Australia-ASEAN summit held amid US-China tensions

By James Cogan, 19 March 2018

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull sought to draw more ASEAN members toward the anti-China orientation of the more openly US-aligned states.

Liberals take office in South Australia with a minority vote

By Mike Head, 19 March 2018

The result is part of a wider pattern in recent Australian elections that points to the breakdown of the two-party political set-up, through which the capitalist class has ruled since World War II.

Australia’s industrial tribunal allows “super-union” merger

By Terry Cook, 19 March 2018

For decades, the three unions that amalgamated this month have imposed cuts to the jobs, wages and conditions of maritime, mining, textile and construction workers.

Australian government to push through anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 17 March 2018

Submissions to a parliamentary committee provided chilling examples of how the legislation will eviscerate freedom of political expression and organisation.

Australia: SEP meeting discusses government-media campaign over “African gangs”

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

The SEP has led a fight within the working class against the provocative hysteria against young people of African origin.

South Australian election campaign points to deepening political alienation

By Mike Head, 16 March 2018

No commentator has been able to predict the result, because of the ongoing collapse of support for the two major parties—Labor and Liberal.

Australia: By-election education “debate” reveals bogus Greens-Labor contest

By Frank Gaglioti and David Cohen, 16 March 2018

The event underscored the fraud of the efforts of Labor and the Greens in the Batman election campaign to present themselves as duelling “progressive” parties.

Australia: Unions preside over anti-democratic ballot to sell out NSW rail workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 March 2018

The rail unions have done everything they can to suppress any industrial and political struggle by workers.

Australia: Bileola residents protest at pre-dawn removal of Tamil refugee family

By Max Newman, 15 March 2018

People in a Queensland rural town are outraged at the pre-dawn Australian Border Force raid to seize and imprison a local family.

Pseudo-left groups form new “Victorian Socialists” electoral front in Australia

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 March 2018

The latest opportunist manoeuvre by the pseudo-left is a calculated response to immense disaffection within the working class towards the Labor Party.

Falling wages point to economic and social reality in Australia

By Mike Head, 14 March 2018

Instead of “jobs and growth,” the statistics point to increasing casualisation, real wage cuts and deepening social inequality.

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! Take up the fight for socialism!

By the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2018

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) distributed the following statement at university orientation week events across Australia and in New Zealand.

Australian pseudo-lefts feature at pro-imperialist #SaveGhouta rallies

By Zac Hambides, 13 March 2018

The real purpose of the rallies was to urge the US and other Western imperialist powers to directly militarily intervene into Syria.

Gas profits and China fears drive Australia-Timor boundary treaty

By Mike Head, 13 March 2018

There were concerns in both Canberra and Washington that Australia’s refusal to abide by international law was opening the door for China to acquire greater influence.

Sweet Country: Bitter truths about Aboriginal dispossession in Australia

By George Morley, 13 March 2018

Warwick Thornton’s second feature is a visually striking and powerful historical drama, which confronts audiences with some ugly truths about Australia’s colonial past.

Vote “no” in the postal ballot!

Australia: Rail authorities, unions push sellout deal in NSW train dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 March 2018

The agreement provides for continuous pro-business restructuring, job cuts and the elimination of working conditions.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 March 2018

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

Australia: “Silent invasion” book advocates war against China

By Mike Head, 8 March 2018

A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.

Australia: Anger erupts over privatised bus services in Newcastle

By Max Newman, 8 March 2018

Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers’ jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia

By our reporters, 7 March 2018

Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.

Deep social crisis ignored in South Australian election campaign

By Mike Head, 6 March 2018

After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with “SA Best.”

Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election

By Mike Head, 5 March 2018

Far from an “historic” victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Australian rail union pushes through sellout agreement at Pacific National

By Patrick Davies, 5 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has imposed another deal that slashes conditions and provides for the ever-greater use of casual labour by the freight operator.

Australian rail union prepares sellout in NSW train dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.

