Australian Social Issues & Inequality
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.
By Mike Head, 30 March 2018
The setback could reignite the factional rifts that have wracked both the Liberal and National parties, especially since the Coalition government’s near-defeat in 2016.
By Margaret Rees, 23 March 2018
High medical payments and reduced income while patients are being treated or recovering from cancer are causing distress and avoidable deaths.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By Eric Ludlow, 27 January 2018
Amnesty International documents ongoing abuses amounting to torture in a youth detention centre.
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.
By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018
New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.
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.
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.
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2017
The political and media establishment has sought to channel the natural humanitarian response toward the victims in a reactionary direction.
By Patrick Davies, 27 December 2017
The suddenly re-drawn “red zone” encompasses another 250 households who were previously told that their properties were not affected and no health precautions were necessary.
By James Cogan, 20 December 2017
The “improvement” to the budget is coming from the ongoing assault on the living standards of the working class.
By Mike Head, 7 November 2017
Millions of welfare recipients were unable to contact Centrelink, the agency that administers their payments, causing enormous frustration and anger.
By Max Newman, 6 November 2017
Participants in the scheme must “buy” services from private operators, with their funds set by care plans imposed by a cost-cutting government agency.
By Michelle Stevens, 26 October 2017
Today’s widespread poverty, unemployment and social problems are the result of decades of job destruction imposed by successive governments, assisted by the trade unions.
By Michelle Stevens, 26 October 2017
”People are often embarrassed that they need help.”
By Patrick Davies, 19 October 2017
One Katherine resident, affected by the defence department’s poisoning of water supplies commented, “We’re collateral damage… it feels like our lives here really don’t matter.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2017
When Hatfield died, his lawyers were conducting a vigorous defence against robbery charges, to which he pled not guilty in the Armidale District Court.
By Nick Beams, 7 October 2017
The record run of the Australian economy, 26 years without a recession, has “flattered to deceive,” as major economic problems come to the surface.
By Richard Phillips, 28 September 2017
The report obscures the fact that responsibility for compromising building safety rests with governments, Labor and Coalition, which have undermined the regulatory system over the past 20 years.
By Gary Alvernia, 21 September 2017
The state Labor government and the meatworkers' union are working to ensure there is no organised opposition to the devastating closures.
By Richard Phillips, 12 September 2017
The punitive social welfare system is part of an escalating bi-partisan assault on the most vulnerable sections of society.
By Jason Quill and Oscar Grenfell, 7 September 2017
The Health Services Union welcomed the Victorian Labor government’s application for the federal Fair Work Commission to ban the stoppage.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 September 2017
The citizenship crisis is an attempt to suppress anti-war sentiment and class tensions by promoting nationalism and patriotism.
By Patrick Davies, 6 September 2017
The chemicals which are used in fire-fighting foam have been found at dangerous levels in water supplies near Royal Australian Air Force bases.
By Eric Ludlow and Oscar Grenfell, 31 August 2017
The ongoing property boom is forcing young people to live at home with their parents for longer, while creating a debt crisis for millions of working people.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 August 2017
The divergence between soaring property prices and stagnating wages, along with a massive increase in debt, has sparked fears of a housing market crash.
By Virginia Browne and Richard Phillips, 17 August 2017
Police have been given specific powers to arrest homeless people in Sydney, Australia’s largest and least affordable city.
By John Mackay, 14 August 2017
The staggering differences in health quality and life expectancy are a direct effect of widening social inequality.
By Margaret Rees, 11 August 2017
New research points to a rapidly growing number of fatalities, far outstripping heroin overdose deaths.
By Mike Head, 11 August 2017
A fraud on every level, the non-binding postal vote has nothing to do with the long-overdue recognition of the basic legal and democratic rights of all couples.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2017
Police shot a suicidal individual four times in the head and chest, even though he was holding only a pair of scissors.
