By Mike Head, 9 February 2016
The ruling sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of innocent and desperate people in what amounts to Guantanamo Bay-style legal black holes.
By Mike Head, 8 February 2016
According to the AMA’s annual hospital report card, waiting times lengthened in 2014–15 and funding shortfalls will worsen in 2017 when the latest cutbacks come into effect.
By Richard Phillips, 8 February 2016
Closure of the inner-western Sydney Archway 1 theatre and exhibition space takes place amid ongoing federal and state government cuts to the arts.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2016
The decision sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of men, women and children in conditions that amount to torture.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016
Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.
By Max Newman, 2 February 2016
A paediatrics professor who worked in Nauru has condemned the indefinite detention of asylum seekers as torture, defying the police-state secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act.
By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2016
“Freedom of navigation” is the threadbare pretext used to disguise US-led preparations for war with China.
By Mike Head, 1 February 2016
The vague charges underscore the increasingly repressive sweep of Australia’s “anti-terrorism” laws.
By Terry Cook, 30 January 2016
The New South Wales government’s blueprint will provide a bonanza for property developers and finance houses.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 January 2016
The award is part of a broader campaign to normalise military involvement in political life, under conditions of escalating militarism and war.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2016
Fraser’s speech is part of a mounting ideological offensive by the financial and corporate elite to combat public hostility to the austerity agenda.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 January 2016
The Maritime Union of Australia’s “Our Coast. Our Jobs” campaign divides workers and obscures the union’s role as the enforcer of sweeping cuts demanded by big business.
By Mike Head, 26 January 2016
Together with the other trade unions, United Voice is seeking to contain the growing anger among workers over the mounting destruction of jobs.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2016
The CSIS report demands a build-up of the Australia military, as well as US bases across the north of the continent.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 January 2016
The ruling will likely be invoked by the union to strike a backroom deal with the port company.
By Mike Head, 23 January 2016
Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
By Max Newman, 22 January 2016
Detainees are now being incarcerated for an average 445 days, resulting in severe mental distress.
By James Cogan, 21 January 2016
Shadow defence spokesman Stephen Conroy’s column underscores the Labor Party’s role as the most fervent supporter of the US-Australia alliance.
By Mike Head, 21 January 2016
Malcolm Turnbull’s government has made the slashing of basic health services one of the priority targets of its austerity agenda.
By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2016
While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2016
The livelihoods of workers in the northern city of Townsville and the French colony of New Caledonia are imperiled by the threatened closure of the Queensland Nickel plant.
By Erika Zimmer, 16 January 2016
Young people seeking vocational training are facing skyrocketing tuition fees.
By Mike Head, 12 January 2016
A new year sharemarket rout highlights Australian capitalism’s acute vulnerability to the slowing growth and signs of economic instability in China.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2016
Residents of Yarloop, a town virtually destroyed by the blaze, were given almost no warning and were left without water.
By John Roberts, 11 January 2016
Tax office data reveals that the country’s major firms pay little or no company tax, while demanding an increased goods and services tax and the slashing of government spending.
By Patrick Kelly, 8 January 2016
The decision marks a setback for Australian imperialist interests in its resource-rich former colony.
By Will Morrow, 7 January 2016
While the immediate target of the royal commission report is the trade unions, the real aim is to clear the way for a fundamental transformation of Australian industrial relations.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 January 2016
The Dick Smith chain’s collapse has underscored the deepening crisis in the Australian economy, and drawn attention to the parasitic operations of private equity firms.
By Margaret Rees, 4 January 2016
Victoria has been hit by more than 2,500 bushfires since October but the hottest months, when the most dangerous fires usually occur, are still to come.
By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 28 December 2015
The investigations into the Lindt café tragedy over the past year are above all aimed at obscuring the role of the state apparatus, especially the intelligence agencies.
By Mike Head, 24 December 2015
Collapsing global iron ore and gas prices have triggered an abrupt economic reversal in Australia’s premier “mining boom” state.
By Mike Head, 22 December 2015
Big business is demanding the further lowering of wages and conditions to match those imposed on workers across America and Europe following the 2008 global financial crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015
As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.
