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.
By our reporters, 6 July 2016
Many of those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger over the gutting of essential services, widespread unemployment and the growth of social inequality.
By Patrick Kelly, 5 July 2016
Gerry Harvey’s remarks express widespread hostility within ruling circles towards democratic forms of rule.
By Mike Head, 5 July 2016
The loss of support for the major parties, including the Greens, was most pronounced in the Senate where a record 26 percent of votes went to other political groupings.
By our reporters, 5 July 2016
Despite the official conspiracy of silence over the US plans for war against China, workers and youth expressed concern about the growth of militarism.
By James Cogan, 4 July 2016
The 2016 election marks a definite turning point in the crisis that has wracked the Australian political establishment over the past nine years.
By Patrick Kelly, 2 July 2016
Khalil is well known within Washington foreign policy, military and diplomatic circles.
By our reporters, 2 July 2016
Workers at the Coles-Toll plant spoke on the growing threat of a US-led war against China and Russia, as well as the rising war danger globally.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 July 2016
The SEP is the only party that fights for the socialist reorganisation of society, in Australia and internationally, to end war and meet the social rights of the working class.
By our reporters, 1 July 2016
Many of those interviewed expressed opposition to the whipping up of nationalism and xenophobia.
By Max Newman, 1 July 2016
Workers and youth must defend the basic rights of asylum seekers as an essential part of the struggle to unify the working class internationally.
By Chris Sinnema—SEP candidate for the Senate in Victoria, 30 June 2016
While Labor’s planned education funding is a hoax, its plans for regressive new measures against public school teachers are immediate and real.
By Eric Ludlow, 30 June 2016
Consecutive Labor and Coalition governments have slashed millions of dollars in funding to a range of artistic disciplines and cultural institutions.
By Peter Symonds, 30 June 2016
The political volatility and instability of Australian politics is another symptom of the deepening crisis of global capitalism, sharply expressed in the British vote to leave the European Union.
By Patrick Kelly, 30 June 2016
The Greens MP has reassured the ruling elite of the Greens’ commitment to a “stable” and “responsible” parliament.
By Michelle Stevens, 29 June 2016
The Foodbank report revealed that many charities could not meet the rising demand for food aid, resulting in 43,000 people being turned away empty-handed every month.
By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 29 June 2016
Socialist Alliance is not only falsely promoting the Greens as a progressive alternative to Labor and the Liberals, but is considering liquidating itself into this capitalist party.
By Erin Cooke—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 29 June 2016
Lazarus blames all of the current economic and social woes on foreign governments, corporations or workers.
28 June 2016
Download the SEP How-To-Vote cards for the Senate in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and for the lower house electorates of Grayndler and Blaxland in Sydney, and Wills in Melbourne.
By Elle Chapman, 28 June 2016
Over the past four years, under both Labor and the Coalition, the number of apprenticeships has plummeted from 516,000 to 295,000.
By our reporters, 28 June 2016
For the first time, the SEP streamed the Sydney meeting live on its Facebook page, enabling people to participate across Australia and internationally.
By our reporters, 28 June 2016
Workers and youth attending the Socialist Equality Party’s final election meetings in Australia discuss major political and historical questions.
By John Davis—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 27 June 2016
Today’s young people confront higher unemployment , more insecure work, increased housing costs, greater debts and higher tuition fees than earlier generations.
By Peter Symonds, 27 June 2016
“Lesser evilism” has long been the pseudo-lefts’ stock-in-trade at election time, but it takes on added political significance amid the deepening crisis of the two-party system.
By Mike Head—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 27 June 2016
For four decades, the reality has been one of a relentless assault on public health care by Labor and Coalition governments alike.
Australian election forum
By our reporter, 25 June 2016
Will Fulgenzi explained the SEP’s socialist perspective and its opposition to the nationalist, pro-war policies of Labor, the Greens and the pseudo-left Socialist Alliance.
By our reporter, 25 June 2016
Mike Head’s interview began with the 1917 Russian Revolution and outlined the danger of war, the attack on basic democratic rights and the need for a genuinely socialist alternative.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.