Right to protest under attack as jail sentence for climate protester Violet Coco sparks outcry
The 15-month jail sentence handed to climate protester Violet Coco in Sydney in December has drawn outrage.
Indigenous activists speak out: Why the Voice won’t do anything to end racist injustice
Many Indigenous people are sceptical about the planned Voice to parliament, despite the media focus on its support. Solidarity spoke to Indigenous activists Callum Clayton-Dixon, Suellyn Tighe and Michael Mansell about the problems with the proposal.
Climate: we can unite direct action with mass mobilisation
The “We Quit” declaration by Extinction Rebellion in Britain that it will step back from disruptive, direct action to build a 100,000-strong rally has ignited a debate about the best approach to fighting climate change.
Refugees have unfinished business with Labor
On 29 November more than 1000 refugees rallied on the lawns of Canberra’s Parliament House to once again demand Labor make good on its pre-election promise to grant permanent visas to refugees on temporary visas.
Don’t cop Labor’s excuses and delays—we have to fight to force real change
The cost of everything keeps going up—with no sign of stopping.
World heads for climate disaster as COP27 brings more broken promises
The world is on a “highway to hell”, the UN’s Antonio Guterres warned as world leaders began gathering at the COP27 climate talks.
Kumanjayi inquest reveals foul police racism
Evidence submitted to the ongoing coronial inquest into Kumanjayi’s death is revealing the systemic racism of the NT police.
War in Ukraine risks spiralling out of control
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has moved to escalate the war in Ukraine after a series of battlefield defeats that have seen Ukraine take back significant territory.
Gillard’s misogyny speech tainted by her hypocrisy on sexism
Sunday 9 October is the tenth anniversary of Julia Gillard’s Misogyny Speech, when she destroyed Liberal leader Tony Abbott in parliament.
Strike days up: now fan the flames of resistance
The number of strike days between April and June increased sharply, to the highest in one quarter since 2004.
Not our Queen: royals a symbol of rotten system
For workers, she was not our Queen and Charles is not our King. We have nothing to gain by revering a family that exists to celebrate inequality. Our motto should be, roll on the red republic.
Educators not babysitters: childcare workers walk off the job
Thousands of early educators walked out to join protests around the country on Wednesday, demanding pay rises, lower workloads and recognition for their skills.
We pay, they profit: Labor’s Jobs Summit farce
Labor's Jobs Summit is a consensus politics trap the unions need to avoid.
Labor’s small target approach not enough to deal with climate or cost of living crisis
New Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spent much of the last month overseas, reassuring the major imperialist powers that Labor is just as militaristic and aggressive towards China as Scott Morrison.
Is China really a threat?
Expanding military spending and locking Australia further into cooperation with the US war machine only inflames the prospect of war in the region, argues Adam Adelpour.
COVID surge exposes government failure on hospitals and aged care
COVID is not going away any time soon. We need to demand governments act to provide the funding needed to allow hospitals and aged care to cope.
Australian resettlement ban imposes torture on refugees in Indonesia
Labor says it will lift the ban on accepting refugees in Indonesia. But action is needed urgently to resettle thousands left for a decade in impossible conditions.
Fight for change needed to push beyond what Labor’s promised
Labor went to the election with only modest promises of change. But the scale of the defeat for Scott Morrison shows a clear desire for a break with the last nine years of Liberal rule.
Morrison and the Liberals humiliated but no enthusiasm for Labor’s small target
Scott Morrison and the Liberals have been humiliated in an election result that has left the party in disarray.
Morrison’s election bribes can’t disguise his budget failure on wages, aged care and climate
Despite $8.6 billion for tax cuts and payments and tens of billions for the military, spending on climate change has dropped and there is nothing to fix aged care or hospitals.
Floods show deadly climate disasters already here
The massive floods that have hit Queensland and NSW show that climate change is a deadly threat.
No war in Ukraine: Russian troops out, NATO out
Solidarity says that Russia should withdraw its troops and halt the attacks. NATO must pull back, too. The Australian government should stop fanning the flames by providing Ukraine “non-lethal” military equipment.
