Australia and South Pacific
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2017
The shutdowns are the end product of a decades-long restructuring of car manufacturing, spearheaded by Labor and the trade unions.
By Patrick Davies, 19 October 2017
One Katherine resident, affected by the defence department’s poisoning of water supplies commented, “We’re collateral damage… it feels like our lives here really don’t matter.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 October 2017
The aim of both the Coalition government and the Labor Party opposition is to institutionalise the treatment of same sex couples as second-class citizens.
By our correspondents, 18 October 2017
Far from opposing the combined government-university administration offensive, the two trade unions covering university staff are facilitating it.
By Nick Beams, 17 October 2017
According to economics professor Richard Holden, the Australian housing market is “spookily similar” to the US before the sub-prime crisis.
By our correspondents, 17 October 2017
“We vote the governments in to look after the people, but they are looking after the multinationals.”
By Tom Peters, 14 October 2017
Three weeks after the election the right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First still has not decided whether to form a coalition with the National Party or Labour and the Greens.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2017
Nick Xenophon is seeking to exploit mass hostility to the South Australian Labor government, which has overseen the dismantling of manufacturing in the state.
By James Cogan, 11 October 2017
A flotilla of six Australian warships is making its way toward the Korean Peninsula and an Australian attack submarine is already in the area exercising with US and Japanese subs.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2017
When Hatfield died, his lawyers were conducting a vigorous defence against robbery charges, to which he pled not guilty in the Armidale District Court.
By Nick Beams, 7 October 2017
The record run of the Australian economy, 26 years without a recession, has “flattered to deceive,” as major economic problems come to the surface.
By Mike Head, 6 October 2017
The latest measures clearly extend far beyond combatting purported terrorist threats, and severely erode the civil liberties of the entire population.
By our reporters, 5 October 2017
The electoral registration of the SEP is an expression of the base of political support that exists for the internationalist and socialist perspective of the ICFI.
By Mike Head, 5 October 2017
The Greens insist that the ban should be applied even if parliamentarians unknowingly acquired foreign citizenship entitlements from their grandparents.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2017
Rajeev Rajendran is the sixth refugee who has died on Manus Island, and the second in just two months.
By our correspondents, 4 October 2017
The Queensland Labor government and the trade union are enforcing the closures, insisting that workers can find jobs elsewhere, despite the city’s high jobless rate.
By Terry Cook, 2 October 2017
High levels of unemployment, under-employment and casualisation are putting downward pressure on wages.
By our correspondents, 30 September 2017
The National Tertiary Education Union used a national briefing to block debate and insist that members accept new enterprise agreements that further undermine jobs and conditions.
By our correspondent, 30 September 2017
Despite considerable anger and bewilderment among the 450 staff members at a union branch meeting on September 21, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) pushed through an initial vote for a major sellout of its members at the University of Sydney. The final vote was 301 for and 139 against, reflecting developing concern about the union’s role.
By Max Newman, 29 September 2017
About 50 heavily-vetted detainees out of more than 2,000 are being transferred to unknown US locations.
By Mike Head, 28 September 2017
Labor leader Shorten in effect gave a pledge that a Labor government would continue Australia’s unconditional support for Washington in any war with North Korea.
By Richard Phillips, 28 September 2017
The report obscures the fact that responsibility for compromising building safety rests with governments, Labor and Coalition, which have undermined the regulatory system over the past 20 years.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 September 2017
The proposed legislation is aimed at criminalising opposition to the US-Australian plans for war against China.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 September 2017
The corporate press is reviving hysterical accusations of “Chinese influence” in Australia, this time targeting university research projects and international students.
By James Cogan, 21 September 2017
The Turnbull government is stepping forward to serve as an international mouthpiece for Washington.
By Gary Alvernia, 21 September 2017
The state Labor government and the meatworkers' union are working to ensure there is no organised opposition to the devastating closures.
By our reporters, 21 September 2017
Just days after the 24-hour stoppage, the NTEU struck a retrograde deal with management that will help it impose the government’s cuts.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 September 2017
The new legislation removes any, even nominal, impediment to the further concentration of media ownership within a handful of powerful corporations.
Oppose the NTEU sellout at University of Sydney! For a unified struggle of all university workers across Australia!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 September 2017
The union is organising retrograde agreements across the university sector.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Group on the New Zealand election
19 September 2017
Both major parties, Labour and National, support deeper austerity, attacks on immigrants and democratic rights, and preparations for war.
By Mike Head, 18 September 2017
The mission is unmistakably designed to reinforce the aggressive anti-Chinese drive by Washington.
By David Cohen, 18 September 2017
The project has little to do with the quality of education; its priority is the Victorian state government’s relationship with the financial and corporate elites.
By John Harris, 16 September 2017
In the past five years, more than 100,000 people have been issued with boil-water alerts.
