Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Beirut disaster highlights dangerous ammonium nitrate stockpiles in regional Australian city
13 August 2020
Orica stores between 6,000 and 12,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at its Kooragang facility just three kilometres from Newcastle’s central business district.

Australia: Rising number of COVID-19 infections in Sydney schools
12 August 2020
Experts have warned that the school clusters are likely the “tip of the iceberg,” signalling broader community transmission in New South Wales.

Australian Kmart warehouse workers in Melbourne strike over COVID-19 safety
10 August 2020
Warehouses, like meatworks and nursing homes, have become dangerous places for workers in this pandemic.

Twenty percent of Australian health workers lack PPE as infections in the sector soar
10 August 2020
Some 400 more health workers in Victoria have contracted COVID-19 over the past two weeks, prompting warnings of a looming staffing crisis in the hospital system.

Australian parliamentary staffer initiates legal challenge to “foreign interference” laws
10 August 2020
The High Court case will shed light on the profoundly anti-democratic implications of the legislation.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
8 August 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Former Australian PM: Beware the Guns of August in Asia
8 August 2020
Kevin Rudd argues that the danger of war between the US and China is greater than at any time since the 1950s and warns the risk “will be especially high” in the lead-up to the US presidential ele

Australia: Woolworths lifts lockout as union pushes through sell-out deal
8 August 2020
The United Workers Union has brokered a sell-out deal that maintains the exploitative conditions and low-pay regime at Woolworths’ Wyong distribution centre.

Dangerous conditions in Melbourne quarantine hotels helped cause Australia’s COVID-19 resurgence
7 August 2020
Victoria’s state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.

NTEU enforces deep pay and job cuts at Australian universities
6 August 2020
In the latest outrage, the union is urging Adelaide University staff members to take wage cuts of up to 15 percent and still accept the elimination of 200 jobs.

Australia: Victorian hospital admissions soar amid warnings COVID-19 surge will continue for weeks
6 August 2020
It is clear that the Victorian government only introduced sharper lockdown measures, after the state was already on the precipice of a healthcare catastrophe.

War crimes in Afghanistan covered up by UK Ministry of Defence
6 August 2020
Documents, written by SAS officers and military personnel, provide evidence of war crimes.

Australian meatworks emerge as centres of COVID-19
5 August 2020
Amid growing infections throughout the industry, cold storage workers at the JBS plant in Melbourne refused to begin work last week, demanding safe working conditions.

Victoria’s COVID-19 catastrophe: An indictment of Australian governments and capitalism
5 August 2020
The surge in coronavirus deaths and infections is the outcome of the pro-business reopening of the economy enforced by governments, the corporations and the trade unions.

Amid COVID-19 “disaster,” Australian state government announces limited workplace closures
4 August 2020
The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.

Mass unemployment to worsen in Australia following Victorian lockdown
4 August 2020
Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.

COVID-19 “state of disaster” imposed across Australian state of Victoria
3 August 2020
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton characterised the sweeping measures as “shock and awe.”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
1 August 2020
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Royal commission into Australia’s bushfires promotes greater use of the military
1 August 2020
The inquiry will ignore the underfunding of fire and emergency services while justifying rapid and expanded military interventions in domestic “emergencies.”

Australian COVID-19 surge continues as epidemiologists urge stricter lockdown
31 July 2020
In refusing to implement the measures demanded by medical experts, the ruling elite has chosen to protect profits over lives.

Australia: Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 threat
30 July 2020
“We are either going to have to roll over and accept what is going on, that workers are going to be sacrificed for capitalism, or we are going to have to rebel and have an uprising of some kind.”

Australian SAS planted weapons on murdered civilians in Afghanistan
30 July 2020
Several soldiers said that the framing of unarmed civilians as Taliban insurgents, with planted radios or weapons, “happened on numerous occasions.”

Record Australian COVID-19 deaths and infections
30 July 2020
Today’s toll of 723 infections and 13 deaths in Victoria demonstrates that the authorities have completely lost control of the state’s coronavirus surge.

Australian government signs up to US offensive against China
30 July 2020
The joint AUSMIN statement by top Australian and US officials broadcast all the Trump administration’s incendiary and unproven allegations against China.

Report warns theft of international student wages in Australia set to worsen amid COVID-19
30 July 2020
Many international students lost their casual jobs as a result of limited social distancing measures introduced in response to the spread of the coronavirus.

