Australia

Australia expands military involvement in Middle East war

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.

Poverty and inequality worsening in Australia

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.

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

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.

Australia: Opposition Labor Party rubberstamps “Foreign Fighters Bill”

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.

SEP meetings oppose Australian involvement in US war in the Middle East

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.

Workers and youth discuss the war in Syria and Iraq

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

Australian imperialism: Political attack dog for US war drive

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.

Australian government refuses to send teams to fight Ebola

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

An Australian Labor leader feigns concern over terror laws

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.

Australia’s pseudo-left organisation complicit in US war for regime change in Syria

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.

Reports expose Australian government’s data retention plans

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.

Australian prime minister threatens to “shirtfront” Vladimir Putin

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.

Latest Australian “terrorist” witch-hunt targets Islamist meeting in Sydney

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.

Western Australian government announces further public sector job cuts

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.

“Terrorist” sword seized in Australian police raids was plastic

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

Australian imperialism and the Middle East war

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.”

Australia’s “Camp Gallipoli”—a militarist extravaganza

By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014

The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.

Australian forces deployed in Iraq: Bipartisanship and the war drive

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.

Australian PM foreshadows ban on Islamist group

By Mike Head, 10 October 2014

Tony Abbott said Hizb ut-Tahrir could be proscribed under new laws against “promoting terrorism.”

Burqas banned in Australian parliament

By Richard Phillips, 10 October 2014

The ban was issued during a series of terror scares designed to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria and draconian new anti-terror legislation.

The Australian Greens and their phony anti-war posturing

By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.

Australia: 500 more public sector jobs to go in Tasmania

By Terry Cook, 7 October 2014

The state government withdrew its pay freeze and declared it will axe a further 500 jobs, bringing the total to 1,200 since the August budget.

Australia: Inala residents voice concerns about police shooting

By Mike Head and Ellen Blake, 6 October 2014

People in a Brisbane working class community have been shocked by a para-military siege that ended with a man being killed by heavily-armed police commandos.

Australia commits to combat operations in Middle East

By James Cogan, 4 October 2014

The Abbott government’s deployment of military forces has been facilitated by the bipartisan support of the Labor Party opposition.

Australia, US back sham election staged by Fiji military regime

By Frank Gaglioti, 4 October 2014

The major powers are seeking to forge stronger ties with Fiji as a means of undercutting China’s influence in the South Pacific.

Australia: Opposition Labor Party votes for deep budget cuts

By Mike Head, 3 October 2014

In parliament yesterday, Labor backed bills that will severely affect working class families, students and disabled workers.

Australian spy agencies given vast new powers

By Mike Head, 2 October 2014

Not a single vote was cast against the bill’s final reading in the House of Representatives yesterday.

American FBI instigates another Australian anti-terrorism raid

By Will Marshall and James Cogan, 1 October 2014

Homes were searched in five northern and western suburbs of Melbourne to seek evidence of “terrorism financing.”

Australia to effectively repudiate international refugee law

By Mike Head, 1 October 2014

New legislation will allow asylum seekers to be deported irrespective of Australia’s “non-refoulement obligations.”

Australian paramilitary police kill man in Brisbane siege

By Mike Head, 30 September 2014

Television news footage showed police commandos firing multiple shots at pointblank range at the man.

Top Australian firms avoid billions in tax

By Nick Beams, 30 September 2014

Social spending is being cut on the claim “there is no money” but corporate tax avoided in the past decade alone would cover the last two budget deficits.

Australian government celebrates WWI seizure of German colonies

By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2014

The military victory at Bita Paka in New Guinea opened the way for Australian imperialism’s takeover of Germany’s South Pacific territories.

Australia to offload refugees in Cambodia

By Mike Head, 27 September 2014

An unknown number of people, starting with those detained on Nauru, will be consigned to one of the poorest countries on earth.

Australia: Questions over police killing of young Muslim “terrorist”

By our correspondents, 26 September 2014

Workers and youth expressed concern and disbelief to the WSWS over the police shooting of the 18-year-old.

