The 2012 Bankstown Fire in Sydney, Australia

Australian coroner: Chinese student killed in building fire because laws violated

By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2015

All the factors that led to the Bankstown tragedy are replicated in many buildings across Australia, potentially endangering thousands of lives.

Australia: Fire inquest told Bankstown apartment block still unsafe

By Richard Phillips, 30 June 2015

The long-delayed inquest into the Euro Terraces apartment fire that killed a student and badly injured another began hearings this month.

Australia: Hundreds homeless following Brisbane apartment fire

By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2013

Thick plumes of black smoke engulfed the area, forcing residents to evacuate the entire complex.

Australia: Engineer speaks with WSWS about building safety

By Richard Phillips, 16 January 2013

Laddie Assey discusses safety problems at the multi-storey Q1 apartment tower, and the Euro Terraces fire in Bankstown.

Australia: Owners Corporation Network spokesman discusses building safety

By Richard Phillips, 3 January 2013

Stephen Goddard speaks to the WSWS about the Bankstown apartment blaze and the impact of deregulation and private certification.

Australian state government imposes fire station shut-downs

By Mark Church, 29 December 2012

Across Sydney and other urban areas, stations are being temporarily closed on a daily basis, increasing the danger of another fire tragedy.

Australia: Fire safety problems in new student accommodation

By Mark Church, 14 December 2012

Scores of new student apartments are not fire proof because of an unclear definition in Australian building codes.

Australia: Safety experts discuss Bankstown apartment fire

By our reporters, 27 November 2012

Experts voice concerns about fire safety in multi-storey apartments and inadequate building codes.

Residents voice concerns about fire safety at Bankstown apartment

By Richard Phillips, 17 November 2012

False alarms and other fire safety issues continue to plague Euro Terraces residents in south-west Sydney.

Australia’s worsening housing affordability crisis

By Mark Church, 10 November 2012

Over the past two decades, the cost of buying a home has almost trebled, compared to average incomes.

Fire safety problems in Australia’s tallest apartment block

By Richard Phillips, 1 November 2012

A flawed fire escape in the Q1 tower highlights the result of the de-regulation of the building industry.

No decision on coronial inquiry into Bankstown fire for months

By Richard Phillips, 27 October 2012

The response by all levels of government to the plight of Euro Terraces fire victims has been one of callous indifference.

“The local council and governments have a lot to answer for with this fire.”

By our reporters, 22 October 2012

Residents discuss need for independent investigation into the fatal fire at the Euro Terraces complex in Bankstown.

Building workers raise questions about Bankstown fire

By our reporters, 20 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to construction workers about poor building standards, the de-regulation of building codes and the housing affordability crisis.

Commentary from a building designer

Building regulations and the Bankstown fire

By Paul Bartizan, 18 October 2012

The Hawke and Keating governments introduced the Building Code of Australia as part of the Labor Party’s program of “economic reform” and de-regulation.

Residents condemn Bankstown council and Labor Party

By our reporters, 17 October 2012

Bankstown residents spoke to the WSWS about the responsibility of the federal, state and local governments for the conditions that led to the September 6 fire.

SEP meeting resolution on the Bankstown fire

16 October 2012

The resolution was adopted unanimously at the SEP’s public meeting on the Bankstown fire.

SEP public meeting calls for Bankstown fire investigation

By our reporters, 16 October 2012

The meeting voted unanimously to establish an independent committee to examine the causes of the Bankstown apartment fire and the wider social issues behind it.

Residents speak to WSWS about the Euro Terraces fire

By our reporters, 16 October 2012

Participants spoke about their reaction to the SEP meeting and why they supported the resolution calling for a committee to organise an independent investigation.

Students expose lack of decent, safe, affordable housing

By our correspondents, 15 October 2012

Domestic and international students at several universities explained the substandard and unsafe accommodation that many students experience.

Bankstown tragedy highlights fire service cuts

By Mike Head, 13 October 2012

For decades, one government after another has been responsible for running down the fire service.

Bankstown fire victim deported from Australia

By Mike Head, 12 October 2012

The young man’s removal from the country is another expression of the contempt of all levels of government toward the working class victims of the fire.

Eye-witnesses raise concerns about Bankstown fire tragedy

By Mark Church and Mike Head, 11 October 2012

A pharmacist and a co-worker, who watched two Chinese students jump from a fifth-floor window to escape the Bankstown apartment fire, speak out about the issues raised by the terrible event.

Bankstown fire building residents still given no date to return

By our reporters, 10 October 2012

Apartment owners and tenants of the fire-damaged building face further delays and mounting expenses.

Bankstown fire exposes plight of international students

By Mark Church, 9 October 2012

Thousands of international students, as well as immigrants and workers, are forced to live in unsafe and over-crowded conditions because of soaring rents and house prices.

Chinese student group condemns unsafe and over-crowded housing

By Mark Church, 9 October 2012

A representative of the New Voice blog discusses the accommodation crisis facing international students in Australia.

Residents find no answers at Bankstown Council’s safety expo

By Mark Church, 8 October 2012

Bankstown City Council held a safety expo to promote the notion that fire safety is the responsibility of individual residents, ignoring the underlying causes of the fatal Euro Terraces fire.

Government subsidies funded Bankstown fire complex

By Mike Head, 6 October 2012

Under the guise of providing “affordable housing”, the federal and state governments helped finance the construction of the buildings in 2009.

SEP calls public meeting to initiate investigation into Bankstown fire

By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 October 2012

Authorities at all levels have already washed their hands of any responsibility for the disaster, while the victims have been treated with official contempt.

Australia: Police called in against Bankstown fire survivor

By Richard Phillips, 3 October 2012

Three police cars were sent to Euro Terraces yesterday after security guards stopped a displaced resident using shopping trolleys to collect items from his apartment.

“The apartment block was like a bomb ready to go off”

Australia: Terry Li, boyfriend of Connie Zhang, speaks about Bankstown fire

By Richard Phillips, 1 October 2012

The fire victim’s partner comments on the unsafe conditions that led to the tragedy.

Australia: Bankstown fire points to safety de-regulation

By Mark Church and Mike Head, 28 September 2012

A system of “private certification” and “self certification” allowed the Euro Terraces building to be certified as fit and safe for occupation.

Australia: Bankstown council shuts fire victims out of meeting

By Richard Phillips, 26 September 2012

Last night, the council posted security guards outside its closed-door meeting to prevent residents from attending.

Australia: Funeral ceremony held for Bankstown fire victim

By Richard Phillips, 24 September 2012

Family, friends, students and teachers attended the service for a Chinese student who was killed in a Sydney apartment fire.

Demand Bankstown council provides accommodation and answers for Euro Terraces residents

Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 22 September 2012

More than 300 students and workers have no idea when they will be able to return to Euro Terraces Building B or whether the serious faults in the construction of the building will have been rectified when they do.

Australia: After Bankstown apartment fire, residents demand answers

By our reporters, 18 September 2012

Residents are asking why the apartment block was approved with fire safety flaws.

Australia: Official wall of silence over Bankstown fire

By Richard Phillips, 15 September 2012

Government authorities are refusing to provide any detailed information about the conditions that produced the apartment fire.

Australia: Hundreds of Bankstown fire survivors remain locked out

By Mark Church, 14 September 2012

Hundreds of residents evacuated after a fatal fire in a Sydney apartment block have been left without homes or government support.

Australia: Residents denounce lack of fire safety

By our reporters, 10 September 2012

Unit owners and tenants expressed shock and anger over the tragedy and the poor fire safety measures in the building.