Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Australian health care costs among the worst internationally
26 April 2018
Deepening cuts to public health funding mean patients confront higher out of pocket charges from doctors, clinics and hospitals.

Australian government imposes harsh financial burdens on immigrant families
25 April 2018
New migrants now have to pay more than double to bring family members to Australia.

Australian and Chinese navy ships reportedly face off in the South China Sea
24 April 2018
International media outlets gave the incident prominent coverage, depicting it as a “Chinese challenge” to Australian warships.

Australian unions impose sweeping job and pay cuts via “interest-based bargaining”
24 April 2018
The IBB process is a new stage in the decades-long transformation of the unions into corporatist entities.

Australian workers and youth denounce persecution of Julian Assange
23 April 2018
The sentiments of ordinary people stand in stark contrast to the actions of the official parliamentary parties, which are all complicit in the attacks on WikiLeaks and Assange.

Geoffrey Rush defamation case: Australian judge dismisses newspaper’s latest defence
23 April 2018
Friday’s ruling is another legal setback for the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph and the #MeToo campaign’s contempt for democratic principles.

Australian banking revelations fuel political crisis
23 April 2018
Public outrage has mounted as damning evidence emerges from hearings conducted by a royal commission into financial services.

British Commonwealth summit sees line up against China and Russia
23 April 2018
The CHOGM gathering saw a concerted drive to transform the 53-member grouping, long regarded as an imperial relic, into a confrontational vehicle.

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
21 April 2018
The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Support the International Coalition of Socialist, Antiwar and Progressive Websites Against Internet Censorship
21 April 2018
The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange’s freedom
20 April 2018
The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts
20 April 2018
The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

For an International Anti-War Movement!
20 April 2018
The following text is the second of four resolutions passed at the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

The SEP and the Political Independence of the Working Class
20 April 2018
The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Australian unions launch campaign to re-elect an anti-working class Labor government
19 April 2018
The trade unions are directly responsible for the social crisis that the “Change the Rules” campaign purports to oppose.

Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria
17 April 2018
The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia’s role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.

Australia: Discontent as union pushes collaboration with management at Macquarie University
17 April 2018
Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union’s assurances.

Australian government pushes ahead with “foreign donations” ban
16 April 2018
The bill is a part of a multi-pronged legislative package that targets alleged “Chinese interference” in Australian political and commercial life.

Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange!
14 April 2018
The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington’s escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.

Another Australian prime minister faces serious crisis
14 April 2018
At the heart of the worsening political instability are mounting economic and geo-strategic pressures.

Australian media stokes fears of Chinese military base in Vanuatu
13 April 2018
The escalating propaganda war is another sign of deepening tensions across the Asia Pacific that threaten to embroil the entire region into a major war.

Geoffrey Rush’s career “irreparably damaged” by media allegations
12 April 2018
#MeToo campaigners want “reform” of Australia’s defamation laws making it easier to take down anyone via unsubstantiated media allegations.

Australian asylum seekers stripped of minimal welfare payments
11 April 2018
As of this month, over 12,000 refugees are at risk of being left destitute and forced to return to the countries they fled.

Australian universities integrated into military build-up
10 April 2018
A report last month documented the proliferation of ties between Australian universities, government-backed military research, and private contractors, including arms dealers.

Australian tertiary education union imposes cuts to wages and conditions at Murdoch University
9 April 2018
Almost half the university’s staff abstained or refused to vote in the postal ballot to accept the NTEU-negotiated agreement.

Australia proposes visas for white South Africans
6 April 2018
Home Affairs Minister Dutton insists white farmers deserve “special attention” for humanitarian visas.

Australian dock workers strike against threatened 60 percent wage cut
6 April 2018
The Maritime Union of Australia is isolating the workers, while it seeks to strike a sellout deal with Qube Ports.

Australian workers and youth condemn police assault on disabled pensioner
5 April 2018
Graphic video footage of a distressed man being attacked by six police officers has provoked deep concern in the working class.

Australia: Victorian police assault disability pensioner
3 April 2018
Captured on CCTV footage, the incident graphically exposes the impunity with which police officers brutalise working class people, especially the poor and the vulnerable.

Ex-Australian prime minister embraces Pauline Hanson
3 April 2018
Abbott’s decision to launch Hanson’s book marks a sharp shift to the right within the political establishment to promote nationalism and xenophobia.

Australian government forced to delay company tax cut bill
30 March 2018
The setback could reignite the factional rifts that have wracked both the Liberal and National parties, especially since the Coalition government’s near-defeat in 2016.

Australian train workers denounce NSW rail sellout
29 March 2018
Workers question the legitimacy of the postal ballot and condemn the sordid manoeuvres of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Opposition to Australian “foreign interference” bills
27 March 2018
Under the banner of combating a Chinese “conspiracy” to dominate Australia, the bills contain far-reaching attacks on fundamental democratic rights.

