By Mike Head, 3 December 2016
An estimated 6.6 million people—28 percent of the population—are living in areas of outright economic decline.
By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2016
While Australia’s political elite hails the 1966 Wave Hill walkout strike, tens of thousands of Aboriginal people continue to live in dire poverty.
By Mike Head, 2 December 2016
The central purpose of the bill is to outlaw and suppress all strikes, stoppages and work bans by workers throughout the construction, transport and offshore oil and gas industries.
By Will Morrow, 2 December 2016
Socialist Alternative’s commentary on Syria closely aligns with the most hawkish sections of the US military and intelligence apparatus.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 December 2016
The acquisition will intensify years of job destruction and restructuring by the mining and engineering contractor.
By our reporter, 30 November 2016
The job losses did not begin with the current Liberal-National government but with chronic underfunding that started with the Hawke-Keating Labor administrations three decades ago.
By Mike Head, 25 November 2016
“America first” protectionism could lead to trade wars that would crash the global economy, with disastrous consequences for Australian capitalism.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 November 2016
Thousands of miners could be afflicted by the deadly disease as a result of the erosion of safety standards by the major companies, with government and union complicity.
By Eric Ludlow, 24 November 2016
The repressive response to a so-called riot in the Melbourne juvenile prison is the latest example of the brutality being inflicted on teenage prisoners in Australia.
By our reporters, 24 November 2016
In 2017, the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, the IYSSE will wage a fight for Trotskyism in opposition to the pseudo-left politics that have dominated on campus.
By Peter Byrne, 22 November 2016
Nur Islam, a young Rohingya man who fled Burma, was on a temporary bridging visa, which blocked basic social and political rights, including to work.
By Terry Cook, 21 November 2016
The rail union is complicit in the widespread job-shedding and casualisation within the haulage sector.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2016
Turnbull demanded “hard” economic and budgetary decisions that would “create winners and losers.”
By John Harris, 18 November 2016
A recent report points to a stark increase in rates of imprisonment and suicides.
By Richard Phillips, 18 November 2016
Last weekend’s ballot again revealed that masses of people are deeply alienated from, and hostile to, Australia’s two-party system.
By Frank Gaglioti, 17 November 2016
Inspectors will police standardised testing on behalf of the New South Wales government, with powers to close schools and dismiss “underperforming” teachers.
By Terry Cook, 17 November 2016
The unions are isolating a three-month strike by 140 workers at the German Creek mine in Queensland, even as the company announces sackings.
By Erika Zimmer, 16 November 2016
The new measures underscore the relationship between standardised testing schemes and the government’s cost-cutting agenda for public education.
By our reporters, 15 November 2016
Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.
Public meetings in New Zealand and Australia
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 November 2016
These meetings will clarify the immense political questions raised by Trump’s victory. Who is responsible? What conclusions must be drawn?
By Max Newman, 14 November 2016
On both sides of the Pacific, the world’s most vulnerable people will be denied the basic right to seek protection, while many will face permanent separation from their families.
By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2016
The campaign is a cynical attempt to divert attention from the crisis within the government by launching a “freedom of speech” crusade against the Racial Discrimination Act.
By James Cogan, 12 November 2016
A panicked Australian political establishment has rushed to accommodate to the election of Trump, while seeking to work out its implications.
By Max Newman, 12 November 2016
The government remains determined to get the bill through the Senate despite widespread public opposition to its blatant violation of international law.
By our reporters, 11 November 2016
The state Labor government and the unions are collaborating with management to axe the plant and destroy 1,000 jobs.
By Patrick Kelly, 10 November 2016
At a forum on “China’s rise,” former defence official Hugh White repeatedly warned of the danger of nuclear war.
By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016
Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.
By our reporters, 9 November 2016
Union support for the new Australian Broadcasting Corporation enterprise agreement opens the way for even deeper attacks on jobs and conditions.
By our reporters, 8 November 2016
The trade unions that organised the protest promoted the fraud that Labor would defend the hospital and public health care.
By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2016
Not only the “pivot to Asia,” but the whole framework of post-war alliances in Asia is being called into question.
By our reporters, 7 November 2016
Many spoke out against Trump and Clinton, who they correctly see as representatives of the banks and big business.
By Richard Phillips, 5 November 2016
The measures are in response to growing demands by the financial elite for major cuts in social spending.
By Terry Cook, 5 November 2016
The unsafe working conditions now prevalent in every industry are the result of the collaboration of the trade unions with the decades-long drive by corporations to slash costs.
By Mike Head, 4 November 2016
The turmoil produced by the bids to disqualify the senators has intensified the Turnbull government’s precariousness.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2016
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is seeking to impose an “orderly closure” of the plant.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2016
Some of the most vulnerable people in the world, many fleeing the ravages of US-led wars, are bearing the brunt of a brazen repudiation of basic legal and democratic rights.
