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Smoke haze from Australian bushfires pose serious public health threat
18 January 2020
The fine particulates in smoke from fires has been known to contain a toxic mix of chemicals that are a concern to public health.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
18 January 2020
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Australian Labor Party closes ranks with Morrison government in bushfire crisis
18 January 2020
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has largely refrained from criticising the inadequate government response on the grounds of ensuring “national unity.”

Australia: Balmoral firefighters say they were “abandoned” and demand better resources
17 January 2020
“Governments are definitely not looking after us—there’s too many hidden agendas—and things are not being done to make sure we’ve got adequate power or water.”

Australian fires leave tens of thousands in financial hardship and stress
17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.

Australia: NSW bushfire victims condemn inadequate planning and government responses
16 January 2020
“Volunteers are dwindling in numbers and the average age is increasing. You can’t go flogging these people for 11 weeks of fire fighting.”

Australian bushfire crisis highlights sweeping emergency powers
16 January 2020
By proclaiming “emergencies,” state governments can override any law in order to suppress rising social unrest.

Australia: Mount Druitt residents respond to police attacks on OneFour drill rap group
15 January 2020
“The coppers are the government’s gang. The police do get funded a lot more than any other service in this area.”

The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state
15 January 2020
The political and legal attack on Assange represents a qualitative intensification of the destruction of core rights and, indeed, on legality itself as the mode of bourgeois rule.

Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”

Australian Greens bogus posturing on bushfire crisis
14 January 2020
The Greens are seeking to reprise their role as junior partners in a Labor-led government that would do nothing to resolve the environmental or social crisis.

Australia’s Pine Gap spy base likely involved in the assassination of Qassem Suleimani
14 January 2020
No-one within the Australian media and political establishment has raised the question as to whether the Pine Gap spy base in central Australia played a role in the killing.

Australian PM declares “new normal” of climate disasters
13 January 2020
Morrison’s performance was a desperate attempt at political damage control, combined with an effort to exploit the bushfire disaster to boost the “emergency” powers of the armed forces.

Archives Australia suppresses documents detailing Papua New Guinea intervention
13 January 2020
The suppressed documents will contain further damning evidence of Canberra’s 1997 destabilisation operations in its former colony.

Australia: Gospers Mountain fire survivors denounce government cuts in firefighting and bush management
13 January 2020
One resident stated “With regards to government policy, it’s all about the bottom line. It’s all about money.”

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
11 January 2020
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US and Australia ready another “regime-change” operation in Solomon Islands
11 January 2020
American and Australian officials had exerted considerable efforts to dissuade Sogavare from aligning with China, and reacted with fury to his diplomatic switch away from Taiwan.

Mass climate change rallies held amid Australian bushfire emergency
11 January 2020
One protester, whose family has been hit by the fires, said: “The rich and those in power have their own houses, their own air conditioners. They can fly away to Hawaii. They’re not impacted.”

The Australian fire crisis and the necessity for socialism
11 January 2020
That the Australian prime minister denied any link between the fires and global warming epitomises the organic incapacity of the ruling classes internationally to address, let alone resolve, the clima

Teachers condemn union’s sell-out agreement in New South Wales
10 January 2020
The New South Wales Teachers Federation held anti-democratic mass meetings last month, which did nothing to resolve the pay and workload crisis facing teachers.

Australia: Victim of East Gippsland bushfire voices anger over government negligence
10 January 2020
“The amount of money they spend on submarines and fighter planes. It should be spent on internal water bombers and resources.”

Widespread opposition among South Australian teachers to union-government sell-out agreement
9 January 2020
The AEU claims that the government’s offer was passed by a narrow margin of 54–46 percent.

Australian bushfire victims speak-out: “What is our government doing at the moment?”
9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking po

Inadequate government relief for Australian bushfire victims
9 January 2020
With his government under siege, Prime Minister Morrison announced that $2 billion in assistance will be provided over the next two years.

Australian government backs US provocations against Iran
8 January 2020
Government representatives responded to the illegal US assassination of General Suleimani by expressing “concern” over “Iran’s behaviour” and insisting Australian troops remain in Iraq.

Australian bushfire catastrophe exposes the contempt of the ruling elites for working people
8 January 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.

Australia: Surveys reveal majority of former car workers unable to find decent jobs
7 January 2020
Former centres of car production, such as Elizabeth in Adelaide and Broadmeadows in Melbourne, have been left mired in social crisis.

