Australia and South Pacific
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 April 2017
Nick Xenophon’s remarks last week made clear that Australia is on the frontlines of the US confrontation with China.
By our reporters, 24 April 2017
In contrast to the concerns of protestors, rally organisers sought to sow illusions about pressuring governments to withdraw their attacks on science.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2017
Credit ratings agencies have said the property market, built on a mountain of debt, is among the most susceptible in the world to an economic shock.
SEP (Australia) and IYSSE public meetings
22 April 2017
The meetings will outline the socialist and internationalist perspective required to prevent the descent of the global capitalist system into a catastrophic third world war.
By Cheryl Crisp, 21 April 2017
The “Four Corners” program could signal a turn by the media and political establishment against Hanson and her right-wing party.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 21 April 2017
The most detrimental, long-term aspect of the workplace agreement is that it includes sweeping commitments by the teachers' union to enforce a “performance-ranking” system.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 April 2017
The abolition of 457 visas for foreign workers and the tightening of citizenship requirements are aimed at diverting mounting social discontent in a xenophobic direction.
By Max Newman, 18 April 2017
At least three asylum seekers were injured by armed soldiers who assaulted the refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.
By Susan Allan, 17 April 2017
If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 April 2017
The agreement struck between the SDA and Coles saved the supermarket giant tens of millions of dollars.
By Mike Head, 14 April 2017
The media campaign, designed to silence public discussion about the latest US aggression, is a flagrant attack on the basic democratic right of free speech.
By Richard Phillips, 14 April 2017
Pilger’s documentary exposes something of Washington’s escalating war plans against China but suggests that protests can prevent a nuclear conflagration.
By Mike Head, 13 April 2017
The outcomes were in line with the ongoing push by Washington for US allies throughout the region to strengthen their military relations with each other.
By our reporters, 13 April 2017
The AEU has sought to suppress discussion of its latest sell-out, while falsely claiming it is a “victory” for teachers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2017
The pseudo-left have hailed the attempts by new ACTU head Sally McManus to rebuild the influence of the unions, in order to head-off mounting discontent.
By James Cogan, 12 April 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has publicly endorsed Washington’s bellicose rhetoric against the Pyongyang regime.
By John Braddock, 12 April 2017
Turnbull’s trip was undoubtedly motivated by concern over Australia’s commercial and strategic interests.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2017
The anti-democratic move is part of a broader campaign to suppress opposition to the escalating US-led war in the Middle East.
By our reporters, 10 April 2017
The anti-war sentiments of ordinary people stand in sharp contrast to the militarist positions of Labor, the Liberal-Nationals and the corporate media.
By James Cogan, 10 April 2017
The line-up behind Washington by the government and opposition Labor Party has been replicated across the media.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 April 2017
Underlying the fears of a crash is the divergence between soaring house prices and stagnant or declining incomes.
By John Braddock, 7 April 2017
The police and military operation against villagers living near the ExxonMobil plant is aimed at suppressing increasingly explosive social unrest.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2017
Governments at all levels have resisted calls for the construction of levees around the most flood-prone cities, on the grounds that they are too expensive.
By Susan Allan, 6 April 2017
On every key issue the teachers’ union and the Victorian Labor government have worked together to entrench and deepen the assault on the public education system.
By Frank Gaglioti, 5 April 2017
The shutdown will exacerbate the social crisis in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, which has already been hit by decades of job cuts in the energy sector.
By James Cogan, 3 April 2017
With shameless cynicism, China is labelled both a totalitarian state and a threat to the US-dominated global rules-based order.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2017
At least five people have perished in the disaster, with fears that the death toll will rise over the coming days.
By Max Newman, 31 March 2017
Refugees living in limbo inside Australia have been given less than 60 days to complete visa applications.
By our reporters, 31 March 2017
Many of those who spoke to SEP campaigners signed the petition demanding the release of the victimised Indian car workers.
By Susan Allan, 30 March 2017
Teacher union claims of a “great win for our members” are a fraud.
By James Cogan, 29 March 2017
Behind the scenes, frank exchanges undoubtedly occurred on Canberra’s stance towards growing tensions between China, its largest trading partner, and the US, its strategic ally.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2017
The impact of the category four cyclone appears to have been exacerbated by houses not equipped to cope with a storm of that magnitude.
By Mike Head, 28 March 2017
Last week’s childcare package manoeuvre represents an intensification of the crisis of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government.
By Michelle Stevens, 28 March 2017
Many working class people are now being forced to consider dropping their coverage, intensifying the healthcare crisis.
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 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 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 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 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 Mike Head, 23 February 2017
Media reports have declared the latest claims to be “an early test of US President Donald Trump.”
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 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 Peter Symonds, 9 February 2017
Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon declared last March there was “no doubt” that the US would go to war with China over the South China Sea in “five to ten years.”
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
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 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.