Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Australian senator warns of war with China
25 April 2017
Nick Xenophon’s remarks last week made clear that Australia is on the frontlines of the US confrontation with China.

Thousands join March for Science demonstrations in Australia
24 April 2017
In contrast to the concerns of protestors, rally organisers sought to sow illusions about pressuring governments to withdraw their attacks on science.

Pence’s Asian tour reinforces US threats to North Korea
24 April 2017
Without any public consultation, the US and its allies are placing millions of people at risk of a devastating nuclear war.

More warnings about the Australian housing market
22 April 2017
Credit ratings agencies have said the property market, built on a mountain of debt, is among the most susceptible in the world to an economic shock.

Stop the drive to world war! For peace, equality and socialism!
22 April 2017
The meetings will outline the socialist and internationalist perspective required to prevent the descent of the global capitalist system into a catastrophic third world war.

The political issues in the fight to reject the Victorian teachers’ EBA
21 April 2017
The most detrimental, long-term aspect of the workplace agreement is that it includes sweeping commitments by the teachers' union to enforce a “performance-ranking” system.

Australia: After ABC program, Labor calls for investigation into One Nation
21 April 2017
The “Four Corners” program could signal a turn by the media and political establishment against Hanson and her right-wing party.

Turnbull government announces anti-immigrant “Australia first” policies
20 April 2017
The abolition of 457 visas for foreign workers and the tightening of citizenship requirements are aimed at diverting mounting social discontent in a xenophobic direction.

Papua New Guinea soldiers attack refugees in Australian-run prison camp
18 April 2017
At least three asylum seekers were injured by armed soldiers who assaulted the refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

How the AEU is attempting to push through a sell-out of Victorian teachers
17 April 2017
If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?

Australian worker challenges union-company wage-cutting deal
15 April 2017
The agreement struck between the SDA and Coles saved the supermarket giant tens of millions of dollars.

The Coming War on China: A pacifist appeal
14 April 2017
Pilger’s documentary exposes something of Washington’s escalating war plans against China but suggests that protests can prevent a nuclear conflagration.

Australian academics witch-hunted for challenging US lies on Syria attack
14 April 2017
The media campaign, designed to silence public discussion about the latest US aggression, is a flagrant attack on the basic democratic right of free speech.

Australian prime minister visits India to boost strategic ties
13 April 2017
The outcomes were in line with the ongoing push by Washington for US allies throughout the region to strengthen their military relations with each other.

Australia: Victorian teachers denounce union-backed agreement
13 April 2017
The AEU has sought to suppress discussion of its latest sell-out, while falsely claiming it is a “victory” for teachers.

Australian pseudo-left promotes fraudulent posturing of new union head
13 April 2017
The pseudo-left have hailed the attempts by new ACTU head Sally McManus to rebuild the influence of the unions, in order to head-off mounting discontent.

Australia’s role in US plans for war on North Korea
12 April 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has publicly endorsed Washington’s bellicose rhetoric against the Pyongyang regime.

Australian PM accused of interfering in Papua New Guinea election
12 April 2017
Turnbull’s trip was undoubtedly motivated by concern over Australia’s commercial and strategic interests.

Australian pseudo-left groups back teachers’ union after sell-out deal
12 April 2017
The pseudo-lefts’ reluctance to openly call for a “yes” vote on the agreement only reflects their calculations that a “left” safety valve is needed to divert the hostility of teachers to the

Australian government revokes Palestinian activist’s visa
11 April 2017
The anti-democratic move is part of a broader campaign to suppress opposition to the escalating US-led war in the Middle East.

Australian workers and youth speak out against US strike on Syria
10 April 2017
The anti-war sentiments of ordinary people stand in sharp contrast to the militarist positions of Labor, the Liberal-Nationals and the corporate media.

Australian establishment backs US strike on Syria
10 April 2017
The line-up behind Washington by the government and opposition Labor Party has been replicated across the media.

Mounting concerns over Australian housing bubble
8 April 2017
Underlying the fears of a crash is the divergence between soaring house prices and stagnant or declining incomes.

Australian flood crisis continues as questions mount over government preparations
6 April 2017
Governments at all levels have resisted calls for the construction of levees around the most flood-prone cities, on the grounds that they are too expensive.

