Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
19 October 2019
Some 49,000 transport workers in the state of Telangana walked-out in defiance of government threats to their jobs, while more than 20,000 employees of a state-owned defence company took strike action

Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange
19 October 2019
The fear in Australian ruling circles is that if Assange is extradited to the US, the latent support for him will coalesce into a political movement against the official set-up.

UN official’s briefing on torture of Assange boycotted by US media
18 October 2019
The media silence is a continuation of its complicity in what UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has described as the “public mobbing” of Assange.

Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt
17 October 2019
The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

Government has no solution to Australia’s water crisis
16 October 2019
Hundreds of thousands in the state of New South Wales face running out of water before the end of next year

Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters
15 October 2019
The authorities are using the demonstrations as a test case for future repression of the emerging social and political struggles of the working class.

Prominent Australian parliamentarian declares extradition of Julian Assange to US “totally unreasonable”
14 October 2019
Barnaby Joyce admitted this morning that the attempt to extradite Assange is a flagrant attack on his rights as an Australian citizen.

Official cover-up continues of Australian paramedic’s suicide
12 October 2019
Undisclosed disciplinary action against senior managers over the death of Tony Jenkins is at odds with a NSW Ambulance report that identified systemic deficiencies.

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange
12 October 2019
While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.

Australian government ministers call for protesters to be cut off welfare
11 October 2019
While the remarks referred to “Extinction Rebellion” demonstrators who temporarily blocked some traffic in major cities, they have a wider anti-democratic logic.

Australian cyber conference “disinvites” US whistleblower and Assange supporter
10 October 2019
The cancellation of talks by NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Melbourne academic Suelette Dreyfus was a political decision, most likely involving government agencies.

Australian PM aligns with Trump administration against “globalism” and China
8 October 2019
Morrison reviewed the sweeping steps that have already been taken to assist the United States wage “strategic competition” against China.

Australian Labor Party courts big business
7 October 2019
Labor leaders are “blitzing” corporate boardrooms to win their backing in the wake of Labor’s election debacle.

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution
7 October 2019
The final lectures will be held at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) later today, and at Western Sydney University on October 9, the University of New South Wales on October 16, and Macq

Australia: Another “super union” merger—a bigger industrial policeman
4 October 2019
Claims that the merger of United Voice and the National Union of Workers will serve the interests of workers are belied by the betrayals and sell-outs of both organisations.

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers take further strike action
3 October 2019
The tram drivers have twice overwhelmingly voted down company offers for a regressive new enterprise agreement.

Australian central bank cuts interest rates to record low
3 October 2019
The speed and scale of the rate cuts point to alarm within the financial elite about the turmoil gripping the world capitalist economy and deepening slump in Australia.

New industrial “integrity” laws seek to head off working class eruption in Australia
1 October 2019
The Morrison government’s legislation is a pre-emptive move by the corporate establishment which is nervous about rising strike action by workers internationally despite the efforts of the unions to

Underpayment and wage theft rampant in Australia
27 September 2019
The “underpayment of wages” businesses model is expanding across a range of sectors.

Australian government seeks arbitrary powers to revoke citizenship
25 September 2019
The Citizenship Cessation Bill is another indication of the repressive measures that the ruling class is preparing to deal with rising working-class discontent.

Australian troops accused of war crimes in Afghanistan
25 September 2019
Anonymous soldiers interviewed by “60 Minutes” alleged that Ben Roberts-Smith, who is widely presented as a “war hero,” kicked a handcuffed Afghan civilian off a cliff in 2012.

Echoing Trump administration, Australian leader advocates end to China’s “developing country” status
24 September 2019
Morrison signalled that Australia will join with the US in its escalating campaign to economically cripple China.

Australia: Northern Territory worker killed in preventable open-cut mine disaster
24 September 2019
Dangerous working conditions and lax safety regulations in the Northern Territory has led to workplace fatalities being three times higher than the Australian national average.

Government minister, journalists challenged on Australian TV over persecution of Assange
24 September 2019
A WikiLeaks supporter denounced the “media blackout about Julian Assange” and declared that journalists could no longer deny that he was being held as a “political prisoner.”

Australian prime minister endorses US trade war and militarism
23 September 2019
Morrison conducted himself as the head of a middle-order power that has functioned since World War II as the willing enabler of the predatory policies of its great power ally.

