2014 Australian Budget

Australian government announces budget deficit blowout

By James Cogan, 16 December 2014

The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending.

Australian government faces crisis over failed budget measures

By James Cogan and Peter Symonds, 1 December 2014

An editorial entitled “Abbott government is doomed without narrative” summed up the deep frustration in ruling circles over its failure to ram through the austerity agenda.

Australian bipartisan unity on war extended to budget austerity

By Mike Head, 24 September 2014

Moves are underway to secure deals between the government and Labor opposition to pass severe cuts to pensions, family benefits and student allowances.

Australian mining tax deal to slash benefits for low-paid

By Mike Head, 5 September 2014

Following the mining tax repeal, similar deals are being canvassed to push through further highly unpopular big-ticket budget items.

Protesting workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 1 September 2014

Australian budget protests: A political balance sheet

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2014

Protest organisers have channelled public opposition into the dead-end of parliamentary manoeuvre, promoting the illusion that Labor and the Greens would block the budget measures.

Australian government pushes ahead with university restructuring

By Chris Johnson and Mike Head, 28 August 2014

The Abbott government is deepening the pro-market assault on higher education begun by the previous Labor government.

Australian government moves to outsource key social services

By Terry Cook, 27 August 2014

The move will effectively cut the human services department in half, paving the way for the axing of tens of thousands of jobs.

Australian government switches message on budget “crisis”

By Mike Head, 22 August 2014

The shift reflects the government’s inability to push through key measures, while exposing the fraud of claims by Labor and the Greens to oppose the thrust of the budget.

Australian budget impasse continues

By Nick Beams, 18 August 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey has been forced into a back down over remarks about the poor while trying to sell his regressive budget measures.

Political crisis intensifies over Australian austerity budget

By Mike Head, 7 August 2014

Because of the popular hostility to the key social spending cuts, none of the “cross-bench” senators feels able to publicly support them.

Treasurer’s biography fuels rifts in Australian government

By Mike Head, 25 July 2014

Hockey essentially blames Prime Minister Abbott for the political crisis over the budget.

Senate vote ends in fiasco for Australian government

By James Cogan, 11 July 2014

Fury is growing in the corporate media over the government’s failure to push through austerity cuts.

Australian Senate pushes through budget appropriation bills

By Mike Head, 1 July 2014

While not ending the impasse of the budget, Labor and the Greens have quietly passed the essential legislation to allow the Abbott government to keep functioning.

Australia: Western Sydney residents denounce budget assault on health care

By our reporters, 28 June 2014

The budget measures will force working class people to choose between going to the doctor and meeting other pressing needs.

Australian government faces parliamentary logjam over austerity budget

By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2014

Deep public hostility to the May 13 budget threatens to produce a political crisis.

SEP & IYSSE public meetings

The imperialist debacle in Iraq and the struggle against war

26 June 2014

There is an urgent need to build a new mass international movement against imperialism and war.

South Australian Labor’s budget imposes “cruel” federal cuts

By Mike Head, 21 June 2014

While claiming to fight the federal budget, the state government is implementing it, and using it as the pretext for its own funding cutbacks.

Australia: NSW budget to sell off $20 billion in public assets

By Mike Head, 19 June 2014

The budget includes another round of cutbacks to jobs and essential services including TAFE education, housing and hospitals.

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014

Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.

Australia: Thousands protest against budget

By our reporters, 13 June 2014

While thousands marched yesterday, the unions are seeking to prevent any independent action by workers against the government’s social assault.

Australia: Queensland government backflips on pensioner concessions

By Ellen Blake and Mike Head, 12 June 2014

Premier Campbell Newman’s about-face reveals fears in ruling circles about the groundswell of opposition toward the federal budget.

Fight budget austerity! A socialist perspective for Australian workers

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014

This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Australian budget and the fight for social equality

By Richard Phillips, 11 June 2014

Popular hostility to the budget measures has brought the issue of social equality to centre stage.

Australia: Three-fold rise in long-term youth unemployment since 2008

By Alan Leigh, 6 June 2014

The number of long-term unemployed youth—those out of work for a year or more—has increased to a record 50,000.

