The political issues posed by the Australian election crisis

The ruling elites, whether in Australia or around the world, cannot return to the stable and predictable parliamentary forms through which they ruled in the past. The systemic breakdown of world economy, ever mounting geopolitical conflicts, the rising danger of war, and, above all, the political radicalisation underway within the working class and youth, preclude that possibility.

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Economic contraction intensifies pressure on Australian government
9 December 2016
The worst downturn since 2008 is part of a longer-term decline in Australia’s commodity export-dependent economy.
Australia: NSW Teachers Federation pushes through new agreement in anti-democratic meetings
9 December 2016
Socialist Equality Party supporters challenged the union’s refusal to circulate the deal before forcing teachers to vote on it.
Inquest evidence shows Australian government was responsible for asylum seeker’s death
8 December 2016
The medical evidence makes clear that Hamid Kehazaei died as a direct consequence of the refugee detention regime imposed by successive Australian governments.
Australia: Thunderstorm-related deaths expose impact of health cuts
7 December 2016
Melbourne, a city of more than three million people, ran out of ambulances as thousands of people suffered potentially fatal thunderstorm-related asthma.

Shock resignation by New Zealand Prime Minister
6 December 2016
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his resignation from politics after eight years in the role and a decade as leader of the National Party.
Australia: Fair Work Commission backs mass sackings at Essential Energy
6 December 2016
The Electrical Trades Union handed the dispute over to the industrial tribunal and is wholly responsible for the outcome.
Australia: NSW Teachers Federation calls meetings to ram through government deal
5 December 2016
The union has called stop-work meetings on December 8, for 50,000 public school teachers to vote on an agreement that they have neither read nor discussed.
Australia: State Labor government moves to ban Esso strike
5 December 2016
The unions are working with the government and the industrial tribunal to prevent a stoppage by their members.