Tensions grow between rulers in Australia, Beijing

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021

SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is refusing to retreat from confrontations with the Chinese government over trade, investment and Beijing’s influence in Australia. The Australian rulers are caught between their major trading partner, China, and their main military…


Coles warehouse workers in Australia fight lockout, closing

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Locked-out United Workers Union members picket Coles distribution center in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 20, in fight for pay raise, severance pay in warehouse closing, jobs at new facility.

SYDNEY — More than 350 workers at the Coles distribution center at Smeaton Grange in southwest Sydney are picketing daily, fighting a company lockout. Coles is one of the main supermarket chains in Australia, taking in almost 1 billion Australian…


Sydney hospital walkout protests inadequate hospital staffing

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020

SYDNEY — Over 100 nurses and midwives walked off the job at Blacktown Hospital in western Sydney Nov. 19 to protest longstanding understaffing. Staff shortages at the public hospital have been an issue there for years as management aims to…


Capitalist profit drive fuels Australia bushfire disaster

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
After deadly wildfires, Australian government belatedly organized evacuation of stranded people trapped on Mallacoota Beach Dec. 31. Inset, volunteer firefighter battles bushfire. Authorities allowed huge buildup of forest and brush, “a time bomb waiting to go off.”

BALMORAL VILLAGE, Australia — Supporters of the Militant  arrived here, 60 miles southwest of Sydney, to discuss the impact of large-scale fires in December and to offer solidarity. We found a hub of activity at the local Rural Fire Service…