In Defence of Public Education in Australia and New Zealand
By our reporters, 29 April 2017
Teachers from at least five schools have convened meetings to reject the agreement between the Australian Education Union and the Victorian state Labor government.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 21 April 2017
The most detrimental, long-term aspect of the workplace agreement is that it includes sweeping commitments by the teachers' union to enforce a “performance-ranking” system.
By Susan Allan, 17 April 2017
If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?
By our reporters, 13 April 2017
The AEU has sought to suppress discussion of its latest sell-out, while falsely claiming it is a “victory” for teachers.
By David Cohen, 12 April 2017
The pseudo-lefts’ reluctance to openly call for a “yes” vote on the agreement only reflects their calculations that a “left” safety valve is needed to divert the hostility of teachers to the AEU.
By Susan Allan, 6 April 2017
On every key issue the teachers’ union and the Victorian Labor government have worked together to entrench and deepen the assault on the public education system.
By Susan Allan, 30 March 2017
Teacher union claims of a “great win for our members” are a fraud.
By our reporters, 21 March 2017
The media and government authorities are continuing to use unsubstantiated allegations of “Islamic extremism” in schools to whip-up an atmosphere of right-wing hysteria.
By Erika Zimmer, 21 March 2017
The devolution agenda is deepening the education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged, working class students, paving the way for US-style for-profit “charter schools.”
By Mike Head, 18 March 2017
Staff and students suffer as universities axe hundreds more jobs, usually via “voluntary” redundancy schemes, assisted by the trade unions.
By David Cohen, 15 March 2017
The new measures are aimed at extending the impact of the former Labor government’s NAPLAN testing regime and further undermining public education.
By our reporters, 14 March 2017
There is growing opposition among teachers, students and parents to the anti-democratic dismissal of the school principal, and the police spying programs that he allegedly opposed.
By Mike Head, 9 March 2017
Under the government plan, teachers are required to become informants on their students.
By Robert Campion, 30 January 2017
Profit-making colleges with dubious records have received millions of dollars in public funding under a scheme introduced by the former Labor government.
By Perla Astudillo, 10 January 2017
Increasing numbers of parents are feeling pressured to organise tutoring for their young children in “kindy boot camps” where they undergo structured learning and constant testing.
By Susan Allan, 5 January 2017
An already under-funded scheme for providing disability services to public school children in the state of Victoria is to be targeted for further cuts.
Beautiful Failures by Lucy Clark
By Karen Holland, 15 December 2016
Probing more deeply the causes of her daughter’s crippling anxiety during the last two years of school, Clark found a general consensus that “education is broken.”
By our reporters, 9 December 2016
Socialist Equality Party supporters challenged the union’s refusal to circulate the deal before forcing teachers to vote on it.
Demand the new agreement be circulated immediately! Delay the meetings to December 15!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 December 2016
The union has called stop-work meetings on December 8, for 50,000 public school teachers to vote on an agreement that they have neither read nor discussed.
By Frank Gaglioti, 17 November 2016
Inspectors will police standardised testing on behalf of the New South Wales government, with powers to close schools and dismiss “underperforming” teachers.
By Erika Zimmer, 16 November 2016
The new measures underscore the relationship between standardised testing schemes and the government’s cost-cutting agenda for public education.
By Mike Head, 29 September 2016
Dawkins appealed for Labor and the Coalition government to develop a bipartisan policy to further slash education spending and deny access to working class youth.
By our reporters, 1 September 2016
Sydney College of the Arts students and staff are continuing their protests against the University of Sydney administration’s attempts to transfer the highly-regarded fine arts tertiary institution onto another campus. Students spoke to WSWS reporters about the impact on their studies and their artistic work.
By our reporters, 1 September 2016
The ongoing protest coincided with a march on parliament by National Art School students and staff opposing merger plans at their facility.
By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 29 August 2016
Despite its highly conditional pledges, Labour has no intention of reducing ballooning debt and poverty among students.
By Patrick Kelly, 22 August 2016
The NAPLAN scores are being used to prepare the ground for new austerity measures for public schools and attacks on teachers’ conditions.
By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 18 August 2016
Under the plan, academic and professional staff positions will be slashed by 60 percent, or about 50 full and part-time jobs, and various specialised courses eliminated.
By our reporters, 11 August 2016
Universities are cutting costs, boosting class sizes and increasingly relying on poorly-paid and highly insecure casual teachers.
By Elle Chapman, 20 July 2016
The plans to close the Sydney College of the Arts are part of a pro-business restructure of the University of Sydney, and a broader attack on the arts.