Job cuts mounting in Australia as mining slump intensifies

By Terry Cook, 26 September 2014

In the past week alone, coal mine closures in central Queensland have directly destroyed another 700 jobs.

Australian economy caught in global downdraft

By Nick Beams, 25 September 2014

After escaping the full effects of the international financial crisis in 2008, Australia is being severely impacted by the ongoing global breakdown.

Australian terrorist laws a cover for anti-democratic measures

By Mike Head, 25 September 2014

On the pretext of combatting “jihadists,” the Abbott government and the Labor opposition are pushing through parliament bills that extend the police-state framework erected over the past decade.

Australian “foreign fighter” bill extends police powers

By Mike Head, 25 September 2014

The bill’s seven schedules add many draconian features to the battery of “terrorist” legislation imposed since 2002.

Australian police kill teenager amid anti-Muslim “terrorism” hysteria

By James Cogan, 24 September 2014

The 18-year-old’s death is the first in the “anti-terrorism” operations taking place across Australia.

Australian terror raids provide pretext for police-state laws

By Mike Head, 22 September 2014

Australia’s largest-ever police-intelligence raids are being used to justify the introduction of further draconian provisions.

Australia: Youth and workers express disbelief over anti-terror raids

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

Socialist Equality Party (SEP) supporters spoke last weekend with workers, youth and students in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle about the unprecedented anti-terror raids conducted on over 15 homes in Sydney and Brisbane on September 17 by hundreds of heavily-armed police and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers.

Australian anti-terror raids part of US war drive

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014

Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.

Australian “beheading” plot based on dubious evidence

By James Cogan, 19 September 2014

Absent from the lurid media stories about terrorists in Australia’s suburbs is any objective examination of the facts.

Australian police carry out largest-ever “anti-terror” operation

By James Cogan, 18 September 2014

Hundreds of police and ASIO intelligence operatives have launched pre-dawn raids across Sydney and Brisbane.

Bipartisan unity on Australia’s “terror alert”

By Mike Head, 13 September 2014

Amid fear-mongering media coverage, both Labor and the Greens immediately backed the heightened alert declaration.

Political witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative on Australian campuses

By Will Morrow, 13 September 2014

The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative is being targeted because of its opposition to the Israeli war against Gaza.

Australian government lifts “terror alert” level

By Mike Head, 12 September 2014

The “war on terror” is being revived in a bid to drum up support for the renewed war in Iraq and bolster the powers of the police-intelligence apparatus.

As budget impasse continues, scandals return to threaten Australian PM

By Mike Head, 10 September 2014

No “smoking guns” have yet been produced linking Abbott directly to either affair, but they involve major figures in his government.

Australian government signals purchase of Japanese submarines

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2014

While the choice is being presented in economic terms, such a decision would have far-reaching geo-political ramifications.

Australian government poised to commit fighter jets to Iraq war

By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014

Workers and youth in Australia oppose new Iraq war

By our reporters, 8 September 2014

Australia-India uranium deal strengthens economic and strategic ties

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2014

The uranium pact removes an obstacle to closer military relations between Australia and India as part of broader US efforts to forge an anti-China bloc.

National income falls sharply in Australia

By Mike Head, 6 September 2014

Real national income per person declined for the second year in a row, driven by falling export prices.

Australia’s asylum-seeker policies claim another victim

By Terry Cook, 6 September 2014

The tragic death of Hamid Kehazaei, a young Iranian, is a direct outcome of Canberra’s brutal detention of refugees.

Australian mining tax deal to slash benefits for low-paid

By Mike Head, 5 September 2014

Following the mining tax repeal, similar deals are being canvassed to push through further highly unpopular big-ticket budget items.

Australia to provide military backing for Ukraine regime

By Nick Beams, 4 September 2014

The announcement on Ukraine was accompanied by signals that Australian collaboration in renewed US operations in Iraq could go beyond transporting supplies and guns.

Caltex Australia’s restructuring cuts hundreds more jobs

By Terry Cook, 4 September 2014

The oil company’s share price jumped to a record high after slashing 350 further jobs to deliver cost savings of around $100 million a year.

