Australia

Australian voters speak out

Workers and youth condemn major parliamentary parties

By our reporters, 24 May 2019

“I’d like someone in charge who thinks of the 98 percent, rather than the 2 percent of the highest earners in the country.”

Australian voters speak out

Workers and young people warn about the mounting social crisis

By our reporters, 23 May 2019

“The most important thing for me is jobs, security and the economy—we need real action on jobs.”

Australian Labor Party in crisis after election debacle

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 May 2019

The election result demonstrated a deep-going rupture between the working class and the big business Labor Party.

Australia: Tasmanian paramedic protests ambulance ramping

By Margaret Rees, 22 May 2019

The high incidence of ramping is product of the wider crisis of the hospital system which has been chronically underfunded by Labor and Liberal governments alike.

Australian voters speak out

Mass support for Assange as workers and youth oppose militarism and war

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

Many workers passionately oppose the persecution of Assange and Manning hailing them as “heroes,” “legends” and similar appellations.

Right-wing Australian government re-elected as voters turn against Labor

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 May 2019

The election result reflected widespread hostility among workers, students and young people to Labor and the entire political establishment.

The Australian Labor Party’s election debacle and the fight against the far-right

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 May 2019

The election outcome exposes the bankrupt claims by the unions and the pseudo-left that the rise of the extreme right can be opposed by supporting pro-business centre-left parties such as the Australian Labor Party.

Only socialist policies can resolve the Australian public education crisis

By the Committee for Public Education, 18 May 2019

Teachers and parents should treat the sham election promises of Labor, Liberal and the Greens on education with the contempt they deserve.

Bob Hawke, former Australian Labor prime minister, 1929-2019

Ruling elites pay tribute to a favourite servant

By Nick Beams, 18 May 2019

Some of the most hated figures in world politics have come together to praise Hawke and laud his achievements.

Labor’s promise on childcare wages—another cynical deception

By Terry Cook, 17 May 2019

Labor leader Bill Shorten’s pledge is designed to prevent a rank-and-file struggle for a genuine improvement in wages and working conditions.

Vote 1 Socialist Equality Party! Take up the fight for socialist internationalism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 May 2019

The SEP is campaigning to build a revolutionary, socialist movement of the working class against the entire parliamentary establishment and the capitalist system that it defends.

Mass unemployment, climate change and a toxic dump in Oxley

By Michael Smith, 17 May 2019

The following is an edited version of the speech delivered by Michael Smith to the Socialist Equality Party election public meeting in the Brisbane electorate of Oxley.

Strong response to SEP’s socialist program at final election meetings

By our reporters, 17 May 2019

There were animated and extended discussions at SEP public meetings in the working-class electorates of Parramatta, Hunter, Calwell and Oxley this week.

Workers and youth discuss Julian Assange, social conditions and war at SEP election meetings

By our reporters, 17 May 2019

One worker said: “It is absolutely vital that we have meetings like this in working-class areas. Having this meeting, as a party, is one step ahead towards the goal of achieving equality.”

Speech by Oscar Grenfell

Millions in Australia “view Assange as a hero who is being attacked for revealing the truth.”

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 May 2019

We are publishing here the speech of Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and national convenor of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, at the May 12 meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Australia’s housing crisis to worsen whichever party wins election

By Richard Phillips: SEP senate candidate for NSW, 16 May 2019

A new housing loan scheme announced by Liberal leader Morrison and endorsed by the Labor Party will do nothing to resolve the acute housing problems facing millions of workers.

Labor and the unions responsible for social crisis in western Sydney

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 16 May 2019

Grenfell explained that Labor and the unions have presided over “an onslaught against manufacturing and industrial jobs.”

Australia’s central bank slashes growth forecasts

By Mike Head, 15 May 2019

Regardless of whether Labor or the Coalition wins office, the next government will be one of even more severe austerity.

Hunter “Meet the Candidates” Forum exposes major parties

By our reporters, 15 May 2019

SEP candidate Max Boddy said that “the elephant in this election campaign is the deafening silence on the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.”

Australia: Rally to defend Julian Assange held in Broadmeadows, Melbourne

By our reporters, 14 May 2019

The event drew a small but determined crowd of SEP members and supporters, local workers, and WikiLeaks’ supporters.

Factory fire symptomatic of social devastation in Calwell electorate

By Peter Byrne: SEP candidate for Calwell, 14 May 2019

“Where factories once employed workers who actually made things, they are now rented and filled with toxic waste, then abandoned.”

A socialist program needed to halt assault on university students and staff

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 14 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party is alone in calling for a vast redistribution of wealth to secure the basic social right to free, high-quality public education at all levels.

