Australia

Caterpillar moves to close its plant in Tasmania, Australia

By Terry Cook, 21 April 2015

Caterpillar will retrench almost its entire workforce in Burnie and relocate production to Thailand over the next 12 months.

Socialist Equality Party supporters oppose anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Alan Seymour (1927–2015)—a critical voice against Australian militarism

By Kaye Tucker, 21 April 2015

Seymour’s most successful play The One Day of the Year is one of the very few that challenges the myths surrounding Anzac Day.

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!

An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

By James Cogan—National Secretary SEP (Australia), 20 April 2015

SEP national secretary James Cogan wrote to the Sydney University vice chancellor demanding that he allow the SEP the right to hire a venue at the university to hold a public anti-war meeting.

Australia: Police “terrorism” raids exploited to boost Anzac Day events

By Mike Head, 20 April 2015

Without providing any evidence, the federal and state governments claimed that two teenagers planned attacks at Anzac Day ceremonies.

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party

Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 April 2015

The university’s decision is an attack on the democratic rights not only of the SEP but of the working class in Australia and around the world.

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

One of the central lies promoted by the saturation media campaign extolling WWI is that Australia was unified in backing the imperialist war.

Australia: Corporate exploitation of Anzac myth triggers a furore

By Mike Head, 17 April 2015

The outcry over Woolworths’ advertising campaign offers a revealing insight into the real character of the official four-year “celebration” of World War I.

“Act of political censorship is a damning indictment of Labor”

More letters opposing Australian council’s attack on democratic rights

By our reporter, 17 April 2015

Burwood City Council is refusing to provide any political explanation for its actions.

Australian government dispatches 330 more troops to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2015

While denying any further expansion of the Australian role in the US-led war, Prime Minister Abbott said such matters were under “constant review.”

State premier threatens to “disengage” from Australia

By Mike Head, 16 April 2015

Western Australia’s premier said the state faced its “Boston tea party moment” over the sharing of tax revenues.

An open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne

Overturn the decision to block IYSSE affiliation on University of Melbourne campus!

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

The following open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne is being distributed by members of the IYSSE to students on campus.

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

By James Cogan, 15 April 2015

Everything indicates that discussions have taken place, at far higher levels of the political establishment than the Burwood Council, to ban the SEP’s anti-war meeting.

Australian city council refuses to revoke ban on SEP meeting

By our reporter, 15 April 2015

The Labor council’s decision to maintain its ban is an expression of its hostility to any discussion among workers and youth on the dangers of militarism and imperialist war.

Australian citizen on US drone “kill list”

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2015

The complicity of the Australian political establishment underscores not only its support for Washington’s crimes but its contempt for democratic rights at home.

Letters demand Australian council reverse censorship of SEP

14 April 2015

The letters condemn the Burwood Council’s cancellation of the SEP’s booking for a public meeting entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III.”

Australian workers and youth oppose Labor council’s ban on SEP anti-war meeting

“If they wanted to honour the dead, they would have stopped all wars”

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Hundreds of people have signed petitions demanding that Burwood Council reverse its decision to block the SEP’s April 26 anti-war meeting.

Defenders of democratic rights condemn Australian council’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Letter to Burwood Council from SEP National Secretary James Cogan

13 April 2015

The following letter demanding the reversal of the cancellation of the SEP’s hall booking was sent on April 13.

Australian council cancels hall booking for SEP anti-war meeting

Defend the democratic rights of the SEP! Oppose political censorship!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 April 2015

It is already clear that Burwood Council cancelled the hall booking in a knee-jerk response to phone calls from racist and nationalist elements.

Australian Senate tax grandstanding: A preparation for austerity

By Mike Head, 10 April 2015

The posturing in a Senate committee this week over the need to “tax the rich” is window dressing for deeper cuts to essential social spending.

Australian central bank warns of worsening economic outlook

By Mike Head, 8 April 2015

Yesterday’s Reserve Bank decision to leave record low interest rates on hold highlights the precarious state of Australian capitalism.

Australia: Socialist Alliance lauds Greens wins in NSW election

By James Cogan, 8 April 2015

The pseudo-left organisation ascribes to the Greens vote an anti-capitalist and even socialist character that it does not have.

Australia: Political witch-hunt against Sydney University academic

By Oliver Campbell, 8 April 2015

The attempt to remove Lynch from his academic position is part of a broader assault on democratic rights on university campuses.

Australian “No to racism rallies” silent on Labor and union role

By Mike Head, 7 April 2015

Under conditions of political crisis, right-wing nationalist and neo-fascist organisations are raising their heads, exploiting fears whipped up about Islamic immigrants.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:

Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

The Anzac Day celebrations are part of conscious efforts to indoctrinate youth with patriotism and drown out anti-war sentiment.

Australia: NSW voters denounce war and austerity

By our correspondents, 1 April 2015

Workers and youth in New South Wales speak out about the attacks on social welfare, the danger of war and why they voted for the Socialist Equality Party.

Queensland Labor government destabilised by witch-hunt against indigenous MP

By Mike Head, 1 April 2015

The sudden eruption of the Billy Gordon affair highlights the instability of the parliamentary system.

Further blow to US as Australia signs up to China-backed bank

By Nick Beams, 30 March 2015

Intense geo-political tensions continue over the planned Asian investment bank.

Australia: Liberals hold power in NSW election

By James Cogan, 30 March 2015

Baird’s government is on a collision course with the working class as it attempts, alongside the federal government and other states, to impose austerity.

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.

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the NSW election

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.