By Virginia Browne, 27 March 2017
Twenty-nine workers, including 7 in the construction industry were killed in industrial accidents during the period between January 1-March 1 this year.
By Mike Head, 25 March 2017
A Trotskyist for four decades, Comrade Beryl was a fine and steadfast representative of the most advanced layers of the working class, attracted, above all, to internationalism.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 24 March 2017
A New Zealand government-funded children’s book glorifies Australian and New Zealand involvement in World War I and II.
By Nick Beams, 23 March 2017
A recent paper argues that any shift by Australia away from its foreign policy alignment with the US could have potentially dire economic consequences.
By Will Morrow, 22 March 2017
McManus’s elevation is part of the unions’ preparations to try and divert rising working-class anger behind the return of a Labor government in 2019.
By our reporters, 21 March 2017
The media and government authorities are continuing to use unsubstantiated allegations of “Islamic extremism” in schools to whip-up an atmosphere of right-wing hysteria.
By Mike Head, 21 March 2017
The privatised electricity market—dominated by profiteering power generation, distribution and retailing companies—is creating an economic and social disaster.
By Erika Zimmer, 21 March 2017
The devolution agenda is deepening the education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged, working class students, paving the way for US-style for-profit “charter schools.”
By James Cogan, 20 March 2017
FitzGerald’s proposals reveal the impotence of the Australian ruling elite in the face of the decline in America’s global dominance.
By Paul Bartizan and Oscar Grenfell, 20 March 2017
The state Labor government’s union-backed worker transfer scheme will not defend a single job.
By Mike Head, 18 March 2017
Staff and students suffer as universities axe hundreds more jobs, usually via “voluntary” redundancy schemes, assisted by the trade unions.
By James Cogan, 17 March 2017
Washington now looms as the greatest risk to Australian trade interests and the so-called rules-based order.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 March 2017
The hysterical campaign, alleging that 10-year-olds are dangerous Islamic “radicals,” is based entirely on the dubious claims of an anonymous woman whose comments are shot through with racism.
By Gary Alvernia, 16 March 2017
Funding cuts initiated by the last federal Labor government have forced hospitals to double the number of private patient services since 2008.
By David Cohen, 15 March 2017
The new measures are aimed at extending the impact of the former Labor government’s NAPLAN testing regime and further undermining public education.
By John Roberts and James Cogan, 15 March 2017
The flurry of diplomatic activity between the two countries is largely in response to the Trump administration.
By our reporter, 14 March 2017
As they have done in the past, the unions will appeal to management for “voluntary redundancies” while offering their services to assist in corralling staff out the door.
By our reporters, 14 March 2017
There is growing opposition among teachers, students and parents to the anti-democratic dismissal of the school principal, and the police spying programs that he allegedly opposed.
By Max Newman, 13 March 2017
The “Australian model” combines cruelty toward refugees, with a “points-based” program that discriminates in favour of employers and the wealthy.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2017
The result indicates an intensification of the political volatility that has ousted one government after another around the country over the past decade.
By our reporters, 11 March 2017
The construction unions held rallies as part of an effort to channel workers’ anger behind the election of another pro-business Labor government.
By John Harris, 11 March 2017
An ME Bank survey indicates that millions of workers and young people are living on a financial knife-edge.
By Mike Head, 9 March 2017
Under the government plan, teachers are required to become informants on their students.
By our reporters, 9 March 2017
Many young people are already deprived of weekend penalty wages, as a result of company-union wage-cutting deals.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 March 2017
The union has promised to suppress industrial action at the Ichthys pipeline project in northern Australia.
By Margaret Rees, 8 March 2017
Conditions are deteriorating in hospitals as a result of the previous Labor government’s restructuring, which has deepened under the current Liberal-National government.
By Will Morrow, 7 March 2017
Speakers from Socialist Alternative and Socialist Alliance shared the platform with two academics, both of whom are avowed nationalists.
By Chris Sadlier, 7 March 2017
The tragedy is the outcome of growing unemployment and poverty, lack of affordable housing and inadequate welfare and mental health care facilities.
By Mike Head, 6 March 2017
The future of the Turnbull government is being increasingly called into question, reflecting a protracted crisis of the political establishment.
By James Cogan, 4 March 2017
The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.
By Mike Head, 4 March 2017
Because of Labor’s pro-business record, the WA election has become a testing ground for Pauline Hanson’s anti-immigrant One Nation party.
By Nick Beams, 3 March 2017
Australia’s gross domestic product rose by 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter but there are doubts such growth can be sustained.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2017
The Labor politicians and trade union bureaucrats are the ones most responsible for this historic cut in penalty rates.