By Chris Sinnema—SEP candidate for the Senate in Victoria, 30 June 2016
While Labor’s planned education funding is a hoax, its plans for regressive new measures against public school teachers are immediate and real.
Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 March 2016
The IYSSE is fighting for the development of an independent, socialist movement of the working class in opposition to the assault on education and the gutting of social spending.
By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 14 March 2016
The two teachers decided to go public, hoping to encourage other teachers to speak out about the escalating education crisis.
By Patrick Kelly and Frank Gaglioti, 9 March 2016
The Labor and union campaign for a new “Gonski” school funding model is a fraud from start to finish.
By John Braddock, 16 February 2016
Public education is supposed to be free, but families are being pressured to give more money to schools every year.
By Richard Phillips, 15 February 2016
The unions have torn up teachers’ hard-won struggle for job security by implementing new anti-democratic inspection regimes and streamlined sacking procedures.
By Erika Zimmer, 16 January 2016
Young people seeking vocational training are facing skyrocketing tuition fees.
By Evrim Ludlow, 26 October 2015
Despite union claims of “victory,” the Turnbull-led Coalition will push ahead with revised schemes to slash student funding.
By our correspondents, 21 March 2015
Support from students and WSWS readers has forced the university’s authorities to drop their outright refusal to allow the IYSSE to register a club this year.
By Oliver Campbell, 6 February 2015
The measures that the government is attempting to implement are the continuation of a bipartisan assault on higher education.
By Will Morrow, 23 January 2015
An editorial in the Australian newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education.
By Zac Hambides, 3 December 2014
This generation of young people will become the first in the post-war period to have a lower standard of living than their parents.
By Oliver Campbell, 12 November 2014
Thousands of students have been corralled into low-quality courses provided by private operators that are effectively funded by governments.
By Oliver Campbell and Zac Hambides, 27 October 2014
The National Union of Students is promoting the illusion that education can be defended by pressuring Labor and the Greens to block the Abbott government’s budget cuts.
By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014
Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.
By Erika Zimmer, 15 October 2014
The Abbott government is intensifying funding cuts and pro-market restructuring begun under the previous Labor government.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2014
Protest organisers have channelled public opposition into the dead-end of parliamentary manoeuvre, promoting the illusion that Labor and the Greens would block the budget measures.
By Chris Johnson and Mike Head, 28 August 2014
The Abbott government is deepening the pro-market assault on higher education begun by the previous Labor government.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 19 August 2014
The fight for education rights must be inseparably linked with the broader struggle against austerity, the attacks on democratic rights and the dangers of war.
By Zac Hambides, 14 August 2014
Sydney university students and staff are being diverted into another round of bankrupt appeals to the campus administration and the Labor opposition to stop job cuts.
By Zac Hambides, 13 May 2014
The incident provided a foretaste of the diversionary campaigns that will be organised by the pseudo-left as tonight’s budget measures provoke opposition.
By Mike Head, 22 April 2014
Labor’s pro-market funding system will be extended to private profit-making providers, allowing them to undercut the public universities.
Oppose the use of SSAF to attack student political clubs!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 4 April 2014
Members of political clubs at the university are being denied rights enjoyed by all other students, and attempts are being made to restrict or even proscribe their activities.
By our correspondents, 7 March 2014
IYSSE members won support, campaigning against an attempted university ban on “political members” being invited onto the campus.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia, 24 February 2014
For the first time at any university, University of Newcastle Clubs and Societies is re-interpreting the Students Services and Amenities Fee legislation to justify proscribing political activities.
By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2014
The AEU withdrew its court case and reached a secret deal with the Victorian state government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2014
The education minister said he wants the syllabus “to celebrate Australia.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 December 2013
The series of shifts has provoked consternation within ruling circles, with the recently elected government seemingly unable to impose spending cuts to education.
By Will Marshall and Patrick O’Connor, 29 October 2013
Each year, between 20 and 40 percent of teachers will be arbitrarily declared “underperforming,” denied incremental salary increases and threatened with dismissal.
By Mike Head, 24 October 2013
Picketing academics voiced wider discontent, including over the erosion of working conditions permitted by previous enterprise agreements.
By our correspondents, 23 September 2013
The state government’s cuts are part of the slashing of social programs across the board, amid the unravelling of the Australian mining boom.
By Joe Lopez, 22 August 2013
The WA funding model closely resembles the federal Labor government’s “Better Schools” plan.
By our reporters, 21 August 2013
The “day of action” was organised to promote the Greens’ federal election campaign and head off any struggle against the Greens-backed Labor government.