After another weekend of devastation, Australia faces weeks more of unprecedented fires
6 January 2020
A discernable shift is underway in how masses of people view the political parties and institutions that have downplayed or denied the reality of climate change.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
4 January 2020
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Ex-Australian foreign minister calls for release of Julian Assange to halt damage to US alliance
4 January 2020
Carr’s statement is, first of all, a symptom of the alarm within the ruling class about the mounting popular demand for the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.

Australia: Climate change and the bushfire crisis
4 January 2020
“Long-term climate change in Australia is an undeniable reality.”

Ruling class bereft of answers while catastrophic fires escalate across Australia
4 January 2020
The criminal indifference of the Australian ruling elite to the threat of climate change has its parallels around the world.

“Robodebt” regime continues to inflict suffering on Australian welfare recipients
3 January 2020
The issuing of automated debt letters has been a calculated means of slashing social spending.

As Australia burns, anger turns on climate change-denying Prime Minister Morrison
3 January 2020
Morrison’s reception in the town of Cobargo was only one indication of the outrage that exists toward federal and state governments.

Australian Labor and Liberal ministers agree on further regressive education measures
31 December 2019
The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration subordinates education policy even more explicitly to the demands of the largest corporations for a trained and readily exploited workforce.

Australia: Legal report documents “unlawful” police response to Melbourne climate protest
31 December 2019
The 45-page report exposes the increasingly repressive measures being employed by police around Australia against political dissent.

Fires create hellish conditions across Australia
31 December 2019
An unprecedented mass evacuation order for an area half the size of Belgium gave tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers just hours to pack up and leave.

Australia: Julian Assange support group formed in Alice Springs
30 December 2019
The central Australian group points to the sort of formations workers and youth around the world need to establish in order to secure the release of Assange and Manning.

Worsening Australian fires pose the need for urgent action on climate change
30 December 2019
No region or nation-state on the planet is immune to the impact of climate change.

Australian mental health report highlights a systemic crisis
28 December 2019
Patients, carers and medical staff “are being traumatised by an under-resourced system.”

Police shut down “drill rap” group’s Australian tour
27 December 2019
Despite the censorship, Onefour, whose music references life in impoverished neigbourhoods, has amassed a significant following online.

Journalist Peter Hartcher and the anti-China campaign in Australia
24 December 2019
Hartcher’s essay in the Quarterly Essay is textbook propaganda for war. It seeks to cultivate nationalist fear and even paranoia about the intended enemy—China.

Australian police begin “foreign interference” raids
24 December 2019
The Weekend Australian’s “exclusive” story signals an offensive by the police and intelligence agencies to carry out the first prosecutions under draconian “foreign interference” la

As Australian Labor Party embraces big business, Greens plead for new partnership
23 December 2019
Senator Di Natale publicly telegraphed the Greens’ hopes of forming a coalition government with Labor.

Australia: Toxic air from bushfires rated a “public health emergency”
23 December 2019
Health professionals have called on governments to take action amid record levels of bushfire haze in towns and cities.

Australian fires bring growing global climate crisis into stark relief
23 December 2019
The catastrophic fires in Australia follow blazes that have engulfed large areas of California, Siberia, Borneo and the Amazon.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
21 December 2019
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Australia: Lauded military veteran subject of second police investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan
21 December 2019
The special forces were used for some of the most brutal aspects of the war, particularly hunting down and capturing or killing alleged Taliban resistance fighters.

Inequality and falling living standards fuel political “fragility” in Australia
21 December 2019
The financial elite’s enrichment has occurred at the direct expense of the wages, working conditions and social services of the working class.

Bush fires claim lives and property as Australia endures hottest days in recorded history
20 December 2019
The development of catastrophic conditions has been predicted and warned about for years.

Australia: New South Wales residents speak out on bushfire crisis
19 December 2019
“I’m more than certain that the Australian government has money to purchase planes to fight the fires, instead of wasting money on military jets and military equipment.”

Australia: Melbourne train and tram workers isolated by trade unions
19 December 2019
The union has organised nothing but token industrial action, while keeping workers in the dark and subordinating them to draconian Fair Work industrial laws.

Growing demands for Australian government to intervene in defence of Assange
19 December 2019
Labor and the Coalition have not responded to calls that they defend Assange, in keeping with their nine-year involvement in his persecution.

