By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2013
Australia, along with Japan, is rapidly being transformed into a giant base for future US military operations in the region.
By James Cogan, 12 December 2013
Toyota has issued its threat partly to pressure its workforce to accept a revised workplace agreement that will slash their pay and conditions.
By Mark Church, 12 December 2013
There is a bipartisan policy in Canberra of using indefinite detention in primitive conditions to deter all refugees from seeking asylum in Australia.
By Zac Hambides, 11 December 2013
The decision will devastate the remote northern town of Nhulunbuy, which is heavily dependent on the plant.
By James Cogan, 11 December 2013
The closure signals a massive escalation in the assault on the living standards and social rights of the working class across Australia.
By Mike Head, 10 December 2013
Legislation to scrap the $300 billion ceiling was pushed through yesterday, averting the immediate risk of a downgrading by the financial markets.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 December 2013
Bishop used her tour of Asia to affirm Canberra’s unalloyed support for Washington’s provocative stance toward China.
By Oliver Campbell, 10 December 2013
Without any semblance of due process, the men were ordered to surrender their passports, depriving them of their right to travel.
By James Cogan, 9 December 2013
Holden’s closure will be the death knell of the Australian auto manufacturing industry.
By Mike Head, 7 December 2013
The Abbott government is intensifying the drive to shut down East Timor’s legal case and prevent further public exposure of the surveillance network.
By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2013
Hicks talks about the legal campaign to overturn his bogus terrorism conviction and his concerns about the escalating attacks on democratic rights.
By James Cogan, 6 December 2013
The atmosphere of crisis that now surrounds the airline will be used by the government and management, aided by the trade unions, to escalate the assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2013
The extraordinary threat underscores how far the government will go to prevent further exposures of the vast US-Australia surveillance network.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 December 2013
The Australian economy is yet to fall into official recession, but the slump is already lowering working people’s living standards.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 December 2013
The series of shifts has provoked consternation within ruling circles, with the recently elected government seemingly unable to impose spending cuts to education.
By Mike Head, 4 December 2013
The raids send a threatening message to the media, the legal profession and potential intelligence whistleblowers.
As military tensions increase in Asia
4 December 2013
The Abbott government in Australia declared its full support for the US and Japanese provocations against Beijing, making clear it was also prepared to go to war.
By Will Morrow, 3 December 2013
Under the banner of the so-called war on terror, the mainstream media has embraced its role as an effective auxiliary arm of the state.
By Mike Head, 3 December 2013
The leaked document shows that the Australian Signals Directorate monitors the domestic population, as well as the people and governments of many Asian countries.
By Mike Head, 2 December 2013
The NSW legislation bans parties and groups from accepting political donations from anyone except individuals on the state’s electoral roll.
By Mike Head, 30 November 2013
The Abbott government, like its Labor predecessor, is aligning itself ever closer to the US.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 November 2013
The decision underscores the sharp divisions wracking the unstable coalition government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 November 2013
Evidence of espionage will form part of Timor’s efforts to revise a treaty sanctioning Australia’s unlawful claim to lucrative oil and gas revenues.
By Terry Cook, 28 November 2013
Mass layoffs are undermining the delivery of vital services on which millions of people rely.
By James Cogan, 28 November 2013
Keating’s speech was an attempt to explain away any concerns about commemorating the war and glorify Australia’s involvement.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 November 2013
The Abbott government will next year unveil a new funding model that will be even more heavily skewed against public schools.
By Mike Head, 27 November 2013
President Yudhoyono’s announcement came amid sharply rising strategic tensions across region triggered by the US “pivot” to Asia.
By Will Morrow, 25 November 2013
The ABC faces the threat of a witch-hunt similar to that waged in Britain against the Guardian.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 November 2013
Leading economists forecast permanently high unemployment and plunging living conditions for working people, while advocating sweeping austerity measures.
By Mark Church, 23 November 2013
The Rand Corporation report points again to the advanced preparations for war as part of the US pivot to Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2013
Indonesian president Yudhoyono has suspended military and intelligence sharing with Australia in a bid to contain widespread public anger at home.
By Terry Cook, 22 November 2013
Two draconian industrial relations bills are only the first instalment of a further assault on workers’ wages, conditions and basic rights.
By Mike Head, 21 November 2013
Jakarta’s response demonstrates the damaging fallout for Australia and its main backer, the US, from the diplomatic row.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 November 2013
Jakarta’s response points to the far reaching geo-strategic implications of the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2013
Geo-strategic considerations lie behind Abbott’s praise for a country where working people live in fear of torture and extrajudicial killings.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2013
Indonesia’s government has already recalled its ambassador to Canberra and is threatening to downgrade diplomatic and intelligence-sharing arrangements.