By Max Newman, 19 December 2015
Under-funded NDIS service providers are struggling to cope with low prices set by governments and are employing an increasingly casualised workforce.
By Terry Cook, 18 December 2015
Anglo American’s announcement last week of massive layoffs, globally and in Australia, is just one indication of the crisis throughout the mining industry.
By Mike Head, 18 December 2015
The global slump and collapsing commodity prices have shattered the government’s promises to return to a surplus by the end of the decade.
By Nick Beams, 16 December 2015
Even the government’s own dubious growth figures show that its much vaunted transition to a more broad-based economy is based on lowering real wages.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2015
Turnbull’s announcement came amid an intensive campaign by his ousted predecessor, Tony Abbott, to demonise Muslims and call for ground troops to be deployed to Syria and Iraq.
By Richard Phillips, 12 December 2015
The media has provided blanket coverage of plans for an anti-Islamic rally in Cronulla, where racist mobs attacked Middle Eastern youth in 2005.
By Max Newman, 11 December 2015
As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces.
By Richard Phillips, 11 December 2015
The report targets the family home, which for more than a century has been exempt from inclusion in the pension assets test.
By Terry Cook, 9 December 2015
Workers continue to die or be severely injured in work-related accidents that are entirely preventable.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2015
Washington’s misgivings over Turnbull have been heightened by the lease of Darwin port to a Chinese company and his failure to agree to joint military challenges to Chinese claims in the South China Sea.
By Mike Head, 8 December 2015
The use of the criminal law to punish industrial action is a bid to wind the clock back to the nineteenth century.
By Mike Head, 7 December 2015
Less than three months after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott there are intense rifts within his government.
By Terry Cook, 7 December 2015
The power trade unions have diverted workers’ opposition into harmless protests while helping axe thousands of jobs through “voluntary” redundancies.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 5 December 2015
The impending death by stoning highlights the Sri Lankan government’s concern not to offend the Saudi regime and indifference to the plight of migrant workers.
By Mike Head, 4 December 2015
The new powers, which can be exercised without any trial or judicial process, go far beyond targeting alleged terrorist suspects.
By our correspondents, 3 December 2015
Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.
By Mike Head, 2 December 2015
The investment figures throw into doubt the government’s efforts to talk up the country’s economic prospects.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 December 2015
While the protests expressed growing concern over the environmental crisis, organisers sought to channel them into bankrupt appeals to the Turnbull government.
By Max Newman, 30 November 2015
Asylum seekers who disappeared for a week after being intercepted by the Australian navy were found stricken in a small boat without fuel off the Indonesian coast.
By Max Newman, 28 November 2015
None of the speakers mentioned the direct connection between the refugee crisis and the war drive by the US and its allies, including Australia.
By Mike Head, 28 November 2015
Entire areas of “human services”—including public health and education—will be thrown open to exploitation by cost-cutting corporate operators.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 November 2015
State Grid’s offer was turned down after a hysterical campaign presenting it as a threat to “national security.”
By Margaret Rees, 27 November 2015
Hot, dry weather conducive to bushfires is extending beyond the traditional summer months.
By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2015
While his style was slicker than his predecessor’s, Turnbull’s reactionary message was the same: a continued commitment to war abroad and anti-democratic measures at home.
By James Cogan, 25 November 2015
Sunday’s protests had the character of a well-rehearsed political pantomime, staged for the benefit of the media and the police agencies.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 23 November 2015
Labor’s subservience to Washington and the US-Australia alliance is in line with its entire history.
By our reporter, 21 November 2015
“The only people who will win out from this closure are the company and the unions.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2015
A significant minority of workers rejected the company-union blackmail.
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.
By Richard Phillips, 18 November 2015
Hutchison management thanked the union for giving the company “greatly enhanced flexibility.”
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 16 November 2015
The discussion shifted from the commercial opportunities offered by Chinese investment to the “threat” posed by Chinese companies.
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.
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.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 November 2015
Hundreds of long-term residents are being stripped of their visas, and face indefinite detention and deportation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2015
The so-called negotiations had the character of a union-company conspiracy against the BlueScope workers.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 30 October 2015
The union campaign seeks to blame Chinese workers, and Chinese companies, for the growing unemployment in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24 October 2015
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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.
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.