By Frank Gaglioti and Chris Sinnema, 24 September 2016
The trade unions have opposed any unified industrial and political action to win reinstatement of the Carlton & United Breweries maintenance workers.
By Terry Cook, 24 September 2016
Better-paying jobs are being eliminated throughout mining-related and manufacturing industries.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2016
Canberra is so enmeshed in Washington’s proxy war in the Middle East that it could find itself on the frontline of a conflict with Russia.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 September 2016
The pseudo-left SAlt pushes various forms of identity politics, to cut across and suppress growing opposition to social inequality, the escalating assault on democratic rights, and war.
By John Harris, 21 September 2016
Many families live in precarious conditions and their children are more likely to have long-term health issues.
By Mike Head, 21 September 2016
The government is trying to put new window dressing on measures designed to coerce some of the poorest layers of the working class into low paid jobs.
By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2016
The repeated references to the TPP’s “strategic” dimension underline its connection to the US military build-up in the Asia Pacific against China.
By Mike Head, 16 September 2016
Hanson’s first Senate speech, which was given wall-to-wall media coverage, focused on vilifying Muslims, China and welfare recipients.
By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2016
Berry’s intervention confirms American involvement in the anti-Beijing crusade, and highlights US determination to ensure Canberra’s support for its war drive against China.
By Mike Head, 14 September 2016
The Coalition-Labor pact sends a wider signal to the financial elite: Labor will try to shore up the fragile political establishment and deliver the austerity measures demanded by business.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2016
The company’s move is part of a broader offensive against the jobs and working conditions of workers.
By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2016
The campaign against politicians, commentators and businessmen not fully supportive of the US “pivot” against China is a warning of the advanced character of war preparations in Asia.
By Erin Cooke, 13 September 2016
Media reports have revealed a state Labor government coverup of the violent mistreatment of teenage detainees.
By Mike Head, 12 September 2016
Prime Minister Turnbull equated the stabbing incident to the 9/11 mass terrorist attacks in the US, which were used to proclaim an endless “war on terror.”
By our reporters, 12 September 2016
The protests were aimed at appealing to the Liberal-National coalition government and preventing any serious political discussion among public sector workers.
By our correspondent, 12 September 2016
The twin measures underscore the close connection between escalating militarism and domestic police-military repression.
By Max Newman, 10 September 2016
Less than 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers have been allowed entry since the government’s promise to protect 12,000 people nearly a year ago.
By Mike Head, 9 September 2016
Dastyari’s removal sends a wider message to the parliamentary elite that no dissent will be tolerated to the bipartisan policy of backing Washington.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 September 2016
Greens leader Richard Di Natale installed senators with “fiscally conservative” credentials to key frontbench posts.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2016
The union is seeking to corral opposition to attacks on wages and conditions behind the Labor Party.
By Patrick Kelly, 8 September 2016
While demanding Beijing abides by a recent South China Sea ruling, Canberra has rejected the court’s jurisdiction in its disputes with East Timor in the Timor Sea.
By James Cogan, 7 September 2016
The political atmosphere resembles that before the June 2010 political coup that removed Labor leader Kevin Rudd.
By Mike Head, 7 September 2016
The corporate discontent with the prime minister’s performance is mounting amid falling business investment and stagnant retail sales.
By James Cogan, 6 September 2016
The language provides an ominous warning of the chauvinism and hysteria that is set to engulf Australian politics.
By James Cogan, 5 September 2016
The question mark over Turnbull’s allegiance to the US alliance and anti-China agenda has been raised under conditions in which he holds office by a thread.
By John Roberts, 5 September 2016
The closure by Woolworths of Masters and Home Timber and Hardware stores reflects the impact of slump and deflation on the retail industry.
By Mike Head, 2 September 2016
Last night’s chaotic scenes underscore the ongoing instability of the political establishment.
By James Cogan, 2 September 2016
Payments accepted by Dastyari have been linked with political positions he advanced on China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
By our reporters, 1 September 2016
Sydney College of the Arts students and staff are continuing their protests against the University of Sydney administration’s attempts to transfer the highly-regarded fine arts tertiary institution onto another campus. Students spoke to WSWS reporters about the impact on their studies and their artistic work.
By James Cogan, 1 September 2016
ASPI began with the question “under what circumstances would Australia join in a war against China?”
By our reporters, 1 September 2016
The ongoing protest coincided with a march on parliament by National Art School students and staff opposing merger plans at their facility.
By Mike Head, 31 August 2016
The prime minister appealed for all parliamentarians to unite behind a program of austerity, military spending and expanded powers for the security forces.
