Democratic rights under attack in Australia
By Mike Head, 26 November 2014
Following two fatal police shootings within two days in the state of Queensland there is mounting evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in working-class areas. The two killings brought the number to four in suburbs around Brisbane, the state capital, since late September. Another man was shot in the head at close range, but survived.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2014
The gulf between the leaders of world capitalism and the vast majority of the population was on graphic display during last weekend’s G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia’s third biggest city.
By Mike Head, 6 November 2014
“Get used to it” was the basic message delivered by the attorney general and the police counter-terrorism commander in a provocative performance on national television.
By Mike Head, 5 November 2014
On the pretext of protecting G20 leaders from terrorist threats, more than 2,000 military personnel and 6,000 police will be mobilised next week.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2014
Under the new “terrorism” laws, anyone who “discloses information” about an intelligence operation can be jailed for up to 10 years.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2014
The “metadata” bill, which orders the storage of vast amounts of phone and on-line information, is directed against the entire population.
By Mike Head, 29 October 2014
The callous, short-sighted and nationalist decision has set a new benchmark for the response of governments around the world toward the disaster.
By Mike Head, 21 October 2014
The second of the Abbott government’s three “terrorism” bills is set to pass through parliament before the end of the month.
A case study in hypocrisy
By Mike Head, 17 October 2014
Albanese’s interview prompted extensive media coverage, promoting the illusion that he was mounting a challenge to the Labor Party’s backing for the legislation.
By Mike Head, 16 October 2014
Fresh revelations show how the laws will expand the mass surveillance conducted by Australia’s spy agencies in partnership with the US.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2014
In order to keep anti-Muslim agitation on the boil, Prime Minister Abbott teamed up with right-wing radio host Alan Jones to denounce a regular weekly lecture by an Islamist group.
By James Cogan, 13 October 2014
The revelation adds to already disturbing questions about the recent raids on 15 homes in five Sydney suburbs.
By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014
The illusion of “strength” surrounding the Abbott government as it commits troops to the US-led war is, above all, a product of the bipartisan support it is receiving.
By Mike Head, 10 October 2014
Tony Abbott said Hizb ut-Tahrir could be proscribed under new laws against “promoting terrorism.”
By Richard Phillips, 10 October 2014
The ban was issued during a series of terror scares designed to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria and draconian new anti-terror legislation.
By Mike Head and Ellen Blake, 6 October 2014
People in a Brisbane working class community have been shocked by a para-military siege that ended with a man being killed by heavily-armed police commandos.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2014
Not a single vote was cast against the bill’s final reading in the House of Representatives yesterday.
By Will Marshall and James Cogan, 1 October 2014
Homes were searched in five northern and western suburbs of Melbourne to seek evidence of “terrorism financing.”
By our correspondents, 26 September 2014
Workers and youth expressed concern and disbelief to the WSWS over the police shooting of the 18-year-old.
By Mike Head, 25 September 2014
On the pretext of combatting “jihadists,” the Abbott government and the Labor opposition are pushing through parliament bills that extend the police-state framework erected over the past decade.
By Mike Head, 25 September 2014
The bill’s seven schedules add many draconian features to the battery of “terrorist” legislation imposed since 2002.
By James Cogan, 24 September 2014
The 18-year-old’s death is the first in the “anti-terrorism” operations taking place across Australia.
By Mike Head, 22 September 2014
Australia’s largest-ever police-intelligence raids are being used to justify the introduction of further draconian provisions.
By our reporters, 22 September 2014
Socialist Equality Party (SEP) supporters spoke last weekend with workers, youth and students in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle about the unprecedented anti-terror raids conducted on over 15 homes in Sydney and Brisbane on September 17 by hundreds of heavily-armed police and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers.
By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014
Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 September 2014
Google complies with at least 84 percent of US government data requests, which have risen by 250 percent during the past five years.
By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2014
The corporate media response to last night’s protest was aimed at silencing any criticism or opposition to the police operations or the anti-terror laws.
By James Cogan, 19 September 2014
Absent from the lurid media stories about terrorists in Australia’s suburbs is any objective examination of the facts.
By James Cogan, 18 September 2014
Hundreds of police and ASIO intelligence operatives have launched pre-dawn raids across Sydney and Brisbane.
By Mike Head, 13 September 2014
Amid fear-mongering media coverage, both Labor and the Greens immediately backed the heightened alert declaration.
By Will Morrow, 13 September 2014
The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative is being targeted because of its opposition to the Israeli war against Gaza.
By Mike Head, 12 September 2014
The “war on terror” is being revived in a bid to drum up support for the renewed war in Iraq and bolster the powers of the police-intelligence apparatus.
By Patrick Kelly, 2 September 2014
Tasmania already has the worst poverty and unemployment levels of any Australian state.
By Mike Head, 29 August 2014
While the government’s laws initially target Islamists, a police-state framework is being prepared for far wider purposes.
By Nick Beams, 29 August 2014
Paul Kelly’s book effectively demolishes the political fictions manufactured to justify the coup against Kevin Rudd.