As Liberal-National government implodes

Australia’s corporate media promote Labor’s “new Keating”

By Mike Head, 28 February 2018

Two prominent interviews with Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen have touted his vows to revive the Hawke-Keating “reform” agenda.

Australian and New Zealand transport workers must unite their struggles

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 February 2018

The trade unions in both New Zealand and Australia are seeking to isolate workers in each country from each other in order to facilitate further attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australian government instability intensifies after deputy prime minister’s removal

By Mike Head, 27 February 2018

None of the sordid details now emerging about the high-level plotting to knife Barnaby Joyce can be understood outside the broader political context.

The advent of “pop-up” schools in Australia: Yet another assault on public education

By Erika Zimmer and Linda Tenenbaum, 27 February 2018

“Pop-up” schools are temporary replacements for the huge shortage of public schools capable of providing their students with the classrooms and other facilities they require.

Australian prime minister expands war commitments during Washington trip

By Mike Head, 26 February 2018

Turnbull was clearly under pressure to step-up Canberra’s participation in US military operations.

Australia: Locked-out Glencore coal mine workers face new provocations

By Terry Cook, 26 February 2018

As the union isolates the Oaky North workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating a protest picket near the Queensland mine.

Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne

The class issues behind the racist “African gang” campaign

26 February 2018

The government has promoted a lurid media campaign, seeking to elevate a few instances of petty crime into a virtual national security threat.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018

Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”

Australian deputy prime minister ousted via untested sexual harassment allegation

By Mike Head, 24 February 2018

The removal of Barnaby Joyce throws into further doubt the future of the already fragile Turnbull Coalition government.

Australia: Widespread discontent overshadows Tasmanian state election

By Mike Head, 23 February 2018

Under Liberal and Labor-Greens governments, the situation confronting the working class has continued to worsen.

Australian government to deport Tamil refugee despite torture warnings

By Max Newman, 22 February 2018

Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.

Australia’s “Barnaby Joyce crisis”: What is not being discussed

By Mike Head, 21 February 2018

The turmoil surrounding the deputy prime minister is a symptom of more fundamental frictions engulfing the government and the parliamentary establishment.

Australia: Union enforces another massive pay cut at Griffin Coal

By Terry Cook, 20 February 2018

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union isolated a protracted strike of maintenance workers before striking a sell-out enterprise agreement.

Australia: The 2014 union sell-out of NSW rail workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2018

The last enterprise agreement imposed by the rail union created the conditions for mass sackings and continuous pro-business restructuring.

Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective

SEP holds online meeting on the New South Wales rail dispute

By our reporter, 19 February 2018

The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

Ten years on: The fraud of Australian parliament’s “stolen generations” apology

By Mike Head, 17 February 2018

The appalling social situation confronting Australia’s indigenous people is one of the sharpest features of a broader impoverishment of the working class.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 February 2018

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

Public brawl erupts between Australian prime minister and his deputy

By Mike Head, 16 February 2018

An affair involving Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has become a vehicle for seeking to oust him and possibly the government itself.

Ex-general delivers first speech in parliament: Australia must “consider the next war”

By James Cogan, 16 February 2018

Molan and the wing of the political and military establishment for which he speaks want military spending dramatically ramped up.

Australia: NSW government privatises Sydney’s inner-west bus services

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.

Scientists warn of health costs of Australian heatwaves

By Frank Gaglioti, 15 February 2018

The extreme heat conditions have intensified and become more frequent due to the effects of global warming, resulting in a rising death toll.

Trump nominates anti-China hawk as US ambassador to Australia

By James Cogan, 14 February 2018

The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.

Australian Labor Party president warns of collapsing membership

By Mike Head, 13 February 2018

Mark Butler’s remarks point to a growing fear of the deepening hostility in the working class toward the Labor Party and the trade unions.

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at “African gangs” rally

By our reporters, 13 February 2018

The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.

Australian government used ASIO to stop refugees obtaining visas

By Max Newman, 12 February 2018

A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.

