Australia

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”.

Ex-Australian union boss Paul Howes handed top corporate post

By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 26 July 2014

Howes is treading a well-worn path, taken by a host of union bureaucrats, into the financial elite and the political establishment.

Treasurer’s biography fuels rifts in Australian government

By Mike Head, 25 July 2014

Hockey essentially blames Prime Minister Abbott for the political crisis over the budget.

Australia Post report points to massive cuts to jobs and services

By Keith Morgan, 25 July 2014

A consultants’ report reveals advanced plans to wind back postal deliveries, outsource more jobs and cut wages.

SEP and IYSSE public meetings in Australia

On the centenary of WWI: Socialism and the fight against war

25 July 2014

One hundred years on, amid the most severe global economic breakdown since the 1930s, a new world war is in the making.

Australian prime minister lauded over anti-Russian stance and MH17 resolution

By James Cogan, 23 July 2014

All the establishment parties have come together in a display of “national unity,” based on condemnations of Russia, manufactured sorrow and boasts of Australia strutting the “world stage.”

Australia: Queensland by-election highlights discontent over austerity

By Mike Head, 23 July 2014

The state government’s defeat reflects, in a confused form, the widespread outrage toward the assault by state and federal governments on social spending.

UN resolution on Flight MH17: Australia the cat’s paw for US threats against Russia

By James Cogan, 22 July 2014

The Australian government’s diplomatic intervention is carefully coordinated with Washington.

Workers and students in Australia discuss SEP’s antiwar program

By our reporters, 22 July 2014

Initially called in response to the growing imperialist debacle in Iraq, the meetings were broadened to review as well the Israeli military assault on Gaza and the origins of the crisis in Ukraine.

Australia: Demonstrators denounce Israeli invasion of Gaza

By our reporters, 21 July 2014

“If the Palestinian people don’t have a voice, we have to give them a voice.”

Australian political establishment threatens Russia over MH17 crash

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2014

The Australian political elite functions as a chief diplomatic adjunct to Washington’s aggressive intrigues in every corner of the globe.

Australia illegally detains Sri Lankan refugees in prison ship

By Mike Head, 19 July 2014

Imprisonment in these inhuman conditions is clearly in violation of international law.

Australia: New terrorism scare used to unveil vast surveillance powers

By Mike Head, 18 July 2014

The Abbott government, together with the spy chiefs and the media, are seeking to whip up fears of imminent terrorist attacks in order to justify police-state measures.

Australian youth and workers denounce cuts to Sunday pay rates

By our reporters, 16 July 2014

The decision will have devastating consequences for tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers.

Australian government covers up CBA bank scandal

By Terry Cook, 15 July 2014

The bank’s financial planning companies not only misled clients into buying high risk products but also fabricated documents.

Australian parliamentary committee calls for further anti-democratic electoral laws

By Mike Head, 14 July 2014

The unanimous report underscores the consensus within the political elite on shredding voting rights to try to shore up the established order.

Australian minister whitewashes Sri Lankan repression

By Mike Head, 12 July 2014

As immigration minister Morrison praised President Rajapakse’s government, 153 Tamil asylum seekers remained incarcerated on an Australian Customs vessel.

Senate vote ends in fiasco for Australian government

By James Cogan, 11 July 2014

Fury is growing in the corporate media over the government’s failure to push through austerity cuts.

Australian Labor Party props up Victorian state government

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 July 2014

Labor refused to bring down the Napthine government, and voted for its latest anti-working class austerity budget.

Shinzo Abe’s Australian visit: Another step toward war

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2014

The corporate media establishment is backing the re-militarisation of Japan and its closer military ties with Australia.

Australian High Court leaves Sri Lankan refugees detained on high seas

By Mike Head, 9 July 2014

Despite the flagrantly illegal character of the asylum seekers’ arbitrary detention, the court case leaves them in great danger.

Australian government seeks to lift bar on deporting refugees to face torture

By Will Morrow, 9 July 2014

The bill seeks to reinstate a Labor government policy to permit the expulsion of asylum seekers who confront a distinct risk of being tortured.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe cloaks militarism in “peace” pledges to Australian parliament

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2014

Prime Minister Abe’s speech underscores the militarist agenda behind the reinterpretation of the Japanese constitution.

Japanese PM unveils “third arrow” of economic agenda

By Ben McGrath, 8 July 2014

Australia: Overseas students and workers nearly killed in Sydney fire

By Alan Leigh, 8 July 2014

Those living in the squalid premises were rescued but their plight highlights the dangers facing thousands of super-exploited young people.

Low attendance at Australian anti-budget rallies exposes unions’ role

By James Cogan, 7 July 2014

Workers stayed away from the protests because they do not view the unions as organisations that fight for their interests.

Workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 7 July 2014

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with workers and youth attending protests yesterday [insert link] in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle against the Abbott government’s budget measures. None were aware that the main budget appropriation bills had already been passed by Labor and the Greens in the Senate.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war in Iraq

By our reporters, 5 July 2014

Interviews in Melbourne illustrated the deep hostility to US imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, and Australia’s involvement.

The way forward in the fight against budget austerity and militarism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 July 2014

For all the sound and fury that Labor and the Greens have vented against the Abbott government, they voted to pass the appropriation bills.

Al Gore’s strange meeting in Canberra: More at stake than the carbon tax

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2014

Given Clive Palmer’s pivotal role in the new Australian parliament, the White House requires a line of communication and leverage—something that Gore has conveniently provided.

Australia’s Rich List: “Big wealth is back”

By Alan Leigh, 3 July 2014

The number of billionaires reached a record of 39, primarily because of rises in property and share values.

Australia to hand Tamil refugees to Sri Lankan navy

By Mike Head, 2 July 2014

If confirmed, the forced transfer of asylum seekers to the military forces whose violence they are fleeing will be a flagrant violation of the international Refugee Convention.

Oppose the witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative

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

The witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative is aimed at intimidating opponents of the Abbott government.

Australian government report outlines dismantling of welfare system

By Richard Phillips, 1 July 2014

The proposed measures would see thousands of people forced into deeper poverty and low-wage employment.

Australian Senate pushes through budget appropriation bills

By Mike Head, 1 July 2014

While not ending the impasse of the budget, Labor and the Greens have quietly passed the essential legislation to allow the Abbott government to keep functioning.

Australia: Western Sydney residents denounce budget assault on health care

By our reporters, 28 June 2014

The budget measures will force working class people to choose between going to the doctor and meeting other pressing needs.

Australian government faces parliamentary logjam over austerity budget

By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2014

Deep public hostility to the May 13 budget threatens to produce a political crisis.

Australian government’s phony defence of journalist jailed in Egypt

By Mike Head, 26 June 2014

While claiming to be dismayed by Peter Greste’s fate, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given his full support to the US-backed junta in Cairo.

SEP & IYSSE public meetings

The imperialist debacle in Iraq and the struggle against war

26 June 2014

There is an urgent need to build a new mass international movement against imperialism and war.

Australian shift on East Jerusalem provokes diplomatic furore

By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2014

The Abbott government’s stance may well point to a wider shift taking place in ruling circles, particularly in the US, on the status of occupied Palestinian territories.

Australian government plans new citizenship and surveillance powers

By Mike Head, 25 June 2014

Under the guise of preventing the return of “terrorists” from Syria and Iraq, new anti-democratic measures are being prepared.

Australia: Sunday penalty rates slashed for hospitality workers

By Zac Hambides and Joshua Newsham, 23 June 2014

The decision cuts the wages of tens of thousands of casual workers who depend on Sunday penalties to supplement their low wages.