Australia and South Pacific
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 August 2017
The government is expanding the military and police presence in the Highlands region to crackdown on opposition to an election that was dominated by accusations of fraud.
By Ed Ballesteros, 22 August 2017
The ostensible concern of governments for the well-being of health professionals is belied by funding cuts that have stretched public hospitals to breaking point.
By Max Newman, 19 August 2017
Hamid Shamshiripour’s story is one of immense psychological suffering, as well as abuse at the hands of guards, overseen by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2017
Labor and Liberal-National MPs, who incessantly promote xenophobic nationalism, feigned moral outrage over Pauline Hanson entering parliament wearing a burka.
By Mike Head, 18 August 2017
A furore over dual citizenship of members of parliament is now throwing into doubt the survival of the Liberal-National Coalition government.
By Virginia Browne and Richard Phillips, 17 August 2017
Police have been given specific powers to arrest homeless people in Sydney, Australia’s largest and least affordable city.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2017
The “Four Corners” episode indicates that the conflicts within the Greens, driven by the party’s declining support, may be heading toward a split.
By Tom Peters, 15 August 2017
For the government and opposition parties alike, the threat of war has been the great unmentionable in their campaigns for the September 23 election.
By Mike Head, 15 August 2017
The loss of the deputy prime minister’s vote would leave the Liberal-National government without a majority in the House of Representatives.
By John Mackay, 14 August 2017
The staggering differences in health quality and life expectancy are a direct effect of widening social inequality.
By Margaret Rees, 11 August 2017
New research points to a rapidly growing number of fatalities, far outstripping heroin overdose deaths.
By Mike Head, 11 August 2017
A fraud on every level, the non-binding postal vote has nothing to do with the long-overdue recognition of the basic legal and democratic rights of all couples.
By Mike Head, 10 August 2017
Question marks are being placed over the basic democratic rights of millions of people who were born overseas or had a parent born overseas.
By Tom Peters, 10 August 2017
The IRD plans to slash jobs and wages as part of a restructure that is supported by the Public Service Association trade union.
By Max Newman, 9 August 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea are being physically forced to move to an insecure temporary transit centre.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 August 2017
Underlying the unions campaign is fear in ruling circles that widespread disaffection over social inequality threatens the stability of the parliamentary set-up.
By Mike Head, 3 August 2017
The release of one of the detained men without charge raises further questions about lurid claims of a supposed “aeroplane plot.”
By John Braddock, 3 August 2017
O’Neill has been returned to office with a reduced majority following an election marked by widespread fraud and attacks on democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 1 August 2017
If the men being held for interrogation are ultimately charged with conspiracy or other terrorist-related offences, it will be virtually impossible for them to receive a fair trial.
“You have to be rich to have a voice”
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Workers and young people spoke out about the parallels between the fire in London and unsafe building practices in Australia.
By Terry Cook, 1 August 2017
The official employment report for June shows there is little to celebrate for the tens of thousands of people engaged in a daily search for work.
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Speakers outlined the parallels between the fire in London, and the gutting of building safety regulations in Australia by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.
By James Cogan, 31 July 2017
It is necessary for people to keep a grip on their critical faculties and their adherence to the fundamental democratic principle: innocent until proven guilty.
By Mike Head, 31 July 2017
The state apparatus is being prepared to repress political disaffection over deepening social inequality, austerity and the drive to war.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2017
Police shot a suicidal individual four times in the head and chest, even though he was holding only a pair of scissors.
By Mike Head, 28 July 2017
The “MP fiasco” is intensifying the political instability produced by the growing collapse of popular support for the major parties.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 July 2017
The integration of the Greens into the official political establishment is dispelling illusions that the party is any alternative to Labor and the Liberal-Nationals.
By Richard Phillips, 27 July 2017
Safety and building engineers condemn deregulation, privatisation of building inspection and government cost-cutting.
By Mike Head, 27 July 2017
This is a bid to shore up the political establishment and strengthen its capacity to impose deeply unpopular policies.
By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 26 July 2017
Union officials concealed that the EBA contains the adoption of measures proposed in the “Bracks Review,” which escalate the pro-market agenda now underpinning public education.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 July 2017
The 2016 census found that just 31 percent of the population owned a home outright, a 10 percent decline over the past 25 years.
By Will Morrrow, 22 July 2017
Firefighting services have been called to the plant nine times in the last five years—four times this year, three times in 2015 and once in both 2012 and 2013.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2017
A witch hunt has been launched to identify every member of parliament who was born overseas or might have dual citizenship.
By Richard Phillips, 20 July 2017
Five weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire, only a handful of flammable-clad buildings have been identified and nothing has been done to prevent a potential disaster.
