Australian Social Issues & Inequality
Workers underpaid by $1.35 billion a year
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019
A survey conducted by the accounting and financial firm PwC has found that 13 percent of the Australian workforce is being underpaid.
By Margaret Rees, 29 November 2019
Firefighters and residents are continuing to suffer ill effects from the huge fire in Melbourne’s West Footscray.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 November 2019
Robinson warned that the US attempt to prosecute Assange for publishing the truth was setting a “terrifying precedent” for all journalists and media organisations.
By Mike Head, 18 November 2019
Prime Minister Morrison and Labor Party leader Albanese have both tried to call a halt to any discussion of the crucial issues raised by the fires.
By Eric Ludlow, 15 November 2019
The police killing of Kumanjayi Walker in the poverty-stricken Northern Territory community of Yuendumu has led to widespread protests across Australia.
By Cheryl Crisp, 13 November 2019
The inquiry’s “urgent” recommendations do nothing to address the underlying reasons for these appalling conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2019
The real reason for Labor’s defeat is that it is incapable of making a credible appeal to workers and young people, after decades of having imposed the dictates of big business.
Australia: Mobilise students, staff and academics against the closure of Macquarie University’s human sciences faculty
By the Committee for Public Education, 7 November 2019
The National Tertiary Education Union’s major concern is not the job cuts themselves, but that they were left out of the “consultation process” required to implement them.
By Sue Phillips and Erika Zimmer, 4 November 2019
The WSWS and Committee for Public Education discuss the crisis in Australia’s public schools, with the founders of the Bullied Teachers Support Network.
By Terry Cook, 2 November 2019
The mass destruction of full-time jobs and a rapid growth in casualisation across every sector has been overseen by Liberal and Labor governments alike.
By Mike Head, 11 October 2019
While the remarks referred to “Extinction Rebellion” demonstrators who temporarily blocked some traffic in major cities, they have a wider anti-democratic logic.
By our reporters, 23 September 2019
“The governments are too scared to do anything because they want to make profits, rather than save the planet.”
By Mike Head, 23 September 2019
The Morrison government “saved” $4.6 billion by underfunding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cutting a total of $6.4 billion from social programs.
By Jenny Campbell, 17 September 2019
The record illustrates the extent to which corporations have been permitted to prioritise profits over care.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 September 2019
The trial, which is aimed at extending “welfare quarantining” measures, would target working class areas hit by job destruction and government budget cuts.
By Cheryl Crisp, 16 September 2019
The emotive demagogy over abortion is part of a campaign to mobilise a right-wing Christian base and recruit them into the Liberal Party.
By Mike Head, 10 September 2019
Working class living standards are continuing a seven-year fall, setting the scene for class conflict.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019
The fight to defend refugees can only advance through a struggle by the working class against the right-wing nationalist policies of the entire political establishment, including Labor and the Greens.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 August 2019
More than 116,000 people across Australia, or one in every 200, are currently without a home; a quarter of these are young people aged between 12 and 24.
By Martin Scott, 12 August 2019
“If there was no danger to the public, and if he was contained in his own house and not doing anything, one would have to ask ‘why in the hell is he gone?’”
By Margaret Rees, 3 August 2019
A large gap has emerged between the official statistics and the standard of living, thanks to skyrocketing prices for essential goods and services, as opposed to prices for discretionary items.
By Paul Bartizan and Richard Phillips, 2 August 2019
Multiple faults in new apartment buildings have become a factor in the bursting of a debt-fuelled property bubble that is threatening thousands of jobs.
By Mike Head, 27 July 2019
“When businesses are nervous, they don’t want to invest,” Philip Lowe warned a corporate lunch audience.
By Max Newman, 26 July 2019
Former residents of a disability centre in Newcastle have died after being transferred to under-funded group homes via the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
By Jenny Campbell, 22 July 2019
Nurses and other Earle Haven staff members watched in horror and shame as patients were left in limbo, with their medications, patient records and equipment quickly removed from the premises.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2019
Successive governments, both Liberal-National and Labor, have enriched the corporate elite at the expense of the working class.
By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2019
Testimony by care workers, patients and family members has underscored how the cost-cutting drive for profit jeopardises the health, safety and quality of life of elderly people.
By Margaret Rees, 13 July 2019
The “Cold and Lonely” study points to an often-hidden social crisis—the avoidance or under-consumption of heating by people who must ration their energy use so they can pay their bills.
By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2019
Woolworths, one of Australia’s two major supermarket chains, last month announced a restructure that endangers thousands of jobs across the country.