Australian students and youth speak out at climate strikes
23 September 2019
“The governments are too scared to do anything because they want to make profits, rather than save the planet.”

Australian government “balances” budget at expense of disabled
23 September 2019
The Morrison government “saved” $4.6 billion by underfunding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cutting a total of $6.4 billion from social programs.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution
23 September 2019
In this video, Peter Symonds, SEP national WSWS editor, explains the relevance of his upcoming lecture “70 years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed” to conte

Older people keep working due to economic necessity in Australia
21 September 2019
The development of technology should mean working lives are shortened, but under the capitalist profit system people are forced to work longer.

Bushfires in Australia: Another symptom of climate change
21 September 2019
Early spring fires are an “omen” of an unprecedented and disastrous season ahead due to hot, windy and dry conditions.

Climate strike protesters speak out: “There’s willful blindness on this issue, because fixing it conflicts with capitalism”
21 September 2019
WSWS reporters spoke with climate strike protesters in cities around the globe.

Millions march against climate change, capitalism and war
21 September 2019
“Any talk about climate change must include socialism and the economic system.”

Confrontation with China focus of Australian prime minister’s state visit to Washington
20 September 2019
US-Australia relations are predicated on and aggressively seek to protect and extend immense corporate interests.

Australian workers and youth back striking US autoworkers
19 September 2019
“I think there’s a common stream connecting workers all over the world. This is something we are all fighting for.”

Accidental drug overdose deaths continue to rise in Australia
18 September 2019
As in the US, the pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of social misery to addict the population on deadly drugs.

Claims of Chinese “hacking” add to US pressure on Australian government
18 September 2019
Unnamed sources accused the Morrison government of covering up China’s role for fear of disrupting lucrative trade relations with Beijing.

Bupa’s aged care homes failing official standards across Australia
17 September 2019
The record illustrates the extent to which corporations have been permitted to prioritise profits over care.

Student union at Australian university attempts to bar Chinese students from elections
17 September 2019
The student union at Monash University’s Caulfield campus in Melbourne was forced, after a public outcry, to repeal the decision preventing international students from running in the elections.

Abortion bill in NSW used to push Australian politics further to the right
16 September 2019
The emotive demagogy over abortion is part of a campaign to mobilise a right-wing Christian base and recruit them into the Liberal Party.

Australian government pushes drug testing for welfare recipients
16 September 2019
The trial, which is aimed at extending “welfare quarantining” measures, would target working class areas hit by job destruction and government budget cuts.

Australian election survey refutes myths surrounding Labor Party debacle
13 September 2019
Swings by working-class voters against Labor reflected the shift in its campaign, away from its fake “fair go” promises, to reassuring big business.

Australian incarceration rate rising despite drop in crime
12 September 2019
Indigenous Australians are now more likely to be imprisoned than African Americans.

Australian establishment demands removal of alleged “pro-China” member of parliament
12 September 2019
Gladys Liu has views that are at odds with the propaganda being promoted in Australia to justify the alliance with US imperialism and war preparations against China.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood visits Assange: “He’s a freedom fighter!”
12 September 2019
Westwood stated that Assange is “an innocent man” who has been “persecuted for nine years for telling the truth.”

Virgin Australia axes 750 jobs
11 September 2019
The immediate consequence of the restructure is the destruction of 750 jobs, or around 7 percent of the carrier’s workforce, to achieve savings of $75 million a year.

Household incomes dropping in Australia as economy slides toward recession
10 September 2019
Working class living standards are continuing a seven-year fall, setting the scene for class conflict.

Peter Greste’s panel discussion in Sydney: Support for censorship and throwing Assange to the wolves
7 September 2019
Greste advocates the anti-democratic conception that a “responsible journalist” censors information that is deemed too controversial for the population to know.

Another police-state raid in Australia to protect spy agencies
7 September 2019
The Morrison government is stepping-up an offensive on democratic rights at the Trump administration’s behest.

Australian worker killed in fall on Sydney construction site
3 September 2019
Mohamad Riche, who died in an avoidable accident on August 21, was the sixth construction worker in Australia to lose his life on worksites this year.

Australia: Whistleblower trials proceed despite outcry
3 September 2019
The Morrison government rejects calls to drop the prosecution of people who exposed the criminal activities of the country’s US-linked spy agencies and armed forces.

Australian government moves to deport Tamil refugees despite mass opposition
2 September 2019
The family has been transferred to Christmas Island, where they have been placed in substandard accommodation and given expired food.

