Australia and New Zealand

Australian PM Gillard and the reactionary nostrum of “border protection”

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2010

Announcing the revamping of the Australian government’s asylum seeker policy on Tuesday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard drew deeply from the well of nationalist, xenophobic and racist doctrines that has been a central source of the policies and ideology of the Australian Labor Party throughout its 120-year history.

Australia: Prime Minister Gillard unveils harsh new measures against refugees

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2010

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Gillard announced that her government would seek to prevent refugees travelling in boats from reaching Australia.

The international significance of the political coup in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 July 2010

Julia Gillard’s anti-democratic installation is symptomatic of escalating global economic political turbulence, and stands as a warning to the working class about the turn by the ruling elite in every country to new and repressive mechanisms of rule.

New Australian PM put “on notice” by global markets

By Mike Head, 6 July 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard told reporters that she was “on notice” that the world economy had entered a new round of fear and uncertainty.

New Australian prime minister pledges support for US alliance and Afghan war

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2010

In the wake of last week’s leadership coup, the Australian Labor government has been at pains to stress the continuity of foreign policy under Prime Minister Julia Gillard, pledging fealty to Washington and ongoing Australian involvement in the US-led war in Afghanistan.

Australia: Clean sweep for mining giants as Labor government capitulates on tax

By Nick Beams, 2 July 2010

Just eight days after the ousting of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a coup sparked by furious opposition from the mining giants to a proposed super profits tax, the newly-installed prime minister has met all their main demands. It can be said, without fear of exaggeration, that this is a government of, for and by the mining giants.

Attend SEP (Australia) meetings in Perth and Newcastle

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 July 2010

The sudden ousting of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is another expression of the political convulsions arising from the worsening global economic crisis. The SEP meetings will be forums to discuss the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.

Australia: Mining giants dictate terms to new prime minister

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 June 2010

The major transnational mining corporations have delivered a blatant ultimatum to Julia Gillard—unless their demands are satisfied on the government’s proposed Resource Super Profits Tax in the next few days, the campaign against the tax and against the government will resume and intensify.

Labor government extends welfare quarantine powers across Australia

By Alex Messenger, 28 June 2010

Labor’s punitive new regime of “income management” comes into force this week, extending powers first applied to Aboriginal communities in 2007.

The Australian Labor Party coup: a warning to the working class

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 June 2010

Julia Gillard’s installation as prime minister last Thursday through an unprecedented coup within the Labor apparatus stands as an ominous warning to the working class.

More refugees drown trying to reach Australia

By Mike Head, 22 June 2010

As many as 170 people are thought to have died trying to reach Australia since the Labor government took office in 2007.

Australian Labor Party suffers record loss in NSW state by-election

By our reporters, 21 June 2010

Labor’s primary vote was halved to 24.4 percent in the New South Wales working class electorate of Penrith, reflecting deep disgust with the party at both state and federal levels

Australia: Tasmanian Labor-Green government delivers big business budget

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 June 2010

Premier David Bartlett worked closely with Greens’ leader Nick McKim to present a budget focussed on eliminating the state’s deficit and debt at the expense of ordinary people.

Australia: Construction worker threatened with jail

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 June 2010

Construction worker Ark Tribe is currently before the courts facing up to six months imprisonment for refusing to be interrogated by the Labor government’s industrial “watchdog”.

Australia: Minimum pay ruling deepens social inequality

By Noel Holt, 8 June 2010

The $26 a week rise in the minimum wage awarded by the Rudd government’s Fair Work Australia tribunal last week amounts to a further real wage cut, after a two-year freeze.

Australian government expels Israeli diplomat over forged passports

By Robert Morgan, 3 June 2010

The government’s announcement last week that it was expelling an Israeli diplomat over forged Australian passports used in the Dubai assassination operation last January was a cynical charade.

Australia: Bushfire inquiry submissions criticise government policy

By Margaret Rees and Richard Phillips, 2 June 2010

The final submissions to the Victorian royal commission into the February 2009 bushfires are an indictment of the state Labor government’s policy and of leading officials.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) conferences in Sydney and Melbourne

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 21 May 2010

The conferences in July will be forums for discussion on the origins of the global crisis and the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.

Available now from Mehring Books

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

21 May 2010

Mehring Books has published both The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles.

Australian government’s refugee policy claims more innocent lives

By Mike Head, 13 May 2010

Five Australia-bound asylum seekers perished in the Indian Ocean after apparently setting themselves adrift in a desperate bid to find a passing ship when their wooden fishing boat ran out of fuel, food and drinking water.

