Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
28 March 2020
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Strong response to Nick Beams’ IYSSE (Australia) online lecture on coronavirus pandemic
28 March 2020
The refusal of governments to take the necessary measures to address the pandemic, Beams stated, was inextricably tied to the systematic social attacks on the working class.

Australian medical workers speak on the growing crisis in the health system
28 March 2020
Health workers are increasingly being forced to source their own supplies to ensure they and their colleagues have masks, goggles, gowns and gloves.

Australian governments reject calls for lockdown despite rising COVID-19 danger
28 March 2020
The “national cabinet” is determined to keep as many workers as possible on the job in order to shore up corporate profits.

Australian unions and employers demand workers stay on building sites despite pandemic
27 March 2020
The unions are determined to utilise the coronavirus crisis to prove themselves indispensible to big business.

Australia’s imprisoned refugees plead for release as coronavirus risk increases
27 March 2020
Detainees have protested at being held “in a potential death trap in which we have no option or means to protect ourselves.”

Australian school system in chaos after coronavirus semi-closures
27 March 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s insistence that schools remain open as usual reflected economic, not health, considerations.

Australia unprepared for surge as coronavirus infections, fatalities mount
26 March 2020
Even before a dramatic spike in hospitalisations, there are shortages of protective masks and other essential equipment.

The wealth of Australia’s richest 250 soars to $377 billion
26 March 2020
According to the Murdoch media magazine, the number of billionaires has more than trebled in two years, from 33 to 117.

Latest Australian COVID-19 measures driven by concern about profits, not health
25 March 2020
Prime Minister Morrison channeled Donald Trump and insisted on keeping “the economy” going, regardless of the mounting danger to the health and lives of millions of people.

Australia: Coronavirus cancellations decimate live performance industry
24 March 2020
Tens of thousands of performers are facing an indeterminate period without work.

Great Depression-like mass jobless queues across Australia
24 March 2020
Showing the contempt of governments, lines of up to 200 metres snake around entire city and suburban blocks.

Australian state of Victoria shuts down school system, other states remain open
23 March 2020
The chaotic situation reflects the wider disarray and criminal neglect in the ruling elite’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Australian teachers and school workers speak out on dangerous working conditions amid pandemic
23 March 2020
One teacher said: “We should not be expected to work in these unsafe conditions and students should not be expected to go to school either.”

“Four Corners” program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
23 March 2020
The actions revealed in the program, including the execution of unarmed civilians, have doubtless been known by successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike.

COVID-19 health disaster and political crisis intensify in Australia
23 March 2020
Yesterday the soaring rate of infections triggered an open rift in the self-styled “national cabinet” and forced governments into partial economic shutdowns.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
21 March 2020
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An interview with an Australian school teacher fearing coronavirus exposure
21 March 2020
The teacher’s situation underscores the urgency of the Committee for Public Education’s demand for the immediate closure of schools and for teachers to form Action Committees.

Australian governments refuse to close schools over COVID-19
21 March 2020
Schools are being kept open, at the expense of public health, in order to minimise disruption to corporate profit-making.

Australian government continues to imprison Tamil refugee family
20 March 2020
Despite legal challenges and widespread opposition, the government remains determined to deport the family to Sri Lanka.

Qantas spearheads mass layoffs in Australia as pandemic worsens
20 March 2020
The federal and state governments are handing billions of dollars to the banks and corporate elite as they unleash massive job losses.

Doctors condemn Australian government’s refusal to defend Julian Assange
19 March 2020
Doctors4Assange has restated its demand that the Australian government immediately fulfil its obligations to Assange, under conditions in which his life is imperilled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian doctors condemn government response to COVID-19 “disaster”
19 March 2020
Letters, signed by thousands of doctors, warn that a catastrophe “worse” than Italy’s can only be averted by a lockdown and the urgent pouring of resources into hospitals.

Australian government to use “foreign interference” laws against China-linked targets
18 March 2020
Under US pressure, the Morrison government is making Chinese people the initial victims of the legislation, to help create the conditions to more broadly outlaw anti-war and anti-government political

Australian workers face mass job cuts amid coronavirus crisis
18 March 2020
Millions of workers, especially those employed on a casual basis, face financial ruin amid the collapse of the airline, hospitality and tourism sectors.