By Richard Phillips, 27 July 2017
Safety and building engineers condemn deregulation, privatisation of building inspection and government cost-cutting.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 July 2017
The 2016 census found that just 31 percent of the population owned a home outright, a 10 percent decline over the past 25 years.
By John Mackay, 6 July 2017
People in working class areas die younger and have almost double the rates of poor health compared to residents of wealthier suburbs.
By Paul Bartizan and Richard Phillips, 27 June 2017
The dangers of aluminium composite panels were known to building authorities and relevant government ministers long before the Grenfell Tower disaster.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 June 2017
The new figures underscore the consequences of the intensified assault on the social position of workers, amid a deepening economic crisis.
By Mike Head, 29 May 2017
During 2016, the total wealth of the Rich 200 List mushroomed from $197.3 billion to $233.1 billion—a rise of about 18 percent—while average real wages fell.
By Mike Head, 19 May 2017
Real wages have been declining for four years, driven by the destruction of full-time jobs and the forcing of workers into part-time employment.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 May 2017
The unions and the major corporations are fearful that the case against the deal threatens the entire pro-business framework of enterprise bargaining.
By Mike Head, 12 May 2017
The measures are aimed at humiliating, vilifying and punishing the jobless, and stripping them of basic legal and democratic rights.
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 John Harris and Oscar Grenfell, 1 April 2017
The Liberal-National government is covering-up the dangerous conditions facing unemployed workers and young people forced onto Work for Dole programs.
By Michelle Stevens, 28 March 2017
Many working class people are now being forced to consider dropping their coverage, intensifying the healthcare crisis.
By John Harris, 11 March 2017
An ME Bank survey indicates that millions of workers and young people are living on a financial knife-edge.
By our reporters, 9 March 2017
Many young people are already deprived of weekend penalty wages, as a result of company-union wage-cutting deals.
By Margaret Rees, 8 March 2017
Conditions are deteriorating in hospitals as a result of the previous Labor government’s restructuring, which has deepened under the current Liberal-National government.
By Chris Sadlier, 7 March 2017
The tragedy is the outcome of growing unemployment and poverty, lack of affordable housing and inadequate welfare and mental health care facilities.
By Mike Head, 4 March 2017
Because of Labor’s pro-business record, the WA election has become a testing ground for Pauline Hanson’s anti-immigrant One Nation party.
By Robert Campion, 27 February 2017
Almost 60 percent of young people have been compelled to do unpaid labour, amid mounting unemployment and job insecurity.
By Max Newman, 23 February 2017
Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph is witch-hunting Muslim immigrants, claiming that they are “piling on the dole queue.”
By John Harris, 17 February 2017
Soaring housing prices are causing widespread financial stress and social hardship, especially for young people.
By our reporters, 15 February 2017
Union officials sought to divert the widespread anger into impotent appeals to the state Coalition government, while promoting the opposition Labor Party.
By Mike Head, 14 February 2017
Under intense pressure from the financial markets, the Turnbull government is seeking to slash social spending to enable cuts to business taxes.
By Frank Gaglioti, 13 February 2017
The February heatwave is among the hottest ever recorded in southeastern Australian cities and towns, where most of the country’s people live.
By Mike Head, 11 February 2017
By resuscitating previously blocked budget cuts, Turnbull’s government is intensifying the assault on welfare entitlements.
By Margaret Rees, 25 January 2017
Despite leaks of damning information by public sector workers, the Turnbull government is ratchetting up its attack on welfare recipients.
By Patrick Kelly, 24 January 2017
While unable to connect the Bourke Street incident to the bogus “war on terror,” the Victorian Labor government has used it to prepare far more stringent bail laws.
By Max Newman, 20 January 2017
Carers of people with a disability are being denied support programs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
By our reporters, 18 January 2017
Large contingents of police have used “move on” powers to shift groups of homeless people from busy areas of the city popular with tourists, including Flinders Street station.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2017
Contrary to the myth of Australia as an egalitarian society, it is among the most unequal industrialised countries in the world.