By Peter Symonds, 18 November 2013
The reason for Rudd’s decision to retire from parliament lies in geopolitics, not personality and the small change of parliamentary manoeuvres.
By Chris Sadlier and James Cogan, 16 November 2013
The strike at Port Melbourne testifies to the immense frustration and anger among car workers across the entire industry.
By Mike Head, 15 November 2013
The purpose of the “fiscal cliff” scenario is to create the political climate for bringing forward sweeping cuts to core social spending.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2013
Prime Minister Abbott’s business adviser is preparing the way for a deep and ongoing assault on the jobs, working conditions and social position of the working class.
By Mike Head, 12 November 2013
The conflicts over refugees are bound up with wider strategic questions, provoked by the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia, directed against China.
By Mark Church and Richard Phillips, 11 November 2013
Australian governments, Labor, Liberal and Green, are stepping up their attacks on people living in public housing.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 November 2013
Joe Hockey declared that “fiscal sustainability” required “winding back some spending that people have come to take for granted.”
By Terry Cook, 9 November 2013
The latest official figures show the workforce has shrunk over the past six months and the process of casualisation is continuing.
By Mike Head, 8 November 2013
The court decision will directly affect the Abbott government’s ability to get its legislation through parliament.
By James Cogan, 8 November 2013
The report predicts the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs, leading to the impoverishment of major working class suburbs.
By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2013
Hicks is seeking to have the conviction thrown out because the law was applied retrospectively and his “guilty” plea was an “unlawful product of the coercive conditions.”
By Terry Cook, 7 November 2013
Shorten brings to the task more than a decade of experience as a leading union apparatchik, during which he cultivated intimate ties with business while enforcing mass layoffs, speed ups and wage cutting.
By Peter Symonds, 6 November 2013
Indonesia’s foreign minister questioned intelligence sharing arrangements with Canberra following revelations of electronic spying from the Australian and US embassies in Jakarta.
By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2013
The NSA surveillance operations are seamlessly connected to US preparations for cyber-war and military conflict against China.
By Mike Head, 5 November 2013
The proposal demonstrates the political establishment’s readiness to override even the most basic democratic right—citizenship.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2013
Underlying the manoeuvres of all the parties are the calculations of rival layers of the business elite that have nothing to do with addressing climate change.
By Mike Head, 4 November 2013
Since the election there has been a concerted cover-up of what is happening to the victims of the anti-refugee regime.
By Ismet Redzovic and Richard Phillips, 2 November 2013
Fire victims questioned authorities about overhead power lines and insufficient bushfire mitigation before the most recent blazes.
By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2013
The latest NSA leaks have exposed US and Australian listening posts in diplomatic missions throughout Asia.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 November 2013
General Motors is preparing to follow Ford in shutting down production, while Toyota announced new moves to slash labour costs.
By Ellen Blake, 1 November 2013
Next year’s scheduled summit in Brisbane and Cairns is being used to set new police-state precedents.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 October 2013
It appears that the Obama administration intervened to ensure that Beijing cannot cut across its surveillance operations in Australia.
By James Cogan, 30 October 2013
Australian troops have been part of a military occupation that has sought to subjugate the Afghan people.
By Gabriela Zabala, 30 October 2013
Many homes will be valued at a higher rate, which will push up the rents by $40 to $100 per week.
By our correspondents, 30 October 2013
Tenants across the city discuss the impact of the new “bed taxes” and “market rents” and the government’s refusal to carry out basic repairs.
By Will Marshall and Patrick O’Connor, 29 October 2013
Each year, between 20 and 40 percent of teachers will be arbitrarily declared “underperforming,” denied incremental salary increases and threatened with dismissal.
By Nick Beams, 26 October 2013
RBA deputy governor Philip Lowe pointed to the underlying shifts in the world and Australian economies that lie behind the worsening economic outlook.
By Richard Phillips, 25 October 2013
The reports cut across the knee-jerk reaction of the corporate media to blame bushfires on “arsonists” and “cigarette-butt flickers.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 October 2013
The Greens’ grandstanding over the bushfires is based on the cynical lie that the carbon tax advances a step toward a solution to the climate change crisis.
By Terry Cook, 24 October 2013
The lock-out of Helensburgh miners is part of a broader offensive by employers, in collaboration with the unions, that has already led to wage-cutting deals at General Motors Holden and the Beenleigh meat works.
By Mike Head, 24 October 2013
Picketing academics voiced wider discontent, including over the erosion of working conditions permitted by previous enterprise agreements.