Australia: Tasmanian budget cuts public sector jobs, wages

By Patrick Kelly, 2 September 2014

Tasmania already has the worst poverty and unemployment levels of any Australian state.

Oppose the new imperialist war in Iraq!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 September 2014

The Australian political establishment as a whole has committed to a new US-led intervention that threatens to trigger a broader regional and global conflict.

Suicides highlight harsh conditions in Australia’s mining industry

By Joe Lopez, 2 September 2014

Nine Pilbara “Fly In Fly Out” workers have committed suicide in the past 12 months, despite an earlier federal parliamentary inquiry.

Australian military aircraft to supply arms to Iraqi Kurds

By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2014

As in 2003, Canberra is committing military forces to an open-ended war in Iraq behind the backs of the Australian population and on the basis of lies.

Protesting workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 1 September 2014

Australian budget protests: A political balance sheet

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2014

Protest organisers have channelled public opposition into the dead-end of parliamentary manoeuvre, promoting the illusion that Labor and the Greens would block the budget measures.

New facts revealed on 2010 ousting of Australian PM

By Nick Beams, 29 August 2014

Paul Kelly’s book effectively demolishes the political fictions manufactured to justify the coup against Kevin Rudd.

Australian government pushes ahead with university restructuring

By Chris Johnson and Mike Head, 28 August 2014

The Abbott government is deepening the pro-market assault on higher education begun by the previous Labor government.

Australian government moves to outsource key social services

By Terry Cook, 27 August 2014

The move will effectively cut the human services department in half, paving the way for the axing of tens of thousands of jobs.

Australia: Workers and youth speak on Ferguson, Missouri and police violence

By a reporting team, 25 August 2014

Those who spoke to the WSWS explained their own experiences with police brutality and linked it to the growth of poverty and social inequality in Australia.

Australian government weighs up joining US air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2014

The Australian reported that options under discussion include dispatching ground forces as well as war planes to participate in the expanding US intervention in Iraq.

Australia: Clive Palmer advised on the civil way to demonise China

By James Cogan, 25 August 2014

For all the sound and fury against Palmer, the reality is that the US-led pivot has, from the beginning, been justified by falsely denouncing China as a danger.

Australian government switches message on budget “crisis”

By Mike Head, 22 August 2014

The shift reflects the government’s inability to push through key measures, while exposing the fraud of claims by Labor and the Greens to oppose the thrust of the budget.

Australia: Student “day of action” over education cutbacks

By an IYSSE reporting team, 21 August 2014

The National Union of Students is seeking to divert opposition to the budget cuts, peddling illusions in Labor and the Greens.

Australia: Real wages cut as corporate profits soar

By Terry Cook, 21 August 2014

Pay levels of casualised workers in the private sector are increasing at less than half the inflation rate, while the wealthy elite reaps the benefits.

Australian mining magnate’s outburst against “Chinese mongrels”

By Peter Symonds, 20 August 2014

Palmer was declaring openly and crassly what is being discussed behind closed doors as part of the preparations for war against China.

Australia: Deaths of young homeless couple highlight social crisis

By Daniel Saul, 20 August 2014

Homelessness has risen due to the pro-business policies of both major parties.

Fight cuts to education and the drive to war!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 19 August 2014

The fight for education rights must be inseparably linked with the broader struggle against austerity, the attacks on democratic rights and the dangers of war.

Australian journalist targeted under Racial Discrimination Act over Israel war coverage

By Laura Tiernan, 19 August 2014

Mike Carlton’s resignation was the result of a concerted campaign by Murdoch’s News Limited and the right-wing Zionist lobby.

Australian government “celebrates” first WWI military action

By Richard Phillips, 19 August 2014

The seizure of Germany’s Pacific colonies underlined the real character of World War I as an imperialist war.

Australian budget impasse continues

By Nick Beams, 18 August 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey has been forced into a back down over remarks about the poor while trying to sell his regressive budget measures.

Australia’s pseudo-left covers up for US imperialism in Iraq

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 August 2014

Socialist Alternative seeks to justify its continuing support for the US-led regime-change operation in Syria by arguing that US imperialism is no longer a significant factor in Middle East politics.