Imperialist rivalry raises risk of war in Ukraine
The military escalation is being fuelled by imperialism as the big capitalist powers fight for control over central and eastern Europe.
Morrison’s failures bring COVID chaos—kick him out
Yet again, Scott Morrison’s failure to prepare the health system has created a complete disaster over Omicron.
Stop the march to war on China—join the protests against AUKUS
The Australian government is helping boost the chance of war through belligerent rhetoric against China, alongside its largest military build-up since the Second World War.
Morrison’s climate plan a fraud—fight to fund urgent transition and jobs
Scott Morrison’s new climate plan is a total fraud. Morrison has finally announced support for the net zero by 2050 target but produced no new funding or policies to get there.
Morrison still among world’s worst climate criminals as COP26 summit looms
Scott Morrison had to be shamed into even attending the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
Vilifying CFMEU protesters will only build the right
The leadership of the Victorian CFMEU and the ACTU, along with most of the left, have condemned the protesters at the Victorian CFMEU office last week as everything from “drunken morons” to “right-wing extremists” and “neo-Nazis”.
Morrison’s US pact is a plan for war
The Coalition’s new military agreement with the US and Britain, known as AUKUS, brings war with China a big step closer.
Barnaby and Turnbull: Hypocrites on parade
The furore surrounding Barnaby Joyce has plunged the Turnbull government into yet another crisis. Turnbull’s “bonking ban” is symptomatic of a puritanical government in terminal decline.
Ten years since Rudd’s Apology, more black children are being stolen than ever before
Events on 13 February commemorated ten years since Rudd's Apology. But Aboriginal families broken up by “child protection” agencies have pushed continuing forced removals into the spotlight.
Sydney’s rail strike banned—time to fight for the right to strike
Sydney's proposed 24-hour rail strike has been ruled illegal in a snap hearing of the “Fair Work Commission”. The decision exposes how far the law is now stacked against strike action.
Lockout at Port Kembla as company moves to terminate agreement
Around 100 workers and supporters have picketed the Port Kembla coal terminal, after 60 workers were locked out for four days starting at 7pm on Sunday. They are the latest to face bosses’ new tool bosses for slashing workers’ conditions—applying to terminate their Enterprise Agreement.
Iranian workers’ revolt against poverty and inequality holds the key to freedom
The wave of mass protests in Iran that began in late December has spread to all corners of the country. This is the largest display of public defiance since 2009.
Flemington residents stand up to racism and police violence
A fantastic 250-strong crowd, including 60 local residents, faced down police threats to rally against racism and police violence at the Flemington public housing estate in Melbourne on Sunday.
Freedom now! Thousands protest brutal end to Manus siege
After three weeks of refugees’ fearless defiance, the 23-day government siege on Manus Island was brutally ended on Friday 24 November.
Shock loss for Lee Rhiannon: Does the left have a future in the NSW Greens?
Lee Rhiannon’s loss in the NSW Greens preselection is a major defeat for the left of the party. There are serious questions being asked about whether the left has a future in the Greens.
Against the odds, Manus fights for freedom—Bring them here
A desperate siege is unfolding in the Manus detention centre. The 600 men inside the centre are standing up to what seem to be insurmountable odds.
A letter from New Zealand
The formation of the Labour coalition government in New Zealand shows the party's serious lack of political principles, in seeking a Coalition with the anti-immigrant New Zealand First. This has...
Our 24 hour strike shows there’s no UTS without us
UTS staff in the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) took the first serious step in our enterprise bargaining campaign with a successful 24 hour strike on Thursday 19 October. Our...
Homophobia of equal marriage’s opponents comes out
The “No” campaign is grounded in homophobia. But unbelievably, it has tried to present itself as the victim of abuse and intolerance.
North Korea: the war that never ended
The Korean war involved an unbelievable level of destruction and death, writes James Supple, and North Korea remains caught up in the game of imperialist rivalry
Equal marriage campaign must take on the bigots
It is right to point out that equal marriage is an issue of equal rights and ending discrimination. But the campaign for marriage equality will be the most effective blow against homophobia and transphobia in general if it takes on the wider bigotry as well.
