By Mike Head, 23 August 2018
Whatever the immediate outcome of this turmoil, the schism tearing apart the ruling Liberal-National Coalition will worsen.
By John Harris, 23 August 2018
The killing is the latest in a series of violent attacks perpetrated by prison officers.
By James Cogan, 22 August 2018
The Liberal Party, along with sections of the rural-based National Party, is in the process of being refashioned into a Trump-style movement.
By Mike Head and James Cogan, 21 August 2018
The constant factor in the turmoil of official Australian politics has been political tensions arising from ever more volatile international geo-strategic and economic conflicts.
By Margaret Rees, 20 August 2018
Triple 0 callers were told an ambulance was on the way when it had not been dispatched.
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 Terry Cook, 18 August 2018
The stoppage expresses growing opposition to the corporate giant’s global cost-cutting operation.
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 Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2018
The TWU’s suppression of the stoppage was the outcome of a sordid back-room conspiracy, involving the union, the companies and the Victorian state Labor government.
By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2018
The Murdoch media empire is prepared to spend vast sums to defeat Rush’s defamation suit.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 August 2018
Fraser Anning’s diatribe is the logical outcome of the nationalist policies supported by the entire political establishment.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 August 2018
The strike expresses mounting anger among transport workers across the country over the consequences of a privatisation agenda imposed by Labor and Liberal-National governments.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2018
Amid a deepening crisis of the political establishment, the pseudo-left organisations are seeking to channel growing discontent back behind Labor and the unions.
By Mike Head, 13 August 2018
There is evident alarm that the Trump administration’s protectionism could have flow-on effects for Australian exporters and throw into doubt Washington’s global reliability.
By Max Newman, 10 August 2018
Coroner rules Hamid Khazaei’s death was a “preventable” outcome of “the policy of offshore processing.”
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 Terry Cook, 8 August 2018
The communications company is pushing a new enterprise agreement containing wage rises well below rapidly rising inflation.
By our reporters, 4 August 2018
African-Australian youth rally to denounce divisive hysteria whipped up by the political and media establishment.
By our reporters, 4 August 2018
The meetings were the only events to warn of the anti-democratic implications of the legislation, and place it in the context of the preparations for war with China.
By Mike Head, 3 August 2018
Confronted by growing social and political unrest, corporate executives are preparing to pursue their interests via a Labor government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 August 2018
The deal marks a new stage in a protracted restructuring of corporate media organisations, dictated by the financial elite.
By Mike Head, 2 August 2018
Jennifer Robinson said the WikiLeaks editor wants to exercise his right to return to Australia, provided he is protected from extradition to the US.
By Cheryl Crisp, 2 August 2018
The “opt out” health database faces mounting public concern over official and corporate surveillance.
By Max Newman, 1 August 2018
Successive governments flouted the law to declare asylum seekers “offshore arrivals.”
By Richard Phillips, 1 August 2018
Rush’s amended submission documents ongoing detrimental reportage by Murdoch publications.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2018
The prosecution of Collaery and Witness K is bound up with the wider drive toward a US-led military confrontation of China, which the Australian ruling elite is committed to supporting.
By Mike Head, 30 July 2018
Despite large swings against the government, the opposition Labor Party’s vote barely rose from its historic lows.
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 Mike Head, 28 July 2018
A decade after its “education revolution,” Labor prepares an even deeper market-driven “review” of universities and technical colleges.
By Terry Cook, 28 July 2018
The ExxonMobil subsidiary is tearing up jobs, wages and working conditions in its Bass Strait gas operations.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 July 2018
The five simultaneous elections are part of a mounting crisis of the official parliamentary establishment.
By Mike Head, 26 July 2018
The joint AUSMIN statement reaffirmed a “steadfast and enduring” alliance dating back to World War I.
By Mike Head, 25 July 2018
Having just enacted draconian “foreign interference” bills, the government has now handed millions of dollars to think-tanks devoted to pro-US propaganda.
By Mike Head, 24 July 2018
Universities would be placed under wartime-style scrutiny, prohibited from undertaking research with countries regarded as US enemies, especially China.
By Hugh Peters, 24 July 2018
The attack on democratic rights points to administration fears that years of cuts have produced seething discontent among students and staff.
By Max Newman, 23 July 2018
The treatment of Gnaneswaran and his family is akin to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy by which children have been ripped away from their parents.