By Laura Tiernan, 19 August 2014
Mike Carlton’s resignation was the result of a concerted campaign by Murdoch’s News Limited and the right-wing Zionist lobby.
By Terry Cook, 7 August 2014
The proposed DHS agreement will create a benchmark to impose similar attacks on other federal public sector workers.
By Mike Head, 6 August 2014
Abbott’s government again seized on the fraudulent pretext of stopping “jihadists” returning from Syria to justify police-state provisions.
By Mike Head, 30 July 2014
The new rules are designed to cut thousands off welfare benefits, and coerce them into low-paid work.
By Mike Head, 18 July 2014
The Abbott government, together with the spy chiefs and the media, are seeking to whip up fears of imminent terrorist attacks in order to justify police-state measures.
By Mike Head, 14 July 2014
The unanimous report underscores the consensus within the political elite on shredding voting rights to try to shore up the established order.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 July 2014
The witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative is aimed at intimidating opponents of the Abbott government.
By Zac Hambides and Joshua Newsham, 23 June 2014
The decision cuts the wages of tens of thousands of casual workers who depend on Sunday penalties to supplement their low wages.
By Robert Morgan, 25 April 2014
Under the cover of “anti-bikie” laws, the legislation can be employed against any organisation that the state government deems—for its own political purposes—to be illegal.
Oppose the use of SSAF to attack student political clubs!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 4 April 2014
Members of political clubs at the university are being denied rights enjoyed by all other students, and attempts are being made to restrict or even proscribe their activities.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 March 2014
The brutal treatment of refugees is a sharp warning of the police-state measures being prepared against the working class as a whole.
By Mike Head, 12 March 2014
The indefinite detention of refugees denied security clearances demonstrates the contempt for fundamental democratic rights within the Australian ruling elite.
By our correspondents, 7 March 2014
IYSSE members won support, campaigning against an attempted university ban on “political members” being invited onto the campus.
By Daniel Saul, 17 February 2014
In an attack on democratic rights, police are to be given wide powers to bar people from areas or exclude them from protests and pickets.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2014
Attorney-General Brandis amplified the earlier denunciation by Prime Minister Abbott of the NSA whistleblower as a “traitor.”
By Mike Head, 8 February 2014
The government and the corporate media are seeking to create an atmosphere of wartime-like censorship.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014
Tony Abbott’s accusations against Snowden were made in the course of a McCarthy-style attack on the ABC.
By Tania Baptist, 28 December 2013
Working class youth are systematically targeted and harassed by ticket inspectors, security personnel, and police, who know they are essentially immune from prosecution.
By Mike Head, 16 December 2013
“Deep packet inspection” technology allows the police to build a detailed picture of anyone’s daily life, including his or her political activities.
By Oliver Campbell, 10 December 2013
Without any semblance of due process, the men were ordered to surrender their passports, depriving them of their right to travel.
By Mike Head, 7 December 2013
The Abbott government is intensifying the drive to shut down East Timor’s legal case and prevent further public exposure of the surveillance network.
By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2013
Hicks talks about the legal campaign to overturn his bogus terrorism conviction and his concerns about the escalating attacks on democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2013
The extraordinary threat underscores how far the government will go to prevent further exposures of the vast US-Australia surveillance network.
By Eric London, 5 December 2013
New revelations from Edward Snowden reveal that the US government collects five billion pieces of data per day on the exact location and movement of cell phone users across the globe.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 November 2013
Jakarta’s response points to the far reaching geo-strategic implications of the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden.
By Ellen Blake, 1 November 2013
Next year’s scheduled summit in Brisbane and Cairns is being used to set new police-state precedents.
By Mike Head, 23 October 2013
The Queensland legislation marks an escalation of the far-reaching “criminal association” laws passed by state governments since 2001, which erode basic democratic rights.
By Mark Church, 21 September 2013
“Operation Sovereign Borders” places the military in control of not just turning back refugee boats, but of 15 civilian agencies involved in immigration control.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 August 2013
Manning, Assange and Snowden have put their lives at risk to expose to the American people the secret actions of a military-intelligence apparatus that operates without constraint and above the law.
By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2013
Four Australian sites contribute directly to the NSA’s X-Keyscore, which gathers up and stores Internet data throughout the world.
By Richard Phillips, 8 June 2013
Australian officials have launched a new assault on freedom of expression over the past two weeks, censoring photographs in Sydney and an art installation in Melbourne.
By Mike Head, 14 February 2013
The ACC’s extraordinary powers, including to conduct forced interrogations, overturn fundamental legal and democratic rights established over centuries.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2012
The Labor government has asked the judges to wind back a so-called implied protection of political communication.
By Mike Head, 29 September 2012
The “war on terrorism” is being revived as a mechanism for building up the state apparatus to be used against mounting discontent.
By Patrick O’Connor and Peter Symonds, 19 September 2012
The police operation has been followed by a frenzied media campaign to denounce the “violence” of the protesters and demand further anti-democratic police measures.