Australia: Union confirms sell-out agreement in NSW rail dispute includes job cuts

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2018

The real purpose of the marginal pay rise is to provide the union and the government with a pretext for imposing cuts to jobs and conditions.

Anti-China dossier highlights target of Australian “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 10 February 2018

A parliamentary submission depicts Chinese Australians as participants in a subversive Chinese Communist Party network.

Australia: Union pushes sell-out deal in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018

The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.

Australia: Why the RTBU is muzzling railworkers

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 February 2018

Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.

Australian electricity unions suspend industrial action

By Terry Cook, 6 February 2018

Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018

The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Australian Labor Party parliamentarian resigns over dual citizenship furore

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2018

David Feeney’s case underscores the reactionary character of the ongoing witch hunt.

Australian government defies criticism of sweeping “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 3 February 2018

The attorney-general suggested that the critics are playing into the hands of enemies seeking to damage Australia’s “national interests.”

Australian mining union isolates locked out Oaky North workers

By Terry Cook, 3 February 2018

The six-month lockout of coal miners is the longest in Australian history.

Australian cabinet files affair used to ramp-up “security” and US intelligence ties

By Mike Head, 2 February 2018

The ABC’s supposedly “alarming” discovery of the documents is being exploited to support sweeping new “foreign interference” bills.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills

Part 3: Far-reaching measures against political dissent

By Mike Head, 2 February 2018

Old “treasonous” offences are being “modernised” for a new period of war and political convulsions.

Australia: Government-union “negotiations” stall in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 February 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said it will enforce a court ban on any industrial action, while seeking a sell-out deal with the state government.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills

Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.

Australian Labor leader sounds alarm about popular hostility to political establishment

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”

Australian government unveils draconian “foreign interference” bills

Part 1: Preparing for war against China

By Mike Head, 31 January 2018

The legislation, targeting alleged “improper influence” by China and other “foreign states,” will have far-reaching consequences for free speech and political dissent.

Renewed push for Australia to build nuclear weapons

By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2018

The active discussion is another sign of sharpening geo-political tensions and the accelerating arms race by major powers around the world.

Another rapid rise in Australia’s prison population

By John Harris, 30 January 2018

The 40 percent increase over the past five years points to the escalating impact of “law and order” campaigns, anti-democratic bail laws and punitive sentencing requirements.

Accelerating concentration of wealth in Australia

By Mike Head, 29 January 2018

Of the 19 new billionaires created in Australia over the past 10 years, eight were added in the past year alone.

Australia: Lack of safety system contributed to injuries in rail crash

By Eric Ludlow, 29 January 2018

The Automatic Train Protection system would have reduced the seriousness of last week’s crash of a suburban train in Sydney, says expert.

New evidence of mistreatment in Western Australian juvenile prison

By Eric Ludlow, 27 January 2018

Amnesty International documents ongoing abuses amounting to torture in a youth detention centre.

Southeast Australian heatwaves signal a horror fire season

By Frank Gaglioti, 27 January 2018

Concerns are being raised that extreme heatwaves are becoming the new norm as a result of global warming and climate change.

Australia’s Manus Island refugees blockaded after sewage leaks

By Max Newman, 26 January 2018

Local residents were concerned because sewage was flowing from the unfinished detention camps into their houses.

SEP forum rallies opposition against racist “African gangs” campaign in Australia

By our reporters, 26 January 2018

The lively meeting in Melbourne was attended by workers and young people of African origin.

Asia-Pacific trade bloc reshaped, without the US

By Mike Head, 25 January 2018

The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.

Australia: Fair Work Commission bans Monday’s NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 January 2018

To combat the ruling, workers must break with Labor and the unions, and reject their bogus claims that the big business tribunal is an “independent umpire.”

Australian Paper workers strike over wages and conditions

By our correspondents, 25 January 2018

While the workers at Preston are determined to fight the company’s attack, the AMWU has left them isolated and is preparing a sellout deal.

Australia: Workers reject union-government attempts to cancel NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018

Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.

Australian rail accident causes 16 injuries

By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018

The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.

