Australia

Labor plays anti-Chinese race card in NSW election

By Mike Head, 27 March 2015

Labor and trade union leaders are trying to incite fears that China could take over Australia’s most sensitive electricity networks.

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Against war, austerity and repression. For a socialist solution to the capitalist crisis

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 March 2015

The working class can only overcome the crisis produced by the failure of the capitalist profit system by taking up the fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective.

Australian property bubble could be heading for a bust

By Nick Beams, 26 March 2015

Australian household debt has reached a record high, fuelled by low interest rates.

Australian trade unions spearhead slashing of wage penalty rates

By Mike Head, 26 March 2015

The agreement sends a wider signal: the unions and the Labor Party are ready to enforce an all-out assault on wages and working conditions.

Revealing candidates forum in NSW election

By Zac Hambides, 26 March 2015

Apart from SEP National Secretary James Cogan, all the election candidates sought to confine the debate to so-called local issues and promote illusions in the parliamentary system.

Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015): A political assessment

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

Fraser’s name is indelibly etched in history for his role in the ousting of the Whitlam government in the 1975 Canberra Coup.

NSW election: Greens strike vote-swapping deal with Labor

By Mike Head, 25 March 2015

The pact is a clear signal of the party’s hopes of returning Labor to office, in partnership with the Greens.

Key historical issues discussed at SEP’s final New South Wales election meeting

By our reporters, 25 March 2015

The SEP’s final campaign meeting provoked discussion on the Russian Revolution, Trotsky’s struggle against Stalinism, revolutionary leadership and other critical historical and political issues.

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 25 March 2015

Workers, youth, students and retirees who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s final New South Wales state election rally last Sunday in Sydney spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised at the meeting. For some, it was their first SEP event.

The political issues in the fight to defend education

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 March 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at “day of action” rallies called by the National Union of Students in Australia on Wednesday.

Australian government welfare report prepares brutal assault against disabled, unemployed

By Patrick Kelly, 24 March 2015

The dismantling of welfare aims to give many recipients no choice but to accept low-wage employment.

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 24 March 2015

Workers, youth, students and retirees who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s final New South Wales state election rally last Sunday in Sydney spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised at the meeting. For some, it was their first SEP event.

Australian spies assist Japan’s plans for intelligence agency

By Peter Symonds, 23 March 2015

Australia’s involvement in training Japanese spies demonstrates just how closely the two US allies are intertwined with Washington’s war preparations against China.

Australian government in crisis over budget strategy

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2015

Big business leaders, financial commentators and political pundits have ridiculed the government for its failure to press ahead with austerity measures.

Australia: IYSSE campaign pushes back Griffith University’s political censorship

By our correspondents, 21 March 2015

Support from students and WSWS readers has forced the university’s authorities to drop their outright refusal to allow the IYSSE to register a club this year.

Socialist Equality Party election rally in NSW

21 March 2015

The SEP candidates will address a combined election rally on Sunday March 22.

Youth unemployment—a social catastrophe for the working class

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Bankstown, 20 March 2015

The major parties have nothing to offer youth because they defend the profit system and have helped create the conditions of mass unemployment and poverty.

Australia: Bipartisan deal to fast-track mass surveillance metadata bill

By Mike Head, 19 March 2015

Labor voted to rush the bill through parliament on the basis of a token government proposal to obtain warrants before accessing journalists’ data.

Oppose the anti-mosque campaign in Penrith!

By Carolyn Kennett—SEP candidate for Penrith, 18 March 2015

The vendetta against Muslims is not simply the work of local bigots, but a product of the bogus “war on terror” whipped up by the media and political establishment.

Australian PM attacks “lifestyle choice” of poverty-stricken Aborigines

By Susan Allan, 17 March 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s contemptuous remark sought to justify the wholesale closure of remote indigenous communities.

Australia: Phony “leaders’ debate” for NSW state election

By Mike Head, 16 March 2015

Labor is cynically hoping to win the election by exploiting popular hostility to privatisation and the federal Abbott government.

SEP candidates in NSW election address public meetings

By our correspondents, 16 March 2015

SEP candidates warned that irrespective of the state election outcome, the incoming government would intensify the attacks on the working class.

Students and workers discuss SEP’s election campaign

By our correspondents, 16 March 2015

WSWS correspondents spoke to audience members at meetings called by the Socialist Equality Party last week as part of its New South Wales state election campaign

Australian pseudo-lefts defend Syriza’s austerity pact

By Mike Head, 13 March 2015

The January 25 election of Syriza has laid bare the evolution of these groups into open supporters of capitalist governments.