It’s left versus right in the NSW Greens pre-selection
It is now obvious that the right-wing of the NSW Greens will support NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi as their best chance to remove left-winger Lee Rhiannon and decisively shift the party to the right in the upcoming pre-selection.
Trump, China and the new world disorder
The decline of US power has led to increased imperialist tensions and war, with the rise of Donald Trump a new element of instability, writes James Supple.
Lee Rhiannon faces challenge in Greens pre-selection in NSW
Another polarising pre-selection contest has begun in the NSW Greens, over the party’s Senate ticket for the next federal election. NSW upper house MP Mehreen Faruqi is standing against sitting Senator Lee Rhiannon, who is up for re-election.
NSW delegates meeting calls October stopwork rally
Union delegates in NSW have voted to hold a union-wide stopwork rally on Wednesday 18 October to step up the fight against the Turnbull government’s war on workers.
French socialist: ‘There will be no honeymoon for Macron’
Denis Godard, a member of the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) in France, spoke at the SWP's Marxism 2017 festival in London on Macron and the political situation in France.
Greens’ direction at stake in attack on Lee Rhiannon and NSW left
The decision to exclude Lee Rhiannon was a disgraceful attack on her, the NSW Greens, internal party democracy and the left in the party. The compromise announced by Richard Di Natale, to establish a pretentiously named “Balance of Power Subcommittee” involving all the other Greens MPs except Lee, does not resolve anything.
Corbyn, austerity and left reformism in Europe
The Corbyn surge shows that left alternatives to the political mainstream can succeed. But left reformism runs the risk of repeating the old parties’ mistakes argues Miro Sandev
Turkey, the Kurds and the war in Syria
Yildiz Önen will visit Australia for Solidarity's Keep Left conference next month. She spoke to Solidarity about Erdogan’s Turkey, the Kurds and the war in Syria
Attack on Rhiannon throws down the gauntlet to the left in NSW Greens
The Greens party room’s decision to sanction Lee Rhiannon is a disgraceful attack on Greens members, internal democracy and the left in the party.
Corbyn surge shows support for left alternative
Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic success in the British election shows the wide support for left-wing ideas.
Trump abandons climate deal as world dithers on action
Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate treaty has been condemned worldwide. It means one of the world’s two largest carbon polluters has abandoned the global effort to tackle climate change.
Uluru Statement: Pearson’s advisory body will not bring real change
Noel Pearson’s plan to enshrine a toothless advisory body in the Constitution will change nothing for Aboriginal people, writes Paddy Gibson.
Turnbull budget targets students, workers, unemployed—but no real pain for the rich
Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have delivered a budget aimed at avoiding unpopular cuts, in a desperate effort to reverse their slide in the polls. The pundits say it’s a budget Labor could have delivered. But its tax increases deliver no real pain for the rich. Instead ordinary workers and the unemployed are being targeted.
Inside the Fairfax strike: details from the frontline
As Fairfax journalists head back to work after seven days on strike, Solidarity spoke to a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald on the impact of proposed job cuts and how the unlawful strike unfolded.
Patrick’s rank and file face down fines: Industrial action is key
A magnificent struggle at the Sydney Patrick docks, backed by community pickets, has stalled Patrick’s attempt to fragment the workforce and put cheap labour on the wharf.
Sign-on statement: Migrant workers don’t take jobs – Oppose Turnbull’s racism
Turnbull’s recently announced changes restricting temporary work visas and further tightening the citizenship application process are an effort to mimic Donald Trump and use racism to boost the government’s declining electoral support.
Don’t fall for Turnbull’s racist campaign against migrant workers
In a further slide to the right, Malcolm Turnbull has announced the end of 457 visas and new tougher citizenship requirements for migrants. Racist Pauline Hanson celebrated the moves as the work of One Nation.
Wharfies stop work as Patrick tries union busting again
On 9 April, wharfies and activists held a three-hour blockade of the Patrick terminal at Port Botany in Sydney, to protest the latest attempt at union busting on the waterfront. Then, in a significant escalation, on Thursday 20 April, workers refused to load a train and began an almost 24 hour sit-in.
