Campaign Coverage, News & Analysis

Australian ruling elite again demands premature lifting of pandemic restrictions
31 October 2020
The similar ending of safety measures caused the COVID-19 catastrophes, now engulfing hospitals throughout Europe, the US and many other parts of the world.

More than Cartier watches involved in executive spending scandal at Australia Post
31 October 2020
All sections of the ruling elite are committed to the privatisation of the national postal service and an assault on workers’ jobs, wages and conditions.

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

New report outlines accelerating inequality in Australia, amid rising social distress
30 October 2020
The University of NSW and the Australian Council of Social Services have co-authored a significant report on income wealth and inequality, both before and during the pandemic.

Labor’s health cut plan a warning on eve of Australian state election
30 October 2020
By demanding $1 billion in “savings” by Queensland Health, the Labor Party has pointed to a pandemic-accelerated assault on social spending.

Australian university union runs limited “wage theft” campaign
29 October 2020
The NTEU claims to have been unaware of the level of exploitation and underpayment, especially of casuals.

Australia Post workers speak out: “We don’t have any faith in the unions”
28 October 2020
Two workers voiced support for the formation of rank-and-file committees to fight the union-enforced restructure of Australia Post.

The WSWS and the fight to free political prisoners
28 October 2020
The remarks below were given by Oscar Grenfell, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national committee.

The pandemic has only accelerated the underlying contradictions of capitalism
27 October 2020
The remarks below were given by Cheryl Crisp, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia.

Australian environmental scientists face mounting censorship
27 October 2020
A report found that scientists in the government and private sectors are frequently compelled to modify their research and prevented from publicly-revealing their concerns.

Australian spy agency raises new alarm about foreign “plot”
27 October 2020
This is not the first such lurid allegation by ASIO, accusing China of conspiring to take over Australia.

The Nightingale: Australia’s brutal colonial past exposed
27 October 2020
Jennifer Kent’s film follows Irish convict Clare Carroll through the Tasmanian wilderness in 1825, as she seeks revenge for a terrible act of violence committed against her family.

Australia: New COVID-19 infections follow reopening of Melbourne schools
26 October 2020
The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.

Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful AGM despite anti-democratic measures
24 October 2020
Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.

Mounting evidence of systemic Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
24 October 2020
The atrocities flowed inevitably from the nature of the war—a brutal operation to crush all resistance to the US military occupation of the impoverished country.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
24 October 2020
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Australian universities pseudo-left “network” postpones forum at NTEU’s behest
23 October 2020
The NHEAN is opposed to any action that would threaten the role of the unions that have presided over the destruction of 90,000 university jobs since March.

Australia joins “Quad” military exercises directed against China
22 October 2020
None of the latest announcements explicitly named China as the target, but they flowed from a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the US, India, Japan and Australia on October 6, wh

Australian corporate elite demands lifting of all coronavirus safety restrictions
22 October 2020
A hysterical campaign is underway, insisting that any public health measures are an unacceptable impost on the wealth and profits of the financial aristocracy.

Unions trying to suppress workers’ opposition to pro-business restructure at Australia Post
21 October 2020
The unions are adopting a cynical posture of concern toward workers, while enforcing the “Alternative Delivery Model.”

Australian unions offer to protect employers from “wage theft” penalties
21 October 2020
The agreement would give a green light for companies to continue to underpay workers, a practice that is rampant throughout the country.

Roof deflection warnings ignored before young Australian construction worker killed
20 October 2020
Perth apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn fell 20 metres to his death when the glass roof of a university building under construction collapsed despite concerns raised by other workers of excessive deflection

Queensland state election underscores political instability in Australia
20 October 2020
While focussing on closing the state borders due to COVID-19, Labor is reassuring the corporate elite that a Labor government will meet all its requirements.

Political scandal engulfs premier in Australia’s most populous state
19 October 2020
Behind the Berejiklian affair lies a history of “anti-corruption” inquiries, being used to execute political shifts in the state of New South Wales.

Australian pseudo-left denies fascist danger in US presidential election crisis
19 October 2020
Socialist Alternative is attempting to chloroform the working class, insisting that the American ruling class would never resort to dictatorial rule.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
17 October 2020
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Labor Party helps impose Australian military call-out laws for “emergencies”
16 October 2020
The “emergency” bill can cover civil unrest, industrial action or any other development regarded as a threat to the existing economic and political order.