Class struggle in Greece: The second stage of the global financial crisis

Nick Beams to speak at SEP Australia public meetings

11 May 2010

Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and an expert in Marxist political economy, will speak on the second stage of the global financial crisis and the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective as they enter into struggle to defend their most fundamental class interests.

ISSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

The social crisis facing students: For a working class movement to defend education

11 May 2010

The ISSE meetings at campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Wellington will discuss the socialist political perspective required to fight back against the unrelenting attack on the social rights of students and the working class as a whole.

Australia: Unions help close Tasmanian paper mills

By Noel Holt and Terry Cook, 11 May 2010

After years of extracting concessions from its workforce with the help of the trade unions, paper maker PaperlinX announced last month the closure of its Burnie mill, ending its manufacturing operations in Tasmania.

Australia: Mining companies declare war on new resource tax

By Alex Messenger and Patrick O’Connor, 10 May 2010

The furore over the Labor government’s new “Resource Super Profits Tax” provides a revealing glimpse into the social and political physiognomy of the ultra-wealthy layer that has developed in Australia in the past decade through the China-fuelled boom in minerals.

Australian teacher unions call off NAPLAN boycott

By Laura Tiernan, 7 May 2010

The Australian Education Union and its state affiliates yesterday called off a national boycott of standardised literacy and numeracy tests known as NAPLAN that was to be imposed next week.

Australia: Government unveils pro-business tax reforms

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 May 2010

The Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd released a major report drafted by Treasury Secretary Ken Henry into the future of the tax system on Sunday, at the same time announcing a series of changes centrally aimed at benefitting business and bolstering the international competitiveness of Australian capitalism.

Australia: Sacked workers rally over unpaid entitlements

By Margaret Rees, 3 May 2010

Sacked metalworkers owed unpaid superannuation, leave and other entitlements demonstrated last Friday in Melbourne.

Australia: Labor government rejects inquiry into impact of mining on health

By Terry Cook, 30 April 2010

A television documentary on open cut coal mining in the Upper Hunter Valley in the Australian state of New South Wales has revealed deep public concern over the resultant health problems.

Australia: Workers rally against Labor government’s building industry watchdog

By Margaret Rees, 29 April 2010

Construction workers around Australia yesterday rallied against the Labor government’s construction industry “watchdog”, the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Australian government’s policy sparked fatal refugee boat fire

By Mike Head, 23 April 2010

Media commentators and politicians distorted the coroner’s findings to falsely accuse refugees of deliberately blowing up their boat.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Public Meetings

NAPLAN testing and My School: Rudd’s free market education agenda

23 April 2010

In January this year, the Rudd government launched its My School web site, which ranks schools nationally, based on their performance in standardised literacy and numeracy tests (known as NAPLAN). The real purpose of My School is to unleash a divisive struggle between schools.

Australia: State Labor governments sign on to Rudd’s regressive health agenda

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 April 2010

The Council of Australian Governments meeting concluded with the states agreeing to new tax and funding mechanisms that will play a central role in Canberra’s agenda of slashing long-term health care spending and further undermining the public health system.

Australia: Greens form coalition state government with Labor

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 April 2010

Today’s swearing in of a coalition Labor-Greens cabinet in Tasmania marks the first time that the Greens have been assigned ministerial posts in Australia.

Australia: Academics’ union makes key concessions at University of Western Sydney

By Mike Head, 21 April 2010

Less than four months after academics voted by 66 percent to reject an enterprise agreement, the NTEU has negotiated a deal that delivers virtually all the measures sought by management.

Australian government to reopen remote refugee detention camp

By Mike Head, 20 April 2010

The Rudd government is re-opening a notorious refugee detention camp in Australia’s far north.

Australia’s two-speed economy: the reality behind the “new golden age”

By Alex Messenger, 19 April 2010

Sharp increases in global commodity prices have sparked a new round of exuberance in Australia’s financial press.

Australia: Miner killed at BHP Billiton nickel mine

By Richard Phillips, 16 April 2010

The death of a miner in Western Australia has highlighted the worsening toll of deaths and injuries in BHP Billion operations and the mining industry.

Australia: Unions to collaborate in Australia Post restructuring

By Terry Cook, 15 April 2010

Australia’s postal unions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia Post, pledging to help restructure the government-owned company “in an increasingly global market place”.

