Australia

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.

South Australian Labor’s budget imposes “cruel” federal cuts

By Mike Head, 21 June 2014

While claiming to fight the federal budget, the state government is implementing it, and using it as the pretext for its own funding cutbacks.

Growing social inequality in Australia

By Richard Phillips, 20 June 2014

New data shows that Australia’s richest 1 percent own the same wealth as the bottom 60 percent of the population.

Australian High Court sanctions indefinite offshore refugee detention

By Mike Head, 20 June 2014

The judges rubberstamped legislation introduced by the previous Labor government to remove any requirement to adhere to the international Refugee Convention.

Australia: NSW budget to sell off $20 billion in public assets

By Mike Head, 19 June 2014

The budget includes another round of cutbacks to jobs and essential services including TAFE education, housing and hospitals.

Australia Post slashes 900 jobs in preparation for privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 18 June 2014

Up to 10,000 jobs are expected to be eliminated over the next three years to make the postal service an attractive proposition for a corporate buyer.

Ford announces 250 forced redundancies in Australia

By our correspondent, 18 June 2014

The move points to an accelerating shut down of the automotive industry in the country, orchestrated by governments, corporations and the unions.

Australia authorities violently suppress refugee hunger strike

By Alan Leigh, 17 June 2014

Security guards broke up an extended protest by asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island.

Australian general blames 2003 invasion for Iraq civil war

By James Cogan, 17 June 2014

Cantwell voiced some basic truths about the situation in Iraq that are generally suppressed by the mass media.

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014

Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.

Australian PM intensifies commitment to US war preparations

By Mike Head, 14 June 2014

Tony Abbott’s visit to Washington marks another escalation in the Australian government’s involvement in American militarism.

Australia, Japan forge closer military ties

By Peter Symonds, 14 June 2014

The US has encouraged closer collaboration between its two allies as part of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

Australia: Thousands protest against budget

By our reporters, 13 June 2014

While thousands marched yesterday, the unions are seeking to prevent any independent action by workers against the government’s social assault.

Fight budget austerity! A socialist perspective for Australian workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014

This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Australian budget and the fight for social equality

By Richard Phillips, 11 June 2014

Popular hostility to the budget measures has brought the issue of social equality to centre stage.

Australian Senate committee discusses threat of US-China war

By Mike Head, 11 June 2014

Behind the backs of the public, a discussion is taking place about the likelihood of Australia being involved in a US war for domination over the Asia-Pacific.

Australia: Queensland government backflips on pensioner concessions

By Ellen Blake and Mike Head, 11 June 2014

Premier Campbell Newman’s about-face reveals fears in ruling circles about the groundswell of opposition toward the federal budget.

Australian minimum wage ruling grants a pittance

By Mike Head, 10 June 2014

According to the Fair Work Commission’s own data, many workers on the minimum wage will remain in poverty.

Australian mining companies push for suppression of port workers’ dispute

By Joe Lopez, 10 June 2014

Maritime workers’ disputes in the Pilbara mining region are seen by corporate elites as test cases for powers to block industrial action.

Freedom of speech and the debate over Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 June 2014

Principled socialist politics insists that the defence of democratic rights, including the fight against racism, can never be ceded to the capitalist state.

A crude celebration of Australian militarism

By Laura Tiernan, 9 June 2014

Carlton’s account is not based on any serious historical reconstruction and amounts to a glorification of the Australian military in World War I.

Australian industrial watchdog goes after West Australian construction workers’ homes

By Zac Hambides, 7 June 2014

The prosecution, which began under the previous Labor governments, is part of an escalating assault on democratic rights.

Australia: Three-fold rise in long-term youth unemployment since 2008

By Alan Leigh, 6 June 2014

The number of long-term unemployed youth—those out of work for a year or more—has increased to a record 50,000.

Four weeks after announcing austerity budget

Leadership tensions erupt in Australian government

By Richard Phillips, 6 June 2014

Divisions over how to implement the government’s deeply unpopular budget are producing clashes within the ruling Liberal-National coalition.

Medical co-payments and the assault on public health in Australia

By James Cogan, 5 June 2014

The objective is the long-term reduction of public health spending by using “price signals” to deter people from accessing medical care.

The Medical Research Future Fund: A hand-out to corporate Australia

By James Cogan, 5 June 2014

The Abbott government has sought to lessen the public outrage over its introduction of co-payments for public medical services by channelling much of the revenue into a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) until it reaches $20 billion. By 2017–2018, the MRFF, which will invest its capital in the share and money markets, will use its dividends to make grants of up to $1 billion annually for medical research in Australia.

Australian “exceptionalism”, the budget and the demands of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2014

The measures in the Abbott government’s first budget are being driven by the same economic processes that are driving the social counter-revolution underway against the US and European working class.

Students and workers consider SEP’s analysis

By our reporters, 3 June 2014

Australian inquiry whitewashes PNG refugee camp crackdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 May 2014

An official report into the death of an Iranian asylum-seeker and the serious injury of others in the Manus Island camp exonerates the Australian government and its agencies.

Filmmaker, actor and gallery director speak out against arts cuts

By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014

Arts funding slashed in Australian budget

By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014

Abbott government cutbacks will seriously impact on thousands of creative workers and technicians.

Workers in Sydney’s west speak out against Australian budget

By our reporters, 28 May 2014

Mount Druitt and Bidwill residents voice their concerns about the Abbott government’s social austerity measures.

