Democratic rights under attack in Australia
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 Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016
Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.
By our reporters, 9 November 2016
Union support for the new Australian Broadcasting Corporation enterprise agreement opens the way for even deeper attacks on jobs and conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 November 2016
The growing use of police against campus protests is bound up with the transformation of universities into for-profit entities reliant on corporate funds and with close ties to the state.
By Mike Head, 28 October 2016
As universities have suffered punishing cuts, there has been a growth of facilities reserved for particular groups of students, defined in terms of race, gender or sexual preference.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2016
The Committee on the Rights of the Child described the treatment of children in the Australian-controlled detention centre as “inhumane and degrading.”
By Nick Beams, 18 October 2016
Efforts by Australian politicians to sell their detention model have helped create the conditions where governments around the world are regularly in breach of international law.
By Mike Head, 15 October 2016
By silencing the solicitor-general, the government is seeking to free itself of any constitutional or legal constraint.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2016
Broadcasting vague and unsubstantiated police accusations has been taken to new depths with prejudicial allegations against two 16-year-olds.
By Mike Head, 23 September 2016
The political establishment is moving, as a matter of high priority, to bolster the repressive police-intelligence apparatus.
By Mike Head, 16 September 2016
Hanson’s first Senate speech, which was given wall-to-wall media coverage, focused on vilifying Muslims, China and welfare recipients.
By Mike Head, 12 September 2016
Prime Minister Turnbull equated the stabbing incident to the 9/11 mass terrorist attacks in the US, which were used to proclaim an endless “war on terror.”
By our correspondent, 12 September 2016
The twin measures underscore the close connection between escalating militarism and domestic police-military repression.
By Mike Head, 16 August 2016
Amid rising social and class tensions, the “anti-terrorism” powers are being prepared for use against the working class.
By Richard Phillips, 9 August 2016
This self-serving assertion is part of ongoing efforts at the coroner’s inquest to prevent any exposure of the official lies about the “ISIS terror attack.”
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 Mike Head, 2 August 2016
The revamp is a bid to head off the widespread hostility to the royal commission by putting an Aboriginal face on the inquiry, whose assigned task is to whitewash the abuses.
By our reporters, 1 August 2016
Rally organisers, from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, channeled the deeply-felt anger and disgust into divisive black nationalism.
By our correspondents, 1 August 2016
Rally participants interviewed by the WSWS voiced disgust at the abuse revelations and hostility to the proposed royal commission, saying it was another official coverup.
By Mike Head, 28 July 2016
Turnbull’s unstable government has quickly seized on recent terrorist attacks in Europe, the Middle East and the US as a pretext for further police-state measures.
By Terry Cook, 27 July 2016
There is widespread outrage over the revelations, which include footage similar to the images of hooding and torture that emerged from the US-run Abu Ghraib facility in Iraq
By Patrick Kelly, 5 July 2016
Gerry Harvey’s remarks express widespread hostility within ruling circles towards democratic forms of rule.
By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2016
The huge police mobilisation in response to a lone gunman is a sharp warning of the methods that will be used in the future to suppress opposition to war and austerity.
By Mike Head, 11 June 2016
Labor underscored its commitment to satisfying the demands of the corporate elite for sweeping cuts to social spending.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 11 June 2016
The SEP is the only party in the Australian election that intransigently opposes all forms of nationalism and defends the basic rights of refugees and immigrants.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 June 2016
The attack on La Trobe academic, Roz Ward, underscores the erosion of basic democratic and academic rights at universities.
By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 2 June 2016
The centre’s significance is underscored by the decision of Sydney University authorities to ban an anti-war meeting of the SEP on the Anzac Day weekend last year.
By Mike Head, 28 May 2016
Many questions are raised about the timing of each arrest, suggesting definite political calculations.
By Mike Head—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 27 May 2016
All around the world, governments are seeking to dismantle welfare entitlements, minimum wages, retirement pensions, and access to education and healthcare.
By Nick Beams, 20 May 2016
Raids conducted by the police have been denounced as “extraordinary and unprecedented” in an election campaign.
By Mary Beadnell, 16 May 2016
A teenager’s plight shows that the right to abortion is still denied for many working-class girls and women in Australia’s public hospitals.
By Mike Head, 12 May 2016
The two latest bills allow police officers to issue sweeping “crime prevention” and “public safety” orders—including forms of house arrest for up to five years—without a charge, trial or conviction.
