper excludes “minor parties” from candidates’ forum

By our reporters, 18 June 2016

A candidates’ forum in Sydney’s inner west only permitted Liberal Party, Labor and Greens representatives to make opening and closing remarks.

Blaxland: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

By John Davis—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 17 June 2016

Bankstown and the surrounding suburbs provide a picture of the worsening economic and social conditions facing millions of working people.

Political crisis deepens in Australia’s “double dissolution” election

By Mike Head, 16 June 2016

Despite growing public hostility and alienation, both major parties have publicly committed to imposing the austerity demands of the financial and corporate elite.

The lies surrounding the Sydney siege unravel

By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2016

The huge police mobilisation in response to a lone gunman is a sharp warning of the methods that will be used in the future to suppress opposition to war and austerity.

SEP election meetings outline alternative to war and austerity

By our reporters, 14 June 2016

SEP candidates spoke out against Australia’s integration into the US war drive against China and the mounting social crisis facing the working class.

ASPI think tank warns of war with China and attacks on Australia

By James Cogan, 13 June 2016

The Australian population has been kept in the dark about the content of the document.

Australia’s east coast hit by devastating storms

By Eric Ludlow, 13 June 2016

Under-resourced emergency response units were spread thin across the storm- and flood-damaged areas.

Australia: Labor unveils “tough, unpopular” budget cuts

By Mike Head, 11 June 2016

Labor underscored its commitment to satisfying the demands of the corporate elite for sweeping cuts to social spending.

Defend the rights of New Zealanders in Australia! Support the Socialist Equality Party!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 11 June 2016

The SEP is the only party in the Australian election that intransigently opposes all forms of nationalism and defends the basic rights of refugees and immigrants.

Australia power union calls off New South Wales strike

By Terry Cook, 10 June 2016

The Electrical Trades Union has pushed a long-running Essential Energy workers’ dispute into arbitration, clearing the way for the company to slash jobs and working conditions.

Australian elections: Workers and young people speak on mounting social divide

By our reporters, 10 June 2016

The growth of poverty and social distress is being ignored by the campaigns of the major parties and the corporate press.

Socialist Equality Party final election rallies

International class struggle returns: A socialist program against war and austerity

10 June 2016

The meetings will outline the socialist perspective necessary to take forward the independent, international interests of the working class.

Australia: Right-wing witch-hunt against La Trobe University academic

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 June 2016

The attack on La Trobe academic, Roz Ward, underscores the erosion of basic democratic and academic rights at universities.

SEP Senate candidate Peter Byrne calls for anti-war movement at election forum

By our reporters, 9 June 2016

“We’re standing in this election, in opposition to every other party, to warn of the danger of war. It’s the great unmentionable.”

Australia’s increasing suicide rate linked to social crisis

By Michelle Stevens, 8 June 2016

The recent report draws a connection between deteriorating economic conditions and the 22 percent increase in suicide between 2004 and 2014.

Australia: The promotion of Senator Jacqui Lambie

By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 8 June 2016

Lambie has sought to fashion another right-wing populist formation to divert the mounting social and class tensions.

SEP holds election meetings in Sydney and Melbourne

By our reporters, 7 June 2016

At both meetings, workers and young people discussed the socialist alternative to war, austerity and the assault on democratic rights.

What the Royal Commission into Australia’s trade unions revealed

Part Five: The TWU and MUA “training funds” and the CFMEU’s “drug and alcohol committee”

By Will Fulgenzi—SEP candidate for Wills, 7 June 2016

Millions of dollars flow into trade union coffers via arrangements between their various “funds,” “organisations” and “committees,” and the major employers.

Australian economic growth data masks slump and inequality

By Mike Head, 6 June 2016

While output rose, disposable income has now fallen for two years, indicating declining living standards.

Australia: Melbourne homeless continue city protest

By our reporters, 6 June 2016

Homeless people are defying arrest threats, city council denunciations and a media slander campaign.

Australia’s Nick Xenophon: An “anti-politician” with a nationalist and militarist program

By Mike Head—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 4 June 2016

Xenophon’s party is trying to channel the immense social discontent being produced by massive job losses back into the dead-end of the parliamentary system.

