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 3-month lockout

Vol. 85/No. 8 - March 1, 2021
Rally in Sydney Dec. 12 protests lockout by Coles warehouse bosses of 350 members of United Workers Union. They’re fighting for better severance pay and end to bosses’ threats.

SYDNEY — Some 350 warehouse workers at Coles distribution center in Smeaton Grange in southwest Sydney have been picketing since the bosses locked them out Nov. 19. Coles announced they decided to extend the three-month lockout indefinitely Feb. 9 after…

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…

Thousands defy Australia gov’t, protest brutality

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Thousands defy Australia gov’t, protest brutality

SYDNEY — Tens of thousands protested across Australia June 5-6, including more than 20,000 here, in solidarity with U.S. demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd as well as against Aboriginal deaths in police custody. The cops in New…

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…

Australia bushfires: Capitalism is responsible for social disaster

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020
Resident of Cobargo, Australia, area hard hit by bushfires, refuses to shake hand of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Capitalist rulers left working people on their own as fires raged.

The following statement was released by the Communist League in Australia Jan. 8. The massive bushfires that have swept south and eastern Australia have had a devastating impact on the lives of many working people. But the social crisis developing…

Protest cop killing of Kumanjayi Walker!

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

SYDNEY — The police killing of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker Nov. 9 in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement of some 1,000 people in central Australia, has sparked widespread protests across the country. Thousands nationwide joined demonstrations to protest the cop killing Nov.…

Australia: Women make gains in right to choose abortion

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

SYDNEY — In a gain for women’s rights, a new bill decriminalizing abortion passed the New South Wales state parliament Sept. 26. The vote followed a rally of 500 held here Sept. 14 in support of women’s right to choose…

Australia election ‘shocker’ reflects working-class anger

Vol. 83/No. 23 - June 10, 2019

SYDNEY — The conservative Liberal-National coalition government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, widely predicted by liberal pundits to lose the election, defied the polls and won May 18. Most had expected a comfortable win for the opposition Labor Party led…