Australian health union leader pleads guilty to corruption
15 October 2020
While they were imposing poverty-level wages and dire conditions on the workers they falsely claim to represent, several Health Services Union were looting the organisation’s treasury for their own

Australia: New South Wales wage freeze approved by Industrial Relations Commission
14 October 2020
Growing numbers of workers are demanding industrial action while the unions are advocating impotent appeals to big business politicians.

Australian citizens stranded by COVID-19 measures denounce Morrison government
13 October 2020
“The rich are having no trouble circumnavigating the globe because they can still travel first class. It’s no big deal to them. Everyone who flies economy class is stuck and with no chance of gett

Cuts to healthcare system responsible for Victoria’s coronavirus resurgence
13 October 2020
Mass health worker infections are the direct outcome of the gutting of the sector by successive state and federal governments, Labor and Liberal alike.

Poverty to soar after Labor backs Australian budget
12 October 2020
The swift passage of the budget’s key measures demonstrates a close political partnership.

Jobs bloodbath in Australia continues as companies restructure to slash costs
12 October 2020
Employment relations expert warns the end of the JobKeeper scheme will leave workers exposed to a “redundancy bloodbath.”

Australia: Victoria University IYSSE holds successful AGM
12 October 2020
The meeting, attended by students, youth and workers, reviewed some of the lessons of Leon Trotsky’s life and political work.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
10 October 2020
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Australian budget based on shaky foundations
10 October 2020
One of the key assumptions of the Australian budget is that an effective COVID-19 vaccine will be developed and available to the population by the end of 2021.

Deaths of Sydney delivery drivers expose dangerous conditions in the “gig economy”
10 October 2020
The conditions in the sector are the direct result of the destruction of permanent full-time jobs, enforced by the trade unions.

Australian Labor’s budget reply: Bipartisan backing for tax cuts to the rich, austerity for workers
9 October 2020
Anthony Albanese made clear yet again that Labor and the government march in lockstep when it comes to the pro-business response to the pandemic and the accompanying onslaught against the working clas

Police shut down protests, fine students at University of Sydney
8 October 2020
On the pretext of enforcing COVID-19 safety measures, the state government has deployed police to conduct anti-democratic operations on a university campus.

Australian inquiry hears Victorian quarantine hotel program plagued by “disorganisation, lack of appropriate staffing”
8 October 2020
Health workers reveal the “shambolic” conditions that have contributed to as many as 768 deaths and 18,000 infections in the state.

Australian budget: A bonanza for business at workers’ expense
7 October 2020
The bipartisan backing for this budget is a turning point in the restructuring of economic and social life in the interests of a tiny super-rich layer.

UK plans to detain refugees on prison ships
6 October 2020
Repressive anti-immigration policies, in Britain and Australia alike, have been built up over decades by all political representatives of the ruling class.

Pandemic exposes Australian employers’ exploitation of young backpackers
6 October 2020
The political establishment’s only response to the abuses has been to expand such visa programs and extend them to jobless workers and school leavers.

Australian government silent on calls to intervene in defence of Julian Assange
6 October 2020
The silence of the government and Labor has been a green light for the abuses that Assange has been subjected to over the past month, and the entire US-led campaign to destroy him.

US FBI officials trained Australian Federal Police “foreign interference” squad
5 October 2020
The revelation demonstrates that the US state has a central hand in the campaign against supposed “foreign interference” in Australia.

Australian university trade union concedes up to 90,000 job losses
5 October 2020
This disaster is a staggering indictment of the NTEU and all those trying to keep university workers tied to the union.

Australian budget to slash taxes for the rich while hitting workers
3 October 2020
While mounting a further assault on working-class conditions, this is a crisis budget like no other in living memory.

Australian teachers confront fast-tracked return to classrooms in Victoria
3 October 2020
Behind the backs of teachers, the Australian Education Union is working closely with the state Labor Party government to stifle resistance.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
3 October 2020
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Australian waterfront union shuts down industrial action at Patrick Terminals
2 October 2020
The Maritime Union of Australia is determined to contain and isolate the dispute while signalling its willingness to negotiate and impose company demands.

