Australian Social Issues & Inequality
By Patrick Kelly, 12 January 2015
Having already banned anti-business protests, the Tasmanian government is preparing laws to allow companies to sue anyone criticising their activities.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2014
The prime minister signalled with a cabinet reshuffle how he intends to exploit the hostage crisis to implement austerity as well as boost the “war on terror.”
By Will Morrow, 20 December 2014
A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis.
By Mike Head, 13 December 2014
There are now about five times as many unemployed workers as the number of job advertisements.
By Susan Allan, 8 December 2014
A record level of suicides by Aboriginal children and teenagers is a product of decades of poverty and a damning indictment of the profit system.
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 James Cogan, 29 November 2014
At the recent G20 summit, the Greens singled out Chinese President Xi Jingping to present a protest letter on “human rights”—in line with Washington’s confrontational stance towards Beijing.
By Oliver Campbell, 21 November 2014
The spending cuts go hand-in-hand with disciplining the ABC to ensure that it functions more closely as a propaganda arm of government.
By Barry Andrews, 29 October 2014
The Queensland government’s privatisation plan is in response to the end of the mining export boom in Australia and the collapse of its revenue base.
By Alan Leigh, 23 October 2014
Nearly 14 percent of the Australian population is living in poverty, according to a report by the Australian Council of Social Service.
By Richard Phillips, 10 October 2014
The ban was issued during a series of terror scares designed to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria and draconian new anti-terror legislation.
By Mike Head, 30 September 2014
Television news footage showed police commandos firing multiple shots at pointblank range at the man.
By Terry Cook, 26 September 2014
In the past week alone, coal mine closures in central Queensland have directly destroyed another 700 jobs.
By Patrick Kelly, 2 September 2014
Tasmania already has the worst poverty and unemployment levels of any Australian state.
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 Terry Cook, 21 August 2014
Pay levels of casualised workers in the private sector are increasing at less than half the inflation rate, while the wealthy elite reaps the benefits.
By Daniel Saul, 20 August 2014
Homelessness has risen due to the pro-business policies of both major parties.
By Laura Tiernan, 19 August 2014
Mike Carlton’s resignation was the result of a concerted campaign by Murdoch’s News Limited and the right-wing Zionist lobby.
By Will Morrow, 8 August 2014
The July figures begin to show the impact of an ongoing tidal wave of job cuts, plus the lack of new jobs for young people.
By Mike Head, 7 August 2014
Because of the popular hostility to the key social spending cuts, none of the “cross-bench” senators feels able to publicly support them.
By Terry Cook, 7 August 2014
The proposed DHS agreement will create a benchmark to impose similar attacks on other federal public sector workers.
By Mike Head, 30 July 2014
The new rules are designed to cut thousands off welfare benefits, and coerce them into low-paid work.
By Mike Head, 23 July 2014
The state government’s defeat reflects, in a confused form, the widespread outrage toward the assault by state and federal governments on social spending.
By our reporters, 16 July 2014
The decision will have devastating consequences for tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers.
By Alan Leigh, 3 July 2014
The number of billionaires reached a record of 39, primarily because of rises in property and share values.
By Richard Phillips, 1 July 2014
The proposed measures would see thousands of people forced into deeper poverty and low-wage employment.
By Mike Head, 1 July 2014
While not ending the impasse of the budget, Labor and the Greens have quietly passed the essential legislation to allow the Abbott government to keep functioning.
By Richard Phillips, 20 June 2014
New data shows that Australia’s richest 1 percent own the same wealth as the bottom 60 percent of the population.
By Mike Head, 10 June 2014
According to the Fair Work Commission’s own data, many workers on the minimum wage will remain in poverty.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 June 2014
Principled socialist politics insists that the defence of democratic rights, including the fight against racism, can never be ceded to the capitalist state.
By our reporters, 3 June 2014
By our reporters, 28 May 2014
Mount Druitt and Bidwill residents voice their concerns about the Abbott government’s social austerity measures.
By Nick Beams, 26 May 2014
Opposition to the budget is growing as its measures are increasingly exposed as benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the majority.
By Mike Head, 22 May 2014
Shadow treasurer Bowen boasted that Labor had a proven track record of imposing the dictates of finance capital to slash public spending.
By Nick Beams, 22 May 2014
The doctrine espoused by Hockey for ending the “age of entitlement” expresses the material interests of finance capital.