Close Australian schools to stave off coronavirus! Form action committees of teachers and school staff!
18 March 2020
The Committee for Public Education insists that in the face of a public health emergency, the voices of teachers and education workers must be heard!

Australia: Queensland coroner finds Ardent Leisure culpable for Dreamworld theme park deaths
17 March 2020
The coronial report demonstrated that the four tragic deaths in 2016 were the result of the subordination of customers’ safety to the pursuit of profit.

Australian governments invoke emergency powers amid COVID-19 disaster
17 March 2020
These laws contain powers only previously used in wartime, such as arbitrarily detaining, imprisoning or imposing massive fines on people, to be imposed now in the name of protecting public health.

Health official warns that 150,000 Australians could die in coronavirus pandemic
17 March 2020
Many of these people will die as a direct result of the failure of the governments, both federal and state, to take the urgently needed action and allocate the necessary medical resources.

Australian universities exploit COVID-19 crisis to cut jobs and courses
16 March 2020
The University of Tasmania last week announced the elimination of about three-quarters of its course offerings by next year.

Australian medical official warns coronavirus could infect 1.5 million in NSW
14 March 2020
Doctors have warned that as the pandemic spreads, they may be unable to treat critically-ill patients due to hospital bed shortages.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
14 March 2020
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Australia: Melbourne teachers vote to defend Assange and Manning
14 March 2020
The important stand taken by the teachers should be followed by employees at every workplace and industry around the world.

Growing opposition to company-union attacks at Qantas Australia
13 March 2020
The attempt by Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar to slash the conditions of pilots and ground crews is part of a global onslaught against airline workers.

Australian government hands billions to business as coronavirus worsens economic slump
13 March 2020
Within hours, Morrison’s “stimulus” package was swamped by the deteriorating economic news from around the world and share prices plunged.

Australian health professionals speak on lack of preparation for coronavirus pandemic
12 March 2020
“There is a perception that the government does not care about the interests and safety of healthcare workers, and trust in authorities is low.”

Negligent Australian government response threatens widespread Covid-19 infection
11 March 2020
The great risk is that the virus is spreading, largely unknown and unchecked, via transmission within Australia—as took place in Italy and elsewhere.

Australian PM makes a desperate pitch to avert economic disaster
10 March 2020
Morrison’s speech shows that his main concern is to protect corporate profits and prop up his discredited government, not protect people from the coronavirus.

Murdoch’s News Corp shuts down Australian Associated Press
9 March 2020
Australia already has one of the most monopolised media industries in the world, with Murdoch publications comprising more than 70 percent of all newspapers sold.

Australian government moves to boost data-swapping with US spy network
9 March 2020
These developments underscore the fear in ruling circles that working people worldwide use encrypted messages to discuss and organise free of government eaves-dropping.

Australia: “Teachers for Assange and Manning” campaign in Melbourne
7 March 2020
The active intervention of teachers and education support staff is just one indication of the growing concern among millions of people that Assange’s persecution has immense implications.

Australian Labor MP feigns concern over US extradition of Julian Assange
7 March 2020
Penny Wong did not differ with government representatives, who explicitly endorsed the British judiciary’s brutal attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights.

As anger mounts over Assange’s persecution, former foreign minister Carr calls for moral appeals to Australian government
6 March 2020
Veteran Labor leader Bob Carr is attempting to divert the growing movement for the release of Assange into dead-end appeals to the Australian parliament.

Local transmission of coronavirus increasing in Australia
6 March 2020
Frustration and anger are rising over the lack of pre-emptive action by federal and state governments.

Workers to pay the price as Australia joins global slide into recession
5 March 2020
The Covid-19 disaster has not yet resulted in large-scale sickness in Australia, but major companies are already unveiling job cuts due to the global impact on production, trade and travel.

Australian parliamentary parties endorse British show trial of Julian Assange
5 March 2020
As Assange faced a legal travesty, government ministers declared their faith in British “due process,” while the Labor Party maintained its silence.

Australian government revives plan for internal electronic surveillance
4 March 2020
Under the guise of combatting on-line paedophilia, the Australian Signals Directorate is to be handed domestic spying powers.

Australia’s health system could be overwhelmed by large-scale coronavirus outbreak
4 March 2020
Federal and state governments plan repressive measures to forcibly quarantine people and curtail public gatherings.