By Cheryl Crisp, 12 May 2016
According to new evidence, the alleged plot consisted of taped conversations between the 16-year-old and an undercover police agent.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 9 May 2016
Given the constitutional issues and potential legal implications involved, it is noteworthy that the University of Melbourne Student Council, to whom the C&SC is accountable, has taken no action.
By Mike Head, 7 May 2016
Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.
By Mike Head, 28 April 2016
Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling exposes the unlawful character of the Australian policy of incarcerating asylum seekers on remote islands.
By Mike Head, 27 April 2016
Unsubstantiated claims of ISIS-inspired plots are being utilised to justify attacks on democratic rights and drum up pro-war jingoism.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2016
The violent actions of the police against a handful of student protesters are a warning of the preparations for a broader crackdown on any opposition to austerity cuts and war.
For democratic and political rights on campus!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 April 2016
The IYSSE calls on students, staff, academics and all workers and youth opposed to the assault on democratic rights to support our campaign against political censorship at the University of Melbourne.
By our reporters, 21 March 2016
The continuing campaign against African youth by the media and political establishment has prompted a reaction amongst young people in working-class areas of Melbourne.
By Mike Head, 18 March 2016
New laws in three states impose draconian punishments for allegedly disrupting or hindering business operations.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2016
In the machinations over the electoral laws, the Greens have stepped forward, not just to assist the government, but to try to shore up the parliamentary system itself.
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2016
The state Labor government has seized on police clashes with youth in Melbourne on Saturday to demand greater police powers to “smash gang violence.”
UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016
Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2016
The decision sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of men, women and children in conditions that amount to torture.
By Max Newman, 2 February 2016
A paediatrics professor who worked in Nauru has condemned the indefinite detention of asylum seekers as torture, defying the police-state secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act.
By Mike Head, 1 February 2016
The vague charges underscore the increasingly repressive sweep of Australia’s “anti-terrorism” laws.
By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 28 December 2015
The investigations into the Lindt café tragedy over the past year are above all aimed at obscuring the role of the state apparatus, especially the intelligence agencies.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2015
Turnbull’s announcement came amid an intensive campaign by his ousted predecessor, Tony Abbott, to demonise Muslims and call for ground troops to be deployed to Syria and Iraq.
By Richard Phillips, 12 December 2015
The media has provided blanket coverage of plans for an anti-Islamic rally in Cronulla, where racist mobs attacked Middle Eastern youth in 2005.
By Mike Head, 8 December 2015
The use of the criminal law to punish industrial action is a bid to wind the clock back to the nineteenth century.
By Mike Head, 4 December 2015
The new powers, which can be exercised without any trial or judicial process, go far beyond targeting alleged terrorist suspects.
By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2015
While his style was slicker than his predecessor’s, Turnbull’s reactionary message was the same: a continued commitment to war abroad and anti-democratic measures at home.
By James Cogan, 25 November 2015
Sunday’s protests had the character of a well-rehearsed political pantomime, staged for the benefit of the media and the police agencies.
By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2015
Extensive media coverage of anti-Islamic organisations is in line with the government’s preparations for war and deeper attacks on democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2015
With Labor’s assistance, the Turnbull government’s bill establishes a wider precedent for overturning the fundamental democratic right to citizenship.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 November 2015
Hundreds of long-term residents are being stripped of their visas, and face indefinite detention and deportation.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2015
The concern in ruling circles in Australia and the US was that the Whitlam Labor government had failed to stem the powerful movement of the working class that had brought it to power in 1972.
By Frank Gaglioti, 9 November 2015
A recent report verifies that ever-widening social inequality in Australia continues to have the most detrimental consequences for the working class.
By Mike Head, 7 November 2015
The unannounced fly-over by a large Globemaster aircraft displayed utter contempt for the residents and alarmed many people, both physically and politically.
By Susan Allan, 4 November 2015
Once more, Aboriginal people are being used as guinea pigs for measures designed to dismantle welfare entitlements throughout the working class.
By Max Newman, 2 November 2015
The Australian government’s responsibility for the suicides is underscored by the treatment of Khodayar Amini, who set himself alight last month.
By Tom Peters, 26 October 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bluntly rejected a request to end the removal of New Zealand-born Australian residents who have received prison sentences.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2015
Reports indicate that solitary confinement and other abuses are regularly meted out to incarcerated children, mostly Aboriginal.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2015
The Turnbull government claims that Nauru’s new “open centre” model means asylum seekers are no longer “detained.”
