Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australian broadcaster sacks journalist for criticising Anzac Day

Defend Scott McIntyre! Defend freedom of speech!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 April 2015

The sacking of Scott McIntyre is a transparent act of politically-motivated persecution.

International greetings to the SEP (Australia) meetings

27 April 2015

Leaders of the International Committee of the Fourth International, and its sections around the world, sent greetings to the Socialist Equality Party’s meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, and Wellington last Sunday.

Workers and young people speak at SEP (Australia) anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

Workers, students, and young people who attended SEP’s meetings on Sunday entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III,” spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised as well as the attempts by Burwood Council and Sydney University to prevent the events from taking place.

University of Michigan IYSSE and WSWS readers oppose ban on SEP (Australia) meeting

By our reporter, 25 April 2015

Sydney pacifist forum blocks motion to oppose bans on SEP’s anti-war meeting

By Mike Head, 23 April 2015

The chairman of last night’s event abruptly shut it down to prevent an SEP member asking the audience to support the SEP’s resolution.

More letters denouncing Australian city council and university bans on SEP anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 23 April 2015

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2015

The attempt to block the SEP meeting shows the fear in ruling circles of mass anti-war sentiment being provided with a socialist and revolutionary political program.

Socialist Equality Party meetings to proceed on April 26

By the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2015

The concerted attempt to politically censor the SEP by denying it access to meeting facilities in Sydney has failed.

Socialist Equality Party supporters oppose anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!

An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

By James Cogan—National Secretary SEP (Australia), 20 April 2015

SEP national secretary James Cogan wrote to the Sydney University vice chancellor demanding that he allow the SEP the right to hire a venue at the university to hold a public anti-war meeting.

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party

Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 April 2015

The university’s decision is an attack on the democratic rights not only of the SEP but of the working class in Australia and around the world.

WSWS readers condemn Australian council ban on anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 16 April 2015

Scores of emails have been sent from the UK, France, the United States, Thailand and Australia passionately condemning the Labor-controlled council’s ban on the SEP anti-war meeting.

Letters demand Australian council reverse censorship of SEP

14 April 2015

The letters condemn the Burwood Council’s cancellation of the SEP’s booking for a public meeting entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III.”

Australian workers and youth oppose Labor council’s ban on SEP anti-war meeting

“If they wanted to honour the dead, they would have stopped all wars”

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Hundreds of people have signed petitions demanding that Burwood Council reverse its decision to block the SEP’s April 26 anti-war meeting.

Defenders of democratic rights condemn Australian council’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Letter to Burwood Council from SEP National Secretary James Cogan

13 April 2015

The following letter demanding the reversal of the cancellation of the SEP’s hall booking was sent on April 13.

Australian council cancels hall booking for SEP anti-war meeting

Defend the democratic rights of the SEP! Oppose political censorship!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 April 2015

It is already clear that Burwood Council cancelled the hall booking in a knee-jerk response to phone calls from racist and nationalist elements.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:

Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

The Anzac Day celebrations are part of conscious efforts to indoctrinate youth with patriotism and drown out anti-war sentiment.

Working class voters in NSW denounce the parliamentary parties

By our correspondents, 31 March 2015

At polling booths last Saturday, the prevailing sentiment was contempt for Liberal, Labor and other parliamentary parties.

NSW election: Lies and deception on privatisation

By Noel Holt—SEP candidate for Wyong, 11 March 2015

Fraudulent claims by both Labor and the Liberals are running rife in the lead up to the March 28 state election.

Cystic fibrosis and the rundown of public health care

By Carolyn Kennett—SEP candidate for Penrith, 7 March 2015

Significant advances in medical treatment have advanced the life expectancy of cystic fibrosis sufferers, but vitally necessary clinics remain badly understaffed.

Socialist Equality Party election meetings in NSW

6 March 2015

The SEP candidates will address meetings in their electorates next week, and a combined election rally on Sunday March 22.

Another fatal police shooting in Australia

By Noel Holt—SEP candidate for Wyong, 4 March 2015

Police shootings now occur with sickening regularity mostly in response to low-level incidents that could be resolved by non-lethal means.

NSW meeting announcements

4 March 2015

SEP candidates in NSW election campaign against war and austerity

By our reporters, 3 March 2015

Bankstown and Wyong workers and youth speak out against worsening living conditions and the danger of war.