Six arrested at banned Australian protest against police violence
29 July 2020
COVID-19 public health orders were used to suppress the demonstration in a blatant attack on democratic rights.

Woolworths locks out workers at Australian warehouse
29 July 2020
Strikers at Wyong speak out as the United Workers Union facilitates the attack by isolating them.

Australian government echoes aggressive US shift on South China Sea
28 July 2020
Australia suddenly abandoned its previous policy of formal neutrality on the competing territorial claims, just 10 days after a similar declaration by the US.

Australian treasurer hails Reagan and Thatcher as “inspiration” for government’s economic agenda
28 July 2020
Frydenberg lauded the “success” of the offensive against the working class in the 1980s, just as he announced a record budget deficit of $184.5 billion for this financial year.

Working-class opposition emerging amid Australia’s COVID-19 surge
28 July 2020
Meat workers in Melbourne walked off the job this morning over safety concerns, while teachers and principals are demanding school closures after dozens of classroom infections.

Australian Tamil refugee mother denied urgent medical treatment for weeks
27 July 2020
Despite outrage in her Australian home town of Biloela, Priya Murugappan was flown to a mainland hospital only after suffering prolonged abdominal pain.

Dozens of Australian schools shut down after coronavirus outbreaks
27 July 2020
Keeping the schools open is regarded as a central aspect of the reopening of the economy and the continued provision of an exploitable workforce.

Mounting COVID-19 deaths expose deep crisis in Australian aged care homes
27 July 2020
“They’ve casualised the workforce so much that this is bound to happen.”

Australian state government bans protest against police violence
27 July 2020
The authorities are cynically invoking the pandemic to block political protests, while at the same time proceeding with a pro-business “reopening of the economy.”

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
25 July 2020
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Australia’s COVID-19 death toll rising rapidly
25 July 2020
Through the “national cabinet,” Labor and Liberal-National governments yesterday “recommitted” to the pro-business policies that have resulted in record deaths and infections.

US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China
25 July 2020
Despite the intensifying COVID-19 danger in the US, Australia’s foreign and defence ministers will personally attend the annual AUSMIN talks in Washington next week.

Huge Australian budget deficits mean intensified assault on workers
24 July 2020
Governments and the corporate elite have begun extracting the cost from the working class, via cuts to jobs, pay and working conditions as well as social spending.

Safety expert removed from Australia’s Grosvenor Mine explosion inquiry
23 July 2020
The Queensland state Labor government’s inquiry is shaping up to become another cover-up of how safety is subordinated to the companies’ ruthless drive for profits.

Record daily coronavirus infections in Australia
23 July 2020
The pandemic has been exacerbated by the casualisation of the workforce that was engineered over the last four decades by successive Labor and Liberal governments.

Australian government slashes pandemic payments to workers after suspending parliament
22 July 2020
The blatant purpose of the cuts is to give workers no choice but to go back into unsafe workplaces regardless of the rising danger of COVID-19 infection.

Australian coronavirus surge hits Sydney
21 July 2020
The basic reproduction rate (R0) is 1.4 in Sydney and New South Wales, even higher than neighbouring Victoria, which continues to have the largest number of active infections.

Australian bushfire victims still suffering six months on
20 July 2020
Hundreds of people who lost their homes are living in tents, caravans or shipping containers in what is now the dead of winter.

Australian coronavirus surge hits workplaces, factories
20 July 2020
Some 80 percent of all COVID-19 transmissions in the state of Victoria over the last two months have occurred in workplaces.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
18 July 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Destruction of full-time jobs intensifies in Australia
18 July 2020
Governments and employers are working with the trade unions to exploit the COVID-19 catastrophe to accelerate the casualisation of the workforce.

Australia: Hundreds of health workers in Victoria contract COVID-19
18 July 2020
A national survey of 500 healthcare workers found that half were experiencing PPE shortages and some were having to source their own supplies.

Australian medical experts call for workplace and school shutdowns as Victoria’s COVID-19 surge escalates
18 July 2020
Despite the highest spike in Australian coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, the Victorian Labor government has implemented a “lockdown” that leaves schools and most workplaces open.

Thousands of sackings at Australian universities
17 July 2020
The job cuts are part of a major assault on universities, being enforced by governments and the trade unions.

SEP (Australia) holds lecture series on the history of Trotskyism
17 July 2020
The lectures, now all available online, reviewed some of the fundamental lessons of the protracted struggle by the Trotskyist movement for socialist internationalism.

