Australian police kill 15-year-old in purported “terror” incident

By James Cogan, 5 October 2015

As in previous cases, such as the Sydney siege last December, the deaths are being used to justify the “war on terror.”

Australia: Ausgrid plans far-reaching restructure ahead of privatisation

By Terry Cook, 3 October 2015

Power distribution business Ausgrid intends to close depots, phase out apprenticeships, sell off training facilities and outsource call centres.

Australian PM’s summit displays union-business “consensus”

By Mike Head, 2 October 2015

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s meeting discussed how to “sell” and impose far-reaching attacks on jobs and social conditions.

Australia: Union imposes job cuts at UGL, defying workers’ votes

By Mike Head, 30 September 2015

Workers accuse the AMWU of paving the way for the next round of redundancies.

Australian PM calls summit with union and business leaders

By Nick Beams, 29 September 2015

The summit is aimed at developing a “consensus” for the sweeping attacks on social and working conditions being demanded by corporate and financial elites.

Australia: Union shuts down industrial action by public transport workers

By Frank Gaglioti, 29 September 2015

Workers are being deliberately kept in the dark over deals being struck by the unions and management behind closed doors.

Agonising suicide in Australian refugee detention centre

By Max Newman, 28 September 2015

All the circumstances surrounding Ali Jaffari’s death point to the impact of the harsh measures being taken by Australian governments to repel asylum seekers.

Reports forecast worsening economic conditions for Australia

By Mike Head, 26 September 2015

The mining investment boom that partly shielded the Australian economy from the full effects of the global financial crisis, has gone into sharp reverse.

Australian public sector workers reject government pay offer

By Terry Cook, 25 September 2015

The CPSU has kept workers divided along departmental lines, while appealing to the Turnbull government for negotiations on its cost-cutting demands.

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull gets US backing

By Nick Beams, 24 September 2015

American Ambassador John Berry has countered suggestions that the new Turnbull government might shift its orientation towards China and away from the US.

Australian tax summit sees an emerging “consensus”

By Nick Beams, 23 September 2015

Business economist Saul Eslake set out a strategy for “selling” an increase in the regressive Goods and Services Tax to fund cuts in corporate and income tax levels.

Australian coroner: Chinese student killed in building fire because laws violated

By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2015

All the factors that led to the Bankstown tragedy are replicated in many buildings across Australia, potentially endangering thousands of lives.

IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

The lectures outlined the contemporary political significance of the struggle waged by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the carnage of World War I.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.

Unions push protectionism while pledging to impose steel job cuts at Wollongong rally

By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015

At a “Save Our Steel” rally the unions sought to channel the anger over job losses into nationalist calls for governments to subsidise local steel producers.

Turnbull’s cabinet to deepen attacks on Australian working class

By Nick Beams, 21 September 2015

The gushing media support for the new “progressive” cabinet is intended to win the backing of sections of the upper middle class for the program of austerity.

New Turnbull government suffers loss of support in Australian by-election

By our correspondents, 21 September 2015

Behind the electoral volatility that characterises Australian politics lies widespread alienation from the entire political establishment.

Australian UGL workers condemn union’s role in retrenchments

By Mike Head, 21 September 2015

Workers at UGL’s Auburn railway workshops in Sydney last week responded warmly to a Socialist Equality Party leaflet.

Malcolm Turnbull: Australia’s wealthiest prime minister

By Mike Head, 19 September 2015

Representing the financial elite, Turnbull has been assigned the task of imposing sweeping cuts to working-class living standards.

Withdraw all Australian military forces from Syria and the Middle East!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015

The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.

Foreign policy dilemmas over China confront new Australian PM

By Nick Beams, 18 September 2015

The conundrum facing Australian capitalism, flowing from its economic relationship with China and its strategic integration with the US anti-China “pivot to Asia,” could be set to worsen.

Business warns new Australian PM over promises to National Party

By Mike Head, 17 September 2015

The potential ructions between the Liberal and National parties, and within the Nationals, underscore the unstable character of the newly-installed Turnbull government.

A reply to the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee

Overturn the ban on the IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (University of Melbourne), 17 September 2015

Seeking to justify its ban on the IYSSE club, the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee has sent a letter containing a series of unsubstantiated allegations.

An internationalist strategy to oppose the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

By the Socialist Equality Party, 17 September 2015

The SEP insists that workers can only defend their interests on the basis of an independent class stance that rejects both the pro-ChAFTA “free traders” and the reactionary nationalism of Labor and the unions.

