Australia and South Pacific
By Mike Head, 26 June 2017
David Petraeus’ appearance at the Liberal Party dinner was the latest intervention into Australian politics by visiting senior figures within the US military-intelligence complex.
By Max Newman, 26 June 2017
A lawsuit by Manus Island detainees was halted to prevent a detailed exposure of the abuses inflicted by successive governments.
By John Braddock, 23 June 2017
The poll takes place amid widespread hostility to the political establishment.
By James Cogan, 22 June 2017
ASIO asserts that political opposition to Australian and US policy toward China could be the result of “foreign influence.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 June 2017
The sackings are the latest in a series of pro-market restructures that have destroyed up to 6,000 jobs since 2013.
By Terry Cook, 20 June 2017
Some 1,400 coal miners took industrial action against the transnational mining and resources conglomerate’s attempts to slash working conditions.
By Sam Price, 20 June 2017
The union has worked hand-in-hand with the Labour Party-controlled Auckland Council to eliminate around 194 jobs.
By John Roberts, 17 June 2017
The legislation will significantly reverse limitations placed on the military’s internal security role following the fall of the Suharto dictatorship.
By Mike Head, 15 June 2017
The government has seized upon the latest alleged terrorist attacks to justify measures to deny citizenship on a range of discriminatory grounds.
By James Cogan, 14 June 2017
A witch-hunt against alleged Chinese interference in the country is assuming ever-more anti-democratic and sinister dimensions.
By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 13 June 2017
After weeks of posturing, the Queensland cabinet provided a lucrative royalties handout to Adani.
By Mike Head, 10 June 2017
As with nearly every terrorist-linked attack internationally, including in Manchester and London, the perpetrator was well known to the police and intelligence agencies.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 June 2017
Up to 300 jobs are set to be eliminated, following hundreds of sackings over the past two years.
“Watergate pales compared to what we’re confronting now”
By James Cogan, 9 June 2017
No journalist asked James Clapper the obvious question: why should any credibility be given to any claim he makes?
Reject unacceptable workloads and standardised testing! Take a stand for public education!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 June 2017
The chronic underfunding, under-resourcing and under-staffing of public schools is driving many parents to send their children to private schools.
By Mike Head, 8 June 2017
Without spending by deeply-indebted households, the country would officially be in recession.
By Mike Head, 7 June 2017
The evidence points to a deeply troubled young man with a long history of drug addiction, being preyed upon by both Islamic fundamentalists and the police-intelligence agencies.
By James Cogan, 7 June 2017
Fears about growing anti-war sentiment motivate efforts to develop suspicion and hostility towards China.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 June 2017
The leader of the study said the data revealed a “systems problem” across the aged-care sector.
By Will Morrow, 6 June 2017
Before any of the facts were known, newspapers featured front-page stories depicting the incident as an Islamic State assault.
By James Cogan, 6 June 2017
As tensions rise between China on the one hand, and the US and its allies on the other, the Australian establishment is launching, once again, an anti-Chinese campaign.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 June 2017
Queensland authorities failed to look for, or properly identify, coal miners’ pneumoconiosis for more than 30 years.
By our reporter, 5 June 2017
A clear relationship exists between the anti-democratic, bureaucratic tactics employed by the AEU to obtain a majority “yes” vote and the regressive, pro-market content of its 2017 agreement.
By Peter Symonds, 3 June 2017
The premier Asian strategic conference is taking place as the US threatens war against North Korea and continues its relentless military build-up.
By Ellen Blake, 3 June 2017
The Brisbane City Council’s aggressive action underscores the determination of governments and employers across the country to dismantle workers’ conditions.
By Max Newman, 2 June 2017
The Good Friday assault highlighted the dangers facing the more than 800 male asylum seekers held on the remote island.
By Mike Head, 2 June 2017
The police transformed an episode involving a mentally-ill young man into another major terrorist operation.
By Mike Head, 1 June 2017
Any sharp downturn in the debt-fuelled property market would have far-reaching economic and political consequences.
By Will Morrow, 1 June 2017
The closure, in the state of Victoria, is part of a restructuring by Carter Holt Harvey and other producers across the timber industry.
By James Cogan, 31 May 2017
McCain issued appeals and warnings to the Australian ruling class not to deviate from its strategic alignment with the US.
By Mike Head, 29 May 2017
During 2016, the total wealth of the Rich 200 List mushroomed from $197.3 billion to $233.1 billion—a rise of about 18 percent—while average real wages fell.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 May 2017
The closure of Careers Australia, which had been accused of dubious enrolment practices, was apparently triggered by the withdrawal of substantial government funds.
By Max Newman, 24 May 2017
Thousands of asylum seekers face forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 May 2017
The international credit ratings agency said its decision, which affects 23 financial institutions, was based on the likelihood of a sharp “correction” of the property market bubble.