By Will Morrow, 13 January 2017
The cuts are the thin edge of the wedge of a far-reaching assault on the democratic right to a secure retirement.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2017
The government is dispatching thousands of “debt notices” demanding that current and former welfare recipients repay hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars.
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.
By Robert Campion, 31 December 2016
There has been virtually no media coverage of the spiralling trend, because it raises serious questions about the rising level of social inequality.
By Zac Hambides, 29 December 2016
Although racism undoubtedly plays a role in the cruel treatment of indigenous people by the police, Dhu’s death points to the high rate of deaths for all prisoners.
By Cheryl Crisp, 21 December 2016
The lectures establish the connection between social inequality, the living and working conditions of the poor, and the deterioration in their health outcomes.
By Mike Head, 20 December 2016
An air of unreality hung over the government’s budget update because of the worldwide uncertainty in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as US president.
By Mike Head, 16 December 2016
More than a third of the largest companies operating in Australia paid no tax in 2014-15 and multinational tax evasion cost an estimated $4.8 billion.
By Margaret Rees, 13 December 2016
Under the banner of “welfare fraud,” the government is seeking another pretext for gutting the entire welfare system.
By Kurt Brown, 7 December 2016
Melbourne, a city of more than three million people, ran out of ambulances as thousands of people suffered potentially fatal thunderstorm-related asthma.
By Mike Head, 3 December 2016
An estimated 6.6 million people—28 percent of the population—are living in areas of outright economic decline.
By Eric Ludlow, 24 November 2016
The repressive response to a so-called riot in the Melbourne juvenile prison is the latest example of the brutality being inflicted on teenage prisoners in Australia.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2016
Turnbull demanded “hard” economic and budgetary decisions that would “create winners and losers.”
By John Harris, 18 November 2016
A recent report points to a stark increase in rates of imprisonment and suicides.
By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2016
The campaign is a cynical attempt to divert attention from the crisis within the government by launching a “freedom of speech” crusade against the Racial Discrimination Act.
By Richard Phillips, 5 November 2016
The measures are in response to growing demands by the financial elite for major cuts in social spending.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2016
The growth of poverty is a direct result of the policies implemented by successive governments, Liberal-National and Labor alike.
By John Mackay, 1 October 2016
The plan will set a model for the wholesale handover of health care to profit-making corporate operators.
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 Frank Gaglioti and Chris Sinnema, 24 September 2016
The trade unions have opposed any unified industrial and political action to win reinstatement of the Carlton & United Breweries maintenance workers.
By Terry Cook, 24 September 2016
Better-paying jobs are being eliminated throughout mining-related and manufacturing industries.
By John Harris, 21 September 2016
Many families live in precarious conditions and their children are more likely to have long-term health issues.
By Mike Head, 21 September 2016
The government is trying to put new window dressing on measures designed to coerce some of the poorest layers of the working class into low paid jobs.
By Mike Head, 14 September 2016
The Coalition-Labor pact sends a wider signal to the financial elite: Labor will try to shore up the fragile political establishment and deliver the austerity measures demanded by business.
By Mike Head, 26 August 2016
Labor is proposing a united front with the government in order to carry through multi-billion dollar cuts to public health, education and welfare.
By Mike Head, 19 August 2016
There is mounting concern in ruling circles that Turnbull’s government has failed to impose the required austerity agenda.
By Mike Head, 4 August 2016
Concerted efforts are being made to divert the outrage over the Northern Territory abuses behind claims that the violence can be attributed solely to racism.
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 our reporters, 1 July 2016
Many of those interviewed expressed opposition to the whipping up of nationalism and xenophobia.
By Michelle Stevens, 29 June 2016
The Foodbank report revealed that many charities could not meet the rising demand for food aid, resulting in 43,000 people being turned away empty-handed every month.