Australian teachers’ agreement: The reality behind union “victory” claims
6 April 2017
On every key issue the teachers’ union and the Victorian Labor government have worked together to entrench and deepen the assault on the public education system.

Australia: Labor and unions facilitate Hazelwood power station closure
5 April 2017
The shutdown will exacerbate the social crisis in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, which has already been hit by decades of job cuts in the energy sector.

Australian opposition parties block extradition treaty with China
3 April 2017
With shameless cynicism, China is labelled both a totalitarian state and a threat to the US-dominated global rules-based order.

East coast of Australia hit by catastrophic floods
3 April 2017
At least five people have perished in the disaster, with fears that the death toll will rise over the coming days.

Australian government withholds report on death of unemployed teenager
1 April 2017
The Liberal-National government is covering-up the dangerous conditions facing unemployed workers and young people forced onto Work for Dole programs.

Thousands of Australian asylum seekers face deportation
31 March 2017
Refugees living in limbo inside Australia have been given less than 60 days to complete visa applications.

Australian workers and youth speak out against Maruti Suzuki frame-up
31 March 2017
Many of those who spoke to SEP campaigners signed the petition demanding the release of the victimised Indian car workers.

Australian Education Union agrees to sell-out deal with Victorian state Labor government
30 March 2017
Teacher union claims of a “great win for our members” are a fraud.

China makes overtures amid strategic uncertainty in Australia
29 March 2017
Behind the scenes, frank exchanges undoubtedly occurred on Canberra’s stance towards growing tensions between China, its largest trading partner, and the US, its strategic ally.

Widespread damage after Cyclone Debbie batters north-east Australia
29 March 2017
The impact of the category four cyclone appears to have been exacerbated by houses not equipped to cope with a storm of that magnitude.

Australian government withdraws “omnibus” bill but cuts childcare
28 March 2017
Last week’s childcare package manoeuvre represents an intensification of the crisis of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government.

Australian private health insurance premiums soaring
28 March 2017
Many working class people are now being forced to consider dropping their coverage, intensifying the healthcare crisis.

Australia: Worker killed at Sydney harbour building site
27 March 2017
Twenty-nine workers, including 7 in the construction industry were killed in industrial accidents during the period between January 1-March 1 this year.

Beryl Hood: 29 November 1938–21 March 2017
25 March 2017
A Trotskyist for four decades, Comrade Beryl was a fine and steadfast representative of the most advanced layers of the working class, attracted, above all, to internationalism.

ANZAC Heroes: Promoting war to children
24 March 2017
A New Zealand government-funded children’s book glorifies Australian and New Zealand involvement in World War I and II.

Report documents extent of US-Australia economic ties
23 March 2017
A recent paper argues that any shift by Australia away from its foreign policy alignment with the US could have potentially dire economic consequences.

New Australian union head feigns concern for workers’ rights
22 March 2017
McManus’s elevation is part of the unions’ preparations to try and divert rising working-class anger behind the return of a Labor government in 2019.

Australia: Education Department head calls for police in schools amid anti-Muslim witch-hunt
21 March 2017
The media and government authorities are continuing to use unsubstantiated allegations of “Islamic extremism” in schools to whip-up an atmosphere of right-wing hysteria.

Australian Labor’s “self-managing schools,” seven years on
21 March 2017
The devolution agenda is deepening the education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged, working class students, paving the way for US-style for-profit “charter schools.”

Australia’s energy crisis exposes market failure
21 March 2017
The privatised electricity market—dominated by profiteering power generation, distribution and retailing companies—is creating an economic and social disaster.

Former Australian ambassador calls for foreign policy turn toward China
20 March 2017
FitzGerald’s proposals reveal the impotence of the Australian ruling elite in the face of the decline in America’s global dominance.

Australian Labor Party and unions assist closure of Hazelwood power plant
20 March 2017
The state Labor government’s union-backed worker transfer scheme will not defend a single job.

A new wave of job cuts at Australian universities
18 March 2017
Staff and students suffer as universities axe hundreds more jobs, usually via “voluntary” redundancy schemes, assisted by the trade unions.

Foreign minister warns US to guarantee Australian interests
17 March 2017
Washington now looms as the greatest risk to Australian trade interests and the so-called rules-based order.

Australian media directs anti-Muslim witch-hunt at primary school children
17 March 2017
The hysterical campaign, alleging that 10-year-olds are dangerous Islamic “radicals,” is based entirely on the dubious claims of an anonymous woman whose comments are shot through with racism.