By Mike Head, 6 July 2019
By voting for the massive tax cuts, Labor further repudiated its bogus election rhetoric against “the big end of town” and for a “fair go” for working people.
By Mike Head, 4 July 2019
The second cut in two months is a sign of fear in ruling circles of the intensifying impact of the global turmoil on the domestic economy.
By Mike Head, 27 June 2019
Bernardi’s decision underscores the ongoing refashioning of the political establishment in a right-wing populist direction to try to divert seething social discontent.
By John Wilson, 24 June 2019
Hundreds of Mascot Tower residents still have no idea when the structurally unsafe building will be repaired, so that they can finally return to their homes.
By Mike Head, 22 June 2019
The wealthiest layers of society would enjoy the biggest tax handouts since the Hawke and Keating Labor governments of 1983 to 1996.
By Mike Head, 21 June 2019
Corporate outlets have declared that John Setka’s removal is the first “test” of Anthony Albanese’s leadership in turning Labor further to the right.
By John Wilson, 17 June 2019
The event underlines the escalating crisis in housing and apartment building and the cost-cutting methods used during the past two decades.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2019
The John Setka affair is an initial “test” set by the corporate elite for the Labor and union leaders of their capacity to suppress rising working-class unrest.
By Terry Cook, 13 June 2019
The ruling is part of a decades-long assault on workers’ pay and conditions enforced by successive governments and the trade unions.
By Tessa Hugo, 7 June 2019
The tragedy exposes a deep crisis within Australia’s healthcare system, which leaves scores of young people and workers unable to receive the treatment they often desperately need.
By Max Boddy, 3 June 2019
So torturous are the conditions confronting the more than 500 asylum seekers still on Manus—some for nearly seven years—that many have inflicted bodily injury to themselves.
By Mike Head, 1 June 2019
The annual Rich List, along with the outcome of the latest minimum wage case, underscore the acceleration of social inequality in Australia and around the world.
By John Harris, 31 May 2019
Children as young as ten have been held in maximum security facilities, where they have been subjected to horrific abuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 March 2019
Analysts have warned that a host of global factors could transform the downturn into a full-blown economic crash.
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By the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2019
The IYSSE will distribute the following statement tomorrow at high school student strikes demanding immediate action to resolve climate change and environmental destruction.
By Martin Scott, 13 March 2019
Working hand-in-hand with BlueScope management, the Australian Workers Union claimed that the fate of the multi-billion dollar company depended on “sacrifices” being made by its employees.
By our reporters, 12 March 2019
“If Julian doesn’t receive freedom, if Chelsea Manning is not released, then we are going down a slippery slope.”
By Mike Head, 4 March 2019
With a federal election due in May, the corporate elite is insisting that austerity measures must be imposed.
By Cheryl Crisp and John Mackay, 12 February 2019
“The thing is, if NSWA treated their staff the way their staff treat the public, there would be no issue.”—Steve McDowell
By Paul Bartizan, 6 February 2019
The fire at central Melbourne’s NEO200 high-rise apartment was caused by the same flammable panels used on London’s Grenfell Tower.
By John Wilson, 30 January 2019
Engineers for the body corporate have still not signed off on the safety of the apartment block, which was evacuated last month.
By John Harris, 25 January 2019
The union created the conditions for the company attack and has isolated the workers since they were locked-out on Saturday morning.
By Mike Head, 18 January 2019
Regardless of all the promises, a sharp downturn will drive another wave of austerity measures and job-shedding once an election is out of the way.
By our reporters, 8 January 2019
Residents of Opal Tower in Sydney have been living in temporary accommodation since the discovery of large broken concrete panels in the building.
By John Wilson, 7 January 2019
Residents have been told they must wait at least another week before they can reoccupy the building because the specific cause of the cracking has yet to be identified.
By our reporters, 3 January 2019
Self-regulation and self-certification have been introduced in every area of the construction industry over the past 25 years, to speed up approval processes and maximise profits.
By Cheryl Crisp, 27 December 2018
Scrutiny of the “Root Cause Analysis” forces reversal of allegation against veteran NSW paramedic.
By Mike Head, 20 December 2018
ACTU secretary Sally McManus invoked the spectre of a tsunami of social unrest unless a Labor government bolstered the policing role of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 18 December 2018
The protests in Sydney and Melbourne will demand that the government take immediate action to secure Assange’s return to Australia, with a guarantee against extradition to the US.
