By Oscar Grenfell, 27 July 2018
The five simultaneous elections are part of a mounting crisis of the official parliamentary establishment.
By Mike Head, 26 July 2018
The joint AUSMIN statement reaffirmed a “steadfast and enduring” alliance dating back to World War I.
By Mike Head, 25 July 2018
Having just enacted draconian “foreign interference” bills, the government has now handed millions of dollars to think-tanks devoted to pro-US propaganda.
By Mike Head, 24 July 2018
Universities would be placed under wartime-style scrutiny, prohibited from undertaking research with countries regarded as US enemies, especially China.
By Hugh Peters, 24 July 2018
The attack on democratic rights points to administration fears that years of cuts have produced seething discontent among students and staff.
By Max Newman, 23 July 2018
The treatment of Gnaneswaran and his family is akin to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy by which children have been ripped away from their parents.
By Richard Phillips, 21 July 2018
“Society is literally screaming out for more openness and accountability in all sectors.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 July 2018
The ACTU is seeking to corral their dwindling memberships behind Labor and shore up the unions’ position as an industrial police force.
By Mike Head, 20 July 2018
The FITS Act will require registration by all individuals and organisations deemed to collaborate with overseas entities in any political activity.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2018
The “anti-interference” legislation goes far beyond spying by foreign agents.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 July 2018
Malcolm Turnbull’s remarks are part of a broader attempt to whip up nationalism and anti-immigrant xenophobia.
By Eric Ludlow, 18 July 2018
Toxic blazes continue to erupt at Australian recycling plants as companies stockpile tonnes of dangerous waste material.
By Mike Head, 17 July 2018
Australia’s political establishment, under mounting pressure from Washington to take a more aggressive stand against China, is already selecting targets to test the new laws.
By our reporters, 17 July 2018
The Sydney meeting was the first public event held by an Australian political party against the anti-democratic legislation since it was rushed through parliament late last month.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2018
Media reports point to the ongoing conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assange’s political asylum in violation of international law.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2018
Testimony made clear that the banks routinely provided dubious loans that they knew small business owners and franchisees would have little chance of servicing.
In the name of combating foreign interference
By Mike Head, 14 July 2018
The government is seeking to prevent access to critical information that the public has the right to know.
By Richard Phillips, 13 July 2018
A few months before the fatal October 2016 accident, company officials ordered staff to stop spending money on repairs and maintenance.
By Richard Phillips, 13 July 2018
“This type of regulation of civil society is a prominent feature of repressive regimes. It is not a feature of open democracies.”
By our reporters, 13 July 2018
The Transport Workers Union has previously solicited donations from the bus company that it fraudulently claims to be leading a struggle against.
By Mike Head, 12 July 2018
The unprecedented laws were demanded by Washington as a model for legislation to demonise and suppress opposition to war, particularly against China.
By James Cogan, 11 July 2018
The legislation is particularly admired by America’s far right, the Trump administration and the US military-intelligence establishment.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 July 2018
Backed by the Australian government, Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, has established a virtual dictatorship.
By Richard Phillips, 10 July 2018
“The core message from Amnesty International on these laws is that we will not be changing the way we operate.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 July 2018
The unions now claim to be leading a “struggle” in defence of the workers, having enforced the destruction of their jobs 12 months ago.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2018
In 2010, Assange and WikiLeaks had committed no crime for informing millions about US war crimes. Today, under the new legislation, such courageous actions could attract a penalty of decades in jail.
By John Mackay and Cheryl Crisp, 9 July 2018
Tony Jenkins, 54, took his own life following a meeting with senior management in the New South Wales Ambulance Service.
Following passage of “foreign interference” laws
By Mike Head, 7 July 2018
The two regional imperialist powers are seeking to shore up their dominance in the southwest Pacific, in partnership with the US.
By Mike Head, 6 July 2018
In a sign of the government’s rush to enforce the new laws, they were given royal assent on June 29, just a day after being passed.
By Patrick Davies, 6 July 2018
The official response to a PFAS-related cancer cluster in the US city of Oakdale mirrors the indifference of Australian authorities to a similar health crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 July 2018
The case is the latest in a series of high-profile “terror” prosecutions which have not revealed any specific terror attack or plan.
By Terry Cook, 4 July 2018
The CFMMEU had worked to prevent the eruption of a struggle by construction workers against the laying of the criminal charges.