Australian Labor Party’s fraudulent cancer care pledge

By Gary Alvernia, 13 May 2019

Even if implemented in full, the plan would not significantly reduce the exorbitant costs of cancer therapy and care.

Australia: GetUp’s silence over the persecution of Julian Assange

By Richard Phillips: SEP Senate candidate for New South Wales, 13 May 2019

The protest group’s reaction to the incarceration of Assange signals its complicity and is a political godsend for Australia’s political elite.

Two former Australian prime ministers tout Labor’s pro-business record

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 11 May 2019

Hawke and Keating boasted they had created the “modern” deregulated economy, and called for the election of a Labor government to deepen this pro-business agenda.

The Australian election and the fraud of the NDIS

By Max Boddy: SEP candidate for Hunter, 10 May 2019

The National Disability Insurance Scheme was always designed to privatise the disability sector, push people off welfare payments and slash public spending.

“We need to fight capitalism and change the whole system”

Uber and Lyft drivers conduct international strike

By our reporters, 9 May 2019

Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers in the US and several other countries struck and protested Wednesday in advance of Uber’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

Video: Workers at SEP rally in Parramatta denounce persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 9 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party won strong support from workers and youth at its rally demanding the immediate release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and US whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Greens offer bogus climate pledges while pleading for another partnership with Labor

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 9 May 2019

The “plan” of the Greens is not about saving the environment and the planet but handing billions of dollars to supposedly “green” companies.

Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.

Former Australian PM denounces anti-China witch-hunt of intelligence agencies

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 8 May 2019

Paul Keating’s outburst highlights the degree to which Australia and its military and security agencies have been integrated into the US war drive against China.

SEP candidates address election meetings in Australia to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our reporters, 8 May 2019

The SEP, which is running eight candidates in Australia’s federal election, held public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Video: At Sydney rally Assange’s father demands Australian government secure son’s release

7 May 2019

Two days after Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail, protesters rallied in Sydney’s Martin Place.

Labor leader makes phony populist pitch at Australian election launch

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 May 2019

Labor is absurdly claiming that paltry funding on health and a miniscule increase in tax collected from multinational corporations, will resolve the deepening social crisis.

The persecution of Assange and Manning is an attack on the working class

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 Online International May Day Rally delivered by Oscar Grenfell.

SEP election meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane

Vote Socialist Equality Party! No to War and Austerity! For Socialism and Internationalism!

7 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party has placed at the very centre of its election campaign the demand that the Australia government immediately repatriate publisher and journalist, Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning

Assange’s father tells demonstrators Australian government must secure son’s release

By our reporter, 6 May 2019

Friday’s protest in Sydney was held two days after Assange was sentenced in a British court to 50 weeks’ jail on bogus bail charges.

Australian youth speak out against climate change

By our reporters, 6 May 2019

The climate strikes are part of a growing politicisation of young people in Australia and internationally.

Austrian government ties welfare payments to German language skills

By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2019

The targets of the cuts are mainly foreigners and those with large families.

The Labor Party tries to “save capitalism”

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 3 May 2019

The ruling elite is terrified that the emerging support for socialism can become a conscious turn toward revolutionary Marxism.

Victorian Socialists’ fake-left election campaign

By Patrick O'Connor, 2 May 2019

The Australian pseudo-left groups are seeking to channel the left-wing shift among workers and young people behind the parliamentary set-up.

Join the fight for international socialism!

To halt climate change, capitalism must be abolished

By Tessa Pietsch: SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 2 May 2019

The attempts to channel the climate strike movement in Australia and internationally behind the political establishment must be resisted.

Liberal and Labor compete in stoking anti-refugee scare-mongering

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 1 May 2019

The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.

Participants in SEP (Australia) rally demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 30 April 2019

Attendees passionately defended the WikiLeaks publisher for exposing the war crimes, anti-democratic conspiracies and mass surveillance conducted by the US and its allies.

Workers should reject Australian unions’ “Change the rules” campaign

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 30 April 2019

The unions are seeking to channel mounting anger in the working class behind the election of yet another big business Labor government.

SEP (Australia) candidates demand freedom for Assange and Manning at Sydney rally

By our reporter, 29 April 2019

The protest, in Sydney’s western suburbs, underscored the working-class opposition to Canberra’s role in the persecution of Assange and Manning.

On Australian TV, Julian Assange’s father calls for son’s freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 April 2019

John Shipton warned that his son’s persecution was “to demonstrate that publishers and whistleblowers will be destroyed.”

Economic reversal exposes Australian election myths

By Mike Head, 27 April 2019

Inflation was zero during the March quarter, indicating a rapidly stalling economy that will intensify the corporate offensive against the working class.