Australian audiences turn off Gallipoli TV war drama

By Richard Phillips, 13 March 2015

The multi-episode program, which glorifies Australian military involvement in the World War I invasion of Turkey, has been ratings failure.

Australian university students oppose the drive to war and militarism

By our reporters, 12 March 2015

The IYSSE’s campaign during Australian campus orientation events won thoughtful responses from a layer of students.

NSW election: Lies and deception on privatisation

By Noel Holt—SEP candidate for Wyong, 11 March 2015

Fraudulent claims by both Labor and the Liberals are running rife in the lead up to the March 28 state election.

Australian SEP candidates campaign against war drive

By our reporters, 10 March 2015

Socialist Equality Party campaigners held discussions with a wide range of people on the threat of another global war, and the growing social inequality.

Australian Labor Party lines up behind big business agenda

By Nick Beams, 9 March 2015

The ALP is committing itself to an ongoing austerity program based on the agenda set out by the country’s leading big business organisation.

Australian Intergenerational Report: A fraudulent justification for sweeping budget cuts

By Nick Beams, 7 March 2015

The report’s argument that a budget crisis will be created because people are living longer as a result of medical advances highlights the perverted logic of the profit system.

Cystic fibrosis and the rundown of public health care

By Carolyn Kennett—SEP candidate for Penrith, 7 March 2015

Significant advances in medical treatment have advanced the life expectancy of cystic fibrosis sufferers, but vitally necessary clinics remain badly understaffed.

No Australian troops to Iraq! Oppose the US war drive!

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for Summer Hill, 6 March 2015

Workers and youth must take the sharpest warning from the latest decision to send more Australian troops to Iraq as part of Washington’s broader war plans.

Socialist Equality Party election meetings in NSW

6 March 2015

The SEP candidates will address meetings in their electorates next week, and a combined election rally on Sunday March 22.

Australian union rallies seek to divert anger over attacks on wages and services

By our reporters, 5 March 2015

The ACTU staged a “National Day of Action” yesterday to try to head off the intense hostility among workers to the mounting assault on wages, working conditions and social services.

Australian workers denounce budget cuts and austerity drive

By our correspondents, 5 March 2015

Workers from a variety of industries spoke to WSWS correspondents after yesterday’s trade union rallies in Sydney and Melbourne, explaining what issues led them to join the protests and discussing the political questions raised by the speakers’ promotion of the perspective of returning another Labor government.

Former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 5 March 2015

Hicks discusses the overturn of his 2007 “terrorism” conviction, the response of the Australian government and media and his concerns about escalating attacks on basic democratic rights.

Big business in Australia lays out its agenda

By Nick Beams, 4 March 2015

Behind the political crisis of the Abbott government is a deepening offensive being prepared by the corporate and financial elites against the working class

Another fatal police shooting in Australia

By Noel Holt—SEP candidate for Wyong, 4 March 2015

Police shootings now occur with sickening regularity mostly in response to low-level incidents that could be resolved by non-lethal means.

NSW meeting announcements

4 March 2015

Australia: Griffith University obstructs IYSSE campaigns

By our correspondents, 4 March 2015

This is a politically-motivated attack, directed against the only student club opposing the drive to war, austerity and overturning of basic democratic rights.

Bipartisan support for anti-democratic data retention bill in Australia

By Mike Head, 3 March 2015

A parliamentary report gives the green light for police-state powers of mass surveillance to be handed to the government and its spy and police services.

NSW election: The fraud of Labor’s opposition to privatisation and austerity

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for Summer Hill, 3 March 2015

Labor leader Foley tried to cover up the record of state and federal Labor governments, in attacking the living standards of workers and youth.

Vote Socialist Equality Party in the New South Wales election

Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights! For a workers government and socialist policies!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 March 2015

Our campaign is aimed at building the SEP as the new revolutionary leadership of the working class and advancing a socialist and internationalist program.

Two cyclones devastate areas of northern and eastern Australia

By Will Morrow, 28 February 2015

Thousands of people have been left to fend for themselves, with little or no government support, and been forced to turn to charities, friends and family to survive.

Nick Beams retires as Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 February 2015

Nick Beams, a founding member and long-time leader of the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, announced last Sunday he was stepping down as national secretary.

Australian prime minister’s leadership continues to unravel

By Mike Head, 26 February 2015

Underlying the destabilisation is mounting business dissatisfaction with the Abbott government’s failure to impose deep cuts to social spending and workers’ wages and conditions.