By Mike Head, 23 October 2013
The Queensland legislation marks an escalation of the far-reaching “criminal association” laws passed by state governments since 2001, which erode basic democratic rights.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 October 2013
The Abbott government will target welfare programs for elimination and extend “user pays” systems across public services, including health and education.
By Richard Phillips, 23 October 2013
Fire fighters currently face a 1,500-kilometre fire front in the Blue Mountains, where three large fires are burning out of control.
By Alex Messenger, 22 October 2013
More than 50 percent of those receiving Foodbank services have a job, reflecting the rise of casual and part-time work, as well as declining real wages.
By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2013
Australian spy agencies are directly involved in the “harvesting” of millions of email address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services.
By Richard Phillips, 21 October 2013
Residents face the worst fire disaster in over 40 years, with more than 50 bushfires still burning across NSW.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 October 2013
The Labor Party’s efforts to project a new “unified” front with the installation of Bill Shorten as leader on Sunday lasted all of 24 hours.
By Mike Head, 18 October 2013
The Abbott government, like the Labor government before it, will depend on minor parties and independents to push its legislation through parliament.
By Richard Phillips, 18 October 2013
Hundreds of homes are feared lost as bushfires rage in areas outside Sydney and the regional cities of Lithgow and Newcastle.
By our correspondent, 18 October 2013
At a rally at the University of Newcastle, groups of students held IYSSE placards declaring “No War on Syria” and demanding “Close Pine Gap.”
By Richard Phillips, 17 October 2013
Labor’s response to Edward Snowden’s revelations was to stonewall while pushing to give Australian intelligence agencies wider powers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 October 2013
Hockey’s visit to the US had the character of a loyal servant of finance capital reporting for duty and receiving orders.
By James Cogan, 16 October 2013
Company statements raised the spectre of the remaining 2,400 Toyota workers being confronted with a new General Motors-style industrial agreement, tearing up wages and conditions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 October 2013
The Abbott government is confronted with blunt demands to impose US- and European-style wage cuts and austerity measures.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 October 2013
Shorten will maintain Labor’s backing for Obama’s aggressive diplomatic and military policies around the world, while promoting the interests of big business at home.
By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2013
Abbott proclaimed Japan to be Australia’s “closest friend in Asia,” emphasising that Japan was “a fellow member of the US alliance network.”
By our correspondents, 14 October 2013
The SEP and IYSSE meetings in Sydney and Melbourne reviewed the underlying driving forces behind the eruption of American militarism.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 12 October 2013
The Liberal government whip in the New South Wales parliament defended the mass murderer who came to power in 1973.
By Mike Head, 12 October 2013
The Abbott government confronts falling growth rates, collapsing mining investment and rising unemployment.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 October 2013
In response to a threat by General Motors to shut down production unless additional subsidies are provided, powerful sections of the financial elite are demanding the Liberal-National government reject the ultimatum.
By James Cogan, 11 October 2013
The glorification of the armed forces has become an ever more prominent feature of Australian social life.
By Mike Head, 9 October 2013
The lack of public fanfare surrounding the measures reflects the government’s concern that its plans could provoke opposition and resistance.
By Terry Cook, 8 October 2013
Escalating job cuts have pushed the total unemployment and underemployment rate to 13.7 percent, or about 1.5 million people.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2013
Australian consular officials in Bali threatened to hand West Papuan protesters seeking refuge over to Indonesian police.
By our reporters, 7 October 2013
The SEP and IYSSE organised rallies in Sydney and Melbourne as part of the fight to mobilise the working class internationally against the war plans of the US and its allies.
By our correspondents, 7 October 2013
Workers and young people discuss their response to the SEP/IYSSE rallies in Sydney and Melbourne against the US drive to war in Syria.
By Joe Lopez, 5 October 2013
The downgrade is a warning not only to the Western Australian government but to governments in other states and at the federal level to press ahead with austerity measures.
By Mike Head, 4 October 2013
Labor made deep inroads into social expenditure, clearing the way for the incoming Liberal-National Coalition to intensify the offensive.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2013
GMH threatens to follow Ford Australia in shutting down all production operations unless it receives further handouts.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2013
The 800 workers at the Teys/Cargill plant will be forced to work about an hour longer each day.
By Terry Cook, 1 October 2013
Mass downsizing has become a permanent feature of the telecommunication company’s agenda, with more than 8,000 jobs gone since 2008.
By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2013
Jakarta has objected to the new Australian government’s policy of using the navy to force refugee boats to return to Indonesia.
SEP (Australia) public meetings
1 October 2013
The greatest mistake would be to believe that the various diplomatic intrigues and machinations have ended the prospect of war.