Anzac Day 2019: Conditioning the Australian population for war

By Richard Phillips: SEP Senate candidate for New South Wales, 27 April 2019

The media and political establishment has erected a wall of silence around Australia’s involvement in the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.

UN official visits Julian Assange, investigating Ecuador’s illegal surveillance

By Mike Head, 26 April 2019

Confronted by worldwide protests and petitions, the British government felt compelled to grant the UN access to the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder.

Australian construction workers facing massive fines for striking

By Terry Cook, 26 April 2019

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched legal action against workers involved in a short work-stoppage last year.

Australian mining magnate renews his fraudulent populist pitch

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 26 April 2019

While feigning sympathy for working people, billionaire Clive Palmer is bankrolling an election blitz by his so-called United Australia Party.

Pennsylvania woman killed in factory meat grinder

By Tom Eley, 25 April 2019

Jill Greninger, 35, was working alone when the accident took place.

Australian rugby player Israel Folau challenges sacking over social media posts

By John Braddock, 25 April 2019

The moves to sack Folau over his social media posts are an attack on the player’s basic rights and on freedom of speech.

The Australian government must act to free Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 25 April 2019

Assange’s brutal arrest and the attempts to extradite him to the US are an attack on the working class.

Julian Assange was denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain’s Belmarsh prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 April 2019

The reported denial of the WikiLeaks founder’s right to consult his legal counsel, for over a week, casts grave doubt that he will be afforded due process.

SEP (Australia) election candidates win strong support for the immediate release of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 23 April 2019

The SEP is the only political party in the election defending Julian Assange and US whistleblower Chelsea Manning and fighting to mobilise workers and youth to demand their immediate release from prison.

SEP (Australia) to hold election rally and meetings in defence of Assange

22 April 2019

The events are aimed at building the mass movement required to compel the Australian government to fulfill its obligations to Assange.

Video: IYSSE (Australia) members at University of Melbourne demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 22 April 2019

“We demand the Australian government cease its collaboration with the US vendetta against Assange.”

Western Australia Labor government dismisses water contamination risks in indigenous communities

By Margaret Rees, 20 April 2019

Labor has dismissed evidence of a potential correlation between poor water quality and elevated levels of kidney disease and type-2 diabetes.

Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful meeting in defence of Julian Assange

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 20 April 2019

Students at the meeting voted unanimously for a resolution to fight for the freedom of the WikiLeaks publisher.

Growing popular support for Julian Assange in Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 April 2019

Since Assange’s illegal arrest by the British police last Thursday, 75,000 more people have signed a petition demanding that the Australian government take action to defend the WikiLeaks founder.

Australian election dominated by false promises and diversions

By Mike Head, 19 April 2019

The mudslinging from all sides is to cover up the fact that there are no fundamental differences between any of these parties.

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson demands release of Julian Assange

By Richard Phillips, 19 April 2019

Ricketson was arrested in Cambodia in 2017 and imprisoned for 15 months on bogus claims that he was spying for “foreign states.”

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees denounces attacks on WikiLeaks publisher

By Stuart Rees, 18 April 2019

“This is not a legal controversy. It is a massive political issue. The US culture of revenge has to be exposed and challenged. Grass roots outrage needs to be mobilised.”

Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 April 2019

The extradition request is a pseudo-legal figleaf for an extraordinary rendition operation.

The media’s role in persecuting Julian Assange

By Andre Damon, 17 April 2019

The newspapers, the broadcast news, and, perhaps worst of all, the late-night talk shows have targeted crude insults against a persecuted man who cannot defend himself.

Australian political establishment rejects calls for defence of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 16 April 2019

Both the ruling Liberal-National Coalition and opposition Labor Party have doubled down on their support for Washington’s decade-long operation to lock Assange away.

Prominent WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean speaks out in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2019

“The powers that be want to use the persecution of a successful and effective publisher as a warning to us all not to challenge their power and their crimes.”

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

The SEP is standing Senate groups in New South Wales and Victoria and running candidates in the House of Representatives’ electorates of Parramatta in Sydney, Calwell in Melbourne and Ipswich in Brisbane.

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the 2019 Australian Federal Election

No to Militarism and War! For Socialism and Internationalism!

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

The vital issue facing the working class is not the futile attempt to change the mindset of the ruling elites through the ballot box, but the development of its own independent political movement for socialism.

Australia: Kimberly-Clark to shut Ingleburn plant and axe over 200 jobs.

By Terry Cook, 15 April 2019

The closure of the south-west Sydney plant is part of a global restructuring plan that will see 10 facilities shut down internationally and the elimination of over 5,000 jobs.

Workers and youth speak out at SEP (Australia) rallies in defence of Assange

By our reporters, 15 April 2019

“What they are doing though won’t stop us. We will find a way to free Julian and any other journalists who come under attack.”