Responding to RISE: Class power not identity politics needed to fight racism
The thousands willing to march in the pouring rain at Melbourne’s Palm Sunday rally was a sign of the solid commitment of the refugee campaign. But for a month in the run up, two organisations, RISE and Democracy in Colour, tried to sabotage the rally.
Turnbull scraps 457 visas to launch new racist campaign
Malcolm Turnbull has announced the end of 457 visas, a move celebrated by racist Pauline Hanson as the work of One Nation. The government is scapegoating temporary migrant workers for unemployment in an effort to win back One Nation voters and present itself as “protecting the borders”.
Oppose Trump’s air strikes: Oppose all US and Australian bombing in Syria
Donald Trump’s firing of 60 cruise missiles into a Syrian air base in retaliation for Assad’s use of chemical weapons can only escalate the war and result in even more civilian casualties.
Defy the law to defend penalty rates and fight Turnbull
New ACTU leader Sally McManus gave heart to unionists everywhere when said that workers were right to break unfair laws. This is exactly what we will we need to do to stop the attack on penalty rates, scrap the ABCC and win basic union rights.
Russia’s 1917 revolution: When workers took power
The October revolution is derided by establishment figures. But it saw workers overthrow capitalism and establish real democratic control of society, writes David Glanz
WA election: Liberals humiliated, One Nation flops
After two terms of government under Colin Barnett the Liberals have taken a belting in Western Australia. Anger at high unemployment and the threat of further privatisation has delivered the ALP a landslide win.
Penalty rates fightback needed after savage cuts
Workers are seething after the industrial umpire slashed penalty rates for some of the lowest paid workers in the country. An immediate union response can stop the cuts.
US eyewitness: resistance to Trump spreading
Crisis after crisis has plagued Donald Trump’s first month in the White House. He has the lowest approval ratings of any incoming president ever recorded.
Trump’s racist shock and awe builds on Obama legacy
Trump’s first days in power produced a sweeping series of executive orders. Most dramatic was his ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries entering the US.
Defend the Left and fight for the soul of The Greens
For the broad left nationally, those inside and outside of the Greens, the declaration of Left Renewal is a very welcome development. Its formation as a left pole has already pulled the debate in The Greens to the left, exposing the ongoing offensive by the Richard Di Natale-led right and their NSW allies, and has spurred the broader left in the NSW Greens to respond publicly.
Editorial: Liberal Minister resigns: one down—but they’ve all got to go
While the world prepares for the inauguration of Donald Trump, the good news in Australia is that one greedy, self-entitled Liberal former Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has resigned.
Murder at Myall Creek—whitewashing the real history of the massacre
Because there were two trials of the men responsible for the Myall Creek massacre, it is perhaps the most well documented atrocity in the long, genocidal war against Aboriginal people that stretched into the 20th century.
Greens leaders on the attack: Hands off the left; Defend Lee Rhiannon
The attack by former leader Christine Milne on the NSW Greens factional grouping Left Renewal and left-wing Greens MPs Lee Rhiannon and David Shoebridge is more evidence of the campaign being waged by the right of the party.
Time running out for left in NSW Greens after new setback
The left in the NSW Greens have suffered another blow, with the left’s candidate Kelly Marks losing to the more conservative candidate, Dawn Walker, in the pre-selection for a spot in the NSW upper house.
Three week picket humbles Harrison boss
After three weeks on strike, workers in Brookvale, North Sydney have won demands for union representation and a 2.5 per cent pay rise.
Human disaster looms in Mosul amid US-led offensive
A US-led coalition is entering the eighth week of a major assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, currently controlled by the Islamic State.
Turnbull and Shorten mimic Trump’s racist campaign
Donald Trump’s election shows the political danger when disgust with the system is pulled to the right. It is already having its effect on Australian politics.
Trump’s win shows danger of racist right
Trump's election has emboldened Pauline Hanson and far right parties everywhere. If anger at inequality is turned in a racist direction the results will be extremely dangerous.
