By Mike Head, 17 May 2013
Tony Abbott declared that a “budget emergency” required the imposition of Labor’s $43 billion cutbacks.
By Nick Beams, 15 May 2013
Labor’s budget has set in motion a series of spending cuts that will impact directly on working-class families and low-income earners
By our reporters, 15 May 2013
In both Sydney and Melbourne, the actions of the rally organisers were aimed at preventing the SEP candidates from advancing an alternative socialist perspective.
By Patrick O’Connor, 13 May 2013
The new arrangements are aimed at aligning PNG more closely with the US-led strategic confrontation with China.
By Zac Hambides—SEP Senate candidate for NSW, 13 May 2013
Labor’s agenda in tertiary education is to strangle funding and complete the transformation of universities into thoroughly corporatised institutions.
By Mike Head, 11 May 2013
The Labor government is moving to impoverish hundreds of refugees seeking to exercise their basic legal right to appeal to a court.
11 May 2013
A total of 10 SEP candidates will stand for the Senate in five states.
11 May 2013
Behind the backs of the population, the Labor government has joined the preparations by US imperialism for war against China.
By James Cogan, 10 May 2013
US imperialism is determined to prevent China’s economic expansion from enabling Beijing to supplant Washington as the dominant power in Asia.
By Mark Church, 10 May 2013
The government has vowed to continue its “Pacific Solution” and imprisonment of children despite the medically unsafe and inhuman conditions.
By John Chan, 9 May 2013
The 2013 annual Pentagon report on the Chinese military depicts China as an aggressor threatening global cyber security and regional stability in Asia-Pacific.
By Mike Head, 8 May 2013
The SAS operation in Martin Place was a highly-visible use of troops.
By Nick Beams, 8 May 2013
Australia is becoming embroiled in the global currency wars being fuelled by the “quantative easing” programs of the world’s major central banks.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 May 2013
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has revived his campaign for an end to the “age of entitlement.”
By James Cogan, 6 May 2013
The document provides unconditional backing to Washington as it intensifies pressure on Beijing and prepares for a military confrontation.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 May 2013
The current border stand-off between India and China reflects the explosive political tensions unleashed by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Mike Head, 4 May 2013
The frontal assault on social services in Queensland is a warning of what is being prepared nationally, whoever wins the September federal election.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 May 2013
The government’s disability scheme and education funding model are pro-market measures aimed at privatising social services and slashing long-term public spending.
By Mark Church and James Cogan, 3 May 2013
The deployment of the HMAS Sydney is part of preparations by the Australian military for participation in larger US operations to contain China.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 May 2013
The Anzac Day events in 2013 have been part of the ideological preparation for the new wars being planned behind the backs of the Australian population.
By Peter Symonds, 1 May 2013
The CSIS paper marks a shift from the rhetoric of nuclear disarmament to the planning and preparing for actual nuclear war—above all, against China.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 April 2013
Gillard’s pre-budget speech underscores the fact that she heads a pro-business government committed to making working people bear the burden of the economic crisis.
By Frank Gaglioti and Patrick O’Connor, 27 April 2013
The teachers’ union is seeking to bureaucratically suppress all discussion and speedily ram through the agreement.
Socialist Equality Party to contest Australian federal election: A socialist program to fight the drive to war
By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 April 2013
The central objective of our campaign is to develop a broad, international anti-war movement among workers and young people on the basis of a socialist and internationalist program.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2013
The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative functions as a prop for the trade unions and an accomplice of the federal Labor government.
By Zac Hambides and Mark Church, 25 April 2013
A Fair Work Ombudsman’s report seeks to provide a legal and political framework to legitimise de facto forced labour.
By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2013
All the legislative machinery is in place to impose virtual martial law in an Australian city, as was done in Boston.
By James Cogan, 24 April 2013
The heads of Ford and Toyota in Australia have joined General Motors Holden (GMH) executives in threatening to shut down manufacturing operations in Australia if there is any reduction in the financial subsidies from federal and state governments.
By Mike Head, 23 April 2013
The Grattan Institute launched a broadside against the major parties for “raising expectations about what government can and should deliver.”
By Frank Gaglioti, 22 April 2013
The Australian Education Union resorted to blatant lies about the wages component of the new agreement.
By Terry Cook, 22 April 2013
The death could have been avoided had the employers and union acted on safety issues raised by workers two weeks earlier.
By Mike Head, 20 April 2013
CSR Viridian workers face a concerted operation by the AWU and the Labor government to block any resistance to the shutdowns and job losses.
Public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne
20 April 2013
The SEP’s election campaign will expose the accelerating drive to war and give the widespread opposition to militarism a powerful voice and the means for its conscious political expression.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 April 2013
The Business Council of Australia has outlined pre-election demands aimed at boosting corporate profits and productivity at the expense of workers.