By Mike Head, 30 August 2016
The result is a barometer of broader trends wracking Australia’s political establishment, driven by disaffection and economic slump.
By John Roberts, 29 August 2016
From the outset, the union had no intention of waging any struggle to mobilise workers to oppose the cost cutting and fight the threat of closure.
By Max Newman, 29 August 2016
More than 100 ex-staff members have risked lengthy jail sentences to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers incarcerated on remote Pacific islands.
By Mike Head, 26 August 2016
Labor is proposing a united front with the government in order to carry through multi-billion dollar cuts to public health, education and welfare.
By Cheryl Crisp, 26 August 2016
The heart disease maps expose a health gulf between the wealthiest areas of the country and the poorest.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2016
The leak has raised concerns about whether DCNS’ multi-billion dollar plans to build submarines for Australia could also be compromised.
By Mike Head, 24 August 2016
BHP Billiton’s plight underscores the depth of the world slump and the particular vulnerability of Australian capitalism.
By John Roberts and James Cogan, 24 August 2016
The actions of the Vietnamese authorities were greeted with arrogant indignation by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 August 2016
The corporate elite is calling for universities to be subordinated ever-more directly to the immediate profit needs of big business.
By Patrick Kelly, 22 August 2016
The NAPLAN scores are being used to prepare the ground for new austerity measures for public schools and attacks on teachers’ conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 August 2016
Reports of cases pre-date the official rediscovery of the disease in Queensland last year.
By Mike Head, 20 August 2016
Part-time work is becoming the “new normal” for growing layers of workers, with devastating consequences for living standards.
By Mike Head, 19 August 2016
There is mounting concern in ruling circles that Turnbull’s government has failed to impose the required austerity agenda.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 August 2016
The result of the selection contest underscored that the Greens have dispensed with any, even nominal, opposition to militarism and war.
By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 18 August 2016
Under the plan, academic and professional staff positions will be slashed by 60 percent, or about 50 full and part-time jobs, and various specialised courses eliminated.
By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2016
The Financial Times comment underscores the dilemma facing the Australian ruling class as its strategic ally, the US, confronts its largest trading partner, China.
By Max Newman, 16 August 2016
The government and Labor opposition remain committed to punitive “offshore” detention as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Mike Head, 16 August 2016
Amid rising social and class tensions, the “anti-terrorism” powers are being prepared for use against the working class.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2016
Over 100,000 public sector workers have had no pay increase for three years.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 August 2016
The Australian ruling elite fears that Trump could disrupt the US alliance, which has been the cornerstone of its foreign policy since World War II.
By Mike Head, 13 August 2016
The decision highlights the dilemma facing the Australian ruling elite, which depends heavily on China economically but relies on the US militarily.
By Mike Head, 12 August 2016
The Reserve Bank governor said politicians had to move more swiftly to impose the burden of the post-2008 crisis on the working class.
By our reporters, 11 August 2016
Universities are cutting costs, boosting class sizes and increasingly relying on poorly-paid and highly insecure casual teachers.
By Mike Head, 10 August 2016
Sharp differences have erupted over the Turnbull government’s looming decision on whether to permit State Grid to operate Sydney’s electricity supply.
By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2016
The New South Wales government has responded to an entirely preventable hospital accident by going into damage control.
By Richard Phillips, 9 August 2016
This self-serving assertion is part of ongoing efforts at the coroner’s inquest to prevent any exposure of the official lies about the “ISIS terror attack.”
By Max Newman, 8 August 2016
A report targets Ferrovial, a global infrastructure giant, which currently holds the Australian government contract to run the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
By Mike Head, 6 August 2016
The outcome highlights how far the election backfired for the government and the entire parliamentary establishment.
By Mike Head, 5 August 2016
The Australian government has set a brutal model for countries around the world to punish and bar entry to millions of desperate refugees.
By Mike Head, 4 August 2016
Concerted efforts are being made to divert the outrage over the Northern Territory abuses behind claims that the violence can be attributed solely to racism.
By Richard Phillips, 3 August 2016
The union is seeking to blackmail Whyalla workers, by declaring that if they reject the enterprise agreement, Arrium’s steel plant and nearby mines will be closed.
By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2016
The state-owned Global Times newspaper suggested that Australia would be “an ideal target for China to warn and strike” if it intruded in South China Sea disputes.
By Mike Head, 2 August 2016
The revamp is a bid to head off the widespread hostility to the royal commission by putting an Aboriginal face on the inquiry, whose assigned task is to whitewash the abuses.