School closed in remote Australian indigenous community

By John Davis, 4 June 2016

None of the underlying causes of the social and economic problems in Aurukun have been addressed in the corporate media.

What the Royal Commission into Australia’s trade unions revealed

Part Three: The trade unions as insurance brokers

By Will Fulgenzi—SEP candidate for Wills, 4 June 2016

Behind their backs, unions and employers funnel workers’ entitlements for illness, redundancy, injury and death into the unions’ own insurance companies.

What the Royal Commission into Australia’s trade unions revealed

Part Two: Companies pay union “membership fees”

By Will Fulgenzi—SEP candidate for Wills, 3 June 2016

In exchange for implementing their agenda, major employers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the unions.

What the Royal Commission into Australia’s trade unions revealed

Part One: Workers need new organisations of struggle!

By Will Fulgenzi—SEP candidate for Wills, 2 June 2016

While the Commission’s motivations are reactionary, its report demonstrates that the unions are nothing but labour management businesses whose role is to destroy workers’ conditions.

Sydney University’s US Studies Centre: A bastion of pro-war strategy and propaganda

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 2 June 2016

The centre’s significance is underscored by the decision of Sydney University authorities to ban an anti-war meeting of the SEP on the Anzac Day weekend last year.

Australia: Jobs losses continue to mount amid collapsing wage levels

By Terry Cook, 1 June 2016

Australian Bureau of Statistics data exposes growing casualisation of the workforce and low wage levels.

Australia: “Q&A” segment reveals a yawning social divide

By Mike Head—Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 1 June 2016

Questions put to the politicians gave a glimpse of the disconnect between ordinary working people and the political elite.

SEP candidate challenges Labor, Greens, pseudo-left on climate change, war

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

In addition to outlining the necessary socialist policies required to resolve the climate change crisis, Fulgenzi exposed the pro-war agenda of the Labor Party and the Greens.

Australian election: SEP candidates campaign against war

By our reporters, 31 May 2016

Workers and young people denounced the billions being squandered on the military and the bipartisan assault on education, healthcare and jobs.

Australia’s wealthy soar while millions face destitution

By Erin Cooke—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 31 May 2016

Such levels of inequality are a direct product of the irrationality of the entire capitalist system.

Banality and lies mark Australian election “debate”

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 30 May 2016

The leaders of the major capitalist parties were not asked to state their position on the rising tensions between the United States and China.

Terrorist arrests injected into Australian election

By Mike Head, 28 May 2016

Many questions are raised about the timing of each arrest, suggesting definite political calculations.

Australian dairy farmers protest over milk price cuts

By Margaret Rees, 28 May 2016

Socialist Equality Party Senate candidate for Victoria Chris Sinnema attended the protest, discussing the party’s socialist program with farmers and their families.

Australian media vendetta against worker who questioned tax breaks for wealthy

By Patrick Kelly, 28 May 2016

The savage media treatment of Duncan Storrar is a reflection of the ruling elite’s determination to prevent any challenge to the status quo.

Why is there “no money” for basic social needs?

By Mike Head—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 27 May 2016

All around the world, governments are seeking to dismantle welfare entitlements, minimum wages, retirement pensions, and access to education and healthcare.

Public meetings on the Australian election

Support the SEP in 2016! No to war and budget cuts! For socialism and internationalism!

26 May 2016

The candidates will explain the socialist and internationalist program for which the SEP is fighting in opposition to Labor, the Liberals, the Greens and every other capitalist party.

Australian election: Military spending is war preparation, not “industry policy”

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 26 May 2016

The greatest expenditure on hardware for the Australian military since World War II is being cynically portrayed as a public works program.

Australian Treasury issues a blunt demand for austerity offensive

By Mike Head, 25 May 2016

The warning points to the reality of economic slump that all the parties of the political establishment are trying to keep hidden from public view until after the election.

Australian government’s “internship” program: An attack on young people

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 24 May 2016

Young people are a central target of the austerity agenda that will be deepened by whichever party forms government after the July 2 elections.

Support the Socialist Equality Party 2016 election campaign!

