By Mike Head, 24 December 2014
John Robertson’s removal underscores the reactionary political climate created by the “terrorist” claims surrounding the Sydney hostage incident.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2014
The prime minister signalled with a cabinet reshuffle how he intends to exploit the hostage crisis to implement austerity as well as boost the “war on terror.”
By our reporters, 22 December 2014
Many of those who spoke with the WSWS in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend were deeply suspicious about the state counterterrorism operation.
By Nick Beams, 20 December 2014
The Sydney siege and its bloody outcome are the consequences of the increasing integration of Australia into the war drive of the US.
By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2014
The Sydney hostage-taking is the latest chapter in the lies and deceit used to boost the “war on terror” and its agenda of war and militarism.
By Will Morrow, 20 December 2014
A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2014
The government’s “review” seeks to divert attention from its own role in manufacturing a national “terrorism” crisis that ended tragically with three deaths.
By James Cogan, 19 December 2014
The raids have been used to maintain the drumbeat that Australia is under attack by domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS.
By Terry Cook, 19 December 2014
The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture.
By James Cogan, 18 December 2014
The hostage crisis is being exploited by the Abbott government to press ahead with its agenda of support for US wars abroad and new anti-democratic measures at home.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 17 December 2014
The most disturbing question is why the Australian government immediately elevated the incident into a major national crisis.
By Patrick Kelly, 17 December 2014
Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2014
The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy.
By Mike Head, 16 December 2014
Long-distance footage showed heavily-armed units storming the building, firing stun grenades and semi-automatic weapons.
By James Cogan, 16 December 2014
The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending.
By our reporters, 16 December 2014
The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2014
Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings.
By Mike Head, 15 December 2014
Without any evidence being made public of terrorist involvement, a massive police operation has been set in motion in Sydney and other Australian cities.
By Mike Head, 13 December 2014
There are now about five times as many unemployed workers as the number of job advertisements.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2014
Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.
By Mike Head, 10 December 2014
Abbott’s apparent about-face is another indication of the political crisis wracking the Liberal-National Coalition government.
By Mike Head, 9 December 2014
An official report says the risks confronting the economy are much greater than during the 2008–09 meltdown.
By Susan Allan, 8 December 2014
A record level of suicides by Aboriginal children and teenagers is a product of decades of poverty and a damning indictment of the profit system.
By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014
The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2014
Naval personnel testify that captains received instructions direct from Canberra not to assist stricken boats, leaving the passengers to perish.
By Nick Beams, 4 December 2014
Output grew by only 0.3 percent in the third quarter, well below expectations, accompanied by a fall in national income.
By Terry Cook, 4 December 2014
Thousands more jobs across Australia’s mining and resources sector will be eliminated as major companies restructure their operations and shelve investment plans in response to the ongoing plunge in commodity prices and slowing global demand.
By Zac Hambides, 3 December 2014
This generation of young people will become the first in the post-war period to have a lower standard of living than their parents.
By James Cogan, 3 December 2014
The ship’s role has been expanded since Australia enlisted as one of the main partners in the aggressive US “pivot to Asia.”
By Mike Head, 2 December 2014
Prime Minister Abbott held a 50-minute solo media conference to try to deal “head on” with the ever-more visible disarray of his government.
By James Cogan, 2 December 2014
The overblown response of the entire media, political and sporting establishment to Hughes’s death deserves careful and critical scrutiny.
By Patrick Kelly, 1 December 2014
The result intensifies the crisis confronting the federal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
By our reporters, 1 December 2014
Workers and young people discussed a range of political concerns with World Socialist Web Site reporters outside polling booths during Saturday’s Victorian state election ( see: election result article).
By James Cogan and Peter Symonds, 1 December 2014
An editorial entitled “Abbott government is doomed without narrative” summed up the deep frustration in ruling circles over its failure to ram through the austerity agenda.
By Mike Head, 29 November 2014
On the pretext of combatting ISIS, the government’s laws can be used against anyone perceived as a political threat to the ruling establishment.