By Mike Head, 1 March 2017
The political brawling points to the immense popular disaffection with both the main establishment parties, the ruling Liberal-National Coalition and Labor.
By Chris Sadlier, 28 February 2017
The CFMEU did everything it could to bully the workforce into accepting a 5 percent pay cut and the establishment of a two-tier wage system.
By our correspondents, 28 February 2017
The meetings attracted university students, workers, professionals and retirees seeking in-depth discussion about the Trump presidency and the dangerous shift in world politics.
By our reporters, 28 February 2017
Workers and young people who attended the meetings spoke about the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the developing political radicalization in the US and internationally, and the need for a socialist movement of the working class.
By Mike Head, 27 February 2017
The Australian government and financial elite feted Netanyahu, whose government is accelerating illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
By Robert Campion, 27 February 2017
Almost 60 percent of young people have been compelled to do unpaid labour, amid mounting unemployment and job insecurity.
By Mike Head, 25 February 2017
The slump has serious implications for jobs, economic growth and the government’s large budget deficit.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 February 2017
Low-paid workers face pay cuts of thousands of dollars a year following the Fair Work Commission’s ruling.
By Max Newman, 23 February 2017
Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph is witch-hunting Muslim immigrants, claiming that they are “piling on the dole queue.”
By Richard Phillips and Linda Tenenbaum, 22 February 2017
Today, the ruling elites regard genuinely critical and creative voices with suspicion or outright hostility.
By Erin Cooke, 21 February 2017
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is revamping notorious laws that provide sweeping powers to the police and courts under the guise of combatting “bikie gangs.”
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 20 February 2017
As the Australian university year begins, students confront a drastically changed world, where an extreme right-wing administration has come into office in the United States.
By Mike Head, 18 February 2017
By targeting Khaled Sharrouf, the government is continuing a pattern of using individuals demonised by the media to set legal precedents that threaten basic democratic rights.
By John Harris, 17 February 2017
Soaring housing prices are causing widespread financial stress and social hardship, especially for young people.
By Mike Head, 16 February 2017
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly difficult for any government to push through parliament the brutal measures demanded by the corporate elite.
By Mike Head, 15 February 2017
The political crisis not only raises the prospect of a split in the federal government but points to the widespread popular disaffection wracking the entire parliamentary establishment.
By our reporters, 15 February 2017
Union officials sought to divert the widespread anger into impotent appeals to the state Coalition government, while promoting the opposition Labor Party.
By Mike Head, 14 February 2017
Under intense pressure from the financial markets, the Turnbull government is seeking to slash social spending to enable cuts to business taxes.
By Frank Gaglioti, 13 February 2017
The February heatwave is among the hottest ever recorded in southeastern Australian cities and towns, where most of the country’s people live.
By our reporters, 13 February 2017
The CFMEU is seeking to suppress opposition to the agreement, which cuts wages by 5 percent and creates a new tier of lower-paid workers.
By Mike Head, 11 February 2017
By resuscitating previously blocked budget cuts, Turnbull’s government is intensifying the assault on welfare entitlements.
By John Braddock, 10 February 2017
Security and defence analysts claim that if the summit is jeopardised, China will take advantage at the expense of Canberra and Washington.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 February 2017
The public sector union is seeking to channel workers behind impotent appeals to the government.
By Mike Head, 9 February 2017
While Bernardi’s split is not, by itself, an immediate threat to the ruling Coalition’s one-seat majority in the lower house, it points to broader processes tearing apart the government.
By James Cogan, 7 February 2017
In Bernardi’s resignation statement, he highlighted the deepening crisis of the two-party political establishment.
By our reporters, 6 February 2017
While the demonstrators were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees and the rise of militarism, protest organisers called for an “independent” Australian foreign policy.
By our reporters, 6 February 2017
Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.
By Mike Head, 6 February 2017
The ruling Liberal-National Coalition is riven with divisions on foreign and domestic policy that have only been intensified by the advent of the Trump administration.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2017
Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2017
Donald Trump’s election as US president has sent shockwaves through the parliamentary elite and accelerated the global turn to trade war and war.
By Mike Head, 3 February 2017
Trump’s bullying treatment of Turnbull has thrown the Australian government and the media into turmoil.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 February 2017
The Greens are cynically invoking Trump’s immigration ban to advocate a more “independent” foreign policy for the Australian ruling elite.
By Mike Head, 2 February 2017
Hanson is cynically exploiting the widespread political disaffection with the establishment parties which are responsible for making deep inroads into the living standards of working people.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 February 2017
Sections of the Greens are calling for an anti-establishment posture, in order to prevent the party being bypassed by a developing movement of workers and young people.