Vote against war and budget cuts! For internationalism and socialism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 May 2016

The SEP’s campaign is directed to the ever growing number of workers and young people who want a genuine alternative.

The SEP candidates in the 2016 Australian election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 May 2016

The Socialist Equality Party is standing a Senate group in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and candidates in the electorates of Grayndler and Blaxland in Sydney and Wills in Melbourne.

Australia: NSW government accelerates privatisation of prisons

By Robert Morgan, 21 May 2016

The state’s prison policy is part of a global process of higher imprisonment rates and commercial exploitation of public facilities.

Australian Federal Police raid Labor Party frontbencher

By Nick Beams, 20 May 2016

Raids conducted by the police have been denounced as “extraordinary and unprecedented” in an election campaign.

Why the South China Sea tensions were removed from Australian Greens’ speech

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 May 2016

Richard Di Natale’s foreign policy speech was edited to remove anything that could have been interpreted as a challenge to the Australian ruling elite’s preparations for war against China.

Australia: Fairfax Media imposes forced redundancies

By Terry Cook, 19 May 2016

Amid threatened government legal action against its workers for striking, one of the country’s largest media corporations last week began sacking editorial staff across two states.

Australian Greens leader criticises the US alliance—without mentioning China

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 May 2016

While denouncing aspects of the US-Australia alliance, Di Natale stopped short of raising the preparations for war against China or the crisis in the South China Sea.

Australian rate cut warnings point to economic slump

By Mike Head, 17 May 2016

The predictions indicate a deflationary “vortex” of falling prices, business investment and living standards.

Singapore expands military training in Australia

By John Roberts, 16 May 2016

The intensified military cooperation between Singapore and Australia is another part of the escalating US “pivot” against China.

Young Australian girl forced to go to Supreme Court to seek abortion

By Mary Beadnell, 16 May 2016

A teenager’s plight shows that the right to abortion is still denied for many working-class girls and women in Australia’s public hospitals.

Submarine project no solution for South Australia’s employment crisis

By John Braddock, 14 May 2016

Claims that building submarines will rescue the economically depressed state are false and any new jobs will be tied to preparations for war.

Patrick Stevedores threatens to lock out Australian port workers

By Terry Cook, 13 May 2016

Amid the campaign for Australia’s July 2 federal election, the major waterfront company has declared it will lock out workers in four states if they take further industrial action.

Australian Greens offer to enter future coalition with Labor

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 May 2016

The Greens are presenting themselves to the corporate elite as a party of “parliamentary stability.”

Australian state government imposes draconian “public safety” laws

By Mike Head, 12 May 2016

The two latest bills allow police officers to issue sweeping “crime prevention” and “public safety” orders—including forms of house arrest for up to five years—without a charge, trial or conviction.

Australian “Anzac Day plot” boy entrapped by police

By Cheryl Crisp, 12 May 2016

According to new evidence, the alleged plot consisted of taped conversations between the 16-year-old and an undercover police agent.

War danger grows following new US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 11 May 2016

US imperialism continues to stoke up long-standing, competing claims over territory in the South China Sea to militarily encircle and destabilise the Chinese regime.

Australian Labor shadow treasurer foreshadows post-election spending cuts

By Nick Beams, 11 May 2016

Labor shadow treasurer Chris Bowen used his National Press Club address to attack the Turnbull government for having no plan to reduce the budget deficit.

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

For a socialist program against Labor, the Liberals and the Greens

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 11 May 2016

The National Union of Students has called rallies to bolster the populist posturing of Labor and the Greens.

Murdoch tabloid appeals to voters to “save” Labor candidate in Australian elections

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 May 2016

The Daily Telegraph’s editorial expressed concerns within ruling circles that the elections are deepening the crisis of the two-party parliamentary set-up.

Thousands of jobs cut in Australia as slump deepens

By Terry Cook, 10 May 2016

Major companies continue to slash jobs, restructuring their operations to cut costs as the economic situation worsens.

Australian PM announces “double-dissolution” election for July 2

By James Cogan, 9 May 2016

Announcing the election, Prime Minister Turnbull spelled out his militarist, corporatist and anti-democratic agenda.