Australian teachers’ union makes empty threat to boycott NAPLAN testing

By Laura Tiernan, 14 April 2010

The main purpose of the AEU boycott is to pressure Education Minister Julia Gillard to the negotiating table to discuss a revised version of Labor’s education measures.

Australian government releases final terms of health takeover

By Patrick O’Connor, 13 April 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday announced the final terms of the proposed federal takeover of the hospital and primary health care system, with up to $1.9 billion in additional funding for hospital emergency departments, elective surgery, and the aged care sector.

Australian government suspends refugee applications

By Mike Head, 12 April 2010

In a move that is unprecedented internationally, the Rudd Labor government on Friday announced an immediate suspension of all refugee applications from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

The second stage of the global capitalist crisis

By Nick Beams, 12 April 2010

The following is a report delivered to a Socialist Equality Party (Australia) meeting by SEP national secretary, Nick Beams, on April 3, 2010.

Australia: Greens-backed minority Labor government installed in Tasmania

By Patrick O’Connor, 9 April 2010

Nearly three weeks after the Tasmanian state election delivered a hung parliament, the Greens have effectively determined the next government.

New Zealand government imposes economic austerity measures

By John Braddock, 8 April 2010

The National government is slashing public spending and introducing regressive new taxation measures in order to make the working class pay for the downturn, while engineering a further transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich.

Australia: Unions try to head off public anger over Queensland privatisation plan

By Terry Cook, 30 March 2010

The trade unions are trying to contain the deep working class opposition to the Queensland Labor government’s plan to privatise lucrative public assets.

Australian government announces plan to train more doctors

By Mike Head, 25 March 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s promise to train extra doctors is in reality another component of his government’s overall blueprint for slashing long-term public health spending.

Australia: Labor and Liberal leaders stage phony healthcare debate

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 March 2010

Yesterday’s phony “debate” between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott underscored an essential feature of official politics—there can be no genuine discussion of the economic or social agenda of the major parties.

Australian court allows Guantánamo torture compensation case to proceed

By Robert Morgan, 22 March 2010

The Federal Court unanimously dismissed the Rudd government’s application to terminate former Guantánamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib’s claim for compensation for alleged Australian complicity in torture.

Australia: Parental leave plan provokes outrage in business circles

By Alex Messenger, 15 March 2010

Big business and the media reacted with fury last week to a proposal by opposition leader Tony Abbott for a parental leave scheme to be funded by a tax on large corporations.

Australia: Teachers’ union pushes through TAFE sell-out

By our reporters, 12 March 2010

Despite angry opposition from TAFE teachers, the NSW Teachers Federation yesterday imposed the state Labor government’s demands for longer hours and lower overall pay rates.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles

12 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles. The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 11

11 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

Gillard’s National Press Club speech

Australia: Labor’s war on public education

By Laura Tiernan, 8 March 2010

Speaking at the National Press Club on February 24, Education Minister Julia Gillard unveiled a further wave of attacks by the Rudd government on public education.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 8

8 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 6

5 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

Australia: Unions launch campaign to secure Rudd’s re-election

By Terry Cook, 4 March 2010

The ACTU campaign is based on a lie: that Labor with the assistance of the unions has established a “fairer” industrial relations system.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 5

4 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

Australian Labor government releases terrorism “White Paper”

By Mike Head, 3 March 2010

The Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week released its long delayed Counter-Terrorism White Paper, outlining new antidemocratic measures to advance the “war on terror”.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 4

3 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 3

2 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 2

1 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

Unprecedented sentences in Australian terrorism trial

By Mike Head, 26 February 2010

A Sydney judge last week sentenced five Islamic men to maximum terms ranging from 23 to 28 years—the longest imprisonments imposed in an Australian terrorist trial.

Nick Beams report to SEP founding congress—Part 2

By Nick Beams, 26 February 2010

Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the opening report to the SEP’s founding congress held in Sydney on January 21–25.

Nick Beams report to SEP founding congress—Part 1

By Nick Beams, 25 February 2010

Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the opening report to the SEP’s founding congress held in Sydney on January 21–25.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds founding Congress

24 February 2010

The Socialist Equality Party in Australia held its founding congress in Sydney last month, marking a decisive step forward for the Fourth International.

Australia: Sacked metal workers continue 13-week long picket

By Chris Sadlier, 24 February 2010

Despite being isolated by the unions, workers at a metal forging factory in Melbourne have maintained a 24-hour picket for the past 13 weeks outside their closed factory, Forgecast, in defence of $4.4 million in unpaid redundancy entitlements.