SEP to hold Brisbane meeting on new “foreign interference” laws: A move towards dictatorship and war
3 July 2018
The new legislation has been imposed amidst xenophobic hysteria in the parliament and the media over “Chinese influence” and “interference.”
By John Harris, 3 July 2018
The NTEU is isolating the struggles of its members, university by university, against deepening attacks on their conditions and pay.
By Max Newman, 2 July 2018
A campaign by the people of a small rural Queensland town has brought to light the horrors of Australia’s anti-refugee regime.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 July 2018
Farmers gave evidence that the terms of their bank loans were changed without notice and that they were forced into near-destitution through foreclosures.
By Mike Head, 30 June 2018
The ruling establishment regards the exposure of the illegal surveillance as a threat to the US-led “Five Eyes” global spy network.
Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike
30 June 2018
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By Mike Head, 29 June 2018
Totalling some 150 pages, the two bills constitute a far-reaching assault on fundamental legal and democratic rights.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018
The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.
By Mike Head, 28 June 2018
The “war on terrorism” is again being exploited to expand powers to call out the military at home.
By James Cogan, 28 June 2018
Leading Democratic senators, including Diane Feinstein and Mark Warner, have declared they are “extremely concerned about Ecuador providing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”
By Max Newman, 27 June 2018
A tragic death shows how desperate and vulnerable people are being deliberately subjected to inhuman conditions to deter others from seeking asylum in Australia.
By Mike Head, 26 June 2018
The bills could be used to outlaw opposition to Australian involvement in any US-led military intervention, particularly a confrontation with China.
By Terry Cook, 26 June 2018
The chain’s liquidation underscores the parasitic role of private equity firms in collapses throughout the retail sector.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2018
The poll showed that the growing attraction to socialism is closely related to a rise of anti-capitalist sentiments.
By John Braddock, 25 June 2018
Claims of Chinese influence in Papua New Guinea are being ramped up ahead of November’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 June 2018
The telecommunications company is seeking to impose one of the largest mass sackings in Australian corporate history.
By Mike Head, 22 June 2018
The tax plans are designed to boost corporate profits and investors’ incomes under conditions of global turmoil and trade war.
“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights”
By our reporters, 22 June 2018
Workers and young people who attended the SEP’s Sydney rally denounced the persecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and demanded his immediate release.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 21 June 2018
SEP national committee member Linda Tenenbaum told the Sydney rally that the event was to initiate an international movement in defence of Assange and basic democratic rights.
By Evrim Yazgin, 21 June 2018
Evrim Yazgin, International Youth and Students for Social Equality president at the University of Melbourne, explained how Assange’s struggle for the truth had politicised a generation of young people.
By Sue Phillips, 21 June 2018
Committee For Public Education national convenor Sue Phillips told the Sydney rally that the defence of Assange is intimately connected to the fight for the democratic and social rights of students, educators and the working class.
By our reporters, 21 June 2018
“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights.”
By our correspondent, 20 June 2018
The vote indicates the emergence of highly significant opposition to the decades-long betrayals of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Speaking in Melbourne, SEP national secretary James Cogan indicted the Australian political and media establishment for their attacks on Assange and called for a turn to the working class.
By Max Newman, 19 June 2018
Successive Australian governments have pioneered many of the brutal measures now being taken in Europe and the US.
By James Cogan, 19 June 2018
This speech was delivered by James Cogan, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, to a rally organised by the SEP in defence of Julian Assange last Sunday in Sydney.
By John Pilger, 19 June 2018
Addressing last Sunday's SEP rally in Sydney, well-known filmmaker and documentarian, John Pilger exposed the role of Labor and Coalition governments, along with prominent journalists and editors in the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 19 June 2018
“Freedom of thought and expression is what this kind of rally brings. They’re trying to make an example out of Assange to silence all of us.”
By our correspondent, 18 June 2018
The NTEU is collaborating with management to introduce the “jobs families” plan that will force huge workloads onto 25 percent of teaching staff.
“We’re not asking Malcolm Turnbull to defend Assange, we are telling him!”
18 June 2018
Hundreds of people participated in Sunday's demonstration in Sydney Town Hall Square to demand Julian Assange's safe return to Australia. The rally, organised by the Socialist Equality Party, featured speeches from SEP Australia national secretary James Cogan and independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.
By our reporters, 18 June 2018
“We need heroes like Assange to continue this work and tell us the truth.”
