On Tuesday 9 November, NSW police shot dead Gomeroi man Stanley Russell in his Aunt Pam’s house in Western Sydney. Stanley was 46, a father and a grandfather.
At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak among refugees in the Park Hotel prison in Melbourne, 22 of the 46 refugees were infected, an infection rate rivalled only by the worst of the outbreaks in aged care homes.
Damien Davis-Frank works as a nurse in the emergency department at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney and is the Vice-President of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association branch there. He spoke to Solidarity about the impact on hospitals of Sydney’s recent COVID outbreak and why the strain on the health system is not over.
Teachers in Victorian public schools have commenced industrial action to secure a new agreement that reduces excessive workloads and delivers wage justice for the lowest paid staff.
Around 3000 workers at Fedex are planning rolling four hour stoppages nationwide, in response to the company’s refusal to improve job security as part of enterprise bargaining.
Nuclear power is no help in tackling climate change and remains linked with nuclear weapons development, writes Sarah Thorne
Rob Ferguson is an anti-racist activist and a member of the Socialist Workers Party in Britain who has written widely on the use of the IHRA definition on antisemitism. He spoke to Solidarity’s David Glanz.
Jordi Pardoel looks at Lenin’s State and Revolution and why the capitalist state cannot be reformed or taken over through parliament by workers and the oppressed
World leaders promoted the Glasgow COP26 summit as a “last chance” to hold warming to the 1.5 degree limit agreed at the Paris summit in 2015. Yet it has ended in failure.
The military coup in Sudan has been met with a huge wave of protests and strikes that have declared “revolution until victory”.
American workers were on strike in their tens of thousands in October. More than 185 strikes have taken place in 2021 at about 255 workplaces across the US.
The Victorian government has proposed legislation to cover the management of pandemics. It would enshrine the authoritarian response that has characterised the state’s handling of COVID-19.
Reopening must not mean a return to business as usual. As restrictions lift workers need to go on the offensive.
Abandoning the refugees left there is the latest move by the Australian government to use PNG as a dumping ground for those it first sent to the horror of Manus Island detention centre in 2013.
Scott Morrison had to be shamed into even attending the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
The National Tertiary Education Union has won 30 days of paid gender affirmation or transition leave at the University of Sydney, setting an industry-leading standard.
The looming potential default of the Chinese property giant Evergrande is sending shivers down the spines of capitalists across the world.
Hundreds of reproductive rights rallies took place across the US, one month after Texas’s near-total ban on abortions went into effect.
Ruby Wawn argues that the Australian government is not surrendering sovereignty to the US through the nuclear subs pact but pursuing its own imperialist interests.
Tom Fiebig looks at the culture wars around Critical Race Theory and argues that understanding the systemic basis of racism is vital if we are to fight it.
Martin Empson explains what COP26 is and why global summits have a history of failure to take the action on climate change that’s needed, in an extract from his new pamphlet The Great Climate COP Out
Workers on Sydney’s train system took a four hour strike yesterday morning, bringing the rail system to a complete halt.
Unions have rightly been encouraging members to get vaccinated. But the idea that people unsure about getting a jab are all “anti-union” or “scabs” is wrong.
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”.
Escape from Manus, by Jaivet Ealom, is an incredible story of determination, cunning and sheer luck that tears apart the Coalition’s lies about refugees. It is a book you can’t put down—sharp and clear on the politics of Australia’s refugee cruelty.
Editorial: Reopening can’t mean return to business as usual—fight for safe workplaces and hospitals funding
Both Melbourne and Sydney have announced that lockdowns will end when 70 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated—predicted to be 18 October for NSW, and 26 October for Victoria.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor wants new rules for the energy system that would pay coal and gas power plants more so they can stay open longer.
As NSW begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions, workplace transmission remains a significant threat. But recent stopwork actions provide a glimpse of the type of fight we need for safety at work.
Millions around the country have been spammed in recent weeks by Craig Kelly, newly installed leader of the United Australia Party, the UAP.
StarTrack workers are set to strike for 24 hours this Thursday. This follows a strike of over 7000 truck drivers at Toll in late August.
A month since the fall of Kabul, the Morrison government still shows no sign of responding to the demands to grant permanent visas to Afghan refugees already in Australia on temporary protection visas.
Thousands of Palestinians have joined marches against the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, after it launched a wave of arrests against protesters and activists.
The right to accident pay, or workers’ compensation, was only won after a major strike in 1971 that united unions across the construction industry, explains Tom Orsag
Adam Adelpour continues our series on Marxist classics, looking at how Bukharin's Imperialism and World Economy explains a system of global rivalry and war
Paddy Gibson from Solidarity spoke with Monica Kerwin, a Barkindji woman and community spokesperson, and Lizzie Jarrett, a Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and Dunghutti activist based in Sydney.