By Mike Head, 31 January 2017
In the face of global outrage over Trump’s measures, Turnbull undertook to strengthen relations with the new US administration.
By Eric Ludlow and Patrick Kelly, 31 January 2017
Adult prison guards will be deployed to two youth detention centres as part of a crackdown on alleged child rioters.
By Robert Campion, 30 January 2017
Profit-making colleges with dubious records have received millions of dollars in public funding under a scheme introduced by the former Labor government.
By Max Newman, 28 January 2017
The HRW report points to the rapidly escalating erosion of basic legal and democratic rights in Australia which continues despite previous such reports.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 January 2017
The ruling was one of a series of interventions by the Fair Work Commission into industrial disputes that underscore its role as an apparatus of the corporate elite.
By Frank Gaglioti and Will Morrow, 26 January 2017
The federal and state handouts will depend on Alcoa and the Australian Workers Union cutting workers’ wages and conditions.
By Margaret Rees, 25 January 2017
Despite leaks of damning information by public sector workers, the Turnbull government is ratchetting up its attack on welfare recipients.
By Patrick Kelly, 24 January 2017
While unable to connect the Bourke Street incident to the bogus “war on terror,” the Victorian Labor government has used it to prepare far more stringent bail laws.
By Will Morrow, 24 January 2017
The lockout of 65 Parmalat workers is part of a corporate onslaught on the wages and conditions of manufacturing workers nationally.
By our reporters, 23 January 2017
While the organisers promoted Hillary Clinton and gender politics, many of the attendees voiced concerns about the rise of militarism, the erosion of democratic rights and the growth of the far-right.
By Mike Head, 21 January 2017
While Mike Baird claimed to be resigning for family reasons, he sent a barbed political message to Prime Minister Turnbull.
By our correspondents, 21 January 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to workers about the escalating attacks on jobs and wages, and existing high levels of unemployment and poverty in the region.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2017
Prime Minister Turnbull’s fourth cabinet reshuffle in 16 months underscores the Liberal-National government’s instability.
By Max Newman, 20 January 2017
Carers of people with a disability are being denied support programs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 January 2017
The Roy Morgan data shows that membership is lowest among young people and the most impoverished sections of the working class.
By our reporters, 18 January 2017
Large contingents of police have used “move on” powers to shift groups of homeless people from busy areas of the city popular with tourists, including Flinders Street station.
By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2017
In pursuing aggressive “America First” trade measures, Trump threatens the economic interests not only of China but also of close allies such as Australia and Japan.
By Chris Sadlier, 17 January 2017
The union and management are invoking the threat of an imminent plant closure to bludgeon workers into accepting the deal.
By Virginia Browne, 17 January 2017
The tragedy is one of a growing number of fatalities in the construction industry as builders, with union complicity, maximise profits by cutting basic health and safety.
By James Cogan, 16 January 2017
Paul Keating stated that a Trump administration threatened to “involve Australia in war with China.”
By our reporters, 16 January 2017
The latest measures are part of a decades-long assault on energy workers in the Latrobe Valley and nationally with the collaboration of the unions.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2017
Contrary to the myth of Australia as an egalitarian society, it is among the most unequal industrialised countries in the world.
By Max Newman, 14 January 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will deny adequate assistance to many in need, even those with severe mental illnesses.
By James Cogan, 14 January 2017
The motivation for the faction’s formation is concern over the fall of support for the Greens.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 January 2017
The industrial tribunal’s ruling clears the way for pay cuts of 30–65 percent, a precedent that will be used against other workers.
By Will Morrow, 13 January 2017
The cuts are the thin edge of the wedge of a far-reaching assault on the democratic right to a secure retirement.
By Patrick Kelly, 12 January 2017
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology detailed several record-breaking temperature anomalies caused by global climate change.
By Patrick Kelly, 11 January 2017
The announcement represents a significant tactical shift by Australian imperialism.
By Mike Head, 11 January 2017
Conflict between the US, led by the protectionist Trump, and China, Australian capitalism’s largest export market, could have catastrophic consequences for an already contracting economy.
By Perla Astudillo, 10 January 2017
Increasing numbers of parents are feeling pressured to organise tutoring for their young children in “kindy boot camps” where they undergo structured learning and constant testing.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2017
The government is dispatching thousands of “debt notices” demanding that current and former welfare recipients repay hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2017
The incident sheds light on the deep concerns in the Indonesian military over the prospect of the country becoming embroiled in a confrontation between China and the US.
By Terry Cook, 6 January 2017
Mounting levels of unemployment and underemployment underscore the fraud of the government’s claim that its policies would deliver “jobs and growth.”