By Will Morrow, 29 November 2014
The toll road has served as a convenient diversion in the Victorian election campaign to help suppress any debate on broader issues confronting the working class.
By James Cogan, 29 November 2014
At the recent G20 summit, the Greens singled out Chinese President Xi Jingping to present a protest letter on “human rights”—in line with Washington’s confrontational stance towards Beijing.
By our reporters, 28 November 2014
Unemployment in Broadmeadows and Dandenong, former centres of manufacturing and the car industry, has now reached depression-era levels.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 November 2014
The official campaign has been a sham from start to finish.
By Richard Phillips, 27 November 2014
JBS’s rapid expansion over the past nine years has been driven by an unrelenting assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 26 November 2014
Following two fatal police shootings within two days in the state of Queensland there is mounting evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in working-class areas. The two killings brought the number to four in suburbs around Brisbane, the state capital, since late September. Another man was shot in the head at close range, but survived.
By Mike Head, 25 November 2014
Senator Lambie’s acrimonious departure from the Palmer United Party further fractures the Senate, where the government lacks a majority.
By Oliver Campbell, 25 November 2014
The ABC announced more than 400 redundancies, along with significant changes to programming and news coverage.
25 November 2014
The G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane underscored just how embroiled Australia is in US-led wars and intrigues.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 22 November 2014
Hastings Deering’s ultimatum points to an intensification of the assault against jobs and conditions in the mining industry.
By Oliver Campbell, 21 November 2014
The spending cuts go hand-in-hand with disciplining the ABC to ensure that it functions more closely as a propaganda arm of government.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 21 November 2014
Both incidents—a shooting and an assault—were brutal displays of force in working class suburbs of Brisbane.
By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2014
The manoeuvres surrounding the Indian prime minister’s visit were likened to the “Great Game” of imperialist rivalry in Asia before World War I.
By Mike Head, 20 November 2014
Working class households are increasingly priced out of buying a home, while thousands of properties lie vacant.
By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.
By James Cogan, 18 November 2014
Xi’s speech in the Australian parliament yesterday was a carefully-crafted response to President Obama's bellicose reaffirmation of the “pivot” last Saturday.
By Barry Andrews, 18 November 2014
The scheme is even more of a travesty than the previous Labor government’s carbon tax regime, which also sought to boost business profits.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2014
Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.
By Nick Beams, 17 November 2014
The G20 summit pledge on economic growth is belied both by the actions of the major powers and the text of the final communiqué itself.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
Far from challenging the G20 agenda, all of the officially-sanctioned protest groups sought, in one way or another, to appeal to the assembled leaders.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
The gulf between the leaders of world capitalism and the vast majority of the population was on graphic display during last weekend’s G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia’s third biggest city.
By Peter Symonds, 15 November 2014
Even before the summit began, Australian and British leaders targeted Russia—a sign of the bitter rivalry and wrangling that will dominate the talks.
By Patrick Kelly, 15 November 2014
Several working class areas in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, now have depression-level unemployment rates.
By James Cogan, 14 November 2014
The unions’ statement to the G20 leaders is a grab-bag of issues that their privileged functionaries know will never be acted on.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2014
The event provided a revealing glimpse of what passes for “opposition” by the various Greens, liberals, anarchists and pseudo-left groups involved.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2014
Australia’s third biggest city resembles a ghost town under police occupation.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2014
The “Eleventh of the Eleventh” is considered of secondary importance by the Australian ruling elite in promoting patriotism.
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 November 2014
Students and young workers condemned the spending of half a billion dollars on protecting government leaders who are responsible for wars and boosting corporate profits.
By James Cogan, 12 November 2014
Abbott once again exploited the deaths of 38 Australian citizens and residents in the crash.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
By Terry Cook, 10 November 2014
Amid the collapse of the mining boom, safety is being further eroded in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.
By Patrick Kelly, 10 November 2014
A Liberal Party defeat in the November 29 ballot would mark the first one-term government in Victoria since 1955.