Join the June 17 demonstration in Sydney and June 19 rallies to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 16 June 2018
The rallies and vigils will be important contributions to the development of an ongoing campaign to secure Assange’s freedom.
14 June 2018
In the wake of the Vault 7 leaks, the US state apparatus is even more determined to silence WikiLeaks and silence Assange.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 June 2018
The measure is a fundamental attack on the freedom of religion and expression and serves to stir up anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiments.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2018
The anti-China offensive sees a bipartisan front to ram through powers to crack down on political dissent.
A welcome development:
By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2018
Rush, the target of unsubstantiated allegations by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, will play Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
13 June 2018
Film and TV producer Tony Garnett said defending Julian Assange “is part of the fight for freedom, for the rights of the individual against state oppression.”
13 June 2018
The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.
By Mike Head, 12 June 2018
Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson insisted that the Turnbull government can and must intervene on behalf of the WikiLeaks editor.
By our reporters, 12 June 2018
Socialist Equality Party member Will Marshall moved a resolution in defence of Assange at Footscray City College.
By Mike Head, 11 June 2018
After years of official cover-up, a third closed-door inquiry is being conducted in an attempt to whitewash the abuses.
By Terry Cook, 11 June 2018
Decades of job destruction have produced a “gig economy,” with many young workers unlikely to ever hold a full-time job.
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
Canberra must meet its obligations to protect Julian Assange, as it did for Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.
By James Cogan, 9 June 2018
The meeting occurred within the context of a growing international campaign to defend the WikiLeaks’ editor.
Julian Assange named as threat
By Mike Head, 9 June 2018
Andrew Hastie’s comments underscore the intense pressure being applied to the Turnbull government by the US military-intelligence establishment.
9 June 2018
“Julian Assange has worked tirelessly to support free speech and to expose abuses of power by governments.”
By Mike Head, 8 June 2018
US officials “sought assurances” of parliamentary support for the laws directed against China and free speech.
By Max Newman, 7 June 2018
The move to reduce autism services underscores the cost-cutting character of the NDIS.
By Mike Head, 6 June 2018
The industrial judges voiced concerns that record poor wages growth has generated dangerous discontent.
6 June 2018
The following statement was sent by journalist and filmmaker Antony Loewenstein, a consistent defender of WikiLeaks.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 June 2018
The CFMMEU, presented as a “left-wing” and “militant” union, blocked a motion that questioned the brutal repression of asylum seekers.
By Margaret Rees, 5 June 2018
The company is shutting down two hospitals in order to help secure a more favourable takeover bid.
5 June 2018
“We pulled apart all the government and media lies and character assassination against David and we never gave up. This is what we have to do for Assange.”
By James Cogan, 4 June 2018
The American state and its allies are seeking to destroy WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in order to intimidate every critical and independent media organisation.
4 June 2018
“The Turnbull government must help Julian Assange now. He must be helped to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy without being arrested.”
By Mike Head, 2 June 2018
Thousands of people could be forced to list themselves on a register because they communicate with “foreign” individuals or groups.
By Mike Head, 1 June 2018
The belated police admission raises further questions about the supposed bomb plot and the “war on terror.”
By our reporters, 1 June 2018
“The governments know that by attacking Assange, it will have a ripple effect. They want every single student who is against war to be intimidated.”
By Paul Bartizan, 31 May 2018
The cause of the gas exposure is still unclear.
By James Cogan, 31 May 2018
A profound shift has taken place among a layer that previously postured as “liberal,” “left” and even “socialist.”
By Andre Damon, 30 May 2018
The demand for the freedom of Julian Assange must be connected to the developing international movement of workers against inequality, oppression and exploitation.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2018
The wealthiest six individuals alone control almost as much wealth as the poorest 20 percent of the population.
By Patrick Davies, 29 May 2018
Official cover-ups are scrapping any notion of potential buybacks or compensation.
Official report “just a fob off”
By our correspondents, 29 May 2018
The WSWS spoke to Terry and Jenny Robinson, who live on a contaminated property near a military base.
By Linda Tenenbaum and Susan Allan, 29 May 2018
The most revealing aspect of the new Review is that it fails to provide any assessment of the role of the current education models in the school education crisis.
By James Cogan, 29 May 2018
Assange’s situation stems directly from the Australian government’s refusal to protect one of its citizens.
29 May 2018
“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”
By Mike Head, 28 May 2018
ASIO's Director-General Duncan Lewis is a key figure in the security apparatus, which operates as a “deep state” within ruling circles.