Vote Socialist Equality Party in the New South Wales election

Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights! For a workers government and socialist policies!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 March 2015

Our campaign is aimed at building the SEP as the new revolutionary leadership of the working class and advancing a socialist and internationalist program.

Nick Beams retires as Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 February 2015

Nick Beams, a founding member and long-time leader of the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, announced last Sunday he was stepping down as national secretary.

SEP Australia to stand in New South Wales state election

Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 February 2015

The SEP campaign will advance a socialist and internationalist program to fight war, austerity budget cuts, attacks on jobs and conditions and the assault on democratic rights.

Australian prime minister clings to office

By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott fended off a leadership challenge today, but the political turmoil inside the ruling Liberal Party will continue.

SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war

By our reporters, 16 December 2014

The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war.

Students and workers speak out on the danger of war

By our correspondents, 16 December 2014

Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings.

SEP & IYSSE public meetings: Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?

25 November 2014

The G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane underscored just how embroiled Australia is in US-led wars and intrigues.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand postponed

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 14 November 2014

David North will not be able to travel to Australia at the beginning of December. The lectures that he was to deliver in Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand between December 10 and 14, 2014 will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Broken Nation: A glimpse of Australian anti-war sentiment in World War I

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2014

It is significant—and to Joan Beaumont’s credit—that her latest book lifts the lid, albeit within definite limits, on anti-war opposition in the working class.

SEP meetings oppose Australian involvement in US war in the Middle East

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

The SEP held five public meetings to oppose the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the recent anti-terror raids in Australian cities.

Workers and youth discuss the war in Syria and Iraq

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

A bipartisan conspiracy

Australian imperialism and the Middle East war

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

13 October 2014

The justification for war is no less a lie than the claims in 2003 that the US invasion of Iraq was about “weapons of mass destruction.”

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Public Meetings

Oppose Australia’s participation in Iraq-Syria war! Oppose anti-democratic laws and police raids!

9 October 2014

The real aim of the US and its allies is regime-change in Syria and total US domination over the oil-rich Middle East.

Australian bipartisan unity on war extended to budget austerity

By Mike Head, 24 September 2014

Moves are underway to secure deals between the government and Labor opposition to pass severe cuts to pensions, family benefits and student allowances.

Oppose the new imperialist war in Iraq!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 September 2014

The Australian political establishment as a whole has committed to a new US-led intervention that threatens to trigger a broader regional and global conflict.

Australia: SEP and IYSSE meetings discuss dangers of new world war

By our reporters, 6 August 2014

Meetings called on the centenary of World War I discussed the necessity for a revolutionary socialist solution to prevent the eruption of a third world war.

SEP and IYSSE public meetings in Australia

On the centenary of WWI: Socialism and the fight against war

25 July 2014

One hundred years on, amid the most severe global economic breakdown since the 1930s, a new world war is in the making.

Workers and students in Australia discuss SEP’s antiwar program

By our reporters, 22 July 2014

Initially called in response to the growing imperialist debacle in Iraq, the meetings were broadened to review as well the Israeli military assault on Gaza and the origins of the crisis in Ukraine.

Oppose Australia’s handover of refugees to Sri Lankan navy

By the Socialist Equality Parties of Sri Lanka and Australia, 8 July 2014

The Socialist Equality parties of Australia and Sri Lanka call on working people in both countries and internationally to oppose the joint military operation in the Indian Ocean.

The way forward in the fight against budget austerity and militarism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 July 2014

For all the sound and fury that Labor and the Greens have vented against the Abbott government, they voted to pass the appropriation bills.

Oppose the witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 July 2014

The witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative is aimed at intimidating opponents of the Abbott government.

SEP & IYSSE public meetings

The imperialist debacle in Iraq and the struggle against war

26 June 2014

There is an urgent need to build a new mass international movement against imperialism and war.

Fight budget austerity! A socialist perspective for Australian workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014

This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.

SEP meetings in Australia discuss budget attacks and drive to war

By our reporters, 3 June 2014

The well-attended public meetings discussed the Abbott government’s budget and the socialist program required to mobilise the working class against social austerity and war.

Australia: Financial ratings agency cracks the whip on budget

By Mike Head, 20 May 2014

Standard & Poor’s said Australia’s triple-A credit rating was at risk if the government did not overcome the popular opposition to the budget.

SEP Australia public meetings: A socialist program to fight war and austerity

15 May 2014

The May 13 budget handed down by the Abbott government marks a major intensification of the assault on all the rights of the working class.