Australian government sets new precedent in Aboriginal land grab

By Robert Morgan, 23 February 2010

On February 1, the Labor government compulsorily acquired the land of the Ilpeye Ilpeye town camp, establishing a new benchmark in opening up areas presently controlled by Aboriginal communities for unrestrained capitalist exploitation.

Australian coal miners’ strike at a turning point

By Alex Messenger, 23 February 2010

More than 350 workers at the Xstrata-owned Tahmoor colliery in New South Wales ended a three-day strike last Friday and are planning further strike action in the next few days.

Australia: Queensland trials scheme to punish parents of truants

By Tess Gordon, 16 February 2010

In a trial scheme in Queensland, parents in the impoverished working class suburbs of Logan are having their welfare payments stripped if their children fail to attend school.

Australian High Court overturns workplace safety law

By Mike Head, 12 February 2010

A High Court decision will make it far easier for employers to avoid liability for workplace deaths and injuries, dovetailing with the Rudd government’s new “model” work safety legislation.

Australia: TAFE teachers challenge Labor’s education reforms, defying strike ban

By our reporters, 12 February 2010

More than 3,000 Technical and Further Education (TAFE) teachers attended a stop-work meeting yesterday—the largest in more than a decade—at Sydney Town Hall.

Australia: Labor boosts new agency to attack construction workers

By Terry Cook, 11 February 2010

By boosting the powers of the new building industry inspectorate, the Rudd government is sending a clear message to business that it will suppress any action by workers over jobs, wages and working conditions.

Australian teachers condemn Labor’s My School web site

By our correspondents, 11 February 2010

The World Socialist Web Site interviews school teachers about the Rudd government’s My School web site, which publicly ranks government and private schools across the country.

Australia: Opposition leader unveils slush fund for corporate polluters and agribusiness

By Patrick O’Connor, 9 February 2010

Liberal leader Tony Abbott last week released the opposition coalition’s new climate change policy, pledging to establish a multi-billion dollar public fund to be placed at the disposal of the largest corporate polluters and agribusiness interests.

No criticism of Labor as Australia rejects Tamil refugees

By Mike Head, 20 January 2010

No one in the media, or refugee advocacy and civil liberties circles, has condemned the Rudd government for using ASIO’s ruling to reject the Tamils.

Australian government counts on union to end maritime strike

By Terry Cook, 18 January 2010

Despite employer organisations for its intervention, the Labor government is relying on the Maritime Union of Australia to end industrial action by workers employed by shipping company Farstad.

Australian government in damage control after murder of Indian student

By Perla Astudillo, 13 January 2010

The fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old Indian student in Melbourne has again focussed international attention on the appalling conditions endured by many overseas students in Australia.

Australia: Employers using Labor’s laws to impose lockouts

By Terry Cook, 11 January 2010

Aided by the unions, employers are using their new powers under the Australian government’s “Fair Work” legislation to suppress industrial action.

Sri Lankan Tamil refugee dies—a victim of Australian government policy

By Richard Phillips, 7 January 2010

The death of a 29-year-old asylum-seeker Jacob Christin in an Indonesian hospital on December 23 is another tragedy caused by the Australian government’s refugee policies.

Australia: Telstra unions call limited action over enterprise agreement

By Noel Holt, 5 January 2010

While calling for a pay rise, the unions are keeping their members in the dark about how the agreement will facilitate substantial restructuring under the government’s plans for a national broadband network.

Australian government pushes ahead with internet censorship

By Richard Phillips, 29 December 2009

The Rudd government’s censorship measures constitute a major attack on democratic rights. They would see Labor introducing the harshest internet censorship regime of any so-called western democracy.

Australia: Rudd government backs moves to outlaw national postal workers walkouts

By Terry Cook, 18 December 2009

National walkouts by postal workers over poor pay and conditions this week triggered immediate legal action under the Rudd Labor government’s new industrial laws to ban the stoppages and shut down picket lines.

New Zealand: Public sector workers protest government wage freeze

By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 15 December 2009

Low-paid state sector workers held protests across New Zealand on November 27 against the government’s wage freeze, but the trade unions used the day of action to divert workers’ anger into support for the opposition Labour Party and the Greens.

Behind the “day of action”: Australian university union enforces government agenda

By Mike Head, 22 September 2009

The purpose of the limited “day of action” called by the National Tertiary Education Union was to suppress any political struggle against Labor’s agenda, while cementing the union’s place in implementing it.