16 September 2017
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By Tom Peters, 15 September 2017
Claims that National Party MP Jian Yang is an “agent” for the Chinese government are aimed at aligning the political establishment more closely with US war preparations.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 September 2017
The pseudo-left organisation welcomed the anti-democratic campaign targeting parliamentarians accused of holding an “allegiance to a foreign power.”
By Paul Bartizan, 14 September 2017
Australian authorities have known of the dangers of the widely-used aluminium composite panel cladding for more than a decade.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2017
Labor’s budget exposes the fraud of its posturing as an opponent of social inequality and as a party of “working people.”
By Mike Head, 12 September 2017
Australia’s involvement in the bogus “war against terrorism” in the Philippines is part of its commitment to Washington’s aggressive military build-up and actions in Asia.
By Richard Phillips, 12 September 2017
The punitive social welfare system is part of an escalating bi-partisan assault on the most vulnerable sections of society.
By Mike Head, 11 September 2017
The ruling is an indictment of the last Greens-backed Australian Labor government.
By Mike Head, 8 September 2017
The judges averted an immediate political crisis and gave the go-ahead for an unprecedented plebiscite on an elementary legal and democratic right.
By Jason Quill and Oscar Grenfell, 7 September 2017
The Health Services Union welcomed the Victorian Labor government’s application for the federal Fair Work Commission to ban the stoppage.
By Mike Head, 6 September 2017
The parliamentary proceedings pointed to the close connection between the danger of war and the reactionary drive to ensure the undivided loyalty of all members of parliament.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 September 2017
The citizenship crisis is an attempt to suppress anti-war sentiment and class tensions by promoting nationalism and patriotism.
By Patrick Davies, 6 September 2017
The chemicals which are used in fire-fighting foam have been found at dangerous levels in water supplies near Royal Australian Air Force bases.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2017
The pseudo-left outfit signaled it will deepen its collaboration with Labor and the trade unions amid a crisis of the entire political establishment.
Australia: National Tertiary Education Union attempts to suppress struggle against job cuts at Western Sydney University
By our correspondent, 4 September 2017
The jobs of around 150 professional staff will be destroyed and all security employees retrenched, while other devastating cuts are being prepared.
By Mike Head, 1 September 2017
The tertiary education trade unions will use this week’s Fair Work Commission ruling to intensify their work to stifle all resistance by increasingly discontented university workers.
By Eric Ludlow and Oscar Grenfell, 31 August 2017
The ongoing property boom is forcing young people to live at home with their parents for longer, while creating a debt crisis for millions of working people.
By Mike Head, 30 August 2017
Confronting a deepening political crisis at home, Malcolm Turnbull is seeking to don the mantle of a wartime prime minister.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 August 2017
The divergence between soaring property prices and stagnating wages, along with a massive increase in debt, has sparked fears of a housing market crash.
By Mike Head, 25 August 2017
If proven, it would be the first known case of the government facilitating the targeted assassination of Australian citizens since the “war on terrorism” was launched.
By Richard Phillips and Cheryl Crisp, 25 August 2017
“It was a complex strike, but the volume and power of these numbers was extraordinary.”
By Mike Head, 24 August 2017
Secret documents show the facility’s role has increasingly shifted from spying to providing “real-time” data for military operations.
By Max Newman and Mike Head, 24 August 2017
The judges rejected a challenge to incarceration on Manus Island despite the PNG Supreme Court last year ruling it was an unconstitutional deprivation of liberty.
By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 24 August 2017
The exhibition is a useful antidote to the government’s glorification of Australian involvement in World War I and shows that the home-front was dominated by intense class battles.
By Richard Phillips, 23 August 2017
In 1967 millions of Australians voted to change the constitution, in the hope that it would bring an end to the nearly two centuries of brutal oppression of the country’s Aboriginal population.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 August 2017
The government is expanding the military and police presence in the Highlands region to crackdown on opposition to an election that was dominated by accusations of fraud.
By Ed Ballesteros, 22 August 2017
The ostensible concern of governments for the well-being of health professionals is belied by funding cuts that have stretched public hospitals to breaking point.
By Max Newman, 19 August 2017
Hamid Shamshiripour’s story is one of immense psychological suffering, as well as abuse at the hands of guards, overseen by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2017
Labor and Liberal-National MPs, who incessantly promote xenophobic nationalism, feigned moral outrage over Pauline Hanson entering parliament wearing a burka.
By Mike Head, 18 August 2017
A furore over dual citizenship of members of parliament is now throwing into doubt the survival of the Liberal-National Coalition government.
By Virginia Browne and Richard Phillips, 17 August 2017
Police have been given specific powers to arrest homeless people in Sydney, Australia’s largest and least affordable city.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2017
The “Four Corners” episode indicates that the conflicts within the Greens, driven by the party’s declining support, may be heading toward a split.
