National Sections of the L5I:

Australia

Union-busting at Qantas

A bitter dispute between the Australian airline Qantas and its workforce over job cuts and outsourcing took a dramatic turn on 29 October when the company threw down the gauntlet and announced that it would ground all flights immediately and lock out all staff from 31 October. Read more...

Australia: all out against Howard’s law

Workers in Australia will be coming out in their hundreds of thousands on 28 June to fight against anti-union laws that are crippling effective trade unionism and giving bosses the legal right to intimidate workers. Read more...

Heatwave: Australia burns while polluters profit

It’s been a week of bushfire in the southern states of Australia, with locals and firefighters suffering under the conditions. Read more...

Australia: race riots rock Sydney suburbs

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there have been several nights of violence on along the eastern beaches train line of suburban Sydney. Read more...

Australian anti-union laws pass Senate

Howard’s coalition government has succeeded in getting its anti-union, anti-working class legislation through the Senate. The Nationals’ senator Barnaby Joyce was again a pathetic attention seeker who of course made no effort to actually make any changes to the laws. Read more...

Australia: Only workers’ power can smash Howard’s attacks

600,000 workers demonstrated across Australia on 15 November against premier John Howard’s draconian anti-union laws. The demonstrations were the largest in Australian history with only one exception, the antiwar mobilisation of 15 February 2003. Read more...

Anti-war marches in Australia and New Zealand

Melbourne started the global anti-war demonstrations early with a rally and march on Friday March 18. The rally was lively, with over a thousand people, though this had dwindled to a few hundred by the time the march ended with a sit-in outside the main railway station. Read more...

Australian Aborigines fight racist attacks on land rights

A new land law proposes the Aboriginal people must demonstrate an “unbroken physical connection” with the land to be able to claim title to it. As Lloyd Cox shows the recent racist hysteria about native title is in “unbroken physical” with two centuries of attempted genocide of the Aboriginal people and their resistance to it. Read more...