Paltry GDP growth promoted as proof of Australian “recovery”

By Alex Messenger, 15 September 2009

Quarterly growth of 0.6 percent might mean that Australia has dodged a so-called ‘technical recession’, but a closer study of the figures reveals that Labor’s massive stimulus package is far from the much touted “road to recovery”

New Zealand government redeploys elite SAS troops to Afghanistan

By John Braddock, 12 August 2009

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced on Monday that his government was redeploying elite Special Air Service (SAS) troops to the neo-colonial occupation of Afghanistan.

New Zealand budget imposes austerity measures as recession deepens

By Tom Peters, 25 June 2009

New Zealand’s National-led government is implementing austerity measures designed to placate big business and impose the burden of the economic crisis on the working class.

Australian bushfire royal commission: Survivors expose “stay or go” policy

By Perla Astudillo, 28 May 2009

Testimony during the first two and half weeks of the Victorian royal commission into the February 7 bushfires has revealed that the tragically high death toll was caused by inadequate emergency services, lack of fire warnings and the absence of any centralised evacuation plan.

Australia: James Hardie court ruling another affront to asbestosis victims

By Noel Holt, 26 May 2009

Just as a court ruled that former directors of James Hardie Industries had issued a false statement in 2001 about the company’s asbestosis compensation fund, the company revealed that its current fund might be unable to meet its commitments by 2013.

Australia: Labor’s budget reveals unprecedented revenue collapse

By Alex Messenger and Mike Head, 14 May 2009

Confronted by a $200 billion collapse in tax revenues over the next four years—the largest fall since the Great Depression—in Tuesday night’s budget, the Rudd Labor government has begun cutting social spending.

US requests New Zealand SAS troops for war in Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 30 April 2009

The New Zealand National government of Prime Minister John Key revealed on April 19 that it had received an official request from the United States for the highly trained Special Air Services combat unit to return to Afghanistan.

Australia: Labor government unveils free-market agenda for higher education

By Carolyn Robinson and Mike Head, 13 April 2009

The Rudd government has laid out a market-dominated agenda for higher education, including the introduction of a voucher-style funding regime.

Australian government tinkers with CEO pay

By Terry Cook, 11 April 2009

In a bid to divert public anger over huge corporate retirement payouts, the government has announced it would amend the Corporations Act to allow golden handshakes awarded to departing CEOs to be capped.

Australia: Reject backroom deals! Launch an independent struggle to defend Pacific Brands jobs!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 March 2009

Pacific Brands workers should reject the closed-door talks underway between the company, the Rudd government and the clothing union, and launch an independent struggle to save the more than 2,800 jobs and ten factories being axed by the company in Australia, New Zealand and China.

New Zealand “Jobs Summit” places burden of recession on working people

By John Braddock, 3 March 2009

The new conservative John Key government in New Zealand convened a so-called “Jobs Summit” last week that brought business, banks, government and unions together to make a series of recommendations that will place the full burden of the deepening recession onto the backs of working people.

Australian bank fiasco—a warning of “tougher times” ahead

By Mike Head, 24 December 2008

A capital-raising debacle involving one of the country’s “big four” banks, the former government-owned Commonwealth Bank of Australia, has underscored the fragility of the entire banking and financial system amid rising bad debts and warnings of worse to come.

Backroom inquiry rubberstamps false imprisonment, kidnapping and coercion by Australian intelligence agency

By Mike Head, 20 November 2008

Australia’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has found that two ASIO officers should not face prosecution for their role in the failed terrorism case against young Sydney medical student Izhar Ul-Haque.

Government ignores calls for restoration of Racial Discrimination Act

Australia: Labor’s reviled Aboriginal “intervention” to continue

By Richard Phillips, 19 November 2008

In another sign of its contempt for the democratic rights and social aspirations of Australia’s indigenous people, the Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has decided to continue its police-military “intervention” against Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Australia: Labor to hand over billions to car giants

By Terry Cook, 17 November 2008

While the Rudd government claims the billion-dollar assistance package for the auto industry will create jobs, a mechanism is being fashioned to drive a new round of restructuring and facilitate massive job-shedding.

Police provocateur infiltrates political and protest groups in Australia

By Margaret Rees, 15 November 2008

In a series of articles published last month, Melbourne’s Age newspaper revealed that a covert police agent recently infiltrated several left-wing political and activist groups, including Socialist Alternative, Stop the War Coalition and Unity for Peace.