The Coalition’s new military agreement with the US and Britain, known as AUKUS, brings war with China a big step closer.
Advocates are calling for the release of low-risk inmates from prisons following COVID outbreaks in three NSW jails.
The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington caused incredible shock and killed around 3000 people. But what 9/11 represented more than anything was the violence the US had inflicted worldwide for decades coming home.
The NSW government has released a "roadmap to freedom" for when it reaches the 70 per cent “double-dose” COVID vaccination target.
The NSW government has announced a staggered return to school from 25 October for those areas of the state in lockdown.
The Tampa affair, 20 years ago this month, made the demonisation of refugees central to Australian politics
The Delta outbreak has now infected thousands in Sydney, leaking into rural NSW, Victoria, the Northern Territory and New Zealand.
Solidarity spoke to residents of Western Sydney about the police targeting of the area to impose stay at home orders and how people are struggling under lockdown
The new IPCC report is a drastic warning to the world to avoid uncontrollable heating.
Record-breaking floods, fires and heat waves have swept North America, China and Europe.
A new report has shown the enormous potential of offshore wind in Australia to provide jobs and vast amounts of energy.
Labor has dumped their opposition to tax cuts for the rich and their policies to limit tax handouts for wealthy property investors, as the party tries to narrow their differences with the Liberals for the next election.
The ANZUS treaty has been key to Australia’s efforts to secure US backing for its own imperialist interests in the local region, writes Miro Sandev
The Afghan crisis has exposed everything that is rotten about Morrison and the government’s anti-refugee policies.
The 20-year occupation of Afghanistan has ended in a major defeat for the US and its allies.
With so few vaccinated in the Global South, countries are seeing an appalling—and largely unnecessary—surge of deaths.
Five members of Melbourne SOS were arrested during a second sit-in in 1971 at the Department of Labour and National Service. When these “mothers” spent 11 days over Easter at Fairlea women’s prison it was a public relations disaster for the government.
Vaccinations save lives. But should employers be able to make vaccinations compulsory for their workers? We argue, No.
Respecting the sophistication and success of Indigenous societies doesn’t rely on pretending they were agricultural, argues Ian Rintoul
Morrison’s failure on support for workers and the vaccine have left Australia dangerously exposed in the face of the new more contagious Delta variant of COVID.
This year 19 July marks the beginning of the ninth year of Offshore Detention Mark II.
A coronial inquest has revealed a string of efforts by prison guards to obstruct investigations into the death of Wayne Fella Morrison.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg boasts that “Australia is leading the global economic recovery” and that living standards have risen by a “remarkable” 5.8 per cent over the past year.
The Youth March Against Sexual Violence on Kaurna land (Adelaide) on 24 June saw a spirited crowd of up to 1000 take to city streets.
Thousands of people have joined protests in Cuba over increasing prices of food, power shortages and rising cases of COVID.
Thousands of workers in Iran’s oil industry have joined a strike wave. The action has spread across at least 70 companies across oil and gas refineries, petrochemical plants and power plants in eight provinces across the country.
After a 20 year occupation spanning four US presidencies, Australian and US forces are finally withdrawing from Afghanistan. But there is little to show for 20 years of war.
The ongoing reports of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan are the latest in a long history of terror. Dani Cotton explores why Australian troops carry out these atrocities
James Supple continues our series on Marxist classics by introducing Capital, Karl Marx’s masterwork examining the workings of the capitalist system
In June Queensland’s Labor Government announced a renewable energy and hydrogen jobs fund with up to $2 billion for government investments. But while welcome, the funding boost doesn’t mandate government ownership of renewable energy projects.
A major police operation is underway in south-west Sydney, as the NSW government looks to scapegoat and punish workers and migrant communities for the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Stoppages and strike action by paramedics, nurses and teachers forced the NSW Liberals to back down on their proposed public sector pay freeze in last week’s budget.
The NSW government has announced plans to reform sexual consent laws that it says will deliver better justice to survivors of sexual assault.
David Brophy’s new book China Panic outlines an alternative to the rising militarism and xenophobia around China. He spoke to Solidarity about how to understand the tensions
David Brophy’s book China Panic is a timely intervention into the growing nationalist hysteria about China.
Scott Morrison's G7 visit saw him he dial up rhetoric against China and continue his refusal to act on climate.
The fourth Victorian lockdown has highlighted how the Morrison government’s incompetence and negligence is putting millions at greater risk from the COVID pandemic.
NSW Labor has installed a new leader, Chris Minns, following the resignation of Jodi McKay in the aftermath of its loss in the Upper Hunter by-election.