By our reporters, 15 December 2018
“The Australian government’s role in the attacks on Assange has been pathetic, gutless, disgraceful. They just do what the US deep state tells them to do.”
By Mike Head, 14 December 2018
For all the “fair go” rhetoric, Labor’s three-day conference will seek the backing of big business for a government that can suppress unrest, impose austerity and prepare for further US-led wars.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 December 2018
Sydney’s house prices registered their sharpest monthly decline in 14 years, accompanied by rising mortgage stress and indications of a broader economic slowdown.
By Gary Alvernia, 29 November 2018
The discovery of a dead baby at Surfers Paradise is a tragic expression of intensifying poverty, social inequality, underfunding of public services and government indifference.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 November 2018
Scott Morrison’s comments expressed the acute fear of the ruling establishment that students and young people are beginning to enter into political struggle.
By Max Newman, 13 November 2018
A new report shows that nearly 80 percent of those cut off benefits are at risk of homelessness.
By Richard Phillips, 18 October 2018
Racing industry, media and government bullying of Opera House management was angrily rejected by tens of thousands of Sydney residents.
By Michelle Stevens, 8 October 2018
The statistics point to a deepening social crisis, particularly in working class and rural areas, with the worst impact on indigenous families.
By Mike Head, 5 October 2018
The loss of “unquestionably strong” status is another indicator of a potential property and financial crash, with devastating consequences.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 September 2018
Testimony indicated that the major insurance companies had breached their own regulations more than 30,000 times without incurring any substantial penalties.
By Martin Scott, 24 September 2018
Students confront a housing affordability crisis, low-paid work and a mountain of tuition debt.
By Margaret Rees, 22 September 2018
After working their entire lives, older workers are not guaranteed even a roof over their head.
By Mike Head, 19 September 2018
The prospect of a financial meltdown is propelling a drive to refashion the political establishment to suppress the anticipated eruption of working-class unrest.
By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2018
The two teenagers were so terrified of being taken into police custody that they tried to escape by swimming across a dangerous river.
Australian government calls royal commission into aged care but numerous reports have already exposed major crisis
By Clare Bruderlin, 17 September 2018
Neglect, mistreatment and shocking conditions are an everyday reality for many now living in residential aged care.
By Kaye Tucker, 12 September 2018
Professional performing artists and support crews have a 74-year average life expectancy, ten years less than the general Australian population.
By Richard Phillips, 10 September 2018
Figures published last week by the Guardian reveal that over 400 Aborigines have died whilst in the custody of Australian police and prison officers since 1991.
By John Harris, 28 August 2018
As elsewhere globally, the wealth of Australia’s richest has swollen over the past two decades, alongside mounting financial stress for millions of people.
By John Harris, 23 August 2018
The killing is the latest in a series of violent attacks perpetrated by prison officers.
By Martin Scott, 18 August 2018
The Coroner’s Court was told that 42 percent of those shot by police in Australia between 1989 and 2011 were suffering from a mental illness.
By Mike Head, 17 August 2018
It is clear from the events of this week that the government’s two signature policies are in tatters.
By E. Ballesteros, 9 August 2018
Footscray Hospital is one of three acute and sub-acute hospitals managed servicing a major working-class region of the Victorian state capital.
By Hugh Peters, 30 July 2018
The exploitative practices are the outcome of the gutting of permanent jobs by employers and successive governments, assisted by the trade unions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2018
The poll showed that the growing attraction to socialism is closely related to a rise of anti-capitalist sentiments.
By Mike Head, 22 June 2018
The tax plans are designed to boost corporate profits and investors’ incomes under conditions of global turmoil and trade war.
By Terry Cook, 11 June 2018
Decades of job destruction have produced a “gig economy,” with many young workers unlikely to ever hold a full-time job.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2018
The wealthiest six individuals alone control almost as much wealth as the poorest 20 percent of the population.
By Cheryl Crisp, 26 May 2018
The proponents of feminist identity politics provide a cover for the social conditions that led to the tragedy.
By Paul Bartizan, 21 May 2018
Despite last year’s Grenfell Tower disaster in Britain, Australian governments refuse to take any serious action to remove flammable cladding or stop its widespread use.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 May 2018
The inflated housing bubble has created a social disaster, especially for recipients of poverty-level government welfare.
By John Mackay, 26 April 2018
Deepening cuts to public health funding mean patients confront higher out of pocket charges from doctors, clinics and hospitals.
By Mike Head, 23 April 2018
Public outrage has mounted as damning evidence emerges from hearings conducted by a royal commission into financial services.