Craig McLachlan accused as Australian media steps up #MeToo witch-hunt

By Richard Phillips, 22 January 2018

McLachlan has decided to sue for defamation over allegations that he sexually harassed three women during the production of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.

Australian rail workers, bus drivers and commuters support NSW train strike

By our reporters, 22 January 2018

Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: Union officials desperately trying to prevent NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018

The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.

Australian power workers vote for industrial action

By Terry Cook, 20 January 2018

The overwhelming vote to strike reflects widespread anger over years of cost cutting, including a de facto wage freeze, enforced by the trade unions.

Students and staff to bear brunt of latest Australian university funding cut

By Mike Head, 20 January 2018

A two-year freeze on funding for undergraduate enrolments will be followed by pro-business “performance targets” imposed on university funding.

With Indo-Pacific tensions rising, Japan and Australia strengthen military ties

By Mike Head, 19 January 2018

Turnbull’s visit to Tokyo constitutes another warning that all the major powers in the region are preparing for war.

Australia: NSW state government axes longstanding reading program from public schools

By Erika Zimmer, 19 January 2018

“Reading Recovery” has been taught for more than 30 years, achieving significant results in improving literacy among disadvantaged students across New South Wales.

Australia: New South Wales rail workers to strike for 24 hours

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 January 2018

The rail union is seeking to prevent the stoppage, which reflects explosive anger among workers over the gutting of wages and conditions.

Australian media promotes fascists amid growing racist hysteria over “African gangs”

By Patrick Kelly, 16 January 2018

Channel 7 news aired an “exclusive” report on a meeting of fascistic organisations, promoting their vigilantism as “a kind of neighbourhood watch.”

Australia: Continuing chaos on Sydney’s trains

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2018

Amid ongoing delays and service cancellations, it emerged that Sydney Trains cut the number of station staff by more than a quarter between 2013-14 and last financial year.

Australian workers, youth speak out against witch-hunt over “African gangs”

By our reporters, 13 January 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.

Australian government spent $4 billion last year repelling or detaining refugees

By Max Newman, 12 January 2018

Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.

Australia: Sydney’s train system in a shambles

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2018

Thousands of commuters were left stranded this week, with delays and cancellations revealing an infrastructure and public transport crisis.

Australian minister lashes out at China over Pacific aid

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2018

Fierravanti-Wells declared that China was “duchessing” politicians in the Pacific, lending funds on unfavourable terms and financing worthless construction projects.

Prolonged fall in average Australian living standards

By Mike Head, 11 January 2018

The ever-greater gap between the fortunes of the wealthy and the deteriorating circumstances of working class families is escalating class tensions.

Australia: Port Kembla Coal Terminal locks out workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 January 2018

The move is part of a stepped-up offensive against mining, haulage and ports workers.

Australian aged care workers confront worsening conditions

By Michelle Stevens, 9 January 2018

Decades of government funding cuts, combined with the rise of corporate profit-making operators, have led to severe under-staffing.

Australian rail union collaborating with Pacific National to impose sell-out agreement

By Terry Cook, 8 January 2018

The RTBU deal further erodes working conditions, real wages and opens the way for increased casualisation.

South Australian Labor government slashes public sector jobs

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2018

The sackings indicate that the state election this March will be dominated by further austerity commitments from the main parties.

Australia: Ex-general agitates for stepped-up war preparations

By James Cogan, 6 January 2018

Creating a militarily “self-reliant” Australia is becoming the pretext for expanding the armed forces, and making a greater contribution to the operations of its American ally.

Australian government promotes racist diversion over so-called “African gangs”

By Patrick Kelly, 5 January 2018

Turnbull has sent a clear message that his government’s agenda for 2018 will consist of draconian new “law and order” measures, along with nationalist and racist hysteria.

Australia continues punitive treatment of refugees on Manus Island

By Max Newman, 5 January 2018

Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.

Australian Council of Trade Unions launches cynical campaign against casual employment

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 January 2018

The unions, working with successive Labor and conservative governments, have played the central role in the destruction of full-time jobs.