Trump’s rise causes disquiet in Australian ruling circles

By Mike Head, 9 May 2016

Alarm over the implications of a Trump presidency for the US alliance has been accompanied by anxiety over the popular discontent that Trump has exploited.

Committee minutes reveal anti-democratic discrimination against IYSSE at University of Melbourne

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 9 May 2016

Given the constitutional issues and potential legal implications involved, it is noteworthy that the University of Melbourne Student Council, to whom the C&SC is accountable, has taken no action.

Australian government boasts of helping US kill its own citizens in Middle East

By Mike Head, 7 May 2016

Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.

Young worker dies on Australian “work for the dole” scheme

By Declan O’Malley, 7 May 2016

Josh Park-Fing’s death underscores the unsafe conditions imposed on jobless workers via the Australian government’s forced work scheme.

Australia: Labor Party spells out election campaign of populism and lies

By James Cogan, 6 May 2016

Shorten’s budget reply highlighted Labor’s awareness of the deep hostility toward the entire political establishment.

Australian Workers Union to enforce cost-cutting at Arrium steel

By Terry Cook, 5 May 2016

The AWU is working hand-in-glove with major banks and the administrators to slash costs.

May Day 2016: The glorification of war and the preparation for future conflicts

By Cheryl Crisp, 4 May 2016

Cheryl Crisp, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
Link to audio

Two refugees set themselves alight in Australia’s Nauru detention centre

By Max Newman, 4 May 2016

The Australian government has labelled the protests as acts of “self-harm” to divert from any examination of why refugees have been driven to such desperate actions.

Australian government budget sets stage for volatile federal election

By James Cogan, 4 May 2016

The budget is predicated on cutbacks to working-class living standards in order to finance the ramping up of military spending and corporate tax cuts.

May Day 2016: Oppose the drive to war in the Asia-Pacific

By James Cogan, 4 May 2016

James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
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Australia: Pseudo-lefts promote the Greens’ posturing on refugees

By Patrick Kelly, 3 May 2016

Amid widespread public outrage, the rally organised in Melbourne on Saturday served as a thinly veiled election campaign event for the Greens.

Deflation spreads to Australia

By Mike Head, 3 May 2016

Last week’s cost-of-living statistics showed the emergence of deflation for the first time since the 2008–09 global financial crisis.

Australian government defies PNG refugee ruling

By Mike Head, 2 May 2016

The refugees remain incarcerated on Manus Island, despite Papua New Guinea’s highest court declaring their detention unconstitutional and ordering their immediate release.

Australia awards $50 billion submarine contract to France

By James Cogan, 28 April 2016

The contract also serves the US and Australian aim of drawing France more closely into the strategic planning for war with China.

Anzac Day celebrations in Australia aimed at suppressing anti-war sentiment

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 April 2016

This year’s Anzac events gave centre stage to military veterans from Australia’s more recent neo-colonial interventions in Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sacked Australian reporter continues to challenge Anzac myths

By Richard Phillips, 28 April 2016

Former SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre posted a series of tweets on Monday opposing the promotion of militarism and war.

PNG court declares Australian refugee detention camp illegal

By Mike Head, 28 April 2016

Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling exposes the unlawful character of the Australian policy of incarcerating asylum seekers on remote islands.

Australia: Another dubious “Anzac Day terror plot”

By Mike Head, 27 April 2016

Unsubstantiated claims of ISIS-inspired plots are being utilised to justify attacks on democratic rights and drum up pro-war jingoism.

Successful IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand against the drive to war

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 27 April 2016

Students participated in lively discussions on the principles outlined in the ICFI’s historic statement, “Socialism and the Fight Against War.”

Increasing suicide rate in Australia highlights social crisis

By Mary Beadnell, 26 April 2016

Steep increases in the numbers of people taking their own lives point to deteriorating economic and social conditions.

Australian media demands austerity offensive via “double dissolution” election

By Mike Head, 21 April 2016

The corporate media’s concerns reflect the conundrum that has wracked governments over the past decade: how to impose deep cuts to living standards on a hostile electorate.