Australian Labor Party leader demands budget “discipline” and “back to work”
2 October 2020
Anthony Albanese’s main pitch is for big business to again rely on a trade union-supported Labor government in a period of economic and political crisis.

Australia Post workers denounce union-enforced restructure, call for independent rank-and-file committees
2 October 2020
“On the eve of the biggest battle of our lives, the union has gone around in the middle of the night and emptied our guns of bullets. Just as the war begins they take away our right to withdraw our

Australia Post workers speak out against union-enforced COVID-19 dangers and cuts to conditions
1 October 2020
“What used to be a job you would gladly retire on has now become like a job for contractors forever chasing their tail to meet deadlines with piecemeal payments.”

Australian unions plead for continued secretive talks with government and employers
1 October 2020
Behind closed doors, the union chiefs have been discussing how to keep suppressing working class opposition to the destruction of jobs, wages and basic conditions.

Australian police not charged over death of Aboriginal woman
30 September 2020
The case demonstrates the increasing impunity with which the forces of the state treat the poorest and most oppressed sections of the working class.

Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis: Assange is a “highly principled individual with enormous courage”
29 September 2020
“This war on journalism is an element of the rise in authoritarianism in countries that in the past championed press freedom, but can no longer claim to do so.”

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds online health workers’ forum
29 September 2020
Australian health workers speak out over the lack of PPE and proper training to deal with COVID-19, and the government’s run-down of the healthcare system.

Free Julian Assange! The political issues confronting educators in the fight for freedom of information
28 September 2020
“Teachers and educators are among those owing a debt to Assange and to the whistleblowers who courageously decided to leak classified information in the public interest.”

Australia’s Queensland Labor government suspends public hearings of Grosvenor Mine disaster inquiry
28 September 2020
Like other government-initiated inquiries into industrial disasters, the inquiry was called to hose down widespread public outrage in the wake of the mine explosion.

Australia: Victorian government accelerates lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to satisfy big business
28 September 2020
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has fallen further into line with the “return to work” campaign of the corporate elite and the federal government.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
26 September 2020
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Former Australian PM Paul Keating lashes central bank
26 September 2020
Keating’s overriding concern is the explosive social and political consequences of rising unemployment resulting from the deepening crisis of the capitalist economy.

Australian government boosts bank profits as social misery deepens
26 September 2020
The lending law changes would see a return to the predatory policies that saw the impoverishment of thousands of households, small businesses and family farmers.

Australian government seeks to ban phones in immigration detention
25 September 2020
The proposed new laws will allow warrantless searches and the use of sniffer dogs.

Australian health workers still being denied adequate PPE
25 September 2020
Nothing has been done to boost protection for health workers, meaning that further mass outbreaks of COVID-19 are all but inevitable.

Assange’s partner Stella Moris calls for Australian government to intervene in his defence
24 September 2020
“This is not something that the Australian government can just hide its head in the sand and say ‘nothing to do with us.’”

Huge tax cuts for the wealthy trigger nervousness in Australian ruling elite
24 September 2020
The October 6 budget will give a dual-income household on $400,000 an annual tax cut of $23,280, while millions of people will have their JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments slashed.

“NTEU Fightback” aims to replace the discredited Australian university union leadership
22 September 2020
These supposed “socialists” are seeking to keep workers trapped within the industrial and political straitjacket of the trade unions.

University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic
21 September 2020
The student union’s demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.

Australian university staff and students confront job cuts avalanche
21 September 2020
The NTEU and other trade unions are doing everything they can to prevent a nationwide strike against the escalating assault on university jobs and basic conditions.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
19 September 2020
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Australia: Ovato printing company demands more cuts to jobs and conditions
19 September 2020
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has “bent over backwards” to assist Ovato restructure its operations.

Australian jobs figures show acceleration of “gig economy”
19 September 2020
Governments and employers are exploiting the mass unemployment triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic to bludgeon workers onto reduced wages and conditions.

Australia: Mentally-ill man in coma after brutal Victorian police assault
18 September 2020
The man was rammed by a police car before he was pepper-sprayed and kicked in the head.

Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!
17 September 2020
Sections of the ruling class have concluded that any further safety restrictions can no longer be tolerated, regardless of the danger to working class lives.