The US “pivot to Asia” and the Australian leadership crisis

By Peter Symonds, 25 February 2015

A major obstacle to Malcolm Turnbull’s ambitions to take over as prime minister lies in Washington.

Australia: Aurizon workers confront deep assault on conditions

By Terry Cook, 25 February 2015

Amid plummeting coal prices, the rail freight company is seeking to dismantle long-standing working conditions and protections for its Queensland workforce.

Australian PM outlines sweeping new “anti-terror” measures

By Mike Head, 24 February 2015

Yesterday’s “national security” speech sought to stoke fears of terrorism and incite anti-Muslim sentiment as a means of diverting political discontent.

Australian government uses Sydney siege report to ramp up anti-terror laws

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2015

The report is a whitewash designed to cover-up the extensive relations between the hostage-taker Monis and various police and intelligence agencies.

Australia: Sydney city council attacks the homeless

By Gabriela Zabala, 23 February 2015

The harsh treatment of Sydney’s homeless is in response to growing numbers of people sleeping on the street in inner city areas.

Unemployment in Australia at 12-year high

By Terry Cook, 21 February 2015

Officially, the number of jobless workers now stands at nearly 800,000, due to the job destruction under Liberal-National and Labor governments alike.

Oppose political censorship at Griffith University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 21 February 2015

Griffith University’s bans are a direct political attack on the IYSSE, and the democratic rights of students.

US court overturns “terrorism” charge against Australian Guantanamo prisoner

By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015

The Australian government’s defence of the illegal incarceration and torture of David Hicks is a warning that it is preparing to ramp up the “war on terror” and its attacks on democratic rights.

Australian government launches vicious attack on human rights commissioner

By Will Morrow, 20 February 2015

Prime Minister Abbott vilified the Human Rights Commission over its report on children incarcerated in refugee detention centres in breach of international conventions.

Finance capital pushes for Australian economic “restructuring”

By Nick Beams, 19 February 2015

For the dominant sections of the financial elite, the political impasse facing the Abbott government goes far beyond currently-stalled budgetary measures.

Australia: Sydney residents shocked by police shooting of 22-year-old woman

By our reporters, 19 February 2015

Workers and youth voiced their concerns about the brutal police killing of Courtney Topic in Hoxton Park, a southwestern Sydney suburb.

SEP Australia to stand in New South Wales state election

Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 February 2015

The SEP campaign will advance a socialist and internationalist program to fight war, austerity budget cuts, attacks on jobs and conditions and the assault on democratic rights.

Sydney siege survivors speak on Australian television

By Richard Phillips, 18 February 2015

Wounded hostage Marcia Mikhael said the police have treated her “like a criminal.”

US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports

By James Cogan, 16 February 2015

The expansion of US-Australia military relations is bound up with the US “pivot to Asia.”

No to war and austerity! Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 February 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at university orientation days across Australia over the next two weeks.

Australian PM prejudices rights of terrorist suspects to fair trial

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2015

Prime Minister Abbott used parliamentary privilege to make highly prejudicial statements alleging that a plot was underway to commit a terrorist attack.

Australia: Labor forms minority government in Queensland

By Mike Head, 14 February 2015

Labor’s precarious hold on office underscores the fragility and volatility of the parliamentary system in Australia.

Australia: NSW electricity workers face more job losses

By Terry Cook, 13 February 2015

Both the Liberal and Labor parties are preparing for the further sale of government-owned assets following next month’s state election.

Australian police carry out another anti-terror raid

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2015

The spectre of the “lone wolf” attack is being exploited to push for a new round of draconian anti-terror legislation.

Australia: Homeless people speak on worsening social crisis

By Susan Allan, 12 February 2015

“I think all the austerity measures are terrible—the rich and poor divide is growing.”

Calls to intensify Australian austerity agenda

By Nick Beams, 11 February 2015

The Murdoch press has proposed a national economic summit to push forward policies that will make even deeper inroads into social spending and living standards.

Australia: New South Wales police gun down 22-year-old woman

By Richard Phillips, 11 February 2015

The latest police killing is further evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in response to worsening social problems in working-class areas.

The Abbott government and the deepening political crisis in Australia

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 February 2015

A vast chasm has opened up between the austerity program demanded by the financial elite and the social needs of working people.

Australian prime minister faces leadership vote

By Nick Beams, 7 February 2015

The move against Prime Minister Abbott arises from a deepening economic and political crisis that has seen the country without a stable government for the past five years.

Former Australian Labor minister endorses university fee deregulation

By Oliver Campbell, 6 February 2015

The measures that the government is attempting to implement are the continuation of a bipartisan assault on higher education.