Jetstar Australia pilots and airline workers strike over wages and conditions
18 December 2019
The stoppages are part of a global wave of opposition by airline workers to cost-cutting.

Brisbane forum calls for broad support for Assange and Manning
18 December 2019
The resolution adopted by the forum focussed on the need to take the defence of the WikiLeaks founder out to the working class globally.

Severe heatwave set to worsen Australia’s bushfire emergency
18 December 2019
Already exhausted firefighters are preparing to face horror weather conditions this week.

Powerful response to call for stepped-up fight to free Assange and Manning at SEP (Australia) meeting
17 December 2019
The speakers stressed that the upsurge of support for Assange and Manning was inseparable from the growth of the class struggle internationally.

Australian budget report points to impact of globally-driven slump
17 December 2019
The government drastically cut its forecasts for economic growth and tax revenues, as well as for wages.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
14 December 2019
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Report highlights social crisis confronting Australian youth on welfare
14 December 2019
Hundreds of thousands of working-class youth and students confront soaring housing and utility costs, and a deepening jobs crisis.

Australian voters’ trust in political system falls to historic low
14 December 2019
People are drawing conclusions from decades of bitter experiences under successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.

Australia: Thousands attend climate change rally in Sydney
13 December 2019
While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.

Australia: Governments, unions responsible for spate of deaths in Queensland mining industry
12 December 2019
The dangerous conditions are a result of the gutting of safety measures and the wholesale destruction of full-time employment throughout the sector.

Australia: Workers stop work in response to hazardous air conditions
11 December 2019
Air quality in Sydney yesterday registered over 11 times the official “hazardous level” due to smoke blowing in from bushfires in surrounding areas.

Worker killed in horrendous incident on Sydney construction site
10 December 2019
The latest tragic death brings the number of fatalities in the sector for 2019 to 22.

Australian doctor condemns Britain’s denial of adequate medical care to Julian Assange
10 December 2019
Dr Chesterfield-Evans said that prior to the Assange case, he had “never seen governments completely wipe their hands of an individual, lock people up and refuse to give them medical treatment.”

Appreciative audience at Australian launch of Why Are They Back?
10 December 2019
The Sydney event probed the political climate behind the re-emergence of fascism and militarism in Germany and internationally.

Australian economy remains in slump as trade tensions mount
10 December 2019
Corporate profits and share prices have soared in 2019, but at the expense of falling real wages and rising unemployment.

Youth demonstrating in Australia speak out against climate change and war
9 December 2019
Students attended climate change protests in major cities in solidarity with rallies organised globally on November 29.

Australian PM defends secret “national security” trials
9 December 2019
Morrison’s statement is further evidence of the creation of a police-state framework, overturning the fundamental democratic principle of public jury trials.

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks at Melbourne forum in defence of Assange
7 December 2019
In an indication of growing support for Assange, the forum was attended by over 100 people and addressed by two prominent lawyers and an academic.

Australian cities bathed in smoke from hundreds of bushfires
7 December 2019
Fires in four states have destroyed homes and caused hazardous air pollution.

Australian governments reject calls for removal of armed police from Aboriginal settlements
7 December 2019
With about 30 percent of its population being indigenous, the Northern Territory is Australia’s most heavily-policed state or territory.

Meeting of Australian teachers passes resolutions in defence of Julian Assange
6 December 2019
The teachers have taken an important stand which points the way forward for other educators, and for all sections of the working class, in the fight for democratic rights and against the persecution o

Australian teenagers call for support for Julian Assange
5 December 2019
“The only way to help Assange is a mass of people having his back and supporting him so that they have to release him because the people are against it.”

Australian media’s “Chinese spy defection” story unravels
5 December 2019
The collapse of Wang Liqiang’s story, and the revelation that he is most likely “the spy who wasn’t,” is an object lesson in the fraudulent character of the entire anti-China campaign.

Australian coronial inquiry clears prison officers in death of young Aboriginal man
4 December 2019
References to the need for “greater training” are aimed at covering up the systemic character of state violence against working class, poor and indigenous people thrown into the prison system.

Australian government launches “foreign interference” taskforce
4 December 2019
The announcement was clearly made to meet demands in the ruling circles for prosecutions under the draconian “foreign interference” laws pushed through parliament last year.