Twenty years since the death of Australian Trotskyist and Aboriginal worker, Comrade Yabu Bilyana

By Linda Tenenbaum, 15 April 2019

On April 5, 1999, Yabu Bilyana, the first indigenous Australian to join the International Committee of the Fourth International, died at the age of 54. This obituary was written by then Socialist Equality Party assistant national secretary, Linda Tenenbaum, and published by the WSWS on April 7, 1999.

Message of condolence from David North

“He based his life on the ideals of justice, equality and human solidarity”

15 April 2019

“Had he not been so tragically disabled by illness, Yabu undoubtedly would have played a major role in the expansion of the party’s influence in the working class.”

Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”

By Yabu Bilyana, 15 April 2019

Bilyana exposed the ongoing oppression of Australia’s Aboriginal population and the whitewash carried out by the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody.

SEP (Australia) rallies demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 April 2019

“Assange has performed his duty as a journalist to workers, to youth, to the mass of ordinary people around the world. Now, we are obliged to repay that debt which we owe him.”

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Comment by John Pilger, 13 April 2019

John Pilger, well-known filmmaker and investigative journalist, issued the following statement on the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London on April 11.

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis speaks out for Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2019

“Journalists, all over the world, who have published material that WikiLeaks made available, should stand up for Julian’s rights.”

Australian PM and Labor Party leader both reject any defence of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 13 April 2019

On the opening day of the federal election campaign, there was sickening bipartisan agreement to help hand the WikiLeaks publisher over to the Trump administration.

Australian intelligence chief says no need for “reset” after New Zealand fascist attack

By Mike Head, 13 April 2019

The ASIO director-general’s testimony raises further questions about how the violent plans of an Australian fascist supposedly went unnoticed by the state agencies.

Police attack teachers in Kolkata; thousands of Bangladesh jute mill workers protest

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 April 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 12 April 2019

The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not “on the radar” of any state agencies.

British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2019

“Assange’s expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes,” said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). “A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee.”

WikiLeaks exposes spying operation against Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2019

The Ecuadorian regime, acting as a vassal of the US, has surveilled every aspect of Assange’s life.

Australian prime minister calls crisis election for May 18

By Mike Head, 11 April 2019

Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement is a bid to shut down parliament and go to the polls as quickly as possible before the economic situation worsens.

Australian trade unions hold pro-Labor “Change the Rules” rallies

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 April 2019

The union protests yesterday were called to promote the election of a yet another Labor government that will implement the demands of big business.

“Four Corners” broadcasts further claims of “Chinese interference” in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2019

The “Four Corners” program signals a push to enforce the draconian “foreign interference” laws, passed last year with bipartisan support.

Australia: Another toxic factory fire endangers working-class suburbs

By Peter Byrne, 10 April 2019

Every sphere of social life is now subject to corporate profiteering, including the disposal of hazardous waste.

In leaked court testimony, Assange denounces his illegal detention

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 April 2019

The WikiLeaks founder declared: “No journalist, no citizen, should accept that what they speak about can be defined from day to day by reasons of political expediency.”

Workers and youth in Australia support Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 9 April 2019

SEP campaigners found a deep well of opposition to the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder over his exposure of the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of the US and its allies.

Assange faces ongoing threats at Ecuador’s London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 April 2019

While the Ecuadorian government denied that Assange would be “imminently” expelled from the embassy, it did not dispute that plans had been afoot to terminate his political asylum.

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2019

The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.

Australia: Tasmanian teachers take strike action

By Frank Gaglioti, 6 April 2019

Teachers in Tasmania are the lowest paid of any state in Australia.

WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 April 2019

The publisher warned that a “high-level source” within the Ecuadorian state had information that Assange would be expelled from the building and taken into British custody “within hours or days.”

Australian Labor Party leader offers false hope of “fair go” in budget reply

By Mike Head, 5 April 2019

Acutely aware of seething working class discontent towards the entire political establishment, Shorten sought to promote illusions in making capitalism less brutal.

More layoffs point to worsening jobs crisis in Australia

By Terry Cook, 5 April 2019

Major companies across a range of sectors continue to shed jobs amid forecasts of a worsening global slowdown, particularly in China.

Australian government sets global precedent with online censorship bill

By Mike Head, 4 April 2019

While nominally directed against the far-right, the bill will be used to step up the offensive against oppositional, left-wing and socialist postings.

After death on Australian construction site, evidence emerges of widespread safety violations

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 April 2019

Unsafe scaffolding on building sites—which caused the death of a young apprentice on Monday—was the subject of more than 100 breach notices by the state regulator last year.

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2019

Moreno accused Assange of “repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum,” to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.