By Mike Head, 16 October 2015
The Turnbull government foreshadowed further draconian “terrorism” laws and called for pervasive monitoring of young people.
By Mike Head, 14 October 2015
The Turnbull government is exploiting yet another terrorism scare campaign to justify handing further powers to the police and intelligence apparatuses.
By our reporters, 12 October 2015
Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”
By Max Newman, 10 October 2015
Two Manus Island locals accused of murdering Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Reza Barati have won an order re-opening their trial.
By Mike Head, 9 October 2015
Such prolonged detention without charge is another serious attack on basic legal and democratic rights.
By Linda Levin, 7 October 2015
More than 200 police launched a series of coordinated “counter-terrorism” raids this morning across four western Sydney suburbs resulting in five arrests.
By Tom Peters, 6 October 2015
Junior Togatuki, who was found dead in his prison cell, was one of hundreds of long-term Australian residents being deported to New Zealand under a draconian new policy.
By James Cogan, 5 October 2015
As in previous cases, such as the Sydney siege last December, the deaths are being used to justify the “war on terror.”
By Max Newman, 28 September 2015
All the circumstances surrounding Ali Jaffari’s death point to the impact of the harsh measures being taken by Australian governments to repel asylum seekers.
A reply to the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (University of Melbourne), 17 September 2015
Seeking to justify its ban on the IYSSE club, the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee has sent a letter containing a series of unsubstantiated allegations.
By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2015
For the third time in five years, the Australian population awoke yesterday to find the government changed, behind their backs, as a result of an inner-party putsch.
By Terry Cook, 16 September 2015
The deadly shooting follows a pattern of increasing police repression and violence in Australia.
14 September 2015
IYSSE clubs and supporters in Sri Lanka and India have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.
11 September 2015
The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.
10 September 2015
The IYSSE in Sri Lanka and at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan have written to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.
8 September 2015
Supporters of the IYSSE have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs and Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the Trotskyist youth movement.
By Mike Head, 7 September 2015
As Abbott feigned compassion for the asylum seekers in Europe, he was preparing to extend Australia’s current bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria.
By our correspondents, 7 September 2015
A meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss the anti-democratic decision by the Clubs and Societies Committee to refuse to affiliate the IYSSE.
5 September 2015
A British student’s letter says the IYSSE ban is “part of a systematic attempt to block students from articulating their independent political interests, across Australia and internationally.”
4 September 2015
A University of Melbourne student wrote that “my voice and the voices of those around me have been silenced by the rejection of affiliation for IYSSE.”
3 September 2015
The IYSSE is urging WSWS readers to protest against the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee attack on the fundamental democratic rights of students.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 1 September 2015
The Clubs & Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne has made clear that any students who publicly challenge its decisions will be prevented from forming a club.
By Mike Head, 31 August 2015
“Operation Fortitude” highlighted the creation of police-state conditions by the Abbott government, with the Labor Party’s bipartisan backing.
By Mike Head, 28 August 2015
The collapse of the case exposes the lurid allegations of an “ISIS-inspired” conspiracy by Melbourne teenagers to conduct mass shootings at official World War I centenary celebrations.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015
The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015
The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.
By Mike Head, 31 July 2015
Both arrests serve definite political purposes bound up with the fraudulent “war on terrorism.”
By James Cogan, 20 July 2015
Reclaim Australia has been emboldened by the climate of anti-terrorism hysteria whipped up by the political establishment and the media.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2015
The revelation that numbers of Australian police and spy agencies sought out the Italian Hacking Team is of a piece with a broader assault on democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2015
At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.
By Oliver Campbell, 6 July 2015
The ABC board is attempting to appease the Abbott government and the Murdoch media by attacking the democratic rights of its staff.
By Will Morrow, 4 July 2015
The new law makes it a crime, punishable with two years in jail, to publicly reveal information about the conditions in Australia’s refugee detention camps.
The hypocrisy of the attack on the ABC
By James Cogan, 3 July 2015
In 2012, today’s “terrorist” was a propagandist for Syrian “freedom fighters.”
By Will Morrow, 2 July 2015
Medical professionals and former staff in Australia’s refugee detention network have challenged the new “Border Force Act.”