By Mike Head, 20 July 2017
Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement represents another major step toward creating a police-state apparatus.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2017
The changes will mean that heavily-armed troops can be mobilised to suppress social and political unrest.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 July 2017
The sudden departure of the two deputy leaders of the Greens underscores the deepening crisis of the party and the entire parliamentary set-up.
By John Braddock, 18 July 2017
The electoral watchdog’s resignation is further evidence that Prime Minister O’Neill’s government is trying to cling to power through fraud.
By our reporters, 17 July 2017
Coolaroo and Dallas residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters, denouncing government and environmental protection authorities over their response to the SKM Recycling plant fire last Thursday.
By Max Newman, 17 July 2017
Parts of the camp have been demolished and the Internet facility was taken away, leaving mobile phones as the only connection for detainees to the outside world.
By Will Marshall, 17 July 2017
The SKM fire is a product of the systematic gutting of environmental health and safety regulations, as well as town planning and construction guidelines.
By Terry Cook, 15 July 2017
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has restricted the Glencore workers to token stoppages.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2017
Cricketing administrators are seeking to boost their control over billions of dollars of broadcasting and online streaming revenue.
By Mike Head, 14 July 2017
Malcolm Turnbull’s July 10 address was an obvious bid to rebuke his predecessor Tony Abbott, underscoring the rifts tearing apart the Liberal Party.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2017
The atrocities, only partly revealed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, underscore the inherently criminal character of the US-led Afghanistan war.
By our reporters, 12 July 2017
“Fire safety is more important than the façade of a building,” building inspector says.
By Will Morrow, 12 July 2017
Australia’s intelligence agency ASIO appears to have been in communication with Numan Haider before police shot him.
By Max Newman, 11 July 2017
Six asylum seekers were captured by the Australian Navy and forcibly deported to face possible torture and imprisonment.
By Terry Cook, 11 July 2017
The number of industry-related fatalities this year is on track to match or exceed the grim toll in 2016 when 178 workers were killed.
By Paul Bartizan, 10 July 2017
Almost three years after Melbourne’s Lacrosse apartment block caught fire, the building’s flammable cladding remains in place.
By Mike Head, 10 July 2017
A disqualification of Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie, a National Party MP, could reduce the government to minority status.
By John Braddock, 10 July 2017
The turmoil is an expression of the explosive social tensions produced by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government during the past two years.
By James Cogan, 8 July 2017
Underlying the divisions is the fact that the Greens have evolved over the past two decades into the party of “green” business.
By Mike Head, 7 July 2017
Speeches at last week’s ACTU 90th anniversary dinner signal desperate efforts to promote the return of another pro-business Labor government.
By Mike Head, 6 July 2017
Canberra’s statement closely echoed Washington’s assertions that North Korea now constitutes a threat to the entire world.
By John Mackay, 6 July 2017
People in working class areas die younger and have almost double the rates of poor health compared to residents of wealthier suburbs.
Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
5 July 2017
Homes, schools, hospitals and other public buildings must be made safe. The criminals in high places must be brought to justice.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 July 2017
The Sydney University think-tank launched a new project amid intense pressure by Washington on Canberra not to turn away from the US alliance.
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
Those who spoke to the WSWS drew parallels between the London fire and the undermining of building regulations in Australia.
By Mike Head, 30 June 2017
The factional warfare is a symptom of a deeper political crisis, which has seen governments, both Liberal-National and Labor, fall in rapid succession since 2007.
By James Cogan, 29 June 2017
While the majority faction seeks to demonstrate its parliamentary “relevance,” another faction fears that the entire political establishment—including the Greens—could be by-passed by an eruption of popular discontent.
By Erika Zimmer and Linda Tenenbaum, 29 June 2017
The New South Wales Teachers Federation and the state government are using the Teacher Improvement Program (TIP) procedure to victimise highly-experienced teachers and replace them with lower-paid younger teachers on short-term contracts.
By Karen Holland, 28 June 2017
The Grattan Institute projects that 400 to 750 new public schools will need to be built over the next decade, to cater for approximately 650,000 additional students.
By Mike Head, 28 June 2017
Government funding cuts are accelerating the pro-business restructuring of higher education that began three decades ago.
By Paul Bartizan and Richard Phillips, 27 June 2017
The dangers of aluminium composite panels were known to building authorities and relevant government ministers long before the Grenfell Tower disaster.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 June 2017
The CFMEU’s chief aim is to maintain its own privileged seat at the negotiating table and divert mounting anger among construction workers into electoral support for the Labor Party.
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 Mike Head, 23 June 2017
After weeks of backroom deal-making, the Senate finally rubberstamped the regressive school-funding bill.
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.