Australian public hospitals relying on private patients
16 March 2017
Funding cuts initiated by the last federal Labor government have forced hospitals to double the number of private patient services since 2008.

Australia, Indonesia discuss closer economic, security ties
15 March 2017
The flurry of diplomatic activity between the two countries is largely in response to the Trump administration.

Australian government imposes phonics test on six-year-olds
15 March 2017
The new measures are aimed at extending the impact of the former Labor government’s NAPLAN testing regime and further undermining public education.

Australian media witch-hunts school principal removed for opposing anti-radicalisation program
14 March 2017
There is growing opposition among teachers, students and parents to the anti-democratic dismissal of the school principal, and the police spying programs that he allegedly opposed.

Australia: Jobs and in-house production slashed at state broadcaster
14 March 2017
As they have done in the past, the unions will appeal to management for “voluntary redundancies” while offering their services to assist in corralling staff out the door.

Trump hails Australia’s draconian immigration regime
13 March 2017
The “Australian model” combines cruelty toward refugees, with a “points-based” program that discriminates in favour of employers and the wealthy.

Huge anti-government swing in Western Australian election
13 March 2017
The result indicates an intensification of the political volatility that has ousted one government after another around the country over the past decade.

Report highlights growing social distress in Australia
11 March 2017
An ME Bank survey indicates that millions of workers and young people are living on a financial knife-edge.

Australian union’s bogus campaign against penalty rate cut
11 March 2017
The construction unions held rallies as part of an effort to channel workers’ anger behind the election of another pro-business Labor government.

Australia: Young workers speak out against penalty rate cuts
9 March 2017
Many young people are already deprived of weekend penalty wages, as a result of company-union wage-cutting deals.

Australian school principal removed for allegedly resisting “anti-radicalisation” program
9 March 2017
Under the government plan, teachers are required to become informants on their students.

Australian maritime union signs 13-year no-strike pledge with energy multinational
8 March 2017
The union has promised to suppress industrial action at the Ichthys pipeline project in northern Australia.

Waiting times worsen in Australian public hospitals
8 March 2017
Conditions are deteriorating in hospitals as a result of the previous Labor government’s restructuring, which has deepened under the current Liberal-National government.

Australian pseudo-left forum promotes nationalism
7 March 2017
Speakers from Socialist Alternative and Socialist Alliance shared the platform with two academics, both of whom are avowed nationalists.

Australia: Three homeless people killed in arson attack
7 March 2017
The tragedy is the outcome of growing unemployment and poverty, lack of affordable housing and inadequate welfare and mental health care facilities.

Australian government beset by turmoil
6 March 2017
The future of the Turnbull government is being increasingly called into question, reflecting a protracted crisis of the political establishment.

Australian government flags “foreign policy reset” in response to Trump
4 March 2017
The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.

Discontent and political volatility dominate Western Australian election
4 March 2017
Because of Labor’s pro-business record, the WA election has become a testing ground for Pauline Hanson’s anti-immigrant One Nation party.

Australian growth up but wages fall
3 March 2017
Australia’s gross domestic product rose by 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter but there are doubts such growth can be sustained.

Australian unions and Labor Party launch bogus campaign over penalty rate cuts
2 March 2017
The Labor politicians and trade union bureaucrats are the ones most responsible for this historic cut in penalty rates.

Rifts tearing Australian government apart
1 March 2017
The political brawling points to the immense popular disaffection with both the main establishment parties, the ruling Liberal-National Coalition and Labor.

SEP meeting attendees speak on Trump and the threat of war
28 February 2017
Workers and young people who attended the meetings spoke about the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the developing political radicalization in the US and internationally, and the need for a socialist mo

Australia: SEP meetings discuss Trump, war and the political tasks facing workers and youth
28 February 2017
The meetings attracted university students, workers, professionals and retirees seeking in-depth discussion about the Trump presidency and the dangerous shift in world politics.

Australian union pushes through pay cut at paper mill
28 February 2017
The CFMEU did everything it could to bully the workforce into accepting a 5 percent pay cut and the establishment of a two-tier wage system.

Netanyahu receives effusive official welcome in Australia
27 February 2017
The Australian government and financial elite feted Netanyahu, whose government is accelerating illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Australian youth pushed into unpaid “work experience”
27 February 2017
Almost 60 percent of young people have been compelled to do unpaid labour, amid mounting unemployment and job insecurity.

