Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Australian government beset by turmoil
6 March 2017
The future of the Turnbull government is being increasingly called into question, reflecting a protracted crisis of the political establishment.

Australian government flags “foreign policy reset” in response to Trump
4 March 2017
The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.

Discontent and political volatility dominate Western Australian election
4 March 2017
Because of Labor’s pro-business record, the WA election has become a testing ground for Pauline Hanson’s anti-immigrant One Nation party.

Australian growth up but wages fall
3 March 2017
Australia’s gross domestic product rose by 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter but there are doubts such growth can be sustained.

Australian unions and Labor Party launch bogus campaign over penalty rate cuts
2 March 2017
The Labor politicians and trade union bureaucrats are the ones most responsible for this historic cut in penalty rates.

Rifts tearing Australian government apart
1 March 2017
The political brawling points to the immense popular disaffection with both the main establishment parties, the ruling Liberal-National Coalition and Labor.

Australian union pushes through pay cut at paper mill
28 February 2017
The CFMEU did everything it could to bully the workforce into accepting a 5 percent pay cut and the establishment of a two-tier wage system.

Australia: SEP meetings discuss Trump, war and the political tasks facing workers and youth
28 February 2017
The meetings attracted university students, workers, professionals and retirees seeking in-depth discussion about the Trump presidency and the dangerous shift in world politics.

SEP meeting attendees speak on Trump and the threat of war
28 February 2017
Workers and young people who attended the meetings spoke about the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the developing political radicalization in the US and internationally, and the need for a socialist mo

Netanyahu receives effusive official welcome in Australia
27 February 2017
The Australian government and financial elite feted Netanyahu, whose government is accelerating illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Australian youth pushed into unpaid “work experience”
27 February 2017
Almost 60 percent of young people have been compelled to do unpaid labour, amid mounting unemployment and job insecurity.

Ongoing investment plunge in Australia
25 February 2017
The slump has serious implications for jobs, economic growth and the government’s large budget deficit.

Australian industrial tribunal slashes workers’ wages
24 February 2017
Low-paid workers face pay cuts of thousands of dollars a year following the Fair Work Commission’s ruling.

Australian tabloid vilifies Muslim immigrants and welfare recipients
23 February 2017
Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph is witch-hunting Muslim immigrants, claiming that they are “piling on the dole queue.”

Australian governments’ decade-long cultural wrecking operation
22 February 2017
Today, the ruling elites regard genuinely critical and creative voices with suspicion or outright hostility.

Australian state Labor government strengthens draconian anti-association laws
21 February 2017
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is revamping notorious laws that provide sweeping powers to the police and courts under the guise of combatting “bikie gangs.”

The election of Donald Trump, the danger of war and the political tasks facing young people
20 February 2017
As the Australian university year begins, students confront a drastically changed world, where an extreme right-wing administration has come into office in the United States.

Australian stripped of citizenship, setting dangerous precedent
18 February 2017
By targeting Khaled Sharrouf, the government is continuing a pattern of using individuals demonised by the media to set legal precedents that threaten basic democratic rights.

Australian housing among the world’s most unaffordable
17 February 2017
Soaring housing prices are causing widespread financial stress and social hardship, especially for young people.

Australian government faces deep budget crisis
16 February 2017
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly difficult for any government to push through parliament the brutal measures demanded by the corporate elite.

Australian disability workers strike against privatisation
15 February 2017
Union officials sought to divert the widespread anger into impotent appeals to the state Coalition government, while promoting the opposition Labor Party.

Australian government in disarray over vote-swapping deal with One Nation
15 February 2017
The political crisis not only raises the prospect of a split in the federal government but points to the widespread popular disaffection wracking the entire parliamentary establishment.

Australian government uses investment collapse to push Trump-style corporate tax cuts
14 February 2017
Under intense pressure from the financial markets, the Turnbull government is seeking to slash social spending to enable cuts to business taxes.

Australian Paper workers voting on union wage-cutting deal
13 February 2017
The CFMEU is seeking to suppress opposition to the agreement, which cuts wages by 5 percent and creates a new tier of lower-paid workers.

Infrastructure failures exacerbate Australian heatwave conditions
13 February 2017
The February heatwave is among the hottest ever recorded in southeastern Australian cities and towns, where most of the country’s people live.