Take forward the fight to free Julian Assange!
2 September 2019
Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are the victims of a monstrous criminal conspiracy, involving the most powerful governments in the world, the intelligence agencies and the corporate media.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
31 August 2019
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

IYSSE holds meetings in defence of Assange at Australian universities
31 August 2019
One student commented: “What is happening is an injustice to him and his rights and freedom of speech. Young people should join together and fight for what is true and what is honest.”

Factional wars and scandals wrack Australian Labor Party following election debacle
31 August 2019
Decades of betrayals of the working class have come home to roost, triggering internal warfare.

Australia: NSW Greens pass motion “defending” Assange, but MPs remain silent
30 August 2019
The mealy-mouthed statement, which does not call for Assange’s freedom or condemn the US charges against him, has been met with silence by Greens MPs.

Australian government seeks to deport Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka
30 August 2019
The outpouring of support for the family reflects the broad opposition of working people to the bipartisan assault on asylum-seekers.

Australia acts to retain sway over former colony Papua New Guinea
29 August 2019
PNG is on the frontline of the great power competition with China.

Australian Labor Party accuses government of “losing control” of borders
28 August 2019
Shadow home affairs minister Kristina Keneally condemned the government for allowing asylum seekers to arrive by plane.

Clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson: They are trying to break Assange “physically and psychologically”
28 August 2019
”Of all the passive bystanders to Julian Assange’s abuse, the Australian government is by far the most culpable and complicit.”

Australian PM calls for new internet censorship measures at G7
27 August 2019
Morrison is campaigning for an international crackdown on social media, while his government asserts the right to ban websites and domains domestically.

Anti-China witch-hunt targets Australian universities
26 August 2019
The government and the security agencies convened a meeting with universities, threatening research involving Chinese academics.

Australian state Labor government’s lies about “protest violence” exposed
24 August 2019
Labor’s fabricated “booby trap” claims illustrate how governments concoct fear campaigns to attack basic democratic rights.

Australia joins US naval operation against Iran, foreshadows involvement in South China Sea
23 August 2019
Sixteen years after the Iraq war, US imperialism has plans for even more catastrophic crimes—against both Iran and China.

Australia: Train workers’ union calls off Melbourne strike
23 August 2019
Confronted by yet another sell-out, workers need to take their fight out of the hands of the RTBU bureaucracy, forming rank and file committees.

Australia’s US Studies Centre advocates war-footing against China
22 August 2019
The policies that the pro-US think tank proposes could not be implemented without the suppression of widespread political opposition.

Australian prime minister elevates pro-US militarists to top cabinet, intelligence positions
20 August 2019
Shearer’s role will be to advise Morrison and other ministers on how to publicly promote the US-led preparations for war with China.

Julian Assange’s father warns WikiLeaks’ publisher’s health is “declining rapidly” in Belmarsh Prison
20 August 2019
”The government will willingly sacrifice Julian’s well-being to the demands of the US and the UK.”

As Australian government threatens to jail journalists, media chiefs denounce Julian Assange
19 August 2019
While claiming to champion the “right to know,” media executives condemned the WikiLeaks founder for exposing the crimes of the US spy and military apparatuses.

Australian health workers protest assaults on staff
17 August 2019
The Health Services Union limited the action and channelled workers’ anger into a demand for more security officers, not for increased funding and staffing.

Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges
16 August 2019
The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.

Australia: Pro-US ideologue brands student groups as China’s “useful idiots”
15 August 2019
Clive Hamilton’s comments are a warning that Australia’s involvement in the US drive to war with China will be accompanied by political repression domestically.

From Couch to Curb film launch highlights youth homelessness in Australia
14 August 2019
More than 116,000 people across Australia, or one in every 200, are currently without a home; a quarter of these are young people aged between 12 and 24.

Australia: Mentally-ill man carries out stabbing attacks in Sydney
14 August 2019
The alleged perpetrator was a 20-year-old man from a working-class suburb in Sydney’s west, with a lengthy history of psychological issues.

Australian actor John Jarratt sues Daily Telegraph after jury throws out rape charge
13 August 2019
The jury of five men and seven women took just over 15 minutes to unanimously reject the #MeToo-inspired rape allegation against the veteran actor.

Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia
13 August 2019
The ruling elite requires Australia’s incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of “Chinese interference.”