“Palace letters” point to the plotting behind the 1975 constitutional coup in Australia
17 July 2020
Together with the military coup in Chile in 1973, the Labor government’s dismissal was one of the first acts in what became an international counter-offensive against the working class.

“NTEU Fightback” aims to block revolt against Australian university trade union
17 July 2020
Various pseudo-left organisations are desperately seeking to defend the National Tertiary Education Union after a revolt against its pay- and job-cutting COVID-19 “national framework.”

Australian governments reject lockdowns, as Victoria hits highest daily infection toll
16 July 2020
Infections are spiralling out of control, because governments are refusing to implement measures that would impinge on the profits of the corporate elite.

Australian authorities sought to cover-up asbestos removal at Newcastle school
15 July 2020
The debacle is part of a decades-long scandal concerning the use of asbestos in public buildings, involving successive Labor and Liberal governments.

Australian teachers and school staff condemn return to classrooms in Victoria
15 July 2020
Teachers and educators speak out against the state Labor government’s order to reopen schools despite a COVID-19 surge in Melbourne.

Australia’s COVID-19 spike spreads to New South Wales
14 July 2020
Venues that were reopened as part of the lifting of safety restrictions, including pubs and gyms, have emerged as centres of infection.

Anger grows as Australian state Labor government sends teachers and senior students back to school in Melbourne
14 July 2020
The sweeping return to school, amid a worsening COVID-19 surge, represents a threat to public safety.

Public forum: COVID-19 and the escalating assault on educators and students
13 July 2020
The Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia are holding on online forum on July 18 to discuss the critical issues posed by government deman

Special Forces commander admits Australian troops committed war crimes in Afghanistan
13 July 2020
The systematic killings and other abuses are the inevitable product of the colonial-style invasions and occupations mounted by the US and its allies.

Melbourne public housing residents still outraged by Australian police lockdown
13 July 2020
The brutal state Labor government operation failed to curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout the public housing estates.

Limited lockdowns fail to halt Australia’s COVID-19 surge
13 July 2020
As is happening globally, the government and business “reopening” is causing a disaster.

Online book launch of The Most Dangerous Man in the World defends Assange
11 July 2020
Author Andrew Fowler said that journalists “should be more supportive” of Assange “because of what he taught us.”

Penalty pay rates slashed for Australian retail workers
11 July 2020
The Fair Work Commission ruled against delaying wage cuts for more than 240,000 workers.

Australia’s national cabinet steps up “reopening” despite COVID-19 surge
11 July 2020
Since the government leaders started lifting restrictions at breakneck speed in late May, the number of new confirmed infections has begun to soar.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
11 July 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

NTEU steps up collaboration with Australian university managements amid job cuts “tsunami”
10 July 2020
The union is pushing ahead with deals to impose unprecedented sacrifices on university workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victoria records highest number of cases since pandemic began, as Australian coronavirus surge intensifies
10 July 2020
Victoria's chief medical officer told the press: “We will see an increase in hospitalised and ICU cases and in deaths in the coming days because of the spike that we have seen.”

Oppose the Melbourne public housing towers lock-in! For a health and welfare response, not a police mobilisation!
9 July 2020
The SEP calls for the formation of local safety committees, both within the tower blocks and more broadly, to organise measures to protect the residents and the working class as a whole.

Australia: Woolworths to slash more than 1,300 warehousing jobs
9 July 2020
Like other corporations, the supermarket chain is using the pandemic to restructure its operations at the expense of jobs and working conditions.

Melbourne public housing residents condemn Australian police lockdown
9 July 2020
“Instead of nurses, doctors and social workers, they send us the police, which gives the wrong message among the community.”

Melbourne public housing resident denounces Australian police lockdown
9 July 2020
Kat, a working-class mother, spoke with the WSWS about the conditions in the locked-down public housing towers, home to some of the most oppressed sections of the working class.

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit
8 July 2020
As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equit

Limited lockdown imposed in Melbourne as COVID-19 surges in Australia
8 July 2020
The spike in Victoria refutes the claims of federal and state governments that the coronavirus could be locally-contained as they “reopen the economy.”

Thousands more jobs destroyed in Australia
7 July 2020
Employers are continuing to utilise the COVID-19 pandemic to restructure their operations, shedding thousands of jobs and cutting working conditions.