By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 27 July 2013
The NTEU is backing the Greens, the very party that has propped up the minority Labor government since 2010.
By a reporting team, 26 June 2013
Many residents were left without accommodation, or access to their possessions, when the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning.
By our reporters, 22 May 2013
The substantial “no” vote gave some indication of the growing hostility among teachers to the union’s betrayals.
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 our reporters, 8 May 2013
Union officials attempt to impose a new enterprise deal on Victorian public school teachers.
By Mike Head, 30 April 2013
Far from fighting the funding cutbacks, the NTEU is urging university managements to find ways to implement them.
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.
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.
For a political offensive of the working class to defend public education
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 April 2013
The deal stitched up by the union behind the backs of teachers accepts the central demands of the Victorian government and opens the way for further attacks on public education.
By Frank Gaglioti, 22 April 2013
The Australian Education Union resorted to blatant lies about the wages component of the new agreement.
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 Patrick O’Connor, 16 April 2013
Gillard is slashing university budgets to fund school “reforms” that will lead to public school closures and accelerate the shift of students into private schools.
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 Patrick O’Connor, 13 February 2013
The union bureaucracy has driven teachers into an impasse in the campaign for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.
By Mark Church, 29 January 2013
By charging the well-known economics professor with “serious misconduct”, UWS is sending a threatening message to all staff and students regarding opposition to its course and job cuts.
By Oliver Campbell, 7 December 2012
Ranking schools by NAPLAN literacy and numeracy test results is part of the Labor government’s regressive education agenda.
By Susan Allan, 29 November 2012
Even though the AEU has dropped its demand for a 30 percent wage rise, the state government is insisting on further major concessions.
By Mark Church, 22 November 2012
The sweeping cuts follow similar moves at other universities across the country, flowing from the Gillard government’s “education revolution.”
By our reporters, 21 September 2012
Workers expressed their hostility to the TAFE cuts and to both major political parties, Labor and Liberal.
By Chris Sadlier, 21 September 2012
Yesterday’s walkout was in response to new details on $300 million TAFE spending cuts.
By Keith Jones, 6 September 2012
The Parti Québécois has won enough seats to form a minority government, ending nine years’ of Liberal rule.
By our reporters, 6 September 2012
Education support workers and teachers in the Australian state of Victoria voice their anger over working conditions.
By our reporters, 6 September 2012
At a mass rally of 15,000 striking teachers, union officials prevented discussion on how to fight the Gillard government-led attack on public education.
6 September 2012
1. This meeting rejects the 2.5 percent public sector wage ceiling, performance pay, increased teaching hours and all productivity trade-offs. We demand smaller class sizes and permanency for all teachers, including for young teachers and Educational Support staff currently on contracts.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 September 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech yesterday marks a major step in the further undermining of public education.
By our reporter, 17 August 2012
About 2,000 technical college teachers and students marched through Melbourne yesterday.
By Margaret Rees, 15 August 2012
The unions are intent on diverting the anger over these devastating cuts into the dead end of a campaign for the return of a Labor state government.
By James Cogan, 29 June 2012
The large turn-out underscores the depth of concern over the “local schools” blueprint of the state and federal governments.
By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 22 June 2012
The conditions of international students in Melbourne and throughout Australia testify to the contempt of the major parties for the conditions of youth.
By our reporters, 8 June 2012
Angered by the state government’s regressive demands, record numbers of teachers stopped work yesterday.
By Frank Gaglioti and Patrick O’Connor, 6 June 2012
About 20,000 primary and secondary public school teachers in Victoria are expected to strike tomorrow.
By our reporters, 25 May 2012
Devolving powers to school principals is part of Labor’s misnamed “education revolution”, which has imposed student performance testing and the publication of ranking tables.
By Zac Hambides, 21 May 2012
The sackings at the University of New South Wales are the latest in a series of cuts occurring at universities across Australia.
By Margaret Rees, 15 May 2012
Entire courses will soon be eliminated, and some students will face a quadrupling of fees, making vocational education unaffordable for many working class youth.
By Erika Zimmer, 7 April 2012
The amalgamation of the primary and secondary schools is part of a wider cost-cutting agenda pursued by the federal and state governments.
By an ISSE reporting team, 6 April 2012
The significant turn-out revealed the extent of concern over the threatened job losses and the wider assault on universities being driven by the Gillard government’s “education revolution.”
By the International Students for Social Equality, 3 April 2012
The cuts are bound up with the federal Labor government’s market-driven “education revolution” funding scheme.
By Will Marshall, 14 March 2012
The NSW government has become the first state administration to outline the content of federal Labor’s far-reaching changes to the education system.