Australia and South Pacific
By Mike Head, 21 February 2018
The turmoil surrounding the deputy prime minister is a symptom of more fundamental frictions engulfing the government and the parliamentary establishment.
By Tom Peters, 21 February 2018
Thousands of people remain homeless and the small Pacific island nation could take years to recover.
By Terry Cook, 20 February 2018
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union isolated a protracted strike of maintenance workers before striking a sell-out enterprise agreement.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2018
The last enterprise agreement imposed by the rail union created the conditions for mass sackings and continuous pro-business restructuring.
Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective
By our reporter, 19 February 2018
The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.
By Tom Peters, 17 February 2018
Thousands of people took part in the strike and rallied in Tahiti against the government’s attack on pensions.
17 February 2018
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By Mike Head, 16 February 2018
An affair involving Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has become a vehicle for seeking to oust him and possibly the government itself.
By James Cogan, 16 February 2018
Molan and the wing of the political and military establishment for which he speaks want military spending dramatically ramped up.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.
By Frank Gaglioti, 15 February 2018
The extreme heat conditions have intensified and become more frequent due to the effects of global warming, resulting in a rising death toll.
By James Cogan, 14 February 2018
The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.
By Tom Peters, 14 February 2018
Australia and New Zealand have announced grossly inadequate aid after the storm destroyed crops and damaged about 40 percent of houses on Tonga’s main island.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2018
Mark Butler’s remarks point to a growing fear of the deepening hostility in the working class toward the Labor Party and the trade unions.
By our reporters, 13 February 2018
The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.
By Max Newman, 12 February 2018
A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2018
The real purpose of the marginal pay rise is to provide the union and the government with a pretext for imposing cuts to jobs and conditions.
By Mike Head, 10 February 2018
A parliamentary submission depicts Chinese Australians as participants in a subversive Chinese Communist Party network.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018
The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 February 2018
Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.
By Terry Cook, 6 February 2018
Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.
By Mike Head, 3 February 2018
The attorney-general suggested that the critics are playing into the hands of enemies seeking to damage Australia’s “national interests.”
By Terry Cook, 3 February 2018
The six-month lockout of coal miners is the longest in Australian history.
By Mike Head, 2 February 2018
The ABC’s supposedly “alarming” discovery of the documents is being exploited to support sweeping new “foreign interference” bills.
Part 3: Far-reaching measures against political dissent
By Mike Head, 2 February 2018
Old “treasonous” offences are being “modernised” for a new period of war and political convulsions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 February 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said it will enforce a court ban on any industrial action, while seeking a sell-out deal with the state government.
By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2018
Pompeo’s warning signals the ramping up of a campaign on alleged Chinese interference in the US as Washington increases its trade war measures and military build-up against Beijing.
Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations
By Mike Head, 1 February 2018
These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.
By Mike Head, 1 February 2018
Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”
Part 1: Preparing for war against China
By Mike Head, 31 January 2018
The legislation, targeting alleged “improper influence” by China and other “foreign states,” will have far-reaching consequences for free speech and political dissent.
By John Braddock, 31 January 2018
The high death toll and unseaworthiness of the ferry are prompting growing anger in the small, impoverished Pacific nation.
By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2018
The active discussion is another sign of sharpening geo-political tensions and the accelerating arms race by major powers around the world.
By John Harris, 30 January 2018
The 40 percent increase over the past five years points to the escalating impact of “law and order” campaigns, anti-democratic bail laws and punitive sentencing requirements.
By Mike Head, 29 January 2018
Of the 19 new billionaires created in Australia over the past 10 years, eight were added in the past year alone.
By Eric Ludlow, 29 January 2018
The Automatic Train Protection system would have reduced the seriousness of last week’s crash of a suburban train in Sydney, says expert.
By Eric Ludlow, 27 January 2018
Amnesty International documents ongoing abuses amounting to torture in a youth detention centre.