Ongoing investment plunge in Australia
25 February 2017
The slump has serious implications for jobs, economic growth and the government’s large budget deficit.

Australian industrial tribunal slashes workers’ wages
24 February 2017
Low-paid workers face pay cuts of thousands of dollars a year following the Fair Work Commission’s ruling.

Australian tabloid vilifies Muslim immigrants and welfare recipients
23 February 2017
Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph is witch-hunting Muslim immigrants, claiming that they are “piling on the dole queue.”

Australian governments’ decade-long cultural wrecking operation
22 February 2017
Today, the ruling elites regard genuinely critical and creative voices with suspicion or outright hostility.

Australian state Labor government strengthens draconian anti-association laws
21 February 2017
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is revamping notorious laws that provide sweeping powers to the police and courts under the guise of combatting “bikie gangs.”

The election of Donald Trump, the danger of war and the political tasks facing young people
20 February 2017
As the Australian university year begins, students confront a drastically changed world, where an extreme right-wing administration has come into office in the United States.

Australian stripped of citizenship, setting dangerous precedent
18 February 2017
By targeting Khaled Sharrouf, the government is continuing a pattern of using individuals demonised by the media to set legal precedents that threaten basic democratic rights.

Australian housing among the world’s most unaffordable
17 February 2017
Soaring housing prices are causing widespread financial stress and social hardship, especially for young people.

Australian government faces deep budget crisis
16 February 2017
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly difficult for any government to push through parliament the brutal measures demanded by the corporate elite.

Australian disability workers strike against privatisation
15 February 2017
Union officials sought to divert the widespread anger into impotent appeals to the state Coalition government, while promoting the opposition Labor Party.

Australian government in disarray over vote-swapping deal with One Nation
15 February 2017
The political crisis not only raises the prospect of a split in the federal government but points to the widespread popular disaffection wracking the entire parliamentary establishment.

Australian government uses investment collapse to push Trump-style corporate tax cuts
14 February 2017
Under intense pressure from the financial markets, the Turnbull government is seeking to slash social spending to enable cuts to business taxes.

Australian Paper workers voting on union wage-cutting deal
13 February 2017
The CFMEU is seeking to suppress opposition to the agreement, which cuts wages by 5 percent and creates a new tier of lower-paid workers.

Infrastructure failures exacerbate Australian heatwave conditions
13 February 2017
The February heatwave is among the hottest ever recorded in southeastern Australian cities and towns, where most of the country’s people live.

Australian government reintroduces sweeping welfare cuts
11 February 2017
By resuscitating previously blocked budget cuts, Turnbull’s government is intensifying the assault on welfare entitlements.

Australia to bankroll 2018 APEC summit in Papua New Guinea
10 February 2017
Security and defence analysts claim that if the summit is jeopardised, China will take advantage at the expense of Canberra and Washington.

Australian government welfare staff may strike over pay dispute and “debt recovery”
10 February 2017
The public sector union is seeking to channel workers behind impotent appeals to the government.

Right-wing senator’s defection intensifies rifts in Australian government
9 February 2017
While Bernardi’s split is not, by itself, an immediate threat to the ruling Coalition’s one-seat majority in the lower house, it points to broader processes tearing apart the government.

Pro-Trump Australian senator splits from Coalition government
7 February 2017
In Bernardi’s resignation statement, he highlighted the deepening crisis of the two-party political establishment.

Greens and pseudo-lefts promote Australian nationalism at anti-Trump protests
6 February 2017
While the demonstrators were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees and the rise of militarism, protest organisers called for an “independent” Australian foreign policy.

Australian coalition government faces defections
6 February 2017
The ruling Liberal-National Coalition is riven with divisions on foreign and domestic policy that have only been intensified by the advent of the Trump administration.

Australian protesters speak on war dangers and Trump immigration ban
6 February 2017
Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.

Australian prime minister’s speech points to growing political crisis
4 February 2017
Donald Trump’s election as US president has sent shockwaves through the parliamentary elite and accelerated the global turn to trade war and war.

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”
4 February 2017
Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.

Trump dresses down Australian prime minister
3 February 2017
Trump’s bullying treatment of Turnbull has thrown the Australian government and the media into turmoil.