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New Zealand First Party attacks Pacific Island immigrants

By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 11 July 2015

Emboldened by the support it receives from Labour, the Greens and Mana, New Zealand First’s denunciations of foreigners are increasingly vicious.

Melbourne public meeting examines role of Australian imperialism in East Timor

By our reporters, 8 May 2014

The “Justice at Sea” meeting discussed Canberra’s latest moves to retain its grip over the vast oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

New Zealand: Mana Party seeks alliance with pro-business Internet Party

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014

The talks again expose the reactionary politics of Mana and its pseudo-left affiliates: the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), Fightback and Socialist Aotearoa.

More evidence about atrocity at Australian-run refugee camp

By Mike Head, 27 February 2014

The government is intending to whitewash the assault on refugees, while exploiting the death and injuries to deter asylum seekers from trying to reach Australia.

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6 July 2013

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29 June 2013

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22 June 2013

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15 June 2013

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8 June 2013

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1 June 2013

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18 May 2013

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Australian Education Union convenes delegates’ meeting to ram through sell-out agreement

By our reporters, 8 May 2013

Union officials attempt to impose a new enterprise deal on Victorian public school teachers.

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4 May 2013

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Australian state government prepares to privatise railways

By Terry Cook, 15 December 2012

The privatisation of rail and other assets by state governments is being driven by the federal Labor government’s restructuring agenda.

Australian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka to tighten anti-refugee measures

By Mike Head, 14 December 2012

Gillard’s government is stepping up its partnership with the autocratic Sri Lankan regime to prevent refugee boats sailing from the island.

Australian pseudo-left backs imperialist intervention in Syria

By Patrick O’Connor and Nick Beams, 14 December 2012

The overt shift by Socialist Alternative into the imperialist camp is bound up with the new political requirements of the Labor government.

SEP (Australia)

Film showing of Tsar to Lenin in Sydney this Sunday

14 December 2012

Nick Beams, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party, will introduce the showing of the great historical documentary Tsar to Lenin with a lecture on “The Historical and Contemporary Political Significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution”.

Australia: Fire safety problems in new student accommodation

By Mark Church, 14 December 2012

Scores of new student apartments are not fire proof because of an unclear definition in Australian building codes.

Australian national income falls as global downturn deepens

By Mike Head, 8 December 2012

For all the Labor government’s claims that the economy is sheltered from the international turmoil, the latest data reflects the renewed worldwide slump.

Protests continue in Australian refugee detention camps

By Mark Church, 8 December 2012

Detainees are protesting against the barbaric conditions in the Pacific island camps, as well as the uncertainty surrounding their asylum claims.

Survey shows Australian teachers oppose NAPLAN testing

By Oliver Campbell, 7 December 2012

Ranking schools by NAPLAN literacy and numeracy test results is part of the Labor government’s regressive education agenda.

Papua New Guinea PM pledges fealty to Australian government, mining investors

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2012

As well as emphasising the centrality of PNG’s relations with Canberra and Washington, O’Neill used his Australian trip to curry favour with the mining giants.

Australian central bank cuts interest rates amid signs of economic slump

By Mike Head, 5 December 2012

The new rate matches what Treasurer Wayne Swan called the “emergency” setting in April 2009 amid the global financial crisis.

Australian opposition leader under pressure after accusing PM of criminality

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 November 2012

Abbott failed in his attempt to use a union scandal to force the prime minister to resign and hold an early election.

Australian prime minister defeated on UN vote

By Nick Beams, 28 November 2012

Gillard was forced to back down on the UN Palestine vote after opposition in the cabinet and on the Labor Party backbench.

Union corruption scandal plagues Australian PM

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 November 2012

The issue has been promoted by the Murdoch press as a means of placing pressure on Gillard to implement further austerity measures.

Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History by Jenny Hocking

An exercise in myth-making

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2012

Whitlam’s demise is presented as the downfall of a social reformer, almost totally ignoring the global context in which the 1975 Canberra Coup took place.

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Australian government asks High Court to curb free speech rights

By Mike Head, 14 November 2012

The Labor government has asked the judges to wind back a so-called implied protection of political communication.

Unemployment surges in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 14 November 2012

The official jobless rate rose from 6.8 to 7.3 percent in the September quarter, its highest level since 1999.

Australian government prepares “transition” for Solomon Islands intervention

By Patrick O’Connor, 13 November 2012

Nearly 10 years after dispatching hundreds of troops, federal police and government officials, Canberra is winding down RAMSI’s military component.

Australia’s worsening housing affordability crisis

By Mark Church, 10 November 2012

Over the past two decades, the cost of buying a home has almost trebled, compared to average incomes.

New Zealand mine disaster inquiry whitewashes government

By Tom Peters, 10 November 2012

The disaster was the outcome of the decades-long assault on the jobs, conditions and rights of workers aimed at boosting “international competitiveness.”

Hunger strike continues in Australian refugee detention centre on Nauru

By Mark Church, 10 November 2012

On the government’s instructions, Australian officials have refused to negotiate with the detainees over their asylum visa applications.