Australian government to dump refugees in Cambodia

By Mike Head, 27 May 2014

Plans are underway to send asylum seekers, currently detained in an Australian-controlled camp on Nauru, to be “re-settled” in Cambodia.

Labor duplicity exposed on Australian budget

By Nick Beams, 27 May 2014

The Labor Party’s flip flops over the freeze on family benefits expose the double game it is playing on the Australian budget

Budget shock creates problems for Australian government

By Nick Beams, 26 May 2014

Opposition to the budget is growing as its measures are increasingly exposed as benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the majority.

New Zealand, Australian governments complicit in US drone attacks

By John Braddock, 24 May 2014

Both New Zealand and Australia, through signal intercepts and spy activities, are directly involved with the US assassination program.

Welfare lobby meets with Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey

By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2014

The Australian Council of Social Services “post-budget” luncheon with the federal treasurer was a congenial affair.

Australia: Labor opposition pledges to match government’s budget austerity

By Mike Head, 22 May 2014

Shadow treasurer Bowen boasted that Labor had a proven track record of imposing the dictates of finance capital to slash public spending.

Australian students protest against Abbott government’s budget

By an IYSSE reporting team, 22 May 2014

Almost every section of students was represented at the rallies, from domestic and international university students, to TAFE and high school students.

The Australian budget and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 22 May 2014

The doctrine espoused by Hockey for ending the “age of entitlement” expresses the material interests of finance capital.

Australian budget to proceed despite protests by state leaders

By Mike Head, 21 May 2014

Prime Minister Abbott’s claim that large cuts to state funding are years away has proven to be a lie.

Melbourne workers and pensioners oppose Australian budget

By our reporters, 21 May 2014

The World Socialist Web Site continues discussions with workers, youth and welfare recipients about the social impact of the Abbott government’s federal budget.

A socialist perspective to fight Abbott’s budget

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 21 May 2014

In less than two years, fees will be deregulated, allowing Australian universities to charge tens of thousands of dollars for a degree.

WSWS speaks with workers and youth about Australian budget

By our reporters, 20 May 2014

Inequality fuels Australian budget opposition

By Nick Beams, 19 May 2014

As Australian budget figures are probed more deeply, the inequality on which it is based is more clearly exposed.

Workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 19 May 2014

Those attending protest rallies raise their concerns about the social impact of the Liberal-National coalition’s federal budget.

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014

A genuine struggle against the budget cannot be based on swapping one set of capitalist politicians for another within the parliamentary establishment.

Western Australian budget imposes new burdens on workers

By Joe Lopez, 17 May 2014

The Barnett government is attempting to impose the impact of falling mining and tax revenue onto the working class.

Australian Labor leader postures as opponent of budget austerity

By Mike Head, 16 May 2014

Shorten’s speech was designed to divert the deep popular hostility to the budget back under the wing of the parliamentary establishment.

Australian budget ends “Age of Entitlement”

By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2014

The budget sets new global benchmarks for dismantling the welfare state established following World War II.

SEP Australia public meetings: A socialist program to fight war and austerity

15 May 2014

The May 13 budget handed down by the Abbott government marks a major intensification of the assault on all the rights of the working class.

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

Resolution 2: The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

15 May 2014

The resolution analyses the crisis of Australian capitalism and the accelerating assault on living standards, and outlines the SEP’s perspective for overcoming the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.

Australian budget targets workers and youth

By Nick Beams, 14 May 2014

The Abbott government’s first budget will deepen social inequality in order to meet the dictates of the corporate and financial elites.

An overview of the Australian budget’s austerity measures

By James Cogan, 14 May 2014

Social welfare, health care, education and aged care have all been targeted for savage cutbacks.

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

Resolution 1: Australian imperialism and the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia”

14 May 2014

The resolution outlines the political and theoretical basis for the struggle of the SEP and ICFI to build a unified anti-war movement of the working class in opposition to the war drive by the US and its allies against China.

Australia: The politics of Socialist Alternative’s protest on ABC’s “Q&A”

By Zac Hambides, 13 May 2014

The incident provided a foretaste of the diversionary campaigns that will be organised by the pseudo-left as tonight’s budget measures provoke opposition.

Australia: Budget to cut youth off welfare

By James Cogan, 13 May 2014

Employers will be provided with a conscripted low-wage workforce, courtesy of the new welfare regime, to drive down wages throughout the working class.

As geopolitical tensions grow with China

Australian columnist lauds World War I as a “just war”

By James Cogan, 12 May 2014

The language used by Sheridan resonates with his portrayal of US and Australian foreign policy as a justified response to China’s “military build-up.”

Australia: Victorian government promotes another pro-business austerity budget

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 May 2014

This week’s budget saw the state government trumpet its pro-business and pro-austerity credentials.

Australian corruption inquiry could ensnare prime minister

By Mike Head, 9 May 2014

According to the Australian Financial Review, the ICAC inquiry is “inching closer” to Tony Abbott’s office.

Australia: Fairfax journalists strike over job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 9 May 2014

Journalists, photographers and other staff are being axed in a new round of job destruction at one of Australia’s largest media corporations.

Australian budget levy will seek to mask deep welfare cuts

By Mike Head, 8 May 2014

Cabinet’s decision points to serious concerns within the government about the popular discontent that will be generated by the budget.

Australian students speak about online May Day rally

By our reporters, 7 May 2014

“The rally illustrated how to bring the socialist political movement to masses of people internationally.”