Another palace coup in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2015

For the third time in five years, the Australian population awoke yesterday to find the government changed, behind their backs, as a result of an inner-party putsch.

Australian business chiefs hail Turnbull as prime minister

By Nick Beams, 16 September 2015

Turnbull’s insistence on the need to “explain” is aimed at winning support among the upper layers of the better-off middle classes for deepening attacks on the working class.

Australian police fatally shoot 51-year-old postal worker

By Terry Cook, 16 September 2015

The deadly shooting follows a pattern of increasing police repression and violence in Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull installed as Australian prime minister in inner-party coup

By James Cogan, 15 September 2015

Turnbull, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is the personification of the interests of finance capital and has been inserted to implement its austerity agenda.

Australia, New Zealand reject stronger climate measures at Pacific Islands Forum

By John Braddock, 15 September 2015

Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.

Rumours of leadership spill resurface around Australian government

By Mike Head, 14 September 2015

Behind the moves to oust Prime Minister Abbott lies a protracted political crisis, intensified by a sharp economic downturn.

Australian tram drivers strike over jobs and conditions

By Margaret Rees, 14 September 2015

As tram workers hold limited stoppages, the Victorian Premier Labor threatens to do whatever is necessary “to protect the economic interests of the state.”

IYSSE in Sri Lanka, India condemn ban at University of Melbourne

14 September 2015

IYSSE clubs and supporters in Sri Lanka and India have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.

Australian wages growing at slowest rate in two decades

By Cheryl McDermid, 12 September 2015

Workers in Australia last year experienced “the largest downside surprise” in wages of all the 34 OECD countries.

UGL workers face deepening job cuts in Australia and Asia

By the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2015

The layoffs by a major engineering company are part of a wider barrage of job destruction throughout Australia and internationally.

IYSSE in Germany protests against University of Melbourne ban

11 September 2015

The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.

Australian government commits to air strikes inside Syria

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2015

The Abbott government is seeking to exploit the refugee crisis to silence opposition to its decision to join the US-led air war inside Syria.

IYSSE in Sri Lanka, US, condemn University of Melbourne ban

10 September 2015

The IYSSE in Sri Lanka and at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan have written to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.

Australian waterside workers “in the dark” as union negotiates job cuts with Hutchison

By Richard Phillips, 9 September 2015

“All sorts of people control our destinies—everybody except us,” sacked Hutchison wharfie.

Australia: Thousands rally in defense of refugees at nationwide vigils

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2015

The attendance at the vigils highlights the widespread sympathy for refugees among workers, young people, students and others.

Letters oppose refusal to affiliate IYSSE at University of Melbourne

8 September 2015

Supporters of the IYSSE have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs and Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the Trotskyist youth movement.

Australian government refuses to lift refugee intake

By Mike Head, 7 September 2015

As Abbott feigned compassion for the asylum seekers in Europe, he was preparing to extend Australia’s current bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria.

Australian senate inquiry masks responsibility for Nauru refugee camp abuses

By Max Newman, 7 September 2015

Further evidence reveals inhumane conditions and treatment of refugees in Australia’s illegal offshore processing facilities.

Australia: State Labor government attacks striking train staff

By Margaret Rees, 7 September 2015

For the second time in two weeks, the Victorian government tried to ban industrial action by low-paid rail workers.

IYSSE campaigns against University of Melbourne affiliation ban

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

A meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss the anti-democratic decision by the Clubs and Societies Committee to refuse to affiliate the IYSSE.

Australian 7-Eleven workers under-paid and super-exploited

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2015

Convenience store workers, often vulnerable international students, are forced to work for half-pay.

International letters protest IYSSE censorship at University of Melbourne

5 September 2015

A British student’s letter says the IYSSE ban is “part of a systematic attempt to block students from articulating their independent political interests, across Australia and internationally.”

Maritime Union of Australia thanks pseudo-lefts for “unity” as it foreshadows acceptance of port sackings

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 September 2015

The union will work with the company to enforce job cuts, and an “orderly closure.”

South Australian government and private corporations axe thousands of jobs

By Terry Cook, 4 September 2015

Unemployment in the state is climbing as major companies and the Labor government restructure and slash costs.

Australian IYSSE members protest ban at University of Melbourne

4 September 2015

A University of Melbourne student wrote that “my voice and the voices of those around me have been silenced by the rejection of affiliation for IYSSE.”