Australian government reintroduces sweeping welfare cuts
11 February 2017
By resuscitating previously blocked budget cuts, Turnbull’s government is intensifying the assault on welfare entitlements.

Australia to bankroll 2018 APEC summit in Papua New Guinea
10 February 2017
Security and defence analysts claim that if the summit is jeopardised, China will take advantage at the expense of Canberra and Washington.

Australian government welfare staff may strike over pay dispute and “debt recovery”
10 February 2017
The public sector union is seeking to channel workers behind impotent appeals to the government.

Right-wing senator’s defection intensifies rifts in Australian government
9 February 2017
While Bernardi’s split is not, by itself, an immediate threat to the ruling Coalition’s one-seat majority in the lower house, it points to broader processes tearing apart the government.

Pro-Trump Australian senator splits from Coalition government
7 February 2017
In Bernardi’s resignation statement, he highlighted the deepening crisis of the two-party political establishment.

Greens and pseudo-lefts promote Australian nationalism at anti-Trump protests
6 February 2017
While the demonstrators were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees and the rise of militarism, protest organisers called for an “independent” Australian foreign policy.

Australian coalition government faces defections
6 February 2017
The ruling Liberal-National Coalition is riven with divisions on foreign and domestic policy that have only been intensified by the advent of the Trump administration.

Australian protesters speak on war dangers and Trump immigration ban
6 February 2017
Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.

Australian prime minister’s speech points to growing political crisis
4 February 2017
Donald Trump’s election as US president has sent shockwaves through the parliamentary elite and accelerated the global turn to trade war and war.

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”
4 February 2017
Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.

Trump dresses down Australian prime minister
3 February 2017
Trump’s bullying treatment of Turnbull has thrown the Australian government and the media into turmoil.

Australian Greens put forward nationalist trap for anti-Trump sentiment
3 February 2017
The Greens are cynically invoking Trump’s immigration ban to advocate a more “independent” foreign policy for the Australian ruling elite.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation seeks power in Australian states
2 February 2017
Hanson is cynically exploiting the widespread political disaffection with the establishment parties which are responsible for making deep inroads into the living standards of working people.

Recriminations in Australian Greens threaten split
1 February 2017
Sections of the Greens are calling for an anti-establishment posture, in order to prevent the party being bypassed by a developing movement of workers and young people.

Australian prime minister defends Trump’s anti-immigrant bans
31 January 2017
In the face of global outrage over Trump’s measures, Turnbull undertook to strengthen relations with the new US administration.

Australian state Labor government threatens violence against detained youth
31 January 2017
Adult prison guards will be deployed to two youth detention centres as part of a crackdown on alleged child rioters.

Australian college closure highlights sham practices in private education sector
30 January 2017
Profit-making colleges with dubious records have received millions of dollars in public funding under a scheme introduced by the former Labor government.

Human Rights Watch again condemns Australia’s inhuman treatment of refugees
28 January 2017
The HRW report points to the rapidly escalating erosion of basic legal and democratic rights in Australia which continues despite previous such reports.

Industrial court endorses sacking of Australian miners after union betrayal
27 January 2017
The ruling was one of a series of interventions by the Fair Work Commission into industrial disputes that underscore its role as an apparatus of the corporate elite.

Australia: Union hails “cooperation” with Alcoa after government subsidy
26 January 2017
The federal and state handouts will depend on Alcoa and the Australian Workers Union cutting workers’ wages and conditions.

Australian government defies public outcry on welfare debt assault
25 January 2017
Despite leaks of damning information by public sector workers, the Turnbull government is ratchetting up its attack on welfare recipients.

Australia: Parmalat lockout in bid to slash conditions
24 January 2017
The lockout of 65 Parmalat workers is part of a corporate onslaught on the wages and conditions of manufacturing workers nationally.

Australian state government’s “law and order” response to Melbourne car killings
24 January 2017
While unable to connect the Bourke Street incident to the bogus “war on terror,” the Victorian Labor government has used it to prepare far more stringent bail laws.

Anti-Trump demonstrations across Australia
23 January 2017
While the organisers promoted Hillary Clinton and gender politics, many of the attendees voiced concerns about the rise of militarism, the erosion of democratic rights and the growth of the far-right.