By Tom Peters, 15 August 2017
For the government and opposition parties alike, the threat of war has been the great unmentionable in their campaigns for the September 23 election.
By Mike Head, 15 August 2017
The loss of the deputy prime minister’s vote would leave the Liberal-National government without a majority in the House of Representatives.
By John Mackay, 14 August 2017
The staggering differences in health quality and life expectancy are a direct effect of widening social inequality.
By Margaret Rees, 11 August 2017
New research points to a rapidly growing number of fatalities, far outstripping heroin overdose deaths.
By Mike Head, 11 August 2017
A fraud on every level, the non-binding postal vote has nothing to do with the long-overdue recognition of the basic legal and democratic rights of all couples.
By Mike Head, 10 August 2017
Question marks are being placed over the basic democratic rights of millions of people who were born overseas or had a parent born overseas.
By Tom Peters, 10 August 2017
The IRD plans to slash jobs and wages as part of a restructure that is supported by the Public Service Association trade union.
By Max Newman, 9 August 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea are being physically forced to move to an insecure temporary transit centre.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 August 2017
Underlying the unions campaign is fear in ruling circles that widespread disaffection over social inequality threatens the stability of the parliamentary set-up.
By Mike Head, 3 August 2017
The release of one of the detained men without charge raises further questions about lurid claims of a supposed “aeroplane plot.”
By John Braddock, 3 August 2017
O’Neill has been returned to office with a reduced majority following an election marked by widespread fraud and attacks on democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 1 August 2017
If the men being held for interrogation are ultimately charged with conspiracy or other terrorist-related offences, it will be virtually impossible for them to receive a fair trial.
“You have to be rich to have a voice”
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Workers and young people spoke out about the parallels between the fire in London and unsafe building practices in Australia.
By Terry Cook, 1 August 2017
The official employment report for June shows there is little to celebrate for the tens of thousands of people engaged in a daily search for work.
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Speakers outlined the parallels between the fire in London, and the gutting of building safety regulations in Australia by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.
By James Cogan, 31 July 2017
It is necessary for people to keep a grip on their critical faculties and their adherence to the fundamental democratic principle: innocent until proven guilty.
By Mike Head, 31 July 2017
The state apparatus is being prepared to repress political disaffection over deepening social inequality, austerity and the drive to war.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2017
Police shot a suicidal individual four times in the head and chest, even though he was holding only a pair of scissors.
By Mike Head, 28 July 2017
The “MP fiasco” is intensifying the political instability produced by the growing collapse of popular support for the major parties.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 July 2017
The integration of the Greens into the official political establishment is dispelling illusions that the party is any alternative to Labor and the Liberal-Nationals.
By Richard Phillips, 27 July 2017
Safety and building engineers condemn deregulation, privatisation of building inspection and government cost-cutting.
By Mike Head, 27 July 2017
This is a bid to shore up the political establishment and strengthen its capacity to impose deeply unpopular policies.
By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 26 July 2017
Union officials concealed that the EBA contains the adoption of measures proposed in the “Bracks Review,” which escalate the pro-market agenda now underpinning public education.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 July 2017
The 2016 census found that just 31 percent of the population owned a home outright, a 10 percent decline over the past 25 years.
By Will Morrrow, 22 July 2017
Firefighting services have been called to the plant nine times in the last five years—four times this year, three times in 2015 and once in both 2012 and 2013.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2017
A witch hunt has been launched to identify every member of parliament who was born overseas or might have dual citizenship.
By Richard Phillips, 20 July 2017
Five weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire, only a handful of flammable-clad buildings have been identified and nothing has been done to prevent a potential disaster.
By Mike Head, 20 July 2017
Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement represents another major step toward creating a police-state apparatus.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2017
The changes will mean that heavily-armed troops can be mobilised to suppress social and political unrest.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 July 2017
The sudden departure of the two deputy leaders of the Greens underscores the deepening crisis of the party and the entire parliamentary set-up.
By John Braddock, 18 July 2017
The electoral watchdog’s resignation is further evidence that Prime Minister O’Neill’s government is trying to cling to power through fraud.
By our reporters, 17 July 2017
Coolaroo and Dallas residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters, denouncing government and environmental protection authorities over their response to the SKM Recycling plant fire last Thursday.
By Max Newman, 17 July 2017
Parts of the camp have been demolished and the Internet facility was taken away, leaving mobile phones as the only connection for detainees to the outside world.
By Will Marshall, 17 July 2017
The SKM fire is a product of the systematic gutting of environmental health and safety regulations, as well as town planning and construction guidelines.
By Terry Cook, 15 July 2017
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has restricted the Glencore workers to token stoppages.