Australia

Anti-Lockdown Protests and Working-Class Activity in Australia

As this statement is being written the number of active COVID-19 cases in Australia currently stands at just over 23,000, with New South Wales and Victoria accounting for the bulk of that. Between the two states, cases are averaging around 2,000 per day. The number of deaths is now nearing 1,400 since the beginning of the pandemic and almost 300 people are in the ICU. New South Wales has been in lockdown since the end of June and Victoria since the start of August. Nationwide, a little over 58% of people over 16 are now doubly vaccinated.

AUKUS: Another Preparation for Imperialist War

Article from 1919 (mcmxix.org), the journal of the North American affiliates of the ICT.

Prisons and Police Brutality: Last Line in the Defence of Exploitation and Oppression (Part I)

Although the issue goes well beyond the individual, it has been the brutality of individual law enforcement officers against individual workers (who are usually black, brown and/or mentally ill) that have been highlighted in the media in recent times. Because of this we find it relevant to shed some light on the conditions inside the prisons (which contain over 40,000 people) in Australia and the brutality and negligence of law enforcement officers.

Solidarity with Firefighters, Paramedics, and Hospital Workers!

Leaflet distributed by the ICO at a protest rally in South Australia for firefighters and paramedics.

On an Island Watch House Bed, A Black Man's Lying Dead

We are publishing this article to commemorate last year’s shooting in Yuendumu, shortly before the 5th year anniversary of the Sydney Long Bay Jail Killing, and for the 16th anniversary of the Palm Island Riots. Its content is largely reflective of these events and other deaths in custody. We wish to advise Indigenous readers that this piece mentions the names and stories of people who have died at the hands of the bourgeois state.

Wildcat Strike in NSW Railways 27/11/20

There was a wildcat strike by NSW railworkers today 27/11/20

TV Series Review: ROMPER STOMPER

A short review of the TV series Romper Stomper.

The History of a Riot: Class, Popular Protest and Violence in Early Colonial Nelson

Petitions, public meetings, strikes, go-slows, violence and armed revolt. Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 was said to be 'in a state little short of anarchy'. In this paper, Jared Davidson argues that the self-activity of the Nelson labourers and their wives had a significant impact on the development of Nelson, drawing on traditions of popular protest, class power and the gendered labour of making shift. The agricultural backgrounds of many of the emigrants and the conflicts of the English countryside – including but not limited to the Swing Riots of 1830/31 – played a role in structuring the gang-men’s response to their situation.

1970-71: Australian Opposition to Consription and Involvement in the Vietnam War

Account of the largest protests in Australian history, with protestors demanding an end to conscription and Australian involvement in the war in Vietnam

The Passing of Parliament - Monty Miller

A letter by Monty Miller criticising the newspaper International Socialist for its support of the Australian Socialist Party electoral campaigns and its criticism of direct action.