By John Harris, 23 May 2017
State repression in PNG is aimed, not only at protecting the corrupt local ruling elite, but also Australian and US corporate interests.
By Declan O’Malley, 23 May 2017
The Brisbane shut-down is another indicator of the danger of a wider collapse in the residential construction boom, threatening tens of thousands of jobs.
By our reporters, 22 May 2017
“The union has become the policeman to enforce agreements that sell our conditions down the drain.”
By David Walsh, 20 May 2017
The entire affair was aimed at discrediting and paralyzing WikiLeaks and creating conditions under which Assange could be extradited or abducted to the US, to be executed or condemned to a lifetime in prison.
By our reporters, 20 May 2017
The poorly attended demonstrations reflected alienation from the NUS and its support for the major parliamentary parties.
By Mike Head, 20 May 2017
The conclusion is being drawn in corporate boardrooms that Turnbull has failed, generating fractures throughout the parliamentary order.
By our reporters, 20 May 2017
“I feel as though we’re teaching to a test, and not spending enough time on building our relationship with our students, and building on their strengths.”
SEP and Victorian Teachers and ES Staff Forum
20 May 2017
The forum on May 28 will present a detailed critique of the Australian Education Union’s sell-out deal with the Andrews Labor government, and clarify why teachers and ES staff should reject it.
By Mike Head, 19 May 2017
Real wages have been declining for four years, driven by the destruction of full-time jobs and the forcing of workers into part-time employment.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2017
The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.
By our reporters, 18 May 2017
Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.
By our reporters, 17 May 2017
“I think people voted without understanding the nitty-gritty of the agreement.”
Australian university student protests
By the IYSSE (Australia), 17 May 2017
The National Union of Students called protests today to confine the growing anger of students to impotent protest appeals to the Labor Party, the Greens and the populist “cross-bench” parties in the Senate.
Vote “NO” to the EBA!
By our reporters, 16 May 2017
SEP members and supporters who work in public education are campaigning for a “No” vote among rank-and-file teachers and ES staff.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 May 2017
The unions and the major corporations are fearful that the case against the deal threatens the entire pro-business framework of enterprise bargaining.
By James Cogan, 13 May 2017
Shorten’s reply to the budget was a populist attempt to revive illusions that Labor is the “lesser evil.”
By Mike Head, 12 May 2017
The measures are aimed at humiliating, vilifying and punishing the jobless, and stripping them of basic legal and democratic rights.
By James Cogan, 10 May 2017
On every front, the budget seeks to deepen the decades-long assault on the living standards and social rights of the working class.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 May 2017
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, having done everything to contain and weaken the strike, made clear that it will do nothing to oppose the axing of 125 jobs at Fairfax.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 May 2017
The union will use the negotiating period to try and dissipate anger among freight drivers to the proposed cuts to their wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 6 May 2017
A ceremonial dinner to highlight the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea against Japan became a platform for vows to “fight together” in Asia and the Middle East.
By our correspondents, 6 May 2017
The sackings, which follow almost a decade of cost-cutting, will eviscerate Fairfax Media newspapers and lead to further job destruction.
By Mike Head, 4 May 2017
By launching the longest strike by editorial staff in recent history, the Fairfax workers are taking a stand against the ongoing demolition of jobs by the financial elite.
By our reporters, 4 May 2017
Teachers raised concerns about the impact of growing workloads and the promotion of standardised testing in public schools.
By Richard Phillips, 4 May 2017
Contrary to government claims, Australia in 1917 was sharply divided along class lines and its involvement in World War I deeply unpopular.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 May 2017
The pseudo-left organisation endorsed the media attacks on Tim Anderson for rejecting the claims about chemical weapons used to justify Washington’s bombing of Syria.
By our reporters, 3 May 2017
The Melbourne meeting revealed mounting hostility among teachers to the union’s bureaucratic methods and to the agreement itself.
By Mike Head, 2 May 2017
Cuts target the working class, as the government plans billions more for the military and handouts to big business.
The Victorian teachers’ agreement and “performance pay”
By David Cohen, 1 May 2017
The AEU’s claim that its deal with the Labor government is a blow against the “performance pay” regime and standardised testing is a fraud.
By our reporters, 29 April 2017
Teachers from at least five schools have convened meetings to reject the agreement between the Australian Education Union and the Victorian state Labor government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 April 2017
The celebrations of past conflicts were explicitly tied to Australia’s current involvement in predatory wars and military preparations.
By John Braddock, 27 April 2017
The politically-motivated charges, alongside other anti-democratic measures, are bound up with deep-seated conflicts within the Fijian ruling elite.
By our reporters, 26 April 2017
The gathering issued a full-throated defence of American imperialism and explicitly denounced any fight to build an anti-war movement of the working class.
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.