Australia: Tram drivers’ union attempts to impose sellout agreement
3 March 2020
Tram workers ought to vote “no” to the proposed agreement, which undercuts their real wages and conditions.

Brisbane rally calls for freedom for Assange and Manning
2 March 2020
Participants applauded and cheered the speakers as they denounced the Australian government’s complicity in the abuses of Assange’s basic legal rights.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
29 February 2020
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Access to disability funding for Australian children depends on wealth
29 February 2020
Children in poorer suburbs can wait hundreds of days for essential support services.

Australian spy chief reveals fascistic networks, but minister attacks “left-wing lunatics”
28 February 2020
Dutton’s response shows that the real target of the government and the state apparatus is left-wing and socialist organisations, not violent, far-right groups.

Australia: Workers and youth call for intensification of Assange and Manning defence campaign
28 February 2020
Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.

Australian bushfire inquiry: Damage-control, cover-up and a push for military powers
27 February 2020
The central purpose of the royal commission is to absolve the federal and state governments of responsibility for the disaster, and to introduce unprecedented national emergency powers.

Persecuted journalist Assange handcuffed, stripped naked on first day of extradition trial
26 February 2020
As proceedings were due to begin, a court official told WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson that he was barred from the public gallery.

Rally and march in Melbourne, Australia demands freedom for Julian Assange
25 February 2020
Many people in the city centre expressed support for the march as it passed, with some joining the demonstration.

Waiting times for aged care in Australia quadruple over past decade
25 February 2020
Such is the contempt of the ruling elite for the working class that many elderly people have died while waiting for a home care package.

Two train drivers killed in derailment on Australia’s main interstate line
25 February 2020
Drivers have complained for decades about poor track quality on the Melbourne to Sydney line, resulting in rough riding, mud holes and speed restrictions.

Australian and New Zealand demonstrations demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder and US whistleblower
24 February 2020
The weekend rallies point to growing international support for Assange and Manning and a deeper political understanding and determination to fight by important layers of students, workers and youth.

Australian government expands northern air base for US military use against China
24 February 2020
Echoing Pentagon terminology, Prime Minister Morrison declared the Tindal base was the “sharp end of the spear.”

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
22 February 2020
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“Robodebt” assault on Australian welfare recipients deliberately targeted the vulnerable
22 February 2020
The government knew the scheme was illegal long before it conceded that was the case in the Federal Court last November.

UK Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell visits Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison
21 February 2020
McDonnell described the Assange case as “one of the most important and significant political trials of this generation,” but made clear that his party will do nothing to mobilise the immense popul

Qantas threatens to replace pilots with outside crews
21 February 2020
Qantas has issued an ultimatum to its long-haul pilots, while its low-cost Jetstar airline confronts its pilots and ground crews.

Veteran “Four Corners” journalist Andrew Fowler denounces Australian government’s refusal to defend Assange
21 February 2020
“The persecution of Assange is an attack on anyone who speaks out against the power and authority of the United States. It is a warning to every journalist: ‘Pull your head in. Shut up. Don’t qu

Australia: Students and workers demand release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
20 February 2020
“Trillions are spent on war, which creates refugees, kills children and workers, but the people who make these wars happen are roaming free whilst Assange is being murdered by the state.”

East Timor’s coalition government collapses
20 February 2020
East Timor’s political and economic crisis is escalating amid the sharpened regional rivalry between China and the US and its ally Australia.

Labor Party leads Australian attack on British government over Huawei
20 February 2020
The line-up behind the US confrontation with China sheds further light on the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Australian MPs visit Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison
19 February 2020
Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen said they agreed with UN official Nils Melzer’s assessment that Assange is the victim of psychological torture.

Australian universities slash jobs in response to coronavirus travel ban impact
18 February 2020
As well as students having their lives and futures severely disrupted, thousands of casual academics are having their hours slashed.

Australian court backs police raids on journalists
18 February 2020
The ruling highlights the driving forces behind the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Australian media maintains an unconscionable blackout on the case of Julian Assange
17 February 2020
Meetings should be convened by the staff of every media organisation and resolutions adopted opposing Assange’s extradition and insisting that his case is accurately and honestly reported.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
15 February 2020
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John Pilger’s The Dirty War on the National Health Service screening on Australia’s SBS this Sunday
15 February 2020
The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.