BlueScope Steel workers speak with the WSWS

By our reporters, 3 September 2015

BlueScope Steel workers from the company’s Port Kembla plant, south of Sydney spoke with the World Socialist Web Site reporters at an early morning mass meeting in Wollongong yesterday . The Australian Workers Union (AWU) and other unions have responded to the management’s threat to shut the plant, Australia’s largest steel making plant, by promising to assist the company slash up to 500 jobs as part of $200 million cost-cutting restructure.

IYSSE supporters protest ban on IYSSE at University of Melbourne

3 September 2015

The IYSSE is urging WSWS readers to protest against the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee attack on the fundamental democratic rights of students.

Australian economy slides towards recession

By Mike Head, 3 September 2015

The corporate elite is demanding that the economic reversal be used to drive through a new wave of attacks on jobs, living standards and working conditions.

Australian steel unions enforce destruction of jobs and conditions

By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2015

The unions have pledged to defend BlueScope Steel’s profits and provide the company with $200 million in cost-cutting measures.

Australian mining giant replaces Blackwater workers with contractors

By Declan O’Malley, 2 September 2015

The mining union is pleading with the company to keep collaborating in cutting costs at the expense of jobs and conditions.

Australian royal commissioner refuses to quit

By Mike Head, 1 September 2015

The royal commission into the unions is a crucial component of the Abbott government’s efforts to satisfy corporate demands for an offensive against workers’ wages and conditions.

University of Melbourne student union imposes third ban on IYSSE club

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 1 September 2015

The Clubs & Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne has made clear that any students who publicly challenge its decisions will be prevented from forming a club.

Public outcry halts Australian Border Force blitz in Melbourne

By Mike Head, 31 August 2015

“Operation Fortitude” highlighted the creation of police-state conditions by the Abbott government, with the Labor Party’s bipartisan backing.

Union collaborates in attacks on New Zealand Steel workers

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015

BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers strike over wages and conditions

By our correspondents, 29 August 2015

Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.

Australia: Hutchison Ports dispute at the crossroads

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 August 2015

Left in the hands of the MUA, the outcome is a foregone conclusion: the further destruction of the jobs and conditions of waterfront workers.

Australian “Anzac Day terror plot” charge dropped

By Mike Head, 28 August 2015

The collapse of the case exposes the lurid allegations of an “ISIS-inspired” conspiracy by Melbourne teenagers to conduct mass shootings at official World War I centenary celebrations.

Australian “reform summit” highlights economic and political fragility

By Mike Head, 27 August 2015

The purpose of the “extraordinary gathering” was to use the “urgency” of the global slump to drive through a new wave of attacks on jobs and living standards.

Australia: BlueScope Steel demands mass job cuts under threat of plant closure

By Terry Cook, 26 August 2015

The Australian Workers Union has immediately signalled that it will help impose BlueScope Steel’s job-cutting measures.

“Reform summit” to discuss stepped up class war in Australia

By James Cogan, 26 August 2015

Underlying the declarations of “urgency” is the rapid deterioration of Australia’s economic position.

Australian by-election becomes test of Abbott’s leadership

By Mike Head, 25 August 2015

Soaring unemployment in Western Australia underscores Australian capitalism’s sharp economic reversal, placing intense corporate pressure on Abbott.

Australia called on to join illegal US military operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 22 August 2015

Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.

Dispute over coal mine highlights Australian political turmoil

By Mike Head, 21 August 2015

The Abbott government’s frenzied response to the Adani case reflects the intensifying pressure from the corporate elite for the dismantling of all barriers to increased profits.

Royal Commission debacle compounds Australian government crisis

By Mike Head, 20 August 2015

At the heart of the Dyson Heydon affair is the escalating dissatisfaction of the corporate elite with the Abbott government for failing to carry through the austerity agenda.

Australian transport union calls off Melbourne train and tram strike

By Terry Cook, 20 August 2015

The state Labor government reacted with undisguised hostility to the prospect of the first public transport strike in Melbourne since 1997.

Australian union sells out Woolworths warehouse strikers

By our correspondents, 19 August 2015

After isolating the walkout and telling workers that they could face crippling fines, the NUW pushed through a return-to-work vote.

Australian maritime union in talks with Hutchison to impose cost-cutting

By Mike Head, 18 August 2015

The MUA celebrated the “pleasing” fact that Hutchison agreed to hold “formal talks” on how to cut jobs and conditions.

