20 May 2014
The first budget of Australia’s new Tory government has produced widespread outrage and anger. Tens of thousands hit the streets last weekend, with 15,000 joining Sydney’s March in May and up to 25,000 at four days’ notice in Melbourne at a rally to “bust the budget”.
18 March 2014
As many as 100,000 people across Australia joined “March in March” protests last weekend, delivering a “vote of no confidence” in the new conservative government.
25 February 2014
Briefs on Syria, Australia and France
18 February 2014
Armed police and locals with machetes, pipes, sticks and stones have attacked asylum seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
21 January 2014
A major protest has erupted inside the Christmas Island immigration detention centre. The Australian government controls the tiny island over 300 miles off the coast of Indonesia.
12 November 2013
Paddy Gibson says the recently elected Tory Australian government will only tighten the oppression of Aboriginal people
01 October 2013
A Royal Academy exhibition is a rare opportunity to see leading Australian artists, but it wastes the chance to explore Aboriginal art, says John Baker
10 September 2013
Right winger Tony Abbott won Australia’s election last week. Rupert Murdoch’s papers enthusiastically backed the liberal party leader.
06 August 2013
New Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd played the race card to try to boost his votes—but the move has backfired, writes Ken Olende
18 June 2013
Vile abuse aimed at prime minister Julia Gillard reflects a deeper sexism in society that politicians are not challenging, writes Amy Thomas
11 September 2012
Melbourne sparks lift their blockade
Construction workers in Melbourne, Australia, lifted their blockade of a major building site after their boss asked for talks last week.
04 September 2012
Construction workers in Melbourne, Australia, are blockading building sites in a battle over union rights. They are fighting against Grocon building boss Daniel Grollo.
21 August 2012
Australia’s Labour government is set to bring back the notorious anti-refugee policies of the previous John Howard government.
12 June 2012
Up to 30,000 teachers struck in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday of last week in what looks set to be a long-running battle over pay.
29 October 2011
Almost seventy thousand passengers in Australia and 22,000 around the world were stranded last Saturday when Qantas grounded its planes and locked out its workers.
25 October 2011
Police raided the camp in Melbourne’s central square in Australia on Friday of last week. They used pepper spray, horses and dogs to push out the hundreds of occupiers.
18 January 2011
The pictures from Brazil, where well over 600 people have already died in the floods and mudslides, are all too familiar. However it was the floods in Australia that got most of the attention.
24 August 2010
The Labour party has crashed in a disastrous result in the Australian election. It is the only government since 1931 to face losing power after one term in office.
29 June 2010
The Australian Labour prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has been ousted from office after a storm of opposition from powerful mining bosses to a planned tax on their profits.
26 January 2010
26 January is Australia Day, or what indigenous rights activists prefer to call Invasion Day. British colonialism brought dispossession and destruction to indigenous people – and this still very much part of the daily reality of indigenous Australians.