By our correspondents, 18 April 2013
IYSSE members spoke at rallies in Sydney and Melbourne against the Labor government’s huge cutbacks to university funding.
By Will Marshall, 17 April 2013
Behind the backs of teachers, the union is engaged in closed door discussion with the state Liberal government to finalise a sell-out enterprise bargaining agreement.
By Mike Head, 17 April 2013
Joblessness has risen to depression levels, and is worsening, in suburbs across Australia.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2013
“The Pentagon has started to ‘think about the unthinkable’: a military strategy for fighting and winning a potential war against China.”
By James Cogan, 15 April 2013
The rhetoric over WMDs was the propaganda screen behind which the mercenary decision was made to participate in a war of aggression because of the US-Australia alliance.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 April 2013
The news sheds fresh light on Carr’s sudden and unusual elevation from retired state premier to unelected federal senator and foreign minister in March last year.
By Nick Beams, 13 April 2013
The Bank of Japan’s “quantitative easing” policy will both fuel the deepening global economic crisis and stimulate further attacks on the Japanese working class.
By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2013
The unstated purpose of Australia’s Border Protection Command is to monitor key Asian shipping lanes as part of the US preparations for war against China.
By Mike Head, 12 April 2013
Hundreds of refugees are leaving because of severe economic hardship and repression by the Sri Lankan government and the military.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 April 2013
Rudd’s international tour reflects concerns in ruling circles about the growing danger of war between China and the US.
By James Cogan, 9 April 2013
The sackings will take the number of job losses in the Australian car industry to close to 2,000 in the past 12 months alone.
By Peter Symonds, 6 April 2013
The committee’s purpose is to refocus all aspects of the Australian state apparatus on China as an integral part of Washington’s confrontational policies toward Beijing.
By James Cogan, 6 April 2013
The military expansion will inevitably be at the expense of the living standards of the working class.
By Erika Zimmer, 5 April 2013
A revealing letter underscores the regressive nature of the “Local Schools Local Decisions” staffing agreement that the union signed with the state government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 April 2013
Prominent supporters of ousted Labor leader Kevin Rudd have spent the past week condemning Prime Minister Gillard for waging “class warfare”.
By Oliver Campbell, 4 April 2013
Union officials covered up the role of the federal Labor government and its pro-market “revolution” in university education.
By Mike Head, 3 April 2013
The ruling sheds light on the lawless methods to which the government is resorting amid a reactionary anti-refugee bidding war with the Liberal-National Party opposition.
By Mike Head, 29 March 2013
Far from being confined to “bikie gangs,” these laws create a framework that could potentially be used to outlaw other organisations, including political parties.
By Mike Head, 27 March 2013
The CSR workers face a fight not just against the company but also the Labor government and the trade unions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 March 2013
The new Labor appointments underscore the depth of the crisis confronting the deeply divided minority government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 March 2013
Following last week’s abortive challenge to Prime Minister Gillard, big business has backed calls by several of her prominent opponents to reclaim the “reform” legacy of the Hawke-Keating Labor governments.
By Peter Symonds, 23 March 2013
The current political crisis of the Labor Party is intimately bound up with the worsening global economic crisis and rising geo-political tensions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 March 2013
None of the political issues underlying the government’s protracted crisis has been resolved.
By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2013
Gillard remains in office with the backing of the same forces that installed her in 2010—powerful sections of the corporate elite and the Obama administration in Washington.
By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2013
The immediate trigger has been the government’s attempt to push through media regulation bills that have provoked fierce opposition from Australia’s media barons.
By Mike Head, 19 March 2013
If the government thought its media legislation would appease the media moguls, it miscalculated badly.
By Mike Head, 18 March 2013
The government is continuing to lie in the most bald-faced manner about the entire affair.
By Mark Church, 16 March 2013
The Liberal opposition and Labor government are engaged in a vile competition to whip up anti-refugee and anti-foreigner xenophobia.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 March 2013
Gillard and the trade unions have worked hand in hand with big business to spearhead a sweeping restructuring of the Australian economy.
By Terry Cook, 13 March 2013
Prime Minister Gillard is consciously seeking to incite xenophobia against “foreign workers”, as a means of diverting escalating social tensions.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2013
Workers at CSR’s Viridian factories in western Sydney denounced the closure of their plants and the destruction of their jobs.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 March 2013
The immediate aim is to pressure the Labor government ahead of the federal budget in May.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 March 2013
Entrenched hostility among ordinary people toward the federal Labor government was a significant factor in the vote.