Journalist Andrew Fowler: If Assange is extradited, the same can happen to any of us
17 September 2020
“The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court.”

Australian CEO pay hits record high, boosted by JobKeeper subsidies
16 September 2020
Large companies have exploited government COVID-19 bailout schemes to increase executive rewards.

Management and NTEU prepare to cut jobs and conditions at Australia’s Newcastle University
15 September 2020
In Newcastle, as around the country, the trade union is stepping up its collaboration with the employers to impose deep cost-cutting measures.

Attend SEP (Australia) online forum: The COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the way forward for health workers
15 September 2020
The safety and well being of health workers must be taken out of the hands of governments and unions who have no interest in this task.

Australian government, Labor opposition silent on sadistic British show-trial of Julian Assange
14 September 2020
The Australian political and media establishment has largely responded to the vicious attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights by pretending that they are not occurring.

Australian government exploits family funeral to push for end to coronavirus border restrictions
14 September 2020
The government aims to shift public opinion against border restrictions, which corporate Australia now wants scrapped.

Australia: Unions silent as dozens of New South Wales schools are affected by COVID-19
14 September 2020
Even teachers over the age of 70, or with serious health conditions, have been forced back to front-line teaching since late May.

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
12 September 2020
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Australia’s brutal immigration policy in Stateless: “What is my crime?”
12 September 2020
Stateless, now showing on Netflix, deals with the harsh Australian immigration detention program and the horrors inflicted on persecuted refugees fleeing colonial wars.

Australian raids on Chinese journalists mark escalation of US-led witch hunt
12 September 2020
The timeline of this affair points to an intensifying anti-China propaganda campaign, instigated by Washington and the intelligence apparatus.

Unions enforce pro-business restructure at Australia Post
11 September 2020
The unions are integrating themselves into management and enforcing a no-strike pledge, amid a major assault on the conditions of postal workers.

Australian study reveals rise in mental health problems during COVID-19 pandemic
10 September 2020
The data shows that services remain woefully inadequate to deal with the impact of the pandemic and its aftermath.

Australian intelligence agencies raided Chinese journalists in June
10 September 2020
Amid an escalating diplomatic conflict, it has emerged that the Australian intelligence agencies have been targeting Chinese journalists and academics.

Thousands of Australians stranded overseas by profiteering airlines
9 September 2020
The message from the government and the airlines is clear: If you cannot afford to pay first class, you are on your own.

Australian Education Union endorses re-opening of schools in Melbourne
9 September 2020
The union functions as the willing and active accomplice of the government and the education department.

Australian big business, federal government demand accelerated lifting of Melbourne lockdown
8 September 2020
The anti-lockdown campaign is aimed at accelerating the ruling elite’s homicidal reopening of the economy.

Unions help impose new wave of job cuts in Australian universities
8 September 2020
The NTEU and CPSU are pleading with the managements for negotiations on how to best enforce even deeper cost-cutting measures on their members.

As British show-trial resumes: The working class must defend Julian Assange!
7 September 2020
The persecution of Assange is an attempt to intimidate mass opposition to imperialist war, social inequality and a turn to authoritarianism, amid a breakdown of global capitalism and an eruption of th

Australian governments demand full economic “reopening” by December
7 September 2020
This reckless agenda is driven solely by the rapacious demands of big business for the lifting of all restrictions on profit-making.

Australian teachers back US educators’ fight for independent rank and file safety committees
7 September 2020
Australian school teachers denounce re-opening of American schools and support the formation of rank-and-file safety committees.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
5 September 2020
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Unions enforce takeover of Virgin Australia by private equity firm
5 September 2020
The deal offers workers no guarantees but promises to further enshrine the unions’ role as enforcers of management dictates.

Profits soar as global crash intensifies social crisis in Australia
5 September 2020
The most severe recession since the 1930s Depression has already thrown one million out of work, with much worse to come.

Australia: International students and foreign visa holders face major social crisis
4 September 2020
Some 61 percent of international students and other foreign visa holders were relying on savings which they said would be exhausted in a matter of weeks.

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott: Let the elderly die for corporate profits
4 September 2020
Abbott, who was never known for his subtlety, merely gave unvarnished expression to the homicidal response to the pandemic by governments internationally.