US spy bases in Australia central to war plans against China

By Will Morrow, 5 February 2015

A recent Australian Financial Review article highlights the far-reaching implications of Canberra’s alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

Australian High Court rubberstamps detention of refugees at sea

By Mike Head, 5 February 2015

The ruling gives a green light to the bipartisan drive to go to ever-greater lengths to stop all asylum seekers entering Australia.

Australian central bank cuts rates as economic downturn accelerates

By Nick Beams, 4 February 2015

Australia has now joined the global currency war amid deepening economic and political crisis.

Australian PM recommits to war and austerity

By Nick Beams, 3 February 2015

Abbott began his National Press Club address by invoking the bogus “war on terror.”

Queensland state government defeated in anti-austerity vote

By Mike Head, 2 February 2015

In an unprecedented political reversal, the Liberal National Party is poised to lose office just three years after coming to power in a landslide victory.

Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland

By James Cogan, 2 February 2015

A definite pattern has emerged in Australian political life where elections, at both the federal and state level, have an entirely negative character.

Queensland voters give voice to disaffection

By our correspondents, 2 February 2015

During last Saturday’s state election in the Australian state of Queensland, Socialist Equality Party members and supporters spoke to voters at Kippa-Ring, an outer northern suburb of Brisbane, the state capital.

Australian government plunged into leadership crisis by Murdoch intervention

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2015

The affair has underscored the enormous weight wielded by Murdoch personally and his ability to manufacture crises to effect right-wing political shifts.

Sydney siege inquest: An exercise in damage control

By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2015

The overriding aim is to counter public suspicion, while protecting the government, police and intelligence agencies that were responsible for the tragic outcome.

Indonesian authorities prepare for more executions

By John Roberts, 30 January 2015

Eleven more prisoners, including two Australians, face death after President Joko Widodo ruled out clemency for anyone convicted of drug offences.

Australian opposition Labor leader visits troops in Iraq

By Will Morrow, 29 January 2015

Shorten’s trip to Iraq underscores the Labor Party’s complete alignment with the US-led war in the Middle East and Washington’s broader militarist agenda.

Australia: Queensland election reveals wider political crisis

By Mike Head, 29 January 2015

The election campaign has underscored the popular hostility toward budget-slashing measures and the instability of the parliamentary system in Australia.

Australian pseudo-left group hails Syriza’s victory in Greece

By James Cogan, 29 January 2015

Socialist Alternative’s enthusiasm stems from years of promoting illusions in Syriza and presenting it as a model for new “left” formations internationally.

The motives behind Australian PM’s knighting of Prince Philip

By James Cogan, 28 January 2015

While derided as a relic of Australia’s past colonial relationship with Britain, the monarchy remains central to the Australian capitalist state and particularly to the military.

Australian Productivity Commission launches wage-cutting review

By Mike Head, 27 January 2015

The inquiry openly canvasses abolishing penalty wage rates for after-hours work and scrapping the minimum wage.

Australian man dies after being tasered by police

By Oliver Campbell, 24 January 2015

Kevin Norris became the third person to die after being tasered by New South Wales state police since 2010.

Australia: Murdoch newspaper denounces universities for “over-educating” students

By Will Morrow, 23 January 2015

An editorial in the Australian newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education.

Amid a worsening Australian government crisis, Labor pledges to impose austerity

By Mike Head, 22 January 2015

While opposing the government’s key budget measures, Labor is drawing up policies to make even deeper inroads into social spending.

Labor vows to outdo “debt reduction” in Australian state election

By Mike Head, 20 January 2015

The Queensland election has turned into a contest between the main parties over which can cut government spending the fastest.

Widespread disaffection in Queensland election

By our correspondents, 20 January 2015

After years of broken election promises and worsening social conditions there is intense hostility to both major parties.

Australian PM condemns magistrate for bail decision in bogus “terror” case

By Patrick Kelly, 19 January 2015

A campaign is underway that could see the reversal of the right to bail in a wider range of criminal cases, even where there is no proven link to terrorism.

Hunger strike in Australian refugee detention camp on Manus Island

By Will Morrow, 17 January 2015

The protest reportedly involves over 400 of the 1,053 detainees.

Australian government in disarray over doctors’ fees

By Mike Head, 16 January 2015

Despite the latest backflip—the second in a month—the underlying drive to dismantle the subsidised health system will continue.

Australia: New state Labor leader installed to push business agenda

By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 14 January 2015

Luke Foley became the second figure parachuted into the New South Wales leadership of the two traditional ruling parties within eight months.