Qantas Australia sacks another 500 maintenance engineers

By Patrick O’Connor, 9 November 2012

With the support of the federal Labor government, and the collaboration of the trade unions, Qantas is imposing layoffs on a near-monthly basis.

Australian government critics express fears of an Asian war

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2012

The government’s White Paper on “Australia in the Asian Century” dismissed the prospect of conflict between the US and China.

Drilling company fined negligible sum for safety breaches in New Zealand mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 3 November 2012

Family members of the Pike River miners reacted with anger to the $46,800 fine given to VLI Drilling for its role in the 2010 disaster, which killed 29 men.

Labor steps up Australian commitment to Afghan war

By James Cogan, 2 November 2012

Prime Minister Gillard said additional Australian forces were likely to be deployed over the next year.

Australia: Job cuts mount amid signs of stalling growth

By Max Newman and Terry Cook, 2 November 2012

Official labour force figures for September show a rising unemployment rate and job destruction in all industry sectors.

Australian government’s new mining tax raises zero revenue

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 October 2012

The loss of revenue will trigger further regressive spending cuts as the government seeks to deliver the budget surplus demanded by the financial markets.

No decision on coronial inquiry into Bankstown fire for months

By Richard Phillips, 27 October 2012

The response by all levels of government to the plight of Euro Terraces fire victims has been one of callous indifference.

Australian opposition under fire over budget update response

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 October 2012

Opposition leader Tony Abbott faces sharp criticism within ruling circles over his perceived failure to press for more savage austerity measures.

Australian PM visit to India bolsters new “strategic partnership”

By Patrick O’Connor, 20 October 2012

Washington has encouraged closer relations between India and Australia as part of its aggressive drive to undermine the influence of China in Asia.

Building workers raise questions about Bankstown fire

By our reporters, 20 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to construction workers about poor building standards, the de-regulation of building codes and the housing affordability crisis.

BHP chief demands assault on Australian miners’ conditions

By James Cogan, 19 October 2012

Marius Kloppers, the CEO of BHP-Billiton, has joined the list of figures who have declared that Australia’s “mining boom” is over.

Australian government slashes benefits to single parent families

By Terry Cook, 17 October 2012

The Gillard government's move will produce increasing levels of hardship for some of society's most disadvantaged families.

The Australian Labor government and the “sexism” debate

By Patrick O’Connor, 13 October 2012

Gillard’s cynical campaign against sexism and misogyny is aimed at galvanising the support of a privileged layer of the middle classes for her government’s re-election.

Bankstown tragedy highlights fire service cuts

By Mike Head, 13 October 2012

For decades, one government after another has been responsible for running down the fire service.

Australia: Speaker’s resignation deepens Gillard government crisis

By Nick Beams, 10 October 2012

The parliamentary turmoil takes place amid the collapse of the so-called mining boom and demands by the financial establishment for deeper austerity measures.

Australian Treasury secretary outlines austerity offensive for Labor government

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 October 2012

Parkinson is effectively demanding the elimination of every social concession won by the working class over the past century.

SEP (Australia) meetings discuss how to fight austerity and war

By our correspondents, 10 October 2012

There were lively discussions at each meeting on the challenges facing workers and youth.

Bankstown fire building residents still given no date to return

By our reporters, 10 October 2012

Apartment owners and tenants of the fire-damaged building face further delays and mounting expenses.

Workers and youth speak on the issues raised at SEP meetings

By our correspondents, 10 October 2012

People who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings spoke to WSWS correspondents.

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Government subsidies funded Bankstown fire complex

By Mike Head, 6 October 2012

Under the guise of providing “affordable housing”, the federal and state governments helped finance the construction of the buildings in 2009.

Top-level Chinese delegation visits Fiji

By Frank Gaglioti, 4 October 2012

The small Pacific state is being drawn into the vortex of the US-China rivalry that is reaching into every corner of the region.

“The apartment block was like a bomb ready to go off”

Australia: Terry Li, boyfriend of Connie Zhang, speaks about Bankstown fire

By Richard Phillips, 1 October 2012

The fire victim’s partner comments on the unsafe conditions that led to the tragedy.

Witchhunt intensifies against anti-US protesters in Australia

By Mike Head, 29 September 2012

The “war on terrorism” is being revived as a mechanism for building up the state apparatus to be used against mounting discontent.

Australian budget figures mean major attacks on spending

By Nick Beams, 25 September 2012

To deliver a budget surplus, the Labor government must withdraw spending from the economy equivalent to 3 percent of gross domestic product.

New Zealand: Social crisis deepens following Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2012

More than two years after the first earthquake, thousands of Christchurch residents are still living in damaged houses.

Demand Bankstown council provides accommodation and answers for Euro Terraces residents

By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 22 September 2012

More than 300 students and workers have no idea when they will be able to return to Euro Terraces Building B or whether the serious faults in the construction of the building will have been rectified when they do.

Australia: Official wall of silence over Bankstown fire

By Richard Phillips, 15 September 2012

Government authorities are refusing to provide any detailed information about the conditions that produced the apartment fire.