Bersih 5.0: fighting corruption, racism and inequality in Malaysia
Tens of thousands joined the latest Bersih march in Malaysia over the weekend. The Bersih rallies, as well as solidarity actions in Australia and across the world, are a powerful demonstration for the basic democratic rights denied to Malaysians.
Trump’s right-wing populism channelled anger in US society
Trump’s election is an astounding upset that defies almost all the predictions. It shows how anger at the political system can be pulled to the right, as with the Brexit vote in the UK earlier this year.
Bring them all here—Kill Turnbull’s refugee ban bill
Just when you thought that the Coalition could not be any more grubby, Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he intends to ban any refugee or asylum seeker sent to an offshore processing centre after 19 July 2013 from ever coming to Australia.
Trump’s foul sexism mirrors the sexism of the system
The outrage against Donald Trump’s revolting sexism has dealt a possibly fatal blow to his presidential campaign.
‘Poofter bashing’ was a sport, and police were in the game
A swathe of murders rocked the LGBT community in Sydney in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. So it was encouraging when SBS announced a series, Deep Water, focusing on the killings. The drama, however, is extremely disappointing.
Students strike to save SCA
Students at SCA have staged a two-day student strike against plans to close their campus at Callan Park. As part of the “day of disruption”, a gigantic banner was dropped from the Quadrangle building and piles of clay turned into a sculpture at the entrance. A tent city, complete with a DJ, was set up on the front lawns.
Stalemate with right-wing as Corbyn re-elected leader
British left-winger Jeremy Corbyn has won a landslide victory to be re-elected as Labour Party leader. He actually increased his share of the vote to 62 per cent despite a campaign by the right-wing that blocked 130,000 members from voting, most of whom were pro-Corbyn.
Bernie Sanders—What happened to the revolution?
Bernie Sanders’ loss in the Democratic primaries exposes the true nature of the party—and why efforts to change it from within are a dead end, argues Solidarity
Support floods in as students occupy to save SCA
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) students are entering their third week occupying administration offices. The campaign is pushing more and more people to publicly condemn the university.
Kalgoorlie rages against racism after 14-year-old run down
The murder of 14-year-old Elijah Doughty in Kalgoorlie has shone another spotlight on the brutal racism inflicted on Aboriginal children in Australia.
Fifty years since the Gurindji strike: Unions and the fight for land rights
The Gurindji walk off, which launched the Land Rights movement, showed the potential for fusing trade union and anti-racist struggles, argues Paddy Gibson
Students occupy to demand ‘Let SCA Stay’
Students at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) are occupying administration offices in an effort to stop the closure of their campus, at Callan Park in Rozelle.
After the Nauru shame files: Open the borders, Bring them all here
The calls to close Manus and Nauru are growing louder. Despite Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s attempts to dismiss the leaked Nauru files, the government has not been able to ignore the outcry.
Islamophobia, secularism and the French left
Nick Riemer writes on how Islamophobia has become shockingly acceptable in France, even on the left, in the wake of efforts to ban Muslim women wearing burkinis from French beaches.
Fight over Greens’ direction breaks out over NSW pre-selection
The NSW Greens are in serious turmoil over the pre-selection for a vacant NSW upper house seat, created by the tragic death of left-wing MP John Kaye from cancer in May.
WA government confirms plans to close communities
The WA government has confirmed plans to halt services to hundreds of remote Aboriginal communities and to force residents to move to larger towns.
Lessons from women’s liberation in the US
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, originally released in 2014, has played to dozens of sold out screenings in Australia, and is now streaming on Netflix.
Editorial: Weak and divided—the Liberals can be beaten
The election has delivered a savage blow to Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition government.
Hanson fed off Turnbull’s racism and rage at political elite
There has been widespread shock at the news that Pauline Hanson has won a Senate seat in Queensland. Her racist One Nation party could take up to three seats in the upper house, including in NSW.