By Dragan Slavkov and Celeste Lopez, 9 March 2013
The escalating assault on jobs, living standards and basic services will widen the already glaring levels of inequality.
By Mike Head, 8 March 2013
The rulings eviscerate the supposed implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2013
Underlying Ballieu’s ouster is significant frustration within ruling circles over his government’s failure to implement harsher austerity measures.
Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site
6 March 2013
In the 15 years since the World Socialist Web Site began publication on February 14, 1998, it has established itself as the most widely read and authoritative socialist publication in the world, accessible in 19 different languages.
By Terry Cook, 5 March 2013
The deepening global slump, particularly throughout Europe, is intensifying the increasingly cut-throat competition in the communications industry.
By Mike Head, 4 March 2013
Gillard’s speech was peppered with anti-foreigner jibes, designed to divert the mounting disaffection over deteriorating living standards.
By Gabriela Zabala, 2 March 2013
The AMWU has colluded with the company and its receivers to keep workers in the dark, police the closure and isolate the Rosella workers.
By Joe Lopez, 28 February 2013
Industrial action by nurses, drawing support from other workers, threatened to raise uncomfortable questions for the Liberal government, the Labor opposition and the union.
By James Cogan, 26 February 2013
Don Argus, former chairman of BHP Billiton and the National Australia Bank, declared that public spending in Australia, especially on welfare, was “unsustainable.”
By Frank Gaglioti, 26 February 2013
The decision serves to entrench the rights of biotech companies as they scramble to obtain, enforce and profit from patents on genetic material.
By Margaret Rees, 25 February 2013
Five years after three Indian students died in a house fire, the Coroners Court is still considering whether to hold an inquest.
By Terry Cook, 25 February 2013
The UAW worked closely with the Obama administration in restructuring the US auto industry, destroying thousands of jobs, slashing wages and dismantling conditions.
By James Cogan, 23 February 2013
Journalists are being fed leaks by “unnamed” Labor sources that Gillard will face a leadership challenge, possibly as soon as March 12, when parliament resumes.
By Mike Head, 22 February 2013
The deaths in the Indian Ocean highlight the terrible plight of people trying to flee persecution throughout Asia and globally.
By Richard Phillips, 21 February 2013
Behind the cynical claims of concern in parliament, the shocking social conditions are the direct responsibility of successive governments over the past two centuries.
By James Cogan, 20 February 2013
Having propped up the minority Labor government for two years, the Australian Greens have decided to jump the sinking ship prior to this year’s election.
By Joe Lopez and Patrick O’Connor, 20 February 2013
Both major parties—Labor and Liberal—are preparing ruthless austerity measures.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 February 2013
The new measures are centrally aimed at protecting one job, her own, as it appears increasingly likely that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will challenge for the leadership.
By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2013
The betrayal has particular significance because it was carried out by the new “progressive” PSA leadership, which includes the pseudo-lefts organisations.
By Mike Head, 16 February 2013
The Labor government knowingly allowed one of its citizens to “disappear” into Israeli detention and die in solitary confinement.
By Susan Allan, 15 February 2013
Yesterday’s strike and mass meeting underscored the determination of the union bureaucracy to suppress any opposition to its plans for a deal that will further undermine wages, conditions and public education.
By Terry Cook, 15 February 2013
The Labor government has not “created” jobs, but enforced a relentless wave of job destruction throughout the economy.
By Mike Head, 14 February 2013
The ACC’s extraordinary powers, including to conduct forced interrogations, overturn fundamental legal and democratic rights established over centuries.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 13 February 2013
Students and working class youth are struggling to survive on the poverty-level dole, education allowances and in poorly paid casual jobs.
By Mike Head, 12 February 2013
After attempting to block the release of the tax data, the Labor government eventually revealed the miniscule amount raised by the Minerals Resource Rent Tax.
By Mike Head, 11 February 2013
The source of the constant pressure on athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs is the multi-billion-dollar profits being made from the sports-media-entertainment industry.
By Will Morrow, 11 February 2013
The article is aimed at preventing teachers from drawing the real lessons from the Chicago teachers strike, so that Socialist Alternative can carry out the same disastrous policies in Australia.
By Terry Cook, 11 February 2013
The dispute comes amid increasing complaints by the corporate elite that Australian labour costs have become “too expensive”.
9 February 2013
By Nick Beams, 9 February 2013
Two leading economists have forecast a big “downward adjustment” in Australian incomes.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2013
The seven-month campaign has begun with the arrest of a suspended Labor MP, two ministerial resignations, polling pointing to an electoral wipe-out, and speculation about a renewed leadership challenge.
By Terry Cook, 4 February 2013
The CFMEU is making “foreign” workers the scapegoat for the massive job destruction that has taken place under the Labor government, with union support.