Unions impose sellout deal on Australian rail workers
26 March 2018
The New South Wales rail unions could only secure a razor-thin margin through a months-long campaign to stifle and suppress opposition.

Australian court rejects bid to obtain letters on 1975 “constitutional coup”
24 March 2018
The case indicates that much is at stake for the ruling class in protecting the potentially dictatorial powers of the governor-general.

“Financial toxicity” affects poorer cancer patients in Australia
23 March 2018
High medical payments and reduced income while patients are being treated or recovering from cancer are causing distress and avoidable deaths.

Geoffrey Rush lawsuit strikes blow against anti-democratic #MeToo campaign
22 March 2018
A judge ruled that the Murdoch media could not substantiate the allegations of sexual misconduct it made against acclaimed Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.

Australian women join legal actions over pelvic implants
20 March 2018
The allegations against the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, if proven correct, will reveal a profit-driven disregard for the health and wellbeing of the women.

Australian by-election in Melbourne heightens Greens’ crisis
20 March 2018
The Greens’ defeat in Batman marks a significant blow to their hopes of enlarging their influence within the parliamentary apparatus.

Union prepares another sellout deal at Australia’s Macquarie University
20 March 2018
The secrecy imposed by the NTEU is a warning that Macquarie will be a test case for the union’s capacity to impose intensifying cuts and pro-business measures.

Interviews with voters at the Batman by-election
20 March 2018
“There should be money for everybody, for health, for the elderly.”

Australia’s industrial tribunal allows “super-union” merger
19 March 2018
For decades, the three unions that amalgamated this month have imposed cuts to the jobs, wages and conditions of maritime, mining, textile and construction workers.

Australia-ASEAN summit held amid US-China tensions
19 March 2018
Australian Prime Minister Turnbull sought to draw more ASEAN members toward the anti-China orientation of the more openly US-aligned states.

Liberals take office in South Australia with a minority vote
19 March 2018
The result is part of a wider pattern in recent Australian elections that points to the breakdown of the two-party political set-up, through which the capitalist class has ruled since World War II.

Australian government to push through anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills
17 March 2018
Submissions to a parliamentary committee provided chilling examples of how the legislation will eviscerate freedom of political expression and organisation.

Australia: SEP meeting discusses government-media campaign over “African gangs”
17 March 2018
The SEP has led a fight within the working class against the provocative hysteria against young people of African origin.

South Australian election campaign points to deepening political alienation
16 March 2018
No commentator has been able to predict the result, because of the ongoing collapse of support for the two major parties—Labor and Liberal.

Australia: By-election education “debate” reveals bogus Greens-Labor contest
16 March 2018
The event underscored the fraud of the efforts of Labor and the Greens in the Batman election campaign to present themselves as duelling “progressive” parties.

Australia: Unions preside over anti-democratic ballot to sell out NSW rail workers
15 March 2018
The rail unions have done everything they can to suppress any industrial and political struggle by workers.

Pseudo-left groups form new “Victorian Socialists” electoral front in Australia
15 March 2018
The latest opportunist manoeuvre by the pseudo-left is a calculated response to immense disaffection within the working class towards the Labor Party.

Australia: Bileola residents protest at pre-dawn removal of Tamil refugee family
15 March 2018
People in a Queensland rural town are outraged at the pre-dawn Australian Border Force raid to seize and imprison a local family.

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! Take up the fight for socialism!
14 March 2018
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) distributed the following statement at university orientation week events across Australia and in New Zealand.

Falling wages point to economic and social reality in Australia
14 March 2018
Instead of “jobs and growth,” the statistics point to increasing casualisation, real wage cuts and deepening social inequality.

Gas profits and China fears drive Australia-Timor boundary treaty
13 March 2018
There were concerns in both Canberra and Washington that Australia’s refusal to abide by international law was opening the door for China to acquire greater influence.

Australian pseudo-lefts feature at pro-imperialist #SaveGhouta rallies
13 March 2018
The real purpose of the rallies was to urge the US and other Western imperialist powers to directly militarily intervene into Syria.

Sweet Country: Bitter truths about Aboriginal dispossession in Australia
13 March 2018
Warwick Thornton’s second feature is a visually striking and powerful historical drama, which confronts audiences with some ugly truths about Australia’s colonial past.

Australia: Rail authorities, unions push sellout deal in NSW train dispute
12 March 2018
The agreement provides for continuous pro-business restructuring, job cuts and the elimination of working conditions.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
10 March 2018
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Australia: “Silent invasion” book advocates war against China
8 March 2018
A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.

Australia: Anger erupts over privatised bus services in Newcastle
8 March 2018
Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers’ jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia
7 March 2018
Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.

Deep social crisis ignored in South Australian election campaign
6 March 2018
After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with “SA Best.”

Australian rail union pushes through sellout agreement at Pacific National
5 March 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has imposed another deal that slashes conditions and provides for the ever-greater use of casual labour by the freight operator.

Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election
5 March 2018
Far from an “historic” victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Australian rail union prepares sellout in NSW train dispute
2 March 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.

Australia’s corporate media promote Labor’s “new Keating”
28 February 2018
Two prominent interviews with Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen have touted his vows to revive the Hawke-Keating “reform” agenda.

Australian and New Zealand transport workers must unite their struggles
28 February 2018
The trade unions in both New Zealand and Australia are seeking to isolate workers in each country from each other in order to facilitate further attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australian government instability intensifies after deputy prime minister’s removal
27 February 2018
None of the sordid details now emerging about the high-level plotting to knife Barnaby Joyce can be understood outside the broader political context.

The advent of “pop-up” schools in Australia: Yet another assault on public education
27 February 2018
“Pop-up” schools are temporary replacements for the huge shortage of public schools capable of providing their students with the classrooms and other facilities they require.

The class issues behind the racist “African gang” campaign
26 February 2018
The government has promoted a lurid media campaign, seeking to elevate a few instances of petty crime into a virtual national security threat.

Australia: Locked-out Glencore coal mine workers face new provocations
26 February 2018
As the union isolates the Oaky North workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating a protest picket near the Queensland mine.

Australian prime minister expands war commitments during Washington trip
26 February 2018
Turnbull was clearly under pressure to step-up Canberra’s participation in US military operations.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea
24 February 2018
Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”

Australian deputy prime minister ousted via untested sexual harassment allegation
24 February 2018
The removal of Barnaby Joyce throws into further doubt the future of the already fragile Turnbull Coalition government.

Australia: Widespread discontent overshadows Tasmanian state election
23 February 2018
Under Liberal and Labor-Greens governments, the situation confronting the working class has continued to worsen.

Australian government to deport Tamil refugee despite torture warnings
22 February 2018
Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.

Australia’s “Barnaby Joyce crisis”: What is not being discussed
21 February 2018
The turmoil surrounding the deputy prime minister is a symptom of more fundamental frictions engulfing the government and the parliamentary establishment.

Australia: Union enforces another massive pay cut at Griffin Coal
20 February 2018
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union isolated a protracted strike of maintenance workers before striking a sell-out enterprise agreement.

Australia: The 2014 union sell-out of NSW rail workers
20 February 2018
The last enterprise agreement imposed by the rail union created the conditions for mass sackings and continuous pro-business restructuring.

SEP holds online meeting on the New South Wales rail dispute
19 February 2018
The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

Ten years on: The fraud of Australian parliament’s “stolen generations” apology
17 February 2018
The appalling social situation confronting Australia’s indigenous people is one of the sharpest features of a broader impoverishment of the working class.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
17 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Public brawl erupts between Australian prime minister and his deputy
16 February 2018
An affair involving Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has become a vehicle for seeking to oust him and possibly the government itself.

Ex-general delivers first speech in parliament: Australia must “consider the next war”
16 February 2018
Molan and the wing of the political and military establishment for which he speaks want military spending dramatically ramped up.

Australia: NSW government privatises Sydney’s inner-west bus services
16 February 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.

Scientists warn of health costs of Australian heatwaves
15 February 2018
The extreme heat conditions have intensified and become more frequent due to the effects of global warming, resulting in a rising death toll.

Trump nominates anti-China hawk as US ambassador to Australia
14 February 2018
The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at “African gangs” rally
13 February 2018
The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.

Australian Labor Party president warns of collapsing membership
13 February 2018
Mark Butler’s remarks point to a growing fear of the deepening hostility in the working class toward the Labor Party and the trade unions.

Australian government used ASIO to stop refugees obtaining visas
12 February 2018
A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.

Australia: Union confirms sell-out agreement in NSW rail dispute includes job cuts
12 February 2018
The real purpose of the marginal pay rise is to provide the union and the government with a pretext for imposing cuts to jobs and conditions.

Anti-China dossier highlights target of Australian “foreign interference” bills
10 February 2018
A parliamentary submission depicts Chinese Australians as participants in a subversive Chinese Communist Party network.

Australia: Union pushes sell-out deal in NSW rail dispute
8 February 2018
The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.

Australia: Why the RTBU is muzzling railworkers
7 February 2018
Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.

Australian electricity unions suspend industrial action
6 February 2018
Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.

Australian Labor Party parliamentarian resigns over dual citizenship furore
5 February 2018
David Feeney’s case underscores the reactionary character of the ongoing witch hunt.

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike
5 February 2018
The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Australian mining union isolates locked out Oaky North workers
3 February 2018
The six-month lockout of coal miners is the longest in Australian history.

Australian government defies criticism of sweeping “foreign interference” bills
3 February 2018
The attorney-general suggested that the critics are playing into the hands of enemies seeking to damage Australia’s “national interests.”

Australian cabinet files affair used to ramp-up “security” and US intelligence ties
2 February 2018
The ABC’s supposedly “alarming” discovery of the documents is being exploited to support sweeping new “foreign interference” bills.