8 November 2014
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By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2014
Senior Japanese officials were honoured guests at the latest First World War centenary event.
By Mike Head, 6 November 2014
“Get used to it” was the basic message delivered by the attorney general and the police counter-terrorism commander in a provocative performance on national television.
By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014
A report released this week draws details scenarios that could trigger a conflict in the East China Sea.
By Mike Head, 5 November 2014
On the pretext of protecting G20 leaders from terrorist threats, more than 2,000 military personnel and 6,000 police will be mobilised next week.
By Nick Beams, 4 November 2014
Washington’s intervention, objecting to the bank on strategic grounds, points to the escalating military drive against China.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2014
Under the new “terrorism” laws, anyone who “discloses information” about an intelligence operation can be jailed for up to 10 years.
By Terry Cook, 1 November 2014
The cost-cutting drive is intensifying amid the implosion of the mining boom, with export prices falling sharply and thousands of jobs being destroyed by mine closures.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2014
The “metadata” bill, which orders the storage of vast amounts of phone and on-line information, is directed against the entire population.
By Mike Head, 29 October 2014
The callous, short-sighted and nationalist decision has set a new benchmark for the response of governments around the world toward the disaster.
By Barry Andrews, 29 October 2014
The Queensland government’s privatisation plan is in response to the end of the mining export boom in Australia and the collapse of its revenue base.
By Oliver Campbell and Zac Hambides, 27 October 2014
The National Union of Students is promoting the illusion that education can be defended by pressuring Labor and the Greens to block the Abbott government’s budget cuts.
By Mike Head, 24 October 2014
Australian attacks in Iraq are assisting the US to pursue the real thrust of the war—a renewed drive by Washington to oust Syrian President Assad.
By Alan Leigh, 23 October 2014
Nearly 14 percent of the Australian population is living in poverty, according to a report by the Australian Council of Social Service.
By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014
Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.
By Mike Head, 21 October 2014
The second of the Abbott government’s three “terrorism” bills is set to pass through parliament before the end of the month.
By our reporters, 21 October 2014
The SEP held five public meetings to oppose the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the recent anti-terror raids in Australian cities.
By our reporters, 21 October 2014
By Nick Beams, 20 October 2014
Australian Prime Minister Abbott’s declaration that he intended to “shirtfront” Russian President Putin at the forthcoming G20 summit is another expression of rising geo-political tensions.
By Mike Head, 18 October 2014
While the Abbott government rushed to dispatch military forces to the Middle East, it has rejected calls to help fight the worsening health crisis in Africa.
A case study in hypocrisy
By Mike Head, 17 October 2014
Albanese’s interview prompted extensive media coverage, promoting the illusion that he was mounting a challenge to the Labor Party’s backing for the legislation.
By Will Morrow, 17 October 2014
Socialist Alternative has yet to write a single article even acknowledging that US bombs have begun to rain down on Syria. As the old maxim states, silence is consent.
By Mike Head, 16 October 2014
Fresh revelations show how the laws will expand the mass surveillance conducted by Australia’s spy agencies in partnership with the US.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2014
For a G20 leader to threaten another with physical violence—even figuratively—indicates how far diplomatic norms have broken down.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2014
In order to keep anti-Muslim agitation on the boil, Prime Minister Abbott teamed up with right-wing radio host Alan Jones to denounce a regular weekly lecture by an Islamist group.
By Joe Lopez, 14 October 2014
With the reversal of the mining boom, both the state government and the Labor opposition agree that the working class must pay the price.
By James Cogan, 13 October 2014
The revelation adds to already disturbing questions about the recent raids on 15 homes in five Sydney suburbs.
A bipartisan conspiracy
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
13 October 2014
The justification for war is no less a lie than the claims in 2003 that the US invasion of Iraq was about “weapons of mass destruction.”
By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014
The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.
By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014
The illusion of “strength” surrounding the Abbott government as it commits troops to the US-led war is, above all, a product of the bipartisan support it is receiving.