2014 Australian Budget
By James Cogan, 16 December 2014
The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending.
By James Cogan and Peter Symonds, 1 December 2014
An editorial entitled “Abbott government is doomed without narrative” summed up the deep frustration in ruling circles over its failure to ram through the austerity agenda.
By Mike Head, 24 September 2014
Moves are underway to secure deals between the government and Labor opposition to pass severe cuts to pensions, family benefits and student allowances.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Mike Head, 25 July 2014
Hockey essentially blames Prime Minister Abbott for the political crisis over the budget.
By James Cogan, 11 July 2014
Fury is growing in the corporate media over the government’s failure to push through austerity cuts.
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.
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.
By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2014
Deep public hostility to the May 13 budget threatens to produce a political crisis.
SEP & IYSSE public meetings
26 June 2014
There is an urgent need to build a new mass international movement against imperialism and war.
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.
By Mike Head, 19 June 2014
The budget includes another round of cutbacks to jobs and essential services including TAFE education, housing and hospitals.
By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014
Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.
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.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014
This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.
By Richard Phillips, 11 June 2014
Popular hostility to the budget measures has brought the issue of social equality to centre stage.
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.
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
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.
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.
By our reporters, 3 June 2014
The well-attended public meetings discussed the Abbott government’s budget and the socialist program required to mobilise the working class against social austerity and war.
By our reporters, 3 June 2014
By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014
By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014
Abbott government cutbacks will seriously impact on thousands of creative workers and technicians.
By our reporters, 28 May 2014
Mount Druitt and Bidwill residents voice their concerns about the Abbott government’s social austerity measures.
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
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.
By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2014
The Australian Council of Social Services “post-budget” luncheon with the federal treasurer was a congenial affair.
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.
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.
By Nick Beams, 22 May 2014
The doctrine espoused by Hockey for ending the “age of entitlement” expresses the material interests of finance capital.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 20 May 2014
Standard & Poor’s said Australia’s triple-A credit rating was at risk if the government did not overcome the popular opposition to the budget.
By our reporters, 20 May 2014
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2014
The budget sets new global benchmarks for dismantling the welfare state established following World War II.
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.
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.
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.