Australian court rejects Murdoch appeal against Geoffrey Rush defamation verdict
7 July 2020
Last week’s Federal Court verdict is another important blow against the anti-democratic #MeToo movement.

Growing opposition to Australian police lockdown of Melbourne public housing residents
7 July 2020
One resident stated: “We should have seen buses and cars full of healthcare and mental health workers and social workers, not the police.”

Organise teachers, parents and school staff committees to oppose reckless school reopening in Melbourne!
7 July 2020
The CFPE calls for the formation of safety action committees to demand the suspension of the school system as part of a comprehensive public health and safety plan to protect the working class.

Australian Labor Party vote falls further in by-election
6 July 2020
The biggest swings against Labor occurred in Queanbeyan, a largely working-class city neighbouring Canberra, the national capital.

Australian police confine Melbourne public housing residents indoors after COVID-19 outbreak
6 July 2020
The state Labor government opted for a police operation instead of having medical staff, social workers, and people in the community lead the necessary preventive measures.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
4 July 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

A new period of socialist revolution and the tasks of the Fourth International
4 July 2020
The lecture will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement’s fight for socialism internationalism, amid a breakdown of capitalism and an upsurge of the class struggle.

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality
4 July 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, governments promised thoroughly cleaned classrooms, but school cleaners have neither the resources nor hours to conduct the necessary cleaning.

Australia: Melbourne’s coronavirus outbreak continues to spread despite localised lockdown
4 July 2020
It only took days for the Victorian Labor government’s lockdown of ten Melbourne postcodes to be exposed as an ineffectual and punitive response to the rise in infections.

Australian government seeks to place country on war footing
4 July 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has identified the Indo-Pacific as the likely arena for another world war, directed against China.

Hundreds of jobs axed as Australian Broadcasting Corporation imposes government cuts
3 July 2020
ABC management, in line with federal government and Murdoch media demands, is imposing another round of job cuts at the public broadcaster.

Australian journalist threatened with prosecution for exposing war crimes in Afghanistan
3 July 2020
Like Assange, Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Dan Oakes faces prosecution for publishing evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan.

Australian state Labor government’s police arrest refugee protesters
2 July 2020
Governments continue to condemn protests and invoke the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to silence dissent, even as they accelerate the reopening of the economy.

Australia’s largest airline Qantas axes 6,000 jobs to slash costs
2 July 2020
Like its competitors internationally, Qantas is seizing on the COVID-19 pandemic to carry out a further pro-business restructuring of its operations.

Australian government unveils military boost aimed against China
1 July 2020
Over the next decade, $575 billion will be spent on the armed forces, including an expanded $270 billion military hardware buildup, featuring “long-range strike capabilities.”

Australian state government locks down Melbourne working class suburbs
1 July 2020
While measures are required to contain the coronavirus, the lockdown will disproportionately affect workers, the unemployed and the poor.

Australian cancer testing declines during coronavirus pandemic
1 July 2020
The lack of personal protective equipment in hospitals and shortages of masks, gloves and sanitiser available to the public have forced many people to put off appointments.

Australian court backs secret trial on East Timor bugging exposure
30 June 2020
The closed-door proceedings seek to protect the entire network of spy agencies involved in the escalating US confrontation with China.

Australian COVID-19 surge continues in Victoria
30 June 2020
Almost 300 coronavirus cases have been detected in the state over the past seven days.

Legal settlement lets Australian military off the hook over PFAS pollution
29 June 2020
The settlement will see victims share just $126 million of a $212 million payout and releases the Defence Department from any further claim over financial loss.

Australian paper mill workers locked out as company moves to slash wages
29 June 2020
The company wants a two-tier wage system, with 15 percent lower pay rates for new employees.

Australian Labor Party intent on ousting MP from parliament over “Chinese agent” claims
29 June 2020
Labor wants to remove Shaoquett Moselmane despite his denunciation of his “political lynching.”

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
27 June 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

The 1985–86 split with the WRP and the renaissance of Marxism
27 June 2020
The split ranks among the most crucial strategic experiences of the Trotskyist movement and the international working class.

Australia’s US-backed anti-China witch hunt escalates with raid on MP’s home
27 June 2020
The operation is another step towards branding anyone who challenges Australia's involvement in the US offensive against Beijing as a “foreign agent.”

Australian military deployed in Melbourne as COVID-19 infection rate surges
26 June 2020
The daily rate of new cases in Victoria is at its highest since early April.