Australia and South Pacific
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 January 2018
Concerns are being raised that extreme heatwaves are becoming the new norm as a result of global warming and climate change.
By Max Newman, 26 January 2018
Local residents were concerned because sewage was flowing from the unfinished detention camps into their houses.
By our reporters, 26 January 2018
The lively meeting in Melbourne was attended by workers and young people of African origin.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018
Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.
By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018
The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.
By Richard Phillips, 22 January 2018
McLachlan has decided to sue for defamation over allegations that he sexually harassed three women during the production of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.
By our reporters, 22 January 2018
Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018
The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.
By Terry Cook, 20 January 2018
The overwhelming vote to strike reflects widespread anger over years of cost cutting, including a de facto wage freeze, enforced by the trade unions.
By Mike Head, 20 January 2018
A two-year freeze on funding for undergraduate enrolments will be followed by pro-business “performance targets” imposed on university funding.
Striking cleaners occupy Korean university; Australian Paper plant workers strike indefinitely
20 January 2018
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By Mike Head, 19 January 2018
Turnbull’s visit to Tokyo constitutes another warning that all the major powers in the region are preparing for war.
By Erika Zimmer, 19 January 2018
“Reading Recovery” has been taught for more than 30 years, achieving significant results in improving literacy among disadvantaged students across New South Wales.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 January 2018
The rail union is seeking to prevent the stoppage, which reflects explosive anger among workers over the gutting of wages and conditions.
By Patrick Kelly, 16 January 2018
Channel 7 news aired an “exclusive” report on a meeting of fascistic organisations, promoting their vigilantism as “a kind of neighbourhood watch.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2018
Amid ongoing delays and service cancellations, it emerged that Sydney Trains cut the number of station staff by more than a quarter between 2013-14 and last financial year.
By our reporters, 13 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.
By Max Newman, 12 January 2018
Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2018
Thousands of commuters were left stranded this week, with delays and cancellations revealing an infrastructure and public transport crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2018
Fierravanti-Wells declared that China was “duchessing” politicians in the Pacific, lending funds on unfavourable terms and financing worthless construction projects.
By Mike Head, 11 January 2018
The ever-greater gap between the fortunes of the wealthy and the deteriorating circumstances of working class families is escalating class tensions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 January 2018
The move is part of a stepped-up offensive against mining, haulage and ports workers.
By Michelle Stevens, 9 January 2018
Decades of government funding cuts, combined with the rise of corporate profit-making operators, have led to severe under-staffing.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2018
The RTBU deal further erodes working conditions, real wages and opens the way for increased casualisation.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2018
The sackings indicate that the state election this March will be dominated by further austerity commitments from the main parties.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2018
Creating a militarily “self-reliant” Australia is becoming the pretext for expanding the armed forces, and making a greater contribution to the operations of its American ally.
By Tom Peters, 6 January 2018
The Labour Party-led government has no intention of holding any corporate leaders responsible for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.
By Max Newman, 5 January 2018
Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 January 2018
The unions, working with successive Labor and conservative governments, have played the central role in the destruction of full-time jobs.
By John Roberts, 30 December 2017
The provision of assault rifles to the New South Wales riot squad is part of an international process of police militarisation to deal with growing social tensions.
By Tom Peters, 30 December 2017
The Labour-led government’s meagre welfare increases and social spending are subordinate to keeping corporate taxes low and upgrading the military.
By our reporters, 29 December 2017
“There’s nothing progressive about the #MeToo campaign. Its methods attack long established legal rights.”
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2017
The political and media establishment has sought to channel the natural humanitarian response toward the victims in a reactionary direction.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017
Amazon is notorious internationally for its appalling treatment of warehouse workers.
By Patrick Davies, 27 December 2017
The suddenly re-drawn “red zone” encompasses another 250 households who were previously told that their properties were not affected and no health precautions were necessary.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 December 2017
The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is acting as an arm of Woolworths management in its drive to slash wages in response to Amazon’s Australian opening.
By Mike Head, 23 December 2017
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton seized upon Betka’s arrest to justify the creation of the government’s “security” super-ministry.
By James Cogan, 22 December 2017
Police initially said they had no evidence of any connection to terrorism but the authorities may still be seeking to link the incident to Islamic-inspired terrorism.
By Will Morrow, 22 December 2017
The University of Wollongong administration’s intervention is part of a broader crackdown on students’ democratic rights across the country.