With governments around the world bankrolling the development of COVID vaccines, Big Pharma is expecting big profits this year. But millions of people around the world still can’t get a jab.
Millions of Colombians, at times up to 10 per cent of the population, have been on the streets for over a month against attempts to make ordinary people pay for the costs of the COVID crisis by the right-wing government of President Ivan Duque.
Opposition is growing to Scott Morrison’s $600 million plan for a new gas plant at Kurri Kurri in NSW.
Israel was established as a colonial settler state with the backing of the great powers, argues James Supple, and is still key to imposing Western control of the Middle East
New laws around coercive control have been proposed as a way to tackle violence against women. But the police can never be relied on to protect women, argues Thandi Bethune
Protest works! That’s the lesson from the last couple of intense weeks that have finally seen the Murugappan Tamil family reunited and put in community detention in Perth.
Workers at General Mills in Sydney have been on strike for 11 days, fighting efforts to attack their conditions and demanding a decent pay rise.
Israel has paused its pummelling air strikes on the Gaza Strip, but its genocidal war against the Palestinians continues.
More than 100 family and friends of Gamilaroi man Michael Peachey rallied in Gunnedah. Michael was killed by NSW police. As his grandmother said: “No one wants to help us. Why? Is it because we’re Black? Is it because we’re poor?”
Scott Morrison is hoping budget spending will put his failure on sexism and the vaccine rollout behind him.
The Federal Budget was silent on climate jobs, environmental protection, or climate action. Instead, the Morrison government has decided to throw more public money at carbon intensive industries.
Australia’s rulers are feeding a conflict that could see war between two nuclear-armed powers, the US and China. It’s madness.
The government has rammed through legislation that dramatically entrenches its powers to indefinitely detain refugees.
Israel’s latest assault has exposed it as a racist, violent state. People who say ‘both sides’ must end violence are really siding with the oppressor, argues Nick Clark Two recent...
Recent pledges from Joe Biden and other wealthy nations suggest deep emissions cuts are on the way. But they go nowhere near what’s needed argues James Supple
A historic strike by Aboriginal workers in Western Australia 75 years ago against brutal oppression and forced labour won dignity and improved conditions writes Paddy Gibson
Marcus Banks, NTEU delegate at RMIT university, looks at the organising model developed by union organiser Jane McAlevey
Palestinians are fighting back against Israeli terror. On 18 May, they held a general strike across Israel and the occupied territories.
The Liberals are preparing for the next election by spending money on issues that have hurt them in recent months—aged care and violence against women. But their budget offers no real solutions and is riddled with nasty measures that illustrate their real agenda.
A crowd of 200 people, most of them high school students and young women, gathered at Sydney Town Hall yesterday to protest Scott Morrison’s ongoing failure to act on sexism.
Solidarity spoke with Bailey’s father David Mackander on the first day of the inquest into Bailey’s death held at the Lidcombe Coroner’s Court
In announcing a power deal with South Australia in April, Morrison claimed that supporting renewables also requires “getting more gas into the market”.
Labor is moving away from action on climate change, stepping up its support for the fossil fuel industry
Relieved celebrations broke out as police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last year.
The Kangaroo Point hotel prison was closed when the last 19 Medevac refugees there were hastily moved. “We are treated like cattle,” Mo, a Sudanese refugee, told Solidarity.
New NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds has halted plans for compulsory independent assessments for the NDIS.
Three months on, inter-ethnic solidarity is propelling Myanmar towards a federal democracy in a way unimaginable before the coup.
US President Joe Biden’s spending plans have been hailed by some as a dramatic turn to the left. But they are designed above all to restore business profits and the US’s economic power.
Following the rise of democratic socialism and the explosive Black Lives Matter protests Clare Lemlich discusses the prospects for the left in the US under Joe Biden’s presidency
Lachlan Marshall examines Karl Marx’s 1844 Manuscripts, where he analysed the alienation of working class life in the developing factory system
Editorial: Morrison exposed by failures on sexism and vaccine rollout—step up the pressure to sack him
Morrison is now behind in the polls and seriously vulnerable. Labor's small target strategy is letting him off the hook but a fightback for workers’ rights, climate action and against sexism could help finish him off.
The powerful who say they stand for ‘free speech’ are trying to snuff out resistance to oppression, writes David Glanz.
To fight sexual harassment at work, we need to fight for secure and well paid jobs that give women the confidence to stand up to abuse.
Workers at the McCormick factory in Melbourne have scored a tremendous victory, beating back their multinational employer after six weeks on strike.
After starting as an organiser in the militant BLF construction union, Kevin Cook went on to play a key role in Indigenous education and the fight for land rights, writes Niko Chlopicki
Editorial: Turn rage at Morrison’s failure on rape into fightback against the Liberals’ sexist policies
The Morrison government is being engulfed by the outrage at its failure to respond to the accusations of rape and sexual assault in Parliament House.