Australia: Latrobe Valley residents denounce corporate onslaught
21 January 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to workers about the escalating attacks on jobs and wages, and existing high levels of unemployment and poverty in the region.

Australian state premier’s sudden resignation highlights political instability
21 January 2017
While Mike Baird claimed to be resigning for family reasons, he sent a barbed political message to Prime Minister Turnbull.

Australian government reshuffled again under mounting corporate pressure
20 January 2017
Prime Minister Turnbull’s fourth cabinet reshuffle in 16 months underscores the Liberal-National government’s instability.

Carers cut off services under Australian disability scheme
20 January 2017
Carers of people with a disability are being denied support programs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Australian report highlights collapse of union membership
19 January 2017
The Roy Morgan data shows that membership is lowest among young people and the most impoverished sections of the working class.

Australia: Melbourne homeless speak out against police harassment
18 January 2017
Large contingents of police have used “move on” powers to shift groups of homeless people from busy areas of the city popular with tourists, including Flinders Street station.

Japan and Australia strengthen ties ahead of Trump’s inauguration
17 January 2017
In pursuing aggressive “America First” trade measures, Trump threatens the economic interests not only of China but also of close allies such as Australia and Japan.

Teenager killed on Australian building site
17 January 2017
The tragedy is one of a growing number of fatalities in the construction industry as builders, with union complicity, maximise profits by cutting basic health and safety.

Union seeks to impose wage cuts on Australian Paper workers
17 January 2017
The union and management are invoking the threat of an imminent plant closure to bludgeon workers into accepting the deal.

Report reveals, for the first time, extent of wealth inequality in Australia
16 January 2017
Contrary to the myth of Australia as an egalitarian society, it is among the most unequal industrialised countries in the world.

Former Australian prime minister denounces Trump over China
16 January 2017
Paul Keating stated that a Trump administration threatened to “involve Australia in war with China.”

Australia: Latrobe Valley power workers, residents denounce wage and job cuts
16 January 2017
The latest measures are part of a decades-long assault on energy workers in the Latrobe Valley and nationally with the collaboration of the unions.

Millions of disabled Australians to be denied national insurance support
14 January 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will deny adequate assistance to many in need, even those with severe mental illnesses.

“Left” Greens faction formed in Australia amid growing discontent
14 January 2017
The motivation for the faction’s formation is concern over the fall of support for the Greens.

Industrial court endorses massive pay cuts at Australian power station
13 January 2017
The industrial tribunal’s ruling clears the way for pay cuts of 30–65 percent, a precedent that will be used against other workers.

Pensions cut for 330,000 Australian retirees
13 January 2017
The cuts are the thin edge of the wedge of a far-reaching assault on the democratic right to a secure retirement.

Record climate warming recorded in Australia for 2016
12 January 2017
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology detailed several record-breaking temperature anomalies caused by global climate change.

Australian government agrees to negotiate East Timor maritime border
11 January 2017
The announcement represents a significant tactical shift by Australian imperialism.

Trump and China fears overshadow fragile Australian economy
11 January 2017
Conflict between the US, led by the protectionist Trump, and China, Australian capitalism’s largest export market, could have catastrophic consequences for an already contracting economy.

“Kindy boot camp” enrolments proliferating in Australia
10 January 2017
Increasing numbers of parents are feeling pressured to organise tutoring for their young children in “kindy boot camps” where they undergo structured learning and constant testing.

Australian government intensifies welfare “debt” crackdown
9 January 2017
The government is dispatching thousands of “debt notices” demanding that current and former welfare recipients repay hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars.

Indonesian military suspends “cooperation” with Australia
6 January 2017
The incident sheds light on the deep concerns in the Indonesian military over the prospect of the country becoming embroiled in a confrontation between China and the US.

Job losses continue in Australia amid stalling economic growth
6 January 2017
Mounting levels of unemployment and underemployment underscore the fraud of the government’s claim that its policies would deliver “jobs and growth.”

Disability services privatised and targeted for more cuts in Australia’s public schools
5 January 2017
An already under-funded scheme for providing disability services to public school children in the state of Victoria is to be targeted for further cuts.

Australian state Labor government announces unprecedented police buildup
4 January 2017
An additional 3,100 police officers will be recruited, expanding the size of the force by 20 percent.