Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Australian inquest into Sydney siege whitewashes unanswered questions
25 May 2017
The coroner’s report admits that a mentally-disturbed individual took the hostages, and that he had been under close surveillance by police and intelligence agencies for a long time.

Australian government demonises “fake refugees”
24 May 2017
Thousands of asylum seekers face forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.

S&P downgrades small banks amid warnings of Australian housing slowdown
24 May 2017
The international credit ratings agency said its decision, which affects 23 financial institutions, was based on the likelihood of a sharp “correction” of the property market bubble.

Australian building workers hit by construction company collapse
23 May 2017
The Brisbane shut-down is another indicator of the danger of a wider collapse in the residential construction boom, threatening tens of thousands of jobs.

Australia: Teachers explain why the AEU-government deal should be rejected
22 May 2017
“The union has become the policeman to enforce agreements that sell our conditions down the drain.”

The political issues in the fight against the AEU-Labor government EBA
20 May 2017
The forum on May 28 will present a detailed critique of the Australian Education Union’s sell-out deal with the Andrews Labor government, and clarify why teachers and ES staff should reject it.

Student protests in Australia promote Labor and the Greens
20 May 2017
The poorly attended demonstrations reflected alienation from the NUS and its support for the major parliamentary parties.

Australia: Contract teacher voices opposition to the AEU-government agreement
20 May 2017
“I feel as though we’re teaching to a test, and not spending enough time on building our relationship with our students, and building on their strengths.”

Australian budget fallout deepens political crisis
20 May 2017
The conclusion is being drawn in corporate boardrooms that Turnbull has failed, generating fractures throughout the parliamentary order.

Falling wages fuel social crisis in Australia
19 May 2017
Real wages have been declining for four years, driven by the destruction of full-time jobs and the forcing of workers into part-time employment.

Sydney bus drivers strike against privatisation
19 May 2017
The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.

Australian teachers support campaign against AEU-government deal
18 May 2017
Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.

A socialist perspective to fight the government assault on education and the drive to war
17 May 2017
The National Union of Students called protests today to confine the growing anger of students to impotent protest appeals to the Labor Party, the Greens and the populist “cross-bench” parties in t

Teachers criticise anti-democratic character of AEU delegates’ meetings
17 May 2017
“I think people voted without understanding the nitty-gritty of the agreement.”

Australian Education Union pushes through industrial agreement at delegates’ meetings
16 May 2017
SEP members and supporters who work in public education are campaigning for a “No” vote among rank-and-file teachers and ES staff.

Australia: Tribunal to hear challenge to union-company wage-cutting deal
16 May 2017
The unions and the major corporations are fearful that the case against the deal threatens the entire pro-business framework of enterprise bargaining.

Australian Labor’s budget reply and the fear of political unrest
13 May 2017
Shorten’s reply to the budget was a populist attempt to revive illusions that Labor is the “lesser evil.”

Australian budget: Drug-testing intensifies war on welfare
12 May 2017
The measures are aimed at humiliating, vilifying and punishing the jobless, and stripping them of basic legal and democratic rights.

The political issues facing Fairfax workers
11 May 2017
The end of the week-long strike and the commitment of the media union to resume back-room negotiations for the destruction of jobs, poses major political issues before Fairfax workers.

Australian media union shuts down week-long Fairfax journalists’ strike
10 May 2017
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, having done everything to contain and weaken the strike, made clear that it will do nothing to oppose the axing of 125 jobs at Fairfax.

Australian budget set to heighten social and political antagonisms
10 May 2017
On every front, the budget seeks to deepen the decades-long assault on the living standards and social rights of the working class.

Australian rail union responds to Pacific National lockout by resuming talks
9 May 2017
The union will use the negotiating period to try and dissipate anger among freight drivers to the proposed cuts to their wages and conditions.

Trump and Australian PM Turnbull stage mutual embrace in New York
6 May 2017
A ceremonial dinner to highlight the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea against Japan became a platform for vows to “fight together” in Asia and the Middle East.

Australia: Fairfax journalists strike, but union appeals to corporate investors
6 May 2017
The sackings, which follow almost a decade of cost-cutting, will eviscerate Fairfax Media newspapers and lead to further job destruction.

Australian Fairfax journalists strike for a week over job destruction
4 May 2017
By launching the longest strike by editorial staff in recent history, the Fairfax workers are taking a stand against the ongoing demolition of jobs by the financial elite.

Australia: Anzac Day and the official silence about anti-war opposition in WWI
4 May 2017
Contrary to government claims, Australia in 1917 was sharply divided along class lines and its involvement in World War I deeply unpopular.

Australia: Victorian teachers speak out against agreement after union delegate meeting
4 May 2017
Teachers raised concerns about the impact of growing workloads and the promotion of standardised testing in public schools.

Socialist Alternative joins pro-war witch-hunt of Australian academic
3 May 2017
The pseudo-left organisation endorsed the media attacks on Tim Anderson for rejecting the claims about chemical weapons used to justify Washington’s bombing of Syria.

Teachers oppose Australian Education Union sell-out deal at Victorian delegates meeting
3 May 2017
The Melbourne meeting revealed mounting hostility among teachers to the union’s bureaucratic methods and to the agreement itself.

Australian budget to slash welfare and education
2 May 2017
Cuts target the working class, as the government plans billions more for the military and handouts to big business.

What the Australian Education Union is suppressing
1 May 2017
The AEU’s claim that its deal with the Labor government is a blow against the “performance pay” regime and standardised testing is a fraud.

Amnesty report highlights companies profiting from Australia’s refugee camps
1 May 2017
Under Australian government contracts, corporations are making huge profits by running the brutal detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

Australia: Growing opposition to sell-out agreement among Victorian teachers and support staff
29 April 2017
Teachers from at least five schools have convened meetings to reject the agreement between the Australian Education Union and the Victorian state Labor government.

New Zealand: Anzac Day glorifies imperialist war
29 April 2017
Politicians and the media used the annual holiday to promote war to young people in particular, and to demonise any criticism of the military.

Australian Anzac Day celebrations promote militarism and war
27 April 2017
The celebrations of past conflicts were explicitly tied to Australia’s current involvement in predatory wars and military preparations.

Australian Socialist Alternative conference: In the service of imperialism
26 April 2017
The gathering issued a full-throated defence of American imperialism and explicitly denounced any fight to build an anti-war movement of the working class.

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.

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.

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.

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 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: 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 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’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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.