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…


Protesters demand dignity, rights for Australian Aborigines

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019

SYDNEY — Tens of thousands demonstrated Jan. 26 across Australia in support of Aboriginal rights on “Invasion Day” rallies called to counter the capitalist rulers’ annual Australia Day.  The holiday marks the anniversary of the founding of the British convict…


‘Greatest crisis of bourgeois order in our lifetimes’

SWP leader speaks in Australia, New Zealand on world politics, building international working-class movement
Vol. 82/No. 44 - November 26, 2018
February-March strike by West Virginia teachers, above, was “the most important labor battle in U.S. in decades,” Socialist Workers Party leader Mary-Alice Waters said at Militant Labor Forums Oct. 21 in Sydney, Australia, below, and in New Zealand two days earlier. “It showed the nascent power of the working class.” She also said, “Nowhere is it more apparent than in the Asia-Pacific region that the entire post-World War II imperialist order put in place by Washington and its allies is being pulled apart at the seams.”

SYDNEY — “There is no better vantage point than here in Australia and New Zealand to verify that what is unfolding today are the biggest political ruptures in the capitalist world order that those of us sitting in this hall…


Australia: Workers march, demand end to anti-union laws

Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018

SYDNEY — Hundreds of thousands of workers rallied in cities and towns across Australia Oct. 23-24 to defend union rights and back demands for higher wages. The slogan for the nationwide rallies organized by the Australian Council of Trade Unions…


15,000 Uber drivers strike over pay cuts in Australia

Vol. 82/No. 32 - August 27, 2018

SYDNEY — Uber drivers across Australia stopped work Aug. 6 to protest the decline in their take-home pay caused by two new programs the company has imposed on them. The action was called by Ride Share Drivers United, which reported…