Australia: Vote ‘no’ to the NSWTF salaries agreement! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education
4 December 2019
The NSW Teachers Federation is seeking to split and isolate teachers as they meet at hundreds of different venues across the state to hear details of the latest award.

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson addresses the Australian press club
4 December 2019
Hrafnsson said Assange’s “rendition” was not taking place “with a sack over the head and an orange jumpsuit, but with the enabling of the UK legal system and with the apparent support of the A

Australia: Ongoing health fallout from 2018 toxic chemical blaze
3 December 2019
Firefighters and residents are continuing to suffer ill effects from the huge fire in Melbourne’s West Footscray.

Central Australian residents speak out in defence of Julian Assange
2 December 2019
“Assange is a journalist, he’s done nothing wrong and we need to get him back to Australia. There should be marches, rallies, protests and that sort of thing everywhere.”

SEP meeting in Alice Springs demands freedom for Assange and Manning
2 December 2019
“Something inside me told me that I had to do everything to defend Assange… It was going to be one of those life-defining moments for me”—Margaret Richardson

Australian government defeat on “integrity” bill points to underlying political crisis
2 December 2019
The bill’s rejection has left the government’s agenda in tatters, just six months after it barely scraped back into office at the May 18 election.

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

Groundswell of support for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange
30 November 2019
The surge of support for Assange is a welcome blow to the conspiracy of silence surrounding his persecution, enforced by governments, establishment parties and the corporate media around the world.

Australian bank chief resigns over money laundering charges
30 November 2019
This latest scandal does not directly involve cheating customers, but centres on allegations of evading official transaction-tracking measures.

Low wage rises in Australia “become the new normal”
29 November 2019
A survey conducted by the accounting and financial firm PwC has found that 13 percent of the Australian workforce is being underpaid.

Australia: Queensland parliament forum reflects growing support for Assange
29 November 2019
While largely focussed on lobbying parliamentarians, the meeting gave expression to the deep-felt concern of working class and professional people over the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder.

Australian Labor Party shuts down parliamentary discussion on Assange
29 November 2019
It is a glaring exposure of the thoroughly rotten character of the Labor Party that, on the issue of Assange, it is well to the right of Joyce, a conservative nationalist and populist.

Australian establishment’s anti-China campaign goes into overdrive
28 November 2019
There is little doubt that the anti-China barrage in Australia is the result of consultations with, and substantial pressure from, the US military and intelligence establishment.

Christoph Vandreier and David North to speak at Sydney Gleebooks launch of Why Are They Back?
27 November 2019
Vandreier’s and North’s discussion will focus on the historical lessons that must be learned in order to build a mass working class movement capable of preventing the disaster of Nazism from takin

A secret trial in Canberra points to extent of Australia’s police-state powers
27 November 2019
All details of the man’s prosecution and imprisonment, even the very existence of the case, have been suppressed by undisclosed gag orders.

Australian PM rejects Pamela Anderson’s appeal that his government defend Assange
27 November 2019
The refusal of the Coalition and Labor to uphold Assange’s rights as an Australian citizen is inextricably tied to their support for the US alliance and their own turn to police state measures.

Attendees at meetings in Australia and NZ support campaign for release of Assange and Manning
26 November 2019
“What’s happening to Julian Assange affects us all. He has told the truth and he has exposed the war criminals and that’s why the US wants him.”

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand pass resolutions demanding freedom of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
26 November 2019
The meetings on the weekend took place just days after Swedish prosecutors had abandoned—for the third time—their “preliminary investigation” into the false allegations that Assange had commit

Australian media and intelligence agencies reveal “Chinese spy” defection
26 November 2019
Despite the implausible character of many of the defector’s claims, they have been presented uncritically by media outlets seeking to bolster the escalating and protracted campaign against supposed

Resolution: Stop the US extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange! Free Assange and Manning!
26 November 2019
The following resolution was unanimously adopted by a meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party in Sydney last November 24. Similar resolutions were passed at events in Brisbane, Alice Springs an

Australian Labor Party leader steps up pitch to big business
25 November 2019
Albanese lauded the Labor governments of the 1980s and 1990s for their pro-market restructuring, and committed Labor to implementing the next wave of such “reform.”

Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson addresses public meetings in Australia
25 November 2019
Robinson warned that the US attempt to prosecute Assange for publishing the truth was setting a “terrifying precedent” for all journalists and media organisations.