By Peter Symonds, 2 November 2016
The naval operations would be anything but routine, given that the Indonesian navy has already clashed with Chinese fishing trawlers in the South China Sea.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 November 2016
The growing use of police against campus protests is bound up with the transformation of universities into for-profit entities reliant on corporate funds and with close ties to the state.
By Will Morrow, 1 November 2016
The National Union of Workers is working with the company to try to enforce an “orderly closure” of the Laverton facility.
By John Harris, 31 October 2016
The report documented the slave-like conditions for overseas workers which flow directly from the 417 visa arrangements enforced by Labor and Liberal-National governments.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2016
The article, though written in a satirical tone, is part of a campaign against the supposed lifestyle indulgences of the younger generation.
By , 29 October 2016
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By John Roberts, 28 October 2016
The protest was another attempt by the unions to divert mounting anger over the attacks on public health into appeals to the government and the promotion of illusions in Labor.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 October 2016
Despite the many revelations that have emerged since the theme park disaster, Arden Leisure continues to insist that there was nothing wrong with its safety procedures.
By Mike Head, 28 October 2016
As universities have suffered punishing cuts, there has been a growth of facilities reserved for particular groups of students, defined in terms of race, gender or sexual preference.
By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2016
Far from making a retreat, Washington’s response to its setbacks will be to escalate its diplomatic intrigues and military provocations in the Asia Pacific.
By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2016
The US Studies Centre document examines risks to the US-Australia alliance, raising concerns, in particular, about the lack of public support for the US military build-up in Asia.
By Mike Head, 22 October 2016
The internal warfare wracking the Liberal-National Coalition cannot be explained by a dispute over gun laws.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2016
The Committee on the Rights of the Child described the treatment of children in the Australian-controlled detention centre as “inhumane and degrading.”
By John Mackay, 19 October 2016
Unions New South Wales is seeking to channel widespread opposition to the attacks on healthcare behind the Labor Party.
By Terry Cook, 19 October 2016
Five workers died within seven days, pointing to increasingly unsafe conditions in the construction and transport industries.
By Nick Beams, 18 October 2016
Efforts by Australian politicians to sell their detention model have helped create the conditions where governments around the world are regularly in breach of international law.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2016
The growth of poverty is a direct result of the policies implemented by successive governments, Liberal-National and Labor alike.
By Tom Peters, 17 October 2016
Australia’s government is seeking to emulate policies that have pushed tens of thousands of people off welfare.
By Mike Head, 15 October 2016
By silencing the solicitor-general, the government is seeking to free itself of any constitutional or legal constraint.
By Michelle Stevens, 15 October 2016
Almost half those suffering some chronic health conditions are skipping treatment because of “out of pocket” costs.
By the IYSSE (Australia), 15 October 2016
The meeting was the culmination of a two-and-a-half year fight to establish an IYSSE club at the university.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2016
Broadcasting vague and unsubstantiated police accusations has been taken to new depths with prejudicial allegations against two 16-year-olds.
By Terry Cook, 13 October 2016
The changes are part of a sweeping overhaul of wages and conditions that the Liberal-National government is attempting to impose across the public service.
By Mike Head, 10 October 2016
The cost-sharing pact will mean billions of dollars being spent on upgrading facilities across Australia for the US military.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 October 2016
The Australian Workers Union is playing the central role in the destruction of the jobs, wages and conditions of steelworkers.
By Mike Head, 8 October 2016
Thousands of working class people, retirees, small business owners and family farmers have been ruined by the banks.
By James Cogan, 8 October 2016
Labor’s statements indicate frustration within the US and Australian establishments over the Turnbull government’s refusal to order an operation in the South China Sea.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 October 2016
Ford’s shutdown of its Australian production tomorrow is one of the final nails in the coffin of an entire industry, at the hands of the transnational auto companies.
By Elle Chapman, 4 October 2016
The moves to close Sydney College of Arts are one expression of a broader assault on the social rights to education and culture.
By Terry Cook, 3 October 2016
The union continues to isolate a dispute by 140 mine workers at Anglo American’s German Creek coal mine even as the company moves to recruit strike-breakers.
By John Mackay, 1 October 2016
The plan will set a model for the wholesale handover of health care to profit-making corporate operators.
By Mike Head, 30 September 2016
Power went out across South Australia, cutting off electricity to 900,000 homes and throwing the state into chaos.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 September 2016
The limited stoppages are a continuation of the union’s attempts to isolate public sector workers and prevent a unified political and industrial fight against the government’s attacks.
By Mike Head, 29 September 2016
Dawkins appealed for Labor and the Coalition government to develop a bipartisan policy to further slash education spending and deny access to working class youth.
By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2016
The attack on Carr, an establishment figure with strong ties in Washington, is a sign that nothing less than full support for the US war drive against China will be tolerated.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 September 2016
The judgement marks another exposure of Canberra’s contempt for international law and its rank hypocrisy over the resolution of maritime disputes.
By Max Newman, 26 September 2016
At the UN summit, Prime Minister Turnbull urged countries to adopt Australia’s “border protection” regime.
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.