Building the fight to ‘Let SCA stay’
Four hundred students marched on the University Senate meeting on 4 July against plans to close Sydney College of the Arts (SCA). University of Sydney management has released plans to move SCA and close its current site in Callan Park, Rozelle.
Turnbull humiliated as Liberals face parliamentary chaos
The election has delivered a savage blow to Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition government. The danger is that the disaffection with the mainstream parties can be pulled to the right.
Brexit vote brings Tory crisis—don’t cry for the EU
Britain has voted to exit the EU. No doubt, some people voted Leave for anti-immigration reasons. But this was also an anti-austerity vote—a revolt against big business and the politicians.
Calls for freedom grow louder amidst repression in West Papua
THOUSANDS OF West Papuans have joined demonstrations in Papuan cities and Highlands towns to demand an end to Indonesian occupation. The protests come as a push for the United...
Homophobic murder in Orlando—don’t let racists hijack grief
For the LGBTI community everywhere, the mass killing at gay club Pulse in Orlando feels very real and extremely personal. We have a duty not to let racist politicians exploit this horrible tragedy to further their Islamophobia, their racism, and their wars.
All out to make sure it’s time up for Turnbull
There’s now a real chance the Liberals will lose the election on 2 July. As the election campaign has dragged on, it’s become clearer and clearer that Malcolm Turnbull stands for handouts to big business and the top end of town.
‘It was like a war zone’: PNG activist speaks on student strikes
Police have shot students at the University of Papua New Guineu this morning, leaving at least 23 injured, some critically. Solidarity spoke with UPNG academic, Patrick Kaikua, about the background to the strike a few days before the shootings.
Victory as La Trobe Uni drops attack on Safe Schools co-founder
In a concerning attack on academic and political freedom, Roz Ward, co-founder of Safe Schools, was suspended from her position at La Trobe university for misconduct on 1 June. In...
Turnbull’s budget delivers for business and the rich
The centrepiece of Turnbull’s budget is handouts to business and high income earners. But for workers and the poor there are only cuts.
Manus will close: Offshore detention in tatters
The decision by the PNG Supreme Court means that one half of the government’s offshore processing regime is finished, writes Ian Rintoul.
Liberals’ budget means more fees and cuts ahead for universities
Treasurer Scott Morrison didn’t mention higher education in his budget speech. But major reforms have simply been delayed one more year, until the beginning of 2018. The Liberals are hoping to keep their plans quiet until after the election.
Panama Papers: capitalism working well for obscenely rich
The Panama Papers show us, once again, that capitalism is a system where governments help their mates to hide their income and wealth while all the time businesses pretend they are paying their “fair share” of tax.
Strike out the ABCC, strike out Turnbull
Turnbull has pulled the trigger to call an early election, and is demanding that the Senate pass both the ABCC and the Registered Organisations bill, or he will hold a double dissolution election. The only guarantee that his anti-union laws can be stopped now is an industrial campaign.
For Greens-union-Labor unity in the fight against Turnbull
The debate over Senate voting reform and the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation is seriously undermining the united left we need to kick out Turnbull and defeat the Liberals’ anti-union agenda.
20 years since his election: John Howard—class warrior for the rich
The Howard government had a ruthless class agenda, writes David Glanz, but it was Labor’s timid opposition that kept it in power
Suffragettes: The vote, the war and working class women
Geraldine Fela discusses the new film Suffragette, and how the fight for the vote polarised between wealthy and working class women
Tax avoidance is big business
The Australian Tax Office released the Corporate Tax Transparency Report in December. This first report specifically names the companies who paid new tax.
Islamophobia and climate failure expose Turnbull’s true colours
The aftermath of the Paris attacks has seen an even more determined campaign to scapegoat the Muslim community. And Turnbull’s embrace of Abbott’s policies has been displayed at the climate summit.
Target Muslims, stoke fear: Australian politicians and the media’s response to Paris
After the attacks in Paris, the Coalition and the Murdoch media worked hand-in-glove, casting around for ways to make political mileage.
A new generation rekindles Palestinian resistance
Palestinians have launched a new wave of resistance in response to decades of dispossession, discrimination and humiliation.