Australian wharfies voice concerns about MUA sellout of Hutchison strike

By our reporters, 17 August 2015

In a move that directly mirrored its betrayal of the 1998 waterfront dispute, the union shut down the strike after obtaining a court ruling that left the sacked wharfies outside the company gates.

Sacked Hutchison workers barred entry after Australian union sells out strike

By Richard Phillips, 15 August 2015

The court ruling gave the union precisely what it wanted: to shut down the strike and demobilise workers, while it manoeuvres for a negotiated job-cutting deal.

Australia: Union officials force SEP supporters off Sydney dock picket

By Zac Hambides, 15 August 2015

The unions are trying to silence criticism because they cannot answer the truth—they are carrying out a betrayal of the Hutchison workers.

Melbourne transport workers vote for industrial action

By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015

After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.

Australian government in turmoil as economic pressures intensify

By Mike Head, 15 August 2015

The corporate elite is venting its frustration at the Abbott government’s failure to deliver a far deeper onslaught on workers’ living standards.

Australian waterfront union betrays Hutchison strike

By Mike Head, 14 August 2015

While claiming a “victory,” as it did in 1998, the MUA is sending the Hutchison Ports workers back to work today, with many to lose their jobs.

Australian dock union goes to court to seek deal on Hutchison sackings

By Mike Head, 13 August 2015

The MUA’s move is similar to its legal manoeuvre in the union’s historic sellout of the 1998 waterfront dispute.

Australian warehouse workers defy court order to end strike

By our correspondents, 13 August 2015

The Woolworths workers have become the second group of strikers currently defying return to work orders, following similar votes by Hutchison Port workers Brisbane and Sydney.

Hutchison Ports’ sackings in Australia and the global restructuring of the docks

By Mike Head, 12 August 2015

Hutchison is rolling out remotely-controlled automated terminals around the world, ruthlessly destroying jobs and conditions.

Oppose the political censorship of the IYSSE at Australian universities!

Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015

The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.

Port Botany and Brisbane workers oppose Hutchison’s mass sackings

By our reporters, 11 August 2015

Striking workers at Hutchison container terminals in Sydney and Brisbane spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the job cuts by the multi-million dollar corporation and the dangers now facing the working class.

Economic downturn intensifies Australian political crisis

By Mike Head, 11 August 2015

A worsening economic situation is fuelling corporate discontent with the Abbott government and the entire political system.

Hutchison workers continue strike as Australian union calls for “negotiated” job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 11 August 2015

The MUA has responded to an industrial commission return-to-work directive by denying it has any involvement in the waterfront walkout.

Australian Federal Police aid Sri Lankan unit implicated in torture

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015

The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.

Sacked Hutchison workers speak out

By our reporters, 10 August 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with sacked Hutchison Port Australia workers at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal over the past two days. Workers described Hutchison’s high-productivity regime and how the company lured workers from various stevedoring companies, as well as airline, manufacturing and logistics businesses, promising them long-term employment.

Hutchison Australia waterfront workers continue strike action

By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2015

No faith can be placed in the union, which has collaborated with waterfront companies for decades in restructuring that has destroyed thousands of jobs.

Australian government budgets target working class suburbs

By Cheryl McDermid, 10 August 2015

NATSEM research shows that the poorest suburbs are the worst affected by the budgets.

Hutchison Ports axes half its Australian workforce

By Richard Phillips, 8 August 2015

The maritime union has appealed to the global stevedoring corporation for negotiations on its multi-million dollar cost-cutting plans.

Australian waterfront workers denounce job cuts

By our reporters, 8 August 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with wharfies and waterfront maintenance workers at a protest outside Hutchison’s Port Botany container terminal in Sydney yesterday. It followed the late-night sacking almost 100 HPH employees nationally.

Australian business demands deeper cuts to wages and conditions

By Mike Head, 7 August 2015

The Productivity Commission report sets out a framework for cutting wages and conditions to the levels already imposed on workers in Europe and America.

Australian state Labor government wracked by factional turmoil

By Patrick Kelly, 7 August 2015

The political crisis in Victoria is being fuelled by mounting dissatisfaction in corporate circles with the government.

Australian government announces $89 billion naval expansion

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2015

The naval build-up is an integral part of the military preparations by the US and its allies throughout Asia for war against China.

Australian job cuts mount

By our reporter, 4 August 2015

Thousands more mining-related workers are expected to lose their jobs during the next 12 months, with the impact spreading across the country.