Australia: Mentally-ill man shot dead by police at his home
12 August 2019
“If there was no danger to the public, and if he was contained in his own house and not doing anything, one would have to ask ‘why in the hell is he gone?’”

Following AUSMIN talks, Australian politician compares China to Nazi Germany
10 August 2019
Andrew Hastie falsely compared the purported failure of Australia to respond to the threat posed by China with France’s lack of response to the “German advance in 1940.”

Jennifer Robinson, a leading member of Assange’s legal team, speaks with the WSWS
9 August 2019
“It speaks volumes about Australia’s position in the world that it’s not willing to take a stand against the United States and protect an Australian citizen.”

Australian High Court scraps free speech for workers
9 August 2019
The judges’ support for the sacking of a public servant is part of an assault on free speech under conditions of escalating social, geo-strategic and war tensions.

John Pilger warns: “Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him”
9 August 2019
The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder’s deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.

Australian spy and police chiefs say raids on journalists must continue
8 August 2019
In a blunt intervention, Director-General of National Intelligence Nick Warner used the language of war to defend the targeting of journalists.

Australia: Melbourne rail workers vote for strike action
7 August 2019
While privatisation has provided new and lucrative profit opportunities for corporate operators, it has proven a disaster for rail workers and commuters.

Protests in Australia continue to break official silence on Julian Assange
7 August 2019
The sentiments of ordinary people stand in stark contrast to the refusal of all of the official parties to take any action in defence of the WikiLeaks founder.

US Secretary of State demands greater Australian involvement in war drive against China
6 August 2019
The support for Pompeo’s aggressive remarks in Canberra is a warning that behind its back, the Australian population has been placed on the frontline of a confrontation with China that threatens a c

Assange’s father speaks to the WSWS: “Julian’s resolve is fierce”
5 August 2019
John Shipton condemned the Australian government’s refusal to raise the issue of Assange with the US, or to take any action in his defence, declaring: “Silence is complicity.”

Australian households’ cost of living soars above consumer price index
3 August 2019
A large gap has emerged between the official statistics and the standard of living, thanks to skyrocketing prices for essential goods and services, as opposed to prices for discretionary items.

Despite briefing by Julian Assange’s lawyer, Australian politicians still refuse to defend him
3 August 2019
Intensive lobbying in Canberra this week failed to convince any parliamentarian to oppose the Trump administration’s bid to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
3 August 2019
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Slump deepens in Australian residential construction industry
2 August 2019
Multiple faults in new apartment buildings have become a factor in the bursting of a debt-fuelled property bubble that is threatening thousands of jobs.

Australian Labor Party leader: We will keep voting for government’s legislation
1 August 2019
Albanese’s declaration was another blunt signal of Labor’s further sharp shift to the right in the wake of its historic debacle at the May 18 federal election.

Julian Assange’s lawyer briefs Australian parliamentarians on his persecution
1 August 2019
The event reflected concerns within the ruling elite over popular opposition to the Trump administration’s bid to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

Early peak in Australia influenza season causes concern
31 July 2019
The severity of deadly flu outbreaks could be minimised with global free access to vaccination, and the development of a universal vaccine.

Australia: Six Queensland mining deaths in 12 months
30 July 2019
The tragedies are a result of the gutting of full-time jobs and the erosion of working conditions, enforced by the trade unions.

Intercept article calls on Democrats to step up attack on Julian Assange
30 July 2019
James Risen peddled the lies of CNN and the intelligence agencies, slanderously suggesting that Assange worked on behalf of Russia and the Trump campaign.

DP World threatens to sack 10 percent of its Australian workforce during industrial action
29 July 2019
The move marks a new offensive by employers to further slash jobs, basic rights and conditions on the waterfront and throughout the working class as a whole.

Australian central bank chief fearful of rising global tensions
27 July 2019
“When businesses are nervous, they don’t want to invest,” Philip Lowe warned a corporate lunch audience.

Australian disability centre closures result in nearly a dozen deaths
26 July 2019
Former residents of a disability centre in Newcastle have died after being transferred to under-funded group homes via the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Australian government demands police-state powers over protests and exclusions of citizens
24 July 2019
The bills would hand governments the most authoritarian powers since the two world wars.

Australian cancer victim sues Bayer-Monsanto
23 July 2019
Michael Ogalirolo claims his potentially lethal cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is due to 18 years of exposure to glyphosate, the active component of the herbicide Roundup.