By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014
Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.
By Mike Head, 21 October 2014
The second of the Abbott government’s three “terrorism” bills is set to pass through parliament before the end of the month.
By our reporters, 21 October 2014
The SEP held five public meetings to oppose the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the recent anti-terror raids in Australian cities.
By our reporters, 21 October 2014
By Nick Beams, 20 October 2014
Australian Prime Minister Abbott’s declaration that he intended to “shirtfront” Russian President Putin at the forthcoming G20 summit is another expression of rising geo-political tensions.
By Mike Head, 18 October 2014
While the Abbott government rushed to dispatch military forces to the Middle East, it has rejected calls to help fight the worsening health crisis in Africa.
A case study in hypocrisy
By Mike Head, 17 October 2014
Albanese’s interview prompted extensive media coverage, promoting the illusion that he was mounting a challenge to the Labor Party’s backing for the legislation.
By Will Morrow, 17 October 2014
Socialist Alternative has yet to write a single article even acknowledging that US bombs have begun to rain down on Syria. As the old maxim states, silence is consent.
By Mike Head, 16 October 2014
Fresh revelations show how the laws will expand the mass surveillance conducted by Australia’s spy agencies in partnership with the US.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2014
For a G20 leader to threaten another with physical violence—even figuratively—indicates how far diplomatic norms have broken down.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2014
In order to keep anti-Muslim agitation on the boil, Prime Minister Abbott teamed up with right-wing radio host Alan Jones to denounce a regular weekly lecture by an Islamist group.
By Joe Lopez, 14 October 2014
With the reversal of the mining boom, both the state government and the Labor opposition agree that the working class must pay the price.
By James Cogan, 13 October 2014
The revelation adds to already disturbing questions about the recent raids on 15 homes in five Sydney suburbs.
A bipartisan conspiracy
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
13 October 2014
The justification for war is no less a lie than the claims in 2003 that the US invasion of Iraq was about “weapons of mass destruction.”
By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014
The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.
By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014
The illusion of “strength” surrounding the Abbott government as it commits troops to the US-led war is, above all, a product of the bipartisan support it is receiving.
By Mike Head, 10 October 2014
Tony Abbott said Hizb ut-Tahrir could be proscribed under new laws against “promoting terrorism.”
By Richard Phillips, 10 October 2014
The ban was issued during a series of terror scares designed to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria and draconian new anti-terror legislation.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014
The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.
By Terry Cook, 7 October 2014
The state government withdrew its pay freeze and declared it will axe a further 500 jobs, bringing the total to 1,200 since the August budget.
By Mike Head and Ellen Blake, 6 October 2014
People in a Brisbane working class community have been shocked by a para-military siege that ended with a man being killed by heavily-armed police commandos.
By James Cogan, 4 October 2014
The Abbott government’s deployment of military forces has been facilitated by the bipartisan support of the Labor Party opposition.
By Frank Gaglioti, 4 October 2014
The major powers are seeking to forge stronger ties with Fiji as a means of undercutting China’s influence in the South Pacific.
By Mike Head, 3 October 2014
In parliament yesterday, Labor backed bills that will severely affect working class families, students and disabled workers.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2014
Not a single vote was cast against the bill’s final reading in the House of Representatives yesterday.
By Will Marshall and James Cogan, 1 October 2014
Homes were searched in five northern and western suburbs of Melbourne to seek evidence of “terrorism financing.”
By Mike Head, 1 October 2014
New legislation will allow asylum seekers to be deported irrespective of Australia’s “non-refoulement obligations.”
By Mike Head, 30 September 2014
Television news footage showed police commandos firing multiple shots at pointblank range at the man.
By Nick Beams, 30 September 2014
Social spending is being cut on the claim “there is no money” but corporate tax avoided in the past decade alone would cover the last two budget deficits.
By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2014
The military victory at Bita Paka in New Guinea opened the way for Australian imperialism’s takeover of Germany’s South Pacific territories.
By Mike Head, 27 September 2014
An unknown number of people, starting with those detained on Nauru, will be consigned to one of the poorest countries on earth.
By our correspondents, 26 September 2014
Workers and youth expressed concern and disbelief to the WSWS over the police shooting of the 18-year-old.
By Terry Cook, 26 September 2014
In the past week alone, coal mine closures in central Queensland have directly destroyed another 700 jobs.
By Nick Beams, 25 September 2014
After escaping the full effects of the international financial crisis in 2008, Australia is being severely impacted by the ongoing global breakdown.
By Mike Head, 25 September 2014
On the pretext of combatting “jihadists,” the Abbott government and the Labor opposition are pushing through parliament bills that extend the police-state framework erected over the past decade.
By Mike Head, 25 September 2014
The bill’s seven schedules add many draconian features to the battery of “terrorist” legislation imposed since 2002.
By James Cogan, 24 September 2014
The 18-year-old’s death is the first in the “anti-terrorism” operations taking place across Australia.
By Mike Head, 22 September 2014
Australia’s largest-ever police-intelligence raids are being used to justify the introduction of further draconian provisions.
By our reporters, 22 September 2014
Socialist Equality Party (SEP) supporters spoke last weekend with workers, youth and students in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle about the unprecedented anti-terror raids conducted on over 15 homes in Sydney and Brisbane on September 17 by hundreds of heavily-armed police and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 18 September 2014
Hundreds of police and ASIO intelligence operatives have launched pre-dawn raids across Sydney and Brisbane.
By Mike Head, 13 September 2014
Amid fear-mongering media coverage, both Labor and the Greens immediately backed the heightened alert declaration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014
By our reporters, 8 September 2014
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.
By Mike Head, 6 September 2014
Real national income per person declined for the second year in a row, driven by falling export prices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Kelly, 2 September 2014
Tasmania already has the worst poverty and unemployment levels of any Australian state.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 1 September 2014
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.
By Nick Beams, 29 August 2014
Paul Kelly’s book effectively demolishes the political fictions manufactured to justify the coup against Kevin Rudd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Daniel Saul, 20 August 2014
Homelessness has risen due to the pro-business policies of both major parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Beams, 13 August 2014
The gruesome picture was published to promote new “terror” laws targeting democratic rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 9 August 2014
Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
By Terry Cook, 7 August 2014
The proposed DHS agreement will create a benchmark to impose similar attacks on other federal public sector workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 30 July 2014
The new rules are designed to cut thousands off welfare benefits, and coerce them into low-paid work.
By Margaret Rees, 30 July 2014
While insurance companies recouped their losses, devastated families will have to wait many months for small compensation payments.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2014
There is nothing benign about what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described yesterday as “a humanitarian mission”.
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.
By Mike Head, 25 July 2014
Hockey essentially blames Prime Minister Abbott for the political crisis over the budget.