By Mike Head, 21 December 2017
Three new super-ministries point to an agenda of war preparations, social spending cuts and attacks on working conditions.
By James Cogan, 20 December 2017
The “improvement” to the budget is coming from the ongoing assault on the living standards of the working class.
By our reporter, 20 December 2017
Those in attendance responded with enthusiastic applause to the speakers’ contributions and to the answers to the questions from audience members.
By our reporters, 20 December 2017
A diverse cross-section of workers, students and young people attended Socialist Equality Party meetings [link] in Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand, last week, entitled “100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today.” A number spoke to reporters from the WSWS.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By our reporter, 19 December 2017
The campaign in the Sydney seat of Bennelong was dominated by mutual political mudslinging and the promotion of anti-Chinese xenophobia.
By Terry Cook, 16 December 2017
The court decision is another means for banning industrial action and imposing heavy fines and penalties on workers seeking to defend their wages and conditions.
By John Harris, 15 December 2017
The tragic death at the INPEX gas project was not an aberration but the result of increasing company productivity demands ratified by the unions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 December 2017
The Chinese regime is fearful that the Australian government’s draconian “foreign interference” legislation could be used as a precedent by the US and its allies.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2017
Dastyari was denounced as a “double agent” for his dealings with Chinese businessmen in a McCarthyite campaign spearheaded by the establishment media and intelligence agencies.
By Terry Cook, 13 December 2017
Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union agreements with Glencore in New South Wales will allow the international mining giant to further boost its profits.
By Peter Symonds, 11 December 2017
The campaign is being driven by the Australian intelligence agencies—backed to the hilt by Washington—amid the growing danger of a US war against North Korea and China.
By our reporters, 11 December 2017
“Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this kind of thing only happens to celebrities.”
By Will Morrow, 9 December 2017
The MUA’s real concern is to advance itself as an industrial police force for the company against the workers.
By Richard Phillips and Linda Tenenbaum, 9 December 2017
Many in the industry are deeply opposed to this new McCarthyism and they are starting to speak out.
By Richard Phillips, 9 December 2017
The Australian screen writer, playwright and novelist draws out the dangerous political implications of the trial by media persecution of Geoffrey Rush.
By Nick Beams, 8 December 2017
Consumption spending is being dragged down by historically low wage growth, rising energy costs and high debt levels.
By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2017
The Chinese embassy statement followed the announcement of new legislation expanding treason and espionage laws and outlawing “foreign interference” in Australian politics.
By George Morley, 7 December 2017
Thousands of young people temporarily working in Australia are paid less than the official minimum wage and a small but significant minority work under slave-like conditions.
By our correspondents, 7 December 2017
SEP National Secretary James Cogan told the Melbourne meeting that the Russian Revolution was the most progressive social and political event of the 20th century
By our reporters, 7 December 2017
“People can’t afford to live in today’s world, and this is something that needs to be changed… fighting for socialism is not a lifestyle, it’s a fight for survival.”
By James Cogan, 2 December 2017
The Murdoch media is circulating unsubstantiated allegations, made by an unidentified individual, in an attempt to destroy Rush’s career.
By Richard Phillips, 2 December 2017
ASIO’s involvement raises questions about the long record of the police and intelligence agencies seeking to recruit and manipulate vulnerable young men.
By Mike Head, 1 December 2017
The royal commission is an attempt to divert back into official channels widespread public hostility toward the rapacious operations of the banks and finance houses.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2017
The denunciations of Sam Dastyari are aimed at intimidating all anti-war opposition as the US intensifies its war drive against North Korea and China.
By Mike Head, 27 November 2017
More than 30 years of attacks on working class jobs, living conditions and basic services, have led to deep political disaffection.
By our correspondents, 27 November 2017
At voting stations in working class Inala, people spoke about the conditions they face and their distrust in the political system.
By Nick Beams, 25 November 2017
Continued slow growth in wages has been a “distinguishing feature” of the Australian economy in the past few years, according to the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
By Richard Phillips, 25 November 2017
Streets workers must reject the latest union-company deal which opens the way for increased productivity and even higher profits for the giant Unilever-owned corporation.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 November 2017
One of the asylum-seekers reported that yesterday’s violent incursion by Papua New Guinea state forces was directed by a representative of the Australian Federal Police.