By Mike Head, 20 May 2014
Standard & Poor’s said Australia’s triple-A credit rating was at risk if the government did not overcome the popular opposition to the budget.
By our reporters, 20 May 2014
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 May 2014
This week’s budget saw the state government trumpet its pro-business and pro-austerity credentials.
By Peter Symonds, 7 May 2014
Nothing could more clearly expose the entire political establishment than the hysterical opposition to a small, temporary tax on the top 15 percent of taxpayers.
By Nick Beams, 29 April 2014
Far from being for the good of the “country,” as Abbott claims, the planned budget cuts hit hardest at those on the lowest incomes.
By Nick Beams, 17 April 2014
The scandal that led to NSW Premier O’Farrell’s sudden resignation is about effecting a further lurch to the right by governments at the state and federal level.
By Mike Head, 11 April 2014
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined a fundamental assault on social spending in Australia and internationally, in line with the demands of the global financial elite.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 28 March 2014
The Papua New Guinea government, at Canberra’s behest, is blocking a judicial inquiry into abuses against refugees inside Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island.
“No section of public housing is safe”
By our reporters, 26 March 2014
Following the New South Wales Liberal government’s announcement that it was privatising all public housing in the area, WSWS reporters spoke with residents of Millers Point and The Rocks.
By Stephen Griffiths, 26 March 2014
The NSW government aims to drive low-paid workers and pensioners out of inner Sydney.
By Daniel Saul, 22 March 2014
The official response underscored the utter contempt for working class communities like Morwell and neighbouring towns.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 21 March 2014
A construction site blaze highlights the drastic deterioration of health and safety in Australian workplaces.
By Terry Cook, 19 March 2014
Martin Ferguson accused the Abbott government of being too “timid” on industrial relations “reform.”
By Alan Leigh, 10 March 2014
Joblessness among young workers is comparable to levels across southern Europe, where governments have imposed savage austerity measures.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2014
The unions have no problem with making workers bear the cost of the Qantas crisis, but want to maintain their privileged position within the airline industry.
By Joshua Newsham, 1 March 2014
In one shutdown after another, the unions have functioned on behalf of management to suppress any struggle to defend jobs.
By Daniel Saul, 28 February 2014
Despite health warnings about the dangers of toxic smoke and ash, residents of Morwell have received virtually no assistance from the government or the corporate mine owners.
By Stephen Griffiths and Richard Phillips, 26 February 2014
New South Wales minister attacks residents, claiming they are responsible for conditions produced by decades of poverty, government cost-cutting and social neglect.
By Zac Hambides, 22 February 2014
The official unemployment rate in Australia has hit a ten-year high.
By Max Newman, 21 February 2014
The closure of Newcastle’s Stockton Centre exposes the purpose of the former Labor government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.
By Mike Head, 20 February 2014
CEOs are being rewarded for slashing costs, along with the livelihoods of many thousands of people.
By Mark Church, 11 February 2014
By forcing the unemployed to perform demoralising work, the program seeks to humiliate, harass and coerce them into low-paid jobs.
By Mark Church and Mike Head, 8 February 2014
Despite the concerns of local residents, Monika Chetty’s plight was ignored by authorities until she was found with fatal burns.
By Patrick O’Connor, 6 February 2014
Howes appealed for a new “Grand Compact” between unions, business and government.
By Will Morrow, 6 February 2014
The wealth of the top 50 Australians increased by 49 percent over the past three years.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2014
The government has rejected calls for a subsidy for SPC and vilified workers for their “extraordinary” wages and conditions.
By Will Morrow, 29 January 2014
In contrast to previous years, the official celebrations last Sunday took on a distinctly militarist tone.
By Mark Church, 25 January 2014
A comparison between Mosman, on Sydney’s north shore, and the working class suburb of Liverpool provides a glimpse of Australia’s social polarisation.
By our reporters, 25 January 2014
The WSWS interviewed people in Liverpool’s shopping mall about the increasingly obvious inequality in Sydney.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 January 2014
The review is part of the preparations for an austerity budget but has a longer term agenda involving the elimination of entire welfare programs.
By Joe Lopez, 18 January 2014
Following major bushfires in the Perth Hills, the state government attempted to blame residents for not maintaining “private” power poles.