By Richard Phillips, 21 July 2018
“Society is literally screaming out for more openness and accountability in all sectors.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 July 2018
The ACTU is seeking to corral their dwindling memberships behind Labor and shore up the unions’ position as an industrial police force.
By Mike Head, 20 July 2018
The FITS Act will require registration by all individuals and organisations deemed to collaborate with overseas entities in any political activity.
By Mike Head, 19 July 2018
The “anti-interference” legislation goes far beyond spying by foreign agents.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 July 2018
Malcolm Turnbull’s remarks are part of a broader attempt to whip up nationalism and anti-immigrant xenophobia.
By Eric Ludlow, 18 July 2018
Toxic blazes continue to erupt at Australian recycling plants as companies stockpile tonnes of dangerous waste material.
By Mike Head, 17 July 2018
Australia’s political establishment, under mounting pressure from Washington to take a more aggressive stand against China, is already selecting targets to test the new laws.
By our reporters, 17 July 2018
The Sydney meeting was the first public event held by an Australian political party against the anti-democratic legislation since it was rushed through parliament late last month.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2018
Media reports point to the ongoing conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assange’s political asylum in violation of international law.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2018
Testimony made clear that the banks routinely provided dubious loans that they knew small business owners and franchisees would have little chance of servicing.
In the name of combating foreign interference
By Mike Head, 14 July 2018
The government is seeking to prevent access to critical information that the public has the right to know.
By Richard Phillips, 13 July 2018
A few months before the fatal October 2016 accident, company officials ordered staff to stop spending money on repairs and maintenance.
By Richard Phillips, 13 July 2018
“This type of regulation of civil society is a prominent feature of repressive regimes. It is not a feature of open democracies.”
By our reporters, 13 July 2018
The Transport Workers Union has previously solicited donations from the bus company that it fraudulently claims to be leading a struggle against.
By Mike Head, 12 July 2018
The unprecedented laws were demanded by Washington as a model for legislation to demonise and suppress opposition to war, particularly against China.
By James Cogan, 11 July 2018
The legislation is particularly admired by America’s far right, the Trump administration and the US military-intelligence establishment.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 July 2018
Backed by the Australian government, Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, has established a virtual dictatorship.
By Richard Phillips, 10 July 2018
“The core message from Amnesty International on these laws is that we will not be changing the way we operate.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 July 2018
The unions now claim to be leading a “struggle” in defence of the workers, having enforced the destruction of their jobs 12 months ago.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2018
In 2010, Assange and WikiLeaks had committed no crime for informing millions about US war crimes. Today, under the new legislation, such courageous actions could attract a penalty of decades in jail.
By John Mackay and Cheryl Crisp, 9 July 2018
Tony Jenkins, 54, took his own life following a meeting with senior management in the New South Wales Ambulance Service.
Following passage of “foreign interference” laws
By Mike Head, 7 July 2018
The two regional imperialist powers are seeking to shore up their dominance in the southwest Pacific, in partnership with the US.
By Mike Head, 6 July 2018
In a sign of the government’s rush to enforce the new laws, they were given royal assent on June 29, just a day after being passed.
By Patrick Davies, 6 July 2018
The official response to a PFAS-related cancer cluster in the US city of Oakdale mirrors the indifference of Australian authorities to a similar health crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 July 2018
The case is the latest in a series of high-profile “terror” prosecutions which have not revealed any specific terror attack or plan.
By Terry Cook, 4 July 2018
The CFMMEU had worked to prevent the eruption of a struggle by construction workers against the laying of the criminal charges.
SEP to hold Brisbane meeting on new “foreign interference” laws: A move towards dictatorship and war
3 July 2018
The new legislation has been imposed amidst xenophobic hysteria in the parliament and the media over “Chinese influence” and “interference.”
By John Harris, 3 July 2018
The NTEU is isolating the struggles of its members, university by university, against deepening attacks on their conditions and pay.
By Max Newman, 2 July 2018
A campaign by the people of a small rural Queensland town has brought to light the horrors of Australia’s anti-refugee regime.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 July 2018
Farmers gave evidence that the terms of their bank loans were changed without notice and that they were forced into near-destitution through foreclosures.
By Mike Head, 30 June 2018
The ruling establishment regards the exposure of the illegal surveillance as a threat to the US-led “Five Eyes” global spy network.
Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike
30 June 2018
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By Mike Head, 29 June 2018
Totalling some 150 pages, the two bills constitute a far-reaching assault on fundamental legal and democratic rights.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 June 2018
The Liberal-National government is seeking to force increasingly poverty-stricken young people to repay student debts.
By Mike Head, 28 June 2018
The “war on terrorism” is again being exploited to expand powers to call out the military at home.
By James Cogan, 28 June 2018
Leading Democratic senators, including Diane Feinstein and Mark Warner, have declared they are “extremely concerned about Ecuador providing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”
By Max Newman, 27 June 2018
A tragic death shows how desperate and vulnerable people are being deliberately subjected to inhuman conditions to deter others from seeking asylum in Australia.
By Mike Head, 26 June 2018
The bills could be used to outlaw opposition to Australian involvement in any US-led military intervention, particularly a confrontation with China.
By Terry Cook, 26 June 2018
The chain’s liquidation underscores the parasitic role of private equity firms in collapses throughout the retail sector.
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 John Braddock, 25 June 2018
Claims of Chinese influence in Papua New Guinea are being ramped up ahead of November’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 June 2018
The telecommunications company is seeking to impose one of the largest mass sackings in Australian corporate history.
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.
“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights”
By our reporters, 22 June 2018
Workers and young people who attended the SEP’s Sydney rally denounced the persecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and demanded his immediate release.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 21 June 2018
SEP national committee member Linda Tenenbaum told the Sydney rally that the event was to initiate an international movement in defence of Assange and basic democratic rights.
By Evrim Yazgin, 21 June 2018
Evrim Yazgin, International Youth and Students for Social Equality president at the University of Melbourne, explained how Assange’s struggle for the truth had politicised a generation of young people.
By Sue Phillips, 21 June 2018
Committee For Public Education national convenor Sue Phillips told the Sydney rally that the defence of Assange is intimately connected to the fight for the democratic and social rights of students, educators and the working class.
By our reporters, 21 June 2018
“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights.”
By our correspondent, 20 June 2018
The vote indicates the emergence of highly significant opposition to the decades-long betrayals of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Speaking in Melbourne, SEP national secretary James Cogan indicted the Australian political and media establishment for their attacks on Assange and called for a turn to the working class.
By Max Newman, 19 June 2018
Successive Australian governments have pioneered many of the brutal measures now being taken in Europe and the US.
By James Cogan, 19 June 2018
This speech was delivered by James Cogan, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, to a rally organised by the SEP in defence of Julian Assange last Sunday in Sydney.
By John Pilger, 19 June 2018
Addressing last Sunday's SEP rally in Sydney, well-known filmmaker and documentarian, John Pilger exposed the role of Labor and Coalition governments, along with prominent journalists and editors in the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 19 June 2018
“Freedom of thought and expression is what this kind of rally brings. They’re trying to make an example out of Assange to silence all of us.”
By our correspondent, 18 June 2018
The NTEU is collaborating with management to introduce the “jobs families” plan that will force huge workloads onto 25 percent of teaching staff.
“We’re not asking Malcolm Turnbull to defend Assange, we are telling him!”
18 June 2018
Hundreds of people participated in Sunday's demonstration in Sydney Town Hall Square to demand Julian Assange's safe return to Australia. The rally, organised by the Socialist Equality Party, featured speeches from SEP Australia national secretary James Cogan and independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.
By our reporters, 18 June 2018
“We need heroes like Assange to continue this work and tell us the truth.”
Join the June 17 demonstration in Sydney and June 19 rallies to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 16 June 2018
The rallies and vigils will be important contributions to the development of an ongoing campaign to secure Assange’s freedom.
14 June 2018
In the wake of the Vault 7 leaks, the US state apparatus is even more determined to silence WikiLeaks and silence Assange.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 June 2018
The measure is a fundamental attack on the freedom of religion and expression and serves to stir up anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiments.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2018
The anti-China offensive sees a bipartisan front to ram through powers to crack down on political dissent.
A welcome development:
By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2018
Rush, the target of unsubstantiated allegations by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, will play Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
13 June 2018
Film and TV producer Tony Garnett said defending Julian Assange “is part of the fight for freedom, for the rights of the individual against state oppression.”
13 June 2018
The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.