Four weeks after announcing austerity budget

Leadership tensions erupt in Australian government

By Richard Phillips, 6 June 2014

Divisions over how to implement the government’s deeply unpopular budget are producing clashes within the ruling Liberal-National coalition.

Australian “exceptionalism”, the budget and the demands of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2014

The measures in the Abbott government’s first budget are being driven by the same economic processes that are driving the social counter-revolution underway against the US and European working class.

SEP meetings in Australia discuss budget attacks and drive to war

By our reporters, 3 June 2014

The well-attended public meetings discussed the Abbott government’s budget and the socialist program required to mobilise the working class against social austerity and war.

Students and workers consider SEP’s analysis

By our reporters, 3 June 2014

Filmmaker, actor and gallery director speak out against arts cuts

By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014

Arts funding slashed in Australian budget

By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2014

Abbott government cutbacks will seriously impact on thousands of creative workers and technicians.

Workers in Sydney’s west speak out against Australian budget

By our reporters, 28 May 2014

Mount Druitt and Bidwill residents voice their concerns about the Abbott government’s social austerity measures.

Labor duplicity exposed on Australian budget

By Nick Beams, 27 May 2014

The Labor Party’s flip flops over the freeze on family benefits expose the double game it is playing on the Australian budget

Budget shock creates problems for Australian government

By Nick Beams, 26 May 2014

Opposition to the budget is growing as its measures are increasingly exposed as benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the majority.

Welfare lobby meets with Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey

By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2014

The Australian Council of Social Services “post-budget” luncheon with the federal treasurer was a congenial affair.

Australia: Labor opposition pledges to match government’s budget austerity

By Mike Head, 22 May 2014

Shadow treasurer Bowen boasted that Labor had a proven track record of imposing the dictates of finance capital to slash public spending.

Australian students protest against Abbott government’s budget

By an IYSSE reporting team, 22 May 2014

Almost every section of students was represented at the rallies, from domestic and international university students, to TAFE and high school students.

The Australian budget and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 22 May 2014

The doctrine espoused by Hockey for ending the “age of entitlement” expresses the material interests of finance capital.

Australian budget to proceed despite protests by state leaders

By Mike Head, 21 May 2014

Prime Minister Abbott’s claim that large cuts to state funding are years away has proven to be a lie.

Melbourne workers and pensioners oppose Australian budget

By our reporters, 21 May 2014

The World Socialist Web Site continues discussions with workers, youth and welfare recipients about the social impact of the Abbott government’s federal budget.

A socialist perspective to fight Abbott’s budget

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 21 May 2014

In less than two years, fees will be deregulated, allowing Australian universities to charge tens of thousands of dollars for a degree.

Australia: Financial ratings agency cracks the whip on budget

By Mike Head, 20 May 2014

Standard & Poor’s said Australia’s triple-A credit rating was at risk if the government did not overcome the popular opposition to the budget.

WSWS speaks with workers and youth about Australian budget

By our reporters, 20 May 2014

Inequality fuels Australian budget opposition

By Nick Beams, 19 May 2014

As Australian budget figures are probed more deeply, the inequality on which it is based is more clearly exposed.

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014

A genuine struggle against the budget cannot be based on swapping one set of capitalist politicians for another within the parliamentary establishment.

Australian Labor leader postures as opponent of budget austerity

By Mike Head, 16 May 2014

Shorten’s speech was designed to divert the deep popular hostility to the budget back under the wing of the parliamentary establishment.

Australian budget ends “Age of Entitlement”

By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2014

The budget sets new global benchmarks for dismantling the welfare state established following World War II.

SEP Australia public meetings: A socialist program to fight war and austerity

15 May 2014

The May 13 budget handed down by the Abbott government marks a major intensification of the assault on all the rights of the working class.

Australian budget targets workers and youth

By Nick Beams, 14 May 2014

The Abbott government’s first budget will deepen social inequality in order to meet the dictates of the corporate and financial elites.

Australia: Budget to cut youth off welfare

By James Cogan, 13 May 2014

Employers will be provided with a conscripted low-wage workforce, courtesy of the new welfare regime, to drive down wages throughout the working class.