By Oliver Campbell, 17 January 2014
The political establishment cannot allow any objective discussion of the social factors that produced the death of 18-year-old Daniel Christie.
By Terry Cook, 16 January 2014
While the causes of the death remain unclear, the circumstances raise questions about poor conditions and safety standards on construction sites.
Australia: Former Labor prime ministers call on conservative government to slash spending more quickly
By Richard Phillips, 11 January 2014
Hawke and Keating are calling for immediate austerity measures to cut the projected $47 billion deficit.
By Will Marshall, 9 January 2014
SPC’s closure would devastate Shepparton, which has a population of just over 60,000 and an already high official unemployment rate of 8.6 percent.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2014
Under the AMWU’s plan, the very future of thousands of workers is to be tied directly to the war aims of Australian and US imperialism.
By Oliver Campbell, 7 January 2014
The protest was called in response to proposals for upfront fees for visits to doctors.
By Tania Baptist, 28 December 2013
Working class youth are systematically targeted and harassed by ticket inspectors, security personnel, and police, who know they are essentially immune from prosecution.
By Zac Hambides, 18 December 2013
The gutting of manufacturing since the 2008 global crash is being compounded by rising job losses in the mining sector, retail closures and public sector cuts.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 November 2013
The decision underscores the sharp divisions wracking the unstable coalition government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 November 2013
The Abbott government will next year unveil a new funding model that will be even more heavily skewed against public schools.
By Gabriela Zabala, 30 October 2013
Many homes will be valued at a higher rate, which will push up the rents by $40 to $100 per week.
By our correspondents, 30 October 2013
Tenants across the city discuss the impact of the new “bed taxes” and “market rents” and the government’s refusal to carry out basic repairs.
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 Alex Messenger, 22 October 2013
More than 50 percent of those receiving Foodbank services have a job, reflecting the rise of casual and part-time work, as well as declining real wages.
By Will Marshall, 26 August 2013
Thousands joined protests in Australian capital cities against the brutal anti-refugee policies of the Labor government and opposition Coalition.
By Zac Hambides—SEP Senate candidate for NSW, 20 August 2013
Rising homelessness is a product of the worsening social crisis generated by the global breakdown of capitalism and compounded by government austerity measures.
By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 13 July 2013
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is not just consistent with Labor’s broader cost-cutting agenda, but pivotal to it.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 July 2013
The speech, a pro-business manifesto, marked the first elaboration of Rudd’s economic program since he returned as prime minister late last month.
By Terry Cook, 11 July 2013
Prime Minister Rudd cynically apologised to the families of four young men killed when working for contractors under the home insulation scheme.
By our correspondents, 29 June 2013
Young workers spoke about the social impact of job destruction, rising levels of unemployment and financial stress.
By Terry Cook, 15 June 2013
The 41 cents an hour pay rise will further entrench the social hardship facing 1.5 million minimum wage workers.
By Terry Cook, 12 June 2013
Slowing growth and falling international demand for minerals is producing escalating job destruction across Australia.
By Terry Cook, 8 June 2013
There is a widening gulf between a thin super-rich layer and millions of ordinary people facing worsening economic hardship.
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 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 Will Morrow, 24 January 2013
While being presented as accounting corrections, these cutbacks are entirely in line with the federal Labor government’s so-called health care reform program.
By Mark Church, 5 January 2013
As well as suffering a drastic drop in income, sole parents will be forced to actively search for work.
By our correspondents, 5 January 2013
The WSWS interviewed unemployed workers in Sydney and Melbourne about the Labor government’s latest welfare cut.
By Mike Head, 31 December 2012
At least 155 people, including about 30 children, are now detained on Manus Island, with many housed in tents and shipping containers.
By Mark Church, 24 December 2012
The sharp economic downturn, compounded by federal and state government cuts, is driving new layers of the working class into poverty.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 October 2012
The findings are a devastating indictment of the Labor government and its pro-business restructuring agenda.
By Zac Hambides, 21 March 2012
All the evidence indicates that police used potentially lethal force against an innocent young man, Roberto Laudisio Curti.
By Alex Messenger, 26 October 2011
The statistics indicate that the wealthy have been able to exploit the global financial crisis to profit at the expense of ordinary people.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 21 October 2011
The Moody’s report provides a glimpse of the mounting financial distress being experienced by working class households, even before the current barrage of manufacturing job losses.