Australia: The issues behind the clash between Grocon and the construction unions

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 September 2012

The real priority of the CFMEU officials was to maintain their role as quasi-labour relations managers on Melbourne’s major construction sites.

Mining cuts deepen job losses across Australia

By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 11 September 2012

The collapse of the mining boom is worsening the recessionary conditions already gripping most other industries.

WSWS speaks to wife of New Zealand mine disaster victim

By Tom Peters, 11 September 2012

Milton Osborne was one of 29 men who died when the Pike River Coal mine exploded in November 2010.

Signs of economic reversal in Australia

By Mike Head, 8 September 2012

Export commodity prices are falling precipitously under the impact of the sharp slowdown in China.

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Divisions sharpen in Australian ruling elite over US-China rivalry

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 August 2012

Former PM Paul Keating launched a book by strategic analyst Hugh White, The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power.

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4 August 2012

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Australia normalises relations with Fijian regime

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 August 2012

The move is aimed at countering China’s growing diplomatic influence in Fiji and the South Pacific region.

Papua New Guinea: Rival ex-prime ministers unite in bid to form new government

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2012

Michael Somare and Peter O’Neil spent the previous 12 months locked in a bitter power struggle that split the military, police force and state apparatus.

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SEP candidate outlines socialist perspective at residents’ forum

By our reporters, 13 July 2012

O’Connor exposed the posturing of both the Labor and Greens’ candidates as opponents of Premier Ted Baillieu’s spending cuts.

Coles warehouse strikers speak with Patrick O’Connor

By our reporters, 11 July 2012

At a Coles national distribution centre in Melbourne, 600 striking workers are enforcing a 24-hour picket, blocking trucks entering the facility.

Voting period extended in Papua New Guinea election

By Mike Head, 10 July 2012

The disruptions have cast doubt on the hopes of the de facto prime minister, and his backers in Canberra and Washington, that the elections would end months of political instability.

Video: SEP candidate opposes Ford Australia stand-downs

By our reporters, 10 July 2012

Patrick O’Connor discussed the devastating impact of the current stand-downs with Ford workers and local residents in Broadmeadows.

Further US demands for espionage charges against Assange

By Richard Phillips, 9 July 2012

The US Senate intelligence committee head has repeated calls for the WikiLeaks editor to be put on trial.

Final SEP Melbourne election meeting on July 15

9 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party will hold its final public meeting for the Melbourne state by-election on Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m.

New Zealand: New evidence about US operation to shut down Megaupload

By John Braddock, 7 July 2012

White House logs demonstrate that meetings took place between Hollywood studio executives and US Vice President Joe Biden six months before the raids on Megaupload.

The Labor-Greens carbon tax hoax

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 6 July 2012

What has been billed as a major environmental and social reform is in fact a regressive pro-business measure that does nothing to address the climate change crisis.

Indonesia to join US-Australia military exercises

By Mike Head, 4 July 2012

Following President Yudhoyono’s visit to Darwin this week, Australia will boost its US-backed military arrangements with Indonesia.

SEP holds election campaign meeting

By our reporters, 2 July 2012

SEP candidate Patrick O’Connor explained the party’s socialist policies to an audience of workers and young people, including a number of international students.

SEP candidate speaks with high school teachers

By Zac Hambides, 30 June 2012

“In education, there is a concerted drive by all governments to smash up the public school system and promote a privatised, user-pays model.”

Many feared dead in Australian refugee disaster

By Oliver Campbell, 23 June 2012

The refugee boat’s sinking is the latest in a series of tragedies that flows directly from the Australian government’s “border protection” policy.

Australian and US governments “playing word games”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from Ecuadorian embassy

By Richard Phillips, 22 June 2012

Assange refuted US government denials of a Grand Jury indictment against him and denounced the Australian government’s so-called consular support.

New Zealand signs NATO partnership deal

By John Braddock, 22 June 2012

The agreement establishes the formal basis for NZ troops to operate as part of future NATO-led wars.

Oppose the exploitation of international students

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 22 June 2012

The conditions of international students in Melbourne and throughout Australia testify to the contempt of the major parties for the conditions of youth.

Oppose the Ford Australia shutdown

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 16 June 2012

The company is attempting to make workers bear the brunt of its sweeping restructuring as part of the ongoing reorganisation of the international auto industry.

Australian government’s culpability in refugee boat disaster—Part 2

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 June 2012

On October 3 2009, Customs and Border Protection waited nearly four hours before alerting rescue authorities that a refugee boat with 108 people on board was sinking.

British court rejects WikiLeaks editor’s final extradition appeal

By Mike Head, 15 June 2012

As a result of yesterday’s UK Supreme Court ruling, Julian Assange could be forcibly removed to Sweden as early as June 28.

Australia: GDP growth obscures economic contradictions

By Alex Messenger, 15 June 2012

Australia’s skewed and unstable economic growth is dependent on continuing high global demand, especially from China, for its minerals.

Australian government’s culpability in refugee boat disaster—Part 1

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 June 2012

On October 3 2009, Australian Customs and Border Protection waited nearly four hours before alerting rescue authorities that a refugee boat carrying 108 people was sinking.