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Australian hospital patients waiting longer under Labor’s “health reform”

By Mike Head, December 18, 2012

The data underscores the fraud of the government’s claims that its three-year-old “national health reform” program seeks to improve patient care.

Australia: New disability scheme to cut long-term costs

By Alex Messenger, June 6, 2012

Under the guise of helping the disabled, the NDIS involves a massive rationalisation of existing services designed to drive many off pensions and into work.

Australia: Elderly to pay much more for care

By Alex Messenger, April 28, 2012

Far from the “increased funding” promoted by the media, the changes will reduce the government’s contribution to the funding of home care from 84 percent to 76 percent.

Australian nurses’ union imposes real wage cut

By Patrick O’Connor, March 17, 2012

The overriding priority of the union has been to prevent the nurses’ dispute from becoming a political struggle against the state and federal governments.

Australian nurses’ union betrays protracted industrial struggle

By Will Marshall, March 9, 2012

The Victorian state government has made no concessions whatsoever, but the union bureaucracy insists that closed-door negotiations will conclude an agreement by March 16.

Australia: Union isolates striking Victorian nurses

By Richard Phillips, March 1, 2012

As nurses continued rolling stoppages, the ANF pledged to call off all action if the Victorian government agreed to “voluntary arbitration,” as proposed by federal workplace minister Bill Shorten.

Fair Work Australia imposes no-strike bans on Victorian nurses

By Richard Phillips, February 25, 2012

As soon as nurses began industrial action to defend wages, jobs and patient-nurse ratios, the Gillard government’s workplace tribunal declared their action illegal.

Australian mental health workers maintain bans over wages and conditions

By Susan Allan, January 19, 2012

Mental health services are in profound crisis, following decades of chronic underfunding by successive governments at state and federal levels.

Australia: Victorian hospital workers speak on government cuts

By our reporters, January 4, 2012

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Victorian nurses and other public hospital workers about the government’s assault on their pay and working conditions.

Australian state government announces 3,600 public sector job cuts

By Will Marshall, December 28, 2011

The Victorian Liberal government, acting in concert with the federal Labor government, is carrying out a major attack on public sector jobs.

Australian nurses’ union announces “mass resignation” stunt

By Will Morrow, December 19, 2011

The resignation threat is a cynical bid by the union bureaucracy to wear down the nurses’ determined struggle in defence of jobs, conditions and wages.

The Australian pseudo-lefts and the betrayal of Victorian nurses

By Will Morrow, Patrick O'Connor, December 14, 2011

A revealing incident outside a recent mass meeting of nurses in Melbourne served to highlight the class gulf that separates the Socialist Equality Party from Socialist Alternative and its fellow pseudo-left organisations in Australia.