By Mike Head, 24 November 2017
The seething hostility to the two “major” parties is the product of decades of mounting attacks on the jobs, living standards and basic services of the working class.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 November 2017
The Greens have been the chief proponents of a nationalist campaign in recent months demanding that parliamentarians hold “undivided allegiance” to the Australian state.
By Mike Head, 22 November 2017
The present turmoil is another milestone in the breakdown of the two-party system that has prevailed since World War II.
By Nick Beams, 20 November 2017
Real wages in Australia are now only 0.1 percent above where they were more than four years ago and there is no end in sight to the worsening situation.
By Terry Cook, 20 November 2017
The CFMEU struck a sell-out deal which includes sweeping wage reductions and the gutting of conditions, despite significant opposition from workers.
By Mike Head, 18 November 2017
Popular hostility toward the traditional ruling parties, the Coalition and Labor, has reached such heights that both are increasingly unable to form majority governments.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2017
The witch-hunt against “dual citizens” in parliament is part of a calculated attempt to create a war-time political atmosphere.
By our correspondents, 17 November 2017
The NTEU is attempting to impose another retrograde enterprise deal that will assist management to deepen cuts to jobs and conditions.
By James Cogan, 15 November 2017
President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric, on both North Korea and trade, cannot obscure the fact that his trip marks a new nadir in the strategic position of US imperialism.
By Max Newman, 15 November 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Nauru are “wilfully coming to medical harm” at the Australian government’s orders.
Part 1: Accelerating the corporatisation of schools
By David Cohen and Linda Tenenbaum, 15 November 2017
David Gonski is among the most trusted lieutenants of the corporate, financial and political elites.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2017
The entire Australian political establishment is responsible for the desperate plight of the 600 men in the detention camp.
By Mike Head, 10 November 2017
A full-scale McCarthyite witch-hunt is underway, with every MP being required to prove their citizenship “purity.”
By John Braddock, 10 November 2017
Labour Prime Minister Ardern, with trade union approval, has threatened to further proscribe the right to strike.
By Tom Peters, 9 November 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has endorsed the war in Iraq, threats against North Korea and Australia’s brutal treatment of asylum seekers.
By Terry Cook, 9 November 2017
The unions are isolating 200 workers confronting UGL’s attempts to tear up existing wages and conditions.
By Mike Head, 8 November 2017
Labor’s long record of support for corporate giants like Adani has opened the door for the reactionary One Nation party to prey upon social devastation and discontent.
By Mike Head, 7 November 2017
Millions of welfare recipients were unable to contact Centrelink, the agency that administers their payments, causing enormous frustration and anger.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2017
Rally organisers sought to divert widespread anger over the dire plight of 600 refugees behind impotent appeals to the Coalition government, and support for Labor’s re-election.
By Max Newman, 6 November 2017
Participants in the scheme must “buy” services from private operators, with their funds set by care plans imposed by a cost-cutting government agency.
By James Cogan, 4 November 2017
The visit symbolically began with a visit by the president to the Pearl Habor naval base, where war between the US and Japan for dominance over Asia began in December 1941.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2017
Contractors hired by the Liberal-National government emptied water tanks before leaving the facility Tuesday, while the Papua New Guinea navy is blocking emergency food deliveries.
By John Braddock, 4 November 2017
The line-up of pro-Labour commentators, trade unions and pseudo-left groups is fraudulently portraying the Labour-led coalition government as “progressive” and “left wing.”
By Sam Price, 3 November 2017
Underfunding of health care by successive National and Labour governments has contributed to shortened lives and baby deaths.
By Terry Cook, 2 November 2017
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union called off all industrial action as it moved to broker another sell-out agreement.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 November 2017
Asylum seekers have been left without food, water and electricity, and face the prospect of an armed assault by Papua New Guinea police and military personnel.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2017
The snap poll could signal a new stage in the decay of the two-party system that has prevailed in Australia since World War II.
By Oscar Grenfell, 31 October 2017
As many as 2,000 workers at four major warehouses are set to take industrial action over wages and conditions in the next two months.
By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2017
The Trump administration is threatening a war not just with conventional weapons, but with nuclear bombs—directed against North Korea and any other power that joins the conflict.
Meeting in Sydney on December 17
28 October 2017
The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.
By Mike Head, 27 October 2017
Another far-reaching military commitment has been made without any parliamentary debate, let alone any approval by the Australian population.