The announcement that the closure of the Yallourn power station has been brought forward by four years to 2028 is another nail in the coffin for coal-fired energy.
On 10 March, the findings of a coronial inquest into the death of Nathan Reynolds were handed down in the Lidcombe Coroner’s Court.
Anthony Albanese is dumping many of the policies Labor took to the last election, moving to the right and adopting a small target strategy.
The recently released findings of the three-year Royal Commission into Aged Care show that the sector is permeated by a severe level of neglect and suffers from chronic shortages of funding.
The struggle against the 1 February military coup in Myanmar is entering a crucial stage.
This new film narrates Black Panther Fred Hampton's attempts to build a multiracial working class revolutionary movement in the US, as well as how the FBI spied brutally assassinated him.
The recent rape scandals highlight the need to smash a system that reduces women to sex objects and unpaid carers, writes Ruby Wawn
Peter Robinson explains the achievements of the Paris Commune of 1871 and its vital lessons about what a workers’ government would look like
Even as the hotel-detention of Medevac refugees seems to be ending, the government is waging a bitter battle to keep the legal facade of offshore detention intact.
Consent lessons cannot solve rape. The degradation, humiliation and objectification of women in our society have deep roots.
Labor has won the West Australian election in a landslide, on course to take 52 of the state’s 59 lower house seats. But its policies are no threat to business's priorities.
The United Workers Union has a well deserved reputation among the union movement for organising and militancy. James Supple examines what went wrong at Smeaton
Scott Morrison’s contempt for women, workers and the unemployed is on display for all to see. The sickening culture of sexual assault and callous indifference within the Liberal Party have...
Gas giant Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project in northwest NSW is a key flashpoint for the climate justice struggle.
Pressure is building on leader Anthony Albanese as Labor faces the prospect of another election defeat.
Union members at the University of Melbourne have dealt a massive blow against systemic wage theft.
In a decisive victory, Ausport lines workers (who tie up vessels in port) have forced a non-union operator in Port Botany to shut up shop in just nine days.
Joe Biden’s first moves on the economy and climate change have been bolder than some expected. But they are full of indications that he has no plans to challenge big business or the rich.
Under the cover of the pandemic, India’s hard right Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed new laws which farmers describe as “Kaale Kanoon”—laws which bring darkness. A huge farmers’...
Pearl Gibbs’ experiences of Depression-era unemployment and segregation helped inspire her fight against racist discrimination, writes Matilda Fay
In this extract from his new pamphlet, David Glanz explains what’s wrong with capitalism and the necessity of socialist revolution
As protests gather momentum, up to 70 Medevac refugees, and others transferred from Nauru, were expected to be freed in the first two days of March.
The decision by Facebook to ban news from feeds in Australia took millions by surprise and highlighted the company’s power to control what we see.
The snap Victorian lockdown in response to a COVID cluster at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne airport marks a further failure of the state’s under-resourced public health system.
The overpolicing, imprisonment and poverty Indigenous people face is growing far worse.
Instead of extending support to workers, Morrison wants to give bosses more “flexibility” through new industrial relations laws to allow them to cut workers’ pay and conditions.
The Coalition government has been forced onto the back foot by the refugee movement. After almost eight years in detention, including two years in hotel prisons, 48 Medevac refugees have now been released.
The COVID-19 cluster on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (which spread to Melbourne) and the “leak” of the virus from a Brisbane quarantine hotel is a reminder that the pandemic continues to be a very real threat.
Scott Morrison’s pathetic failure to act on climate change has left him increasingly isolated globally.
The development of working COVID-19 vaccines within just ten months shows medical research can achieve when there is significant state investment and scientific focus. Previous vaccines have taken ten years on average to develop.
The barbarity of Australia’s role in Afghanistan was laid bare late last year, with the release of the Brereton report into war crimes by Australia’s much-vaunted elite SAS regiment.
The invasion of the US Capitol building showed the dangers of the movement that Donald Trump has created. But rallying around the Democrats or Congress as the defenders of democracy will do nothing to stop the rise of the far right.
More than simply hard right or viciously racist, we must grasp that fascism has specific characteristics, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Tom Orsag examines the life of Aboriginal activist Chicka Dixon, a wharfie, unionist, and bridge between the activists of the 1930s generation and the 1970s radicals
A revolution in Egypt in 2011 overthrew a brutal dictator and gave a glimpse of how society could be run differently. Egyptian revolutionary Hossam el-Hamalawy tells the story
Mass protests planned for Invasion Day on 26 January are shaping up to be a more serious confrontation with anti-protest COVID-19 regulations.