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

Resolution 2: The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

15 May 2014

The resolution analyses the crisis of Australian capitalism and the accelerating assault on living standards, and outlines the SEP’s perspective for overcoming the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

Resolution 1: Australian imperialism and the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia”

14 May 2014

The resolution outlines the political and theoretical basis for the struggle of the SEP and ICFI to build a unified anti-war movement of the working class in opposition to the war drive by the US and its allies against China.

More support for May Day rally from Asia, Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 2 May 2014

Workers and youth voice their concerns about the danger of a third world war.

Greetings to Australian congress from Sri Lankan SEP

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 April 2014

“The whole of South Asia, including Sri Lanka, is being dragged into the maelstrom of geo-political tensions as a consequence of the US ‘pivot’ to Asia.”

Greetings to Australian congress from the Canadian SEP

By Keith Jones, 28 April 2014

Just as the Australian bourgeoisie is playing a leading role in the US “pivot to Asia,” so the Canadian bourgeoisie calculates that it can best assert its global interests by supporting a resurgent US imperialism.

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

“The program we advocate is the only conceivable path forward for working people everywhere.”

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit greetings to SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

“The gulf between our movement and all the different varieties of pseudo-left petty-bourgeois tendencies has never been as deep, as open and as irreconcilable as now.”

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress: Greetings by David North

By David North, 24 April 2014

“The International Committee of the Fourth International is the product of more than six decades of political struggle against opportunism.”

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds Second National Congress

24 April 2014

The congress unanimously adopted two resolutions: “Australian imperialism and the Obama administration’s ‘pivot to Asia’” and “The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party.”

SEP holds meeting to oppose Australian car industry shutdown

By our reporters, 18 March 2014

Speakers outlined the need for the global unity of workers, and a socialist perspective, to fight the worldwide assault by the auto giants.

Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne

A global political strategy to defend car industry jobs

6 March 2014

Working class suburbs in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide face being deindustrialised and impoverished like American cities such as Detroit.

Australia: SEP campaigns among Toyota workers

By a reporting team, 24 January 2014

Socialist Equality Party supporters interviewed workers at Toyota’s Altona plant in Melbourne about the destruction of jobs and conditions.

Australia: Adelaide workers discuss Holden shutdown

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 December 2013

SEP assistant national secretary James Cogan, addressing workers outside the Elizabeth Plant, called for a unified international struggle to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: SEP meetings oppose war preparations against China

By our reporters, 20 December 2013

The meetings discussed the necessity to unite the working class on a socialist program to oppose US military aggression against China.

As military tensions increase in Asia

SEP public meetings: Oppose the US, Australia war preparations against China

4 December 2013

The Abbott government in Australia declared its full support for the US and Japanese provocations against Beijing, making clear it was also prepared to go to war.

SEP (Australia) public meetings

Syria, Iran and the geopolitics of American militarism

1 October 2013

The greatest mistake would be to believe that the various diplomatic intrigues and machinations have ended the prospect of war.

IYSSE holds anti-war meetings at Australian and New Zealand campuses

By our reporters, 28 September 2013

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held meetings as part of the fight to develop an anti-war movement of the working class against the US preparations for an attack on Syria.

Rallies in Sydney and Melbourne on October 5: No to war against Syria! End the US-Australia military alliance!

26 September 2013

The intrigues taking place in the United Nations over disarming Syria of chemical weapons have not stopped the threat of war, but only postponed it.

IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand: Oppose war against Syria!

18 September 2013

The Australian government has, along with the corporate-controlled media, given unconditional backing to Washington’s militarist agenda in the Middle East.

Australian Liberals campaign launch: A “make-over” of Abbott and policy cover-up

By Nick Beams, 26 August 2013

The Australian election campaign, which the Socialist Equality Party has rightly characterised as a travesty of democracy as the major parties and the media seek to bury the essential issues, plumbed to new lows yesterday with the Liberal-National Party policy launch in Brisbane.

Video: Nick Beams explains SEP election campaign on YouTube

By our reporter, 26 August 2013

The SEP national secretary warns that whichever party forms the government after the September 7 election in Australia will impose far-reaching austerity measures on the working class.

Australian PM calls September 7 election

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 August 2013

The minority Labor government has announced the election amid a sharply escalating economic crisis.

Another boat disaster highlights criminality of Australian refugee policy

By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 15 June 2013

Like its counterparts around the world, the Australian political establishment is scapegoating asylum seekers.

Australian Education Union pushes