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 January 2018
Concerns are being raised that extreme heatwaves are becoming the new norm as a result of global warming and climate change.
By Max Newman, 26 January 2018
Local residents were concerned because sewage was flowing from the unfinished detention camps into their houses.
By our reporters, 26 January 2018
The lively meeting in Melbourne was attended by workers and young people of African origin.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018
Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.
By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018
The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.
By Richard Phillips, 22 January 2018
McLachlan has decided to sue for defamation over allegations that he sexually harassed three women during the production of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.
By our reporters, 22 January 2018
Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018
The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.
By Terry Cook, 20 January 2018
The overwhelming vote to strike reflects widespread anger over years of cost cutting, including a de facto wage freeze, enforced by the trade unions.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2018
A two-year freeze on funding for undergraduate enrolments will be followed by pro-business “performance targets” imposed on university funding.
Striking cleaners occupy Korean university; Australian Paper plant workers strike indefinitely
20 January 2018
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By Mike Head, 19 January 2018
Turnbull’s visit to Tokyo constitutes another warning that all the major powers in the region are preparing for war.
By Erika Zimmer, 19 January 2018
“Reading Recovery” has been taught for more than 30 years, achieving significant results in improving literacy among disadvantaged students across New South Wales.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 January 2018
The rail union is seeking to prevent the stoppage, which reflects explosive anger among workers over the gutting of wages and conditions.
By Patrick Kelly, 16 January 2018
Channel 7 news aired an “exclusive” report on a meeting of fascistic organisations, promoting their vigilantism as “a kind of neighbourhood watch.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2018
Amid ongoing delays and service cancellations, it emerged that Sydney Trains cut the number of station staff by more than a quarter between 2013-14 and last financial year.
By our reporters, 13 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.
By Max Newman, 12 January 2018
Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2018
Thousands of commuters were left stranded this week, with delays and cancellations revealing an infrastructure and public transport crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2018
Fierravanti-Wells declared that China was “duchessing” politicians in the Pacific, lending funds on unfavourable terms and financing worthless construction projects.
By Mike Head, 11 January 2018
The ever-greater gap between the fortunes of the wealthy and the deteriorating circumstances of working class families is escalating class tensions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 January 2018
The move is part of a stepped-up offensive against mining, haulage and ports workers.
By Michelle Stevens, 9 January 2018
Decades of government funding cuts, combined with the rise of corporate profit-making operators, have led to severe under-staffing.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2018
The RTBU deal further erodes working conditions, real wages and opens the way for increased casualisation.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2018
The sackings indicate that the state election this March will be dominated by further austerity commitments from the main parties.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2018
Creating a militarily “self-reliant” Australia is becoming the pretext for expanding the armed forces, and making a greater contribution to the operations of its American ally.
By Tom Peters, 6 January 2018
The Labour Party-led government has no intention of holding any corporate leaders responsible for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.
By Max Newman, 5 January 2018
Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 January 2018
The unions, working with successive Labor and conservative governments, have played the central role in the destruction of full-time jobs.
By John Roberts, 30 December 2017
The provision of assault rifles to the New South Wales riot squad is part of an international process of police militarisation to deal with growing social tensions.
By Tom Peters, 30 December 2017
The Labour-led government’s meagre welfare increases and social spending are subordinate to keeping corporate taxes low and upgrading the military.
By our reporters, 29 December 2017
“There’s nothing progressive about the #MeToo campaign. Its methods attack long established legal rights.”
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2017
The political and media establishment has sought to channel the natural humanitarian response toward the victims in a reactionary direction.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017
Amazon is notorious internationally for its appalling treatment of warehouse workers.
By Patrick Davies, 27 December 2017
The suddenly re-drawn “red zone” encompasses another 250 households who were previously told that their properties were not affected and no health precautions were necessary.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 December 2017
The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is acting as an arm of Woolworths management in its drive to slash wages in response to Amazon’s Australian opening.
By Mike Head, 23 December 2017
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton seized upon Betka’s arrest to justify the creation of the government’s “security” super-ministry.