By Mike Head, 17 September 2012
The media immediately seized on police operations to raise the spectre of “home-grown terrorism”.
By Mike Head, 21 August 2012
An official review’s terms of reference, and the personnel selected to conduct it, indicate that its purpose is to strengthen, not limit, the measures.
By James Cogan, 9 May 2012
The use of the police against a university campus protest underscores the nervousness of both the administration and the Labor government at the stirrings of student opposition to a deepening offensive on tertiary education.
By Zac Hambides, 30 April 2012
The growing numbers of deaths and injuries at the hands of police testify to the growing impunity with which they are unleashing potentially deadly force.
By Mike Head, 4 April 2012
Extraordinary powers established via the “war on terrorism” are being extended throughout the legal system.
By Zac Hambides, 21 March 2012
All the evidence indicates that police used potentially lethal force against an innocent young man, Roberto Laudisio Curti.
“The attacks on us are extraordinarily revealing”
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2012
Julian Assange discusses his British court appeal against extradition to Sweden and the ongoing attacks on WikiLeaks, freedom of the press and other basic rights.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2012
Five days after police hustled Prime Minister Gillard away from about 100 Aboriginal-rights protesters in Canberra, the media hysteria continues.
By Mike Head, 18 January 2012
Salman Ghumman’s treatment indicates how ASIO’s police-state powers are used to coerce unknown numbers of people into acceding to interrogations.
By Mike Head, 11 January 2012
The documents underscore Labor’s re-direction of the intelligence and security agencies to focus on political dissent and social unrest.
By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2011
Christine Assange discusses the US-led frame-up campaign against WikiLeaks and her son Julian, the role of the Gillard Labor government, and the political implications for basic democratic rights.
By Statement International Students for Social Equality, 21 November 2011
Friday’s assault by University of California Davis police on a peaceful protest is part of a nationwide wave of police repression against the Occupy movement.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 October 2011
The sinking of the SIEV X was not an isolated incident, but part of a fundamental political shift in Australia and around the world, marked by the abandonment of any adherence to democratic and legal norms.
By Joe Lopez and Will Morrow, 28 October 2011
The purpose of the CHOGM security measures is to suppress and intimidate protesters and prepare public consciousness for a permanent expansion of police powers.
By Richard Phillips, 22 October 2011
David Hicks talks about his illegal detention in Guantanamo and his ongoing demonisation by the Australian media
By Mike Head, 8 October 2011
Given the recurring pattern of official police justifications, the recent shootings cannot be explained as isolated responses by individual officers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 October 2011
The judgement has highlighted the reactionary provisions of the Act, and establishes a dangerous precedent for the illegalisation of left-wing opposition to race-based identity politics.
By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2011
The case is a vindictive political attack, orchestrated by the Gillard Labor government, seeking to punish Hicks and intimidate other victims of the “war on terror.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 August 2011
The Australian High Court is hearing an appeal by former Solomon Islands’ Attorney General Julian Moti alleging that the government’s attempt to prosecute him is politically motivated and unlawful.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2011
The Labor government has begun legal action to seize all proceeds from David Hicks’s book Guantanamo: My Journey.
By Mike Head, 1 June 2011
ASIO will have the power to monitor anyone overseas, who is considered a threat to “national economic well-being,” “security” or “foreign relations.”
By Richard Phillips, 19 May 2011
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has written a valuable exposure of the barbarities perpetrated against him by the US military and Canberra’s role in his illegal detention.
By James Cogan, 28 April 2011
The WikiLeaks dossiers add weight to the demand for the prosecution of senior members of the Howard government for their collaboration with the illegal imprisonment and torture of Australian citizens.
“All those involved in my treatment should be jailed for war crimes”
By Richard Phillips, 9 February 2011
Mamdouh Habib outlines the evidence of his torture in Egypt that led the Gillard government to reach an out-of-court settlement with him.
Australia: Labor government makes out-of-court settlement with former Guantánamo prisoner over torture allegations
By Richard Phillips, 18 January 2011
Damning new testimony has confirmed that Australian intelligence, police and foreign affairs officials witnessed the rendition and torture of Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib.
By Robert Morgan, 5 January 2011
Australian Labor governments have declared they will maintain legislation giving them sweeping powers to outlaw any “criminal organisation,” despite the High Court overturning an aspect of South Australia’s laws.
By Oliver Campbell, 15 December 2010
A 600-strong demonstration in defence of WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange in central Sydney last night was assaulted by police, who tried to prevent protestors marching from the town hall to the US consulate 1,500 metres away.
By James Cogan, 10 December 2010
Figures from across a broad spectrum of the political, legal and media establishment are speaking out in defence of Assange and WikiLeaks.
By James Cogan, 4 December 2010
The Greens have not felt the need to issue so much as a press statement in defence of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
By Robert Morgan, 19 October 2010
Extraordinary powers, such as detention without trial, the banning of organisations by executive order and semi-secret trials have, in effect, become permanent features of the legal system.