By our reporters, 1 August 2016
Rally organisers, from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, channeled the deeply-felt anger and disgust into divisive black nationalism.
By our correspondents, 1 August 2016
Rally participants interviewed by the WSWS voiced disgust at the abuse revelations and hostility to the proposed royal commission, saying it was another official coverup.
By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2016
The fracas this week over former Prime Minister Rudd has not only highlighted deep divisions in the Coalition government, but also raises a question about Washington’s hand in events.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016
The feature-length documentary is a harrowing account of the systematic cruelty and de-humanisation of asylum-seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centres.
By Mike Head, 28 July 2016
Turnbull’s unstable government has quickly seized on recent terrorist attacks in Europe, the Middle East and the US as a pretext for further police-state measures.
By Terry Cook, 27 July 2016
There is widespread outrage over the revelations, which include footage similar to the images of hooding and torture that emerged from the US-run Abu Ghraib facility in Iraq
By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 27 July 2016
The Congress provided the political grounding for the campaign conducted by the SEP in the July 2 Australian federal election.
27 July 2016
The following resolution was adopted at the Third National Congress of the SEP (Australia), which took place in Sydney from April 24 to 26, 2016.
By Mike Head, 26 July 2016
Founding party leader Bob Brown publicly called for the ousting of the Greens’ executive in New South Wales.
By our reporters, 26 July 2016
Many within the arts community have denounced the plans to amalgamate Sydney’s three main arts colleges into one “super-campus.”
By our reporters, 26 July 2016
Explosive political developments in the past weeks have vindicated the analysis and perspective fought for by the SEP in the July 2 federal election.
By our reporters, 26 July 2016
Attendees speak about their concerns over US plans for war against China and the government’s austerity agenda.
Take up the fight against war, austerity and dictatorship!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 July 2016
Developments since the Australian federal election have underscored the preparations by the ruling elite for war with China and authoritarian forms of rule.
By Mike Head and James Cogan, 23 July 2016
A full-scale US assault on China would almost certainly escalate into a nuclear war, in which millions would die.
By Terry Cook, 23 July 2016
The job cuts further highlight the impact of falling commodity prices and declining demand in China and throughout Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 21 July 2016
Biden’s speech in Sydney made clear that the US will not tolerate any equivocation by Canberra and other regional allies in supporting its war preparations in the Indo-Pacific.
By Mike Head, 20 July 2016
Biden’s trip to Australia came in the immediate aftermath of the arbitration court decision in The Hague declaring illegal Chinese land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
By Elle Chapman, 20 July 2016
The plans to close the Sydney College of the Arts are part of a pro-business restructure of the University of Sydney, and a broader attack on the arts.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2016
Turnbull is attempting to address the two acute pressures bearing down on his government—from Washington and the financial markets.
By Mike Head, 15 July 2016
Even before Prime Minister Turnbull names his ministry, the government is wracked by recriminations and rifts.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016
The legal action against the Australian Workers Union is aimed at intimidating steelworkers hostile to the conditions imposed by the company-union deal last year.
By James Cogan, 14 July 2016
Australia’s central role in the US preparations for war with China has proceeded despite the misgivings of sections of the ruling elite.
By Mike Head, 14 July 2016
By posturing as an anti-elite candidate, Hanson exploits the social crisis caused by successive Labor and Coalition governments.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 July 2016
At the centre of the campaign was the development of political analysis to clarify workers and young people on the necessity for a socialist and internationalist perspective.
By James Cogan, 11 July 2016
After the political and media establishment did everything possible during the election to prevent any debate on the rising danger of war, that issue is set to erupt.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2016
Andrew Wilkie declared that he would like to see an international court to hear the “pretty compelling case” against George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard for war crimes.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 July 2016
Poor election results by the Greens have provoked bitter recriminations in the party's ranks.
9 July 2016
The SEP will explain the socialist and internationalist program that workers must take up in order to fight for their class interests. The meeting in Sydney will be live-streamed on Facebook.
By Mike Head, 8 July 2016
Standard & Poor’s has decreed that the next government must “forcefully” impose severe cuts to social spending and other austerity measures.
By Mike Head, 7 July 2016
Even if Turnbull is able to form a government, the result will be an unstable administration, wracked by divisions.
By Frank Gaglioti, 7 July 2016
The unions organised the rally to place pressure on company executives to collaborate with them in driving down workers’ wages and conditions.
By our reporters, 7 July 2016
The remarks of workers and young people underscored the widespread hostility towards the political establishment.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 July 2016
The ruling elites, whether in Australia or around the world, cannot return to the stable and predictable parliamentary forms through which they governed in the past.