By James Cogan, 22 December 2017
Police initially said they had no evidence of any connection to terrorism but the authorities may still be seeking to link the incident to Islamic-inspired terrorism.
By Will Morrow, 22 December 2017
The University of Wollongong administration’s intervention is part of a broader crackdown on students’ democratic rights across the country.
By Mike Head, 21 December 2017
Three new super-ministries point to an agenda of war preparations, social spending cuts and attacks on working conditions.
By James Cogan, 20 December 2017
The “improvement” to the budget is coming from the ongoing assault on the living standards of the working class.
By our reporter, 20 December 2017
Those in attendance responded with enthusiastic applause to the speakers’ contributions and to the answers to the questions from audience members.
By our reporters, 20 December 2017
A diverse cross-section of workers, students and young people attended Socialist Equality Party meetings [link] in Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand, last week, entitled “100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today.” A number spoke to reporters from the WSWS.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By our reporter, 19 December 2017
The campaign in the Sydney seat of Bennelong was dominated by mutual political mudslinging and the promotion of anti-Chinese xenophobia.
By Terry Cook, 16 December 2017
The court decision is another means for banning industrial action and imposing heavy fines and penalties on workers seeking to defend their wages and conditions.
By John Harris, 15 December 2017
The tragic death at the INPEX gas project was not an aberration but the result of increasing company productivity demands ratified by the unions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 December 2017
The Chinese regime is fearful that the Australian government’s draconian “foreign interference” legislation could be used as a precedent by the US and its allies.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2017
Dastyari was denounced as a “double agent” for his dealings with Chinese businessmen in a McCarthyite campaign spearheaded by the establishment media and intelligence agencies.
By Terry Cook, 13 December 2017
Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union agreements with Glencore in New South Wales will allow the international mining giant to further boost its profits.
By Peter Symonds, 11 December 2017
The campaign is being driven by the Australian intelligence agencies—backed to the hilt by Washington—amid the growing danger of a US war against North Korea and China.
By our reporters, 11 December 2017
“Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this kind of thing only happens to celebrities.”
By Will Morrow, 9 December 2017
The MUA’s real concern is to advance itself as an industrial police force for the company against the workers.
By Richard Phillips and Linda Tenenbaum, 9 December 2017
Many in the industry are deeply opposed to this new McCarthyism and they are starting to speak out.
By Richard Phillips, 9 December 2017
The Australian screen writer, playwright and novelist draws out the dangerous political implications of the trial by media persecution of Geoffrey Rush.
By Nick Beams, 8 December 2017
Consumption spending is being dragged down by historically low wage growth, rising energy costs and high debt levels.
By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2017
The Chinese embassy statement followed the announcement of new legislation expanding treason and espionage laws and outlawing “foreign interference” in Australian politics.
By George Morley, 7 December 2017
Thousands of young people temporarily working in Australia are paid less than the official minimum wage and a small but significant minority work under slave-like conditions.
By our correspondents, 7 December 2017
SEP National Secretary James Cogan told the Melbourne meeting that the Russian Revolution was the most progressive social and political event of the 20th century
By our reporters, 7 December 2017
“People can’t afford to live in today’s world, and this is something that needs to be changed… fighting for socialism is not a lifestyle, it’s a fight for survival.”
By James Cogan, 2 December 2017
The Murdoch media is circulating unsubstantiated allegations, made by an unidentified individual, in an attempt to destroy Rush’s career.
By Richard Phillips, 2 December 2017
ASIO’s involvement raises questions about the long record of the police and intelligence agencies seeking to recruit and manipulate vulnerable young men.
By Mike Head, 1 December 2017
The royal commission is an attempt to divert back into official channels widespread public hostility toward the rapacious operations of the banks and finance houses.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2017
The denunciations of Sam Dastyari are aimed at intimidating all anti-war opposition as the US intensifies its war drive against North Korea and China.