Major Australian bushfires finally extinguished by torrential rain
15 February 2020
Insurers have declared Australia’s sixth catastrophe in five months as storms batter the east coast and cause major flooding.

SEP builds support for Free Assange and Manning rallies in Australia
14 February 2020
Members and supporters of the SEP and its youth movement, the IYSSE, have been campaigning in working-class suburbs, at workplaces and university campuses.

Petition for Assange’s freedom tabled again in Australian parliament
13 February 2020
Despite the powerful public support and strongly expressed sentiments of the petition, its tabling received virtually no coverage in the corporate media.

Rank-and-file teachers in Sydney adopt resolution defending Assange and Manning
12 February 2020
The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.

Recession warnings fuel political instability in Australia
12 February 2020
The bushfire and coronavirus disasters have had an enormous economic and social impact.

Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
11 February 2020
“Everyone who recognises the need, before it is too late, to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies.”

Australian pseudo-left seeks to cover up its abandonment of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
10 February 2020
Socialist Alternative’s article, “The betrayal of Julian Assange,” is a crude attempt to cover up its own role in the “betrayal” of the WikiLeaks publisher.

Further slush fund revelations intensify political crisis in Australia
10 February 2020
The continuing revelations further call into question the legitimacy of the Coalition government’s narrow election win.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
8 February 2020
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Australia: Federal Court grants DP World ban on further industrial action by maritime workers
8 February 2020
DP World Australia has obtained an interim injunction by the Australian Federal Court that imposes a month-long ban on further industrial action by 1,800 workers employed at its container terminals.

Australia: Balmoral fire captain labels government response a “national disgrace”
8 February 2020
Balmoral residents are becoming frustrated by the lack of promised assistance for the urgent tasks of clearing dangerous trees and providing clean water.

Australian coronavirus travel ban blocks thousands of Chinese students
8 February 2020
The blanket ban by the Morrison government affects any foreign national trying to enter Australia from mainland China.

New Australian Greens leader makes a “left” pitch to young people
7 February 2020
By installing Bandt as leader, the Greens MPs demonstrated their concern over the mounting political disaffection.

Interview with international model Andreja Pejic: “I think standing behind Assange and Manning is where we should all be”
7 February 2020
The WSWS spoke with Andreja Pejic about the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and broader political issues.

Labor Party props up Australian government in political crisis
6 February 2020
Labor leader Anthony Albanese appealed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to improve his performance and work more closely with the Labor Party.

Take up the fight for international socialism! Join the IYSSE!
5 February 2020
One month into 2020, the crisis of capitalism threatens youth with the danger of nuclear war, authoritarianism, climate catastrophe and worsening inequality. International socialism is the answer.

Australian government intensifies punitive drive against welfare recipients
5 February 2020
Before even paying back the money wrongly taken from some of society’s most vulnerable people via the “robo-debt” system, the government is moving to punish them again.

Australia: New South Wales public school teachers continue to express outrage over union betrayal
4 February 2020
Since school autonomy was introduced in 2012, casual or contract employment of teachers in NSW has soared by 40 percent.

Rising “under-employment” fuels discontent in Australia
4 February 2020
In working-class areas, young people and other workers are being pushed increasingly into the “gig economy” of casualised, temporary and part-time employment.

Australian political establishment once again in turmoil
4 February 2020
The day before parliament resumed for 2020, the leaders of three parties either stepped down or had their position challenged.

Australia: Bushfire survivors point to lack of funding for firefighters and recovery effort
3 February 2020
Residents from New South Wales’ South Coast and Blue Mountains areas praise volunteers, and describe the struggle to rebuild after the fires.

Australian PM compels minister to resign over sports grants pork-barrelling
3 February 2020
Morrison’s removal of McKenzie will intensify the turmoil within the increasingly discredited government and the entire political establishment.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
1 February 2020
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Australia’s fire crisis continues while flash floods hammer northern Queensland
1 February 2020
Australia’s catastrophic summer escalates, with heavy rain in the north and bushfires in the south.

Tram drivers’ strike and protest in Melbourne, Australia
31 January 2020
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has done everything within its power to isolate the workers and subordinate them to both the state Labor government and the antidemocratic Fair Work industrial regime.