Political interference alleged in Australian sports doping investigation

By James Cogan, 18 August 2014

What unfolded was a tawdry affair in which no evidence of illegal doping or organised crime in sport emerged.

Australia: Sydney university staff and students oppose job cuts

By Zac Hambides, 14 August 2014

Sydney university students and staff are being diverted into another round of bankrupt appeals to the campus administration and the Labor opposition to stop job cuts.

AUSMIN talks deepen Australian integration into US war plans

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2014

From the US-led confrontation with Russia, to the new air war in Iraq and the US “pivot” against China, there was not a sliver of difference between US and Australian ministers.

The Australian media and the severed-head photo

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2014

The gruesome picture was published to promote new “terror” laws targeting democratic rights.

Australia: NAIDOC glorifies Aboriginal involvement in World War I

By Ellen Jones, 13 August 2014

The Aboriginal lobby group’s 2014 theme dovetails with the government’s four-year “celebration” of World War I.

Australian government backs renewed US war in Iraq

By Mike Head, 12 August 2014

The Australian defence minister has declared Canberra’s preparedness to provide whatever assistance the US wants as it mounts a wider military offensive.

SEP and IYSSE speak-outs at Australian universities on danger of new world war

By our reporters, 11 August 2014

Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality members spoke at campuses in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Continuing protests against Gaza massacre in Australia

By Zac Hambides, 11 August 2014

Up to 2,500 people in Sydney and 600 in Melbourne marched on Saturday in opposition to the continued bombardment of the Gaza by the Israel Defence Forces after a three - day ceasefire ended. Almost 2,000 Palestinians have been killed and at least 60,000 have had their homes destroyed by Israeli missiles.

Australian PM backs NATO threats against Russia

By Mike Head, 9 August 2014

Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.

Australian unemployment rate rises to highest level in 12 years

By Will Morrow, 8 August 2014

The July figures begin to show the impact of an ongoing tidal wave of job cuts, plus the lack of new jobs for young people.

The international significance of Australia’s World War I “celebrations”

By Nick Beams, 7 August 2014

Australia’s commemorations are part of a global offensive to condition the population to the deepening drive to war.

Political crisis intensifies over Australian austerity budget

By Mike Head, 7 August 2014

Because of the popular hostility to the key social spending cuts, none of the “cross-bench” senators feels able to publicly support them.

Australian government moves to cut public sector pay and conditions

By Terry Cook, 7 August 2014

The proposed DHS agreement will create a benchmark to impose similar attacks on other federal public sector workers.

Australia: A barrage of pro-war propaganda to mark World War I centenary

By Mike Head, 6 August 2014

Australians are being bombarded with media coverage designed to glorify the 1914–18 war and prepare for another catastrophic conflict.

Australian government unveils sweeping new “terror” powers

By Mike Head, 6 August 2014

Abbott’s government again seized on the fraudulent pretext of stopping “jihadists” returning from Syria to justify police-state provisions.

Australia: SEP and IYSSE meetings discuss dangers of new world war

By our reporters, 6 August 2014

Meetings called on the centenary of World War I discussed the necessity for a revolutionary socialist solution to prevent the eruption of a third world war.

Australian pseudo-lefts line up behind US war preparations against Russia

By Nick Beams, 1 August 2014

After remaining silent for days on the downing of MH17, Socialist Alternative is providing grist to the mill of the US-led war drive against Russia.

Unemployed Australians to be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month

By Mike Head, 30 July 2014

The new rules are designed to cut thousands off welfare benefits, and coerce them into low-paid work.

Australia: Victorian bushfire settlement covers up political culpability

By Margaret Rees, 30 July 2014

While insurance companies recouped their losses, devastated families will have to wait many months for small compensation payments.

Tamil refugees offloaded into remote Australian detention camp

By Mike Head, 29 July 2014

The asylum seekers will now be interrogated by consular officials from India, the very country they fled about six weeks ago.

Provocative Australian-Dutch push for security forces at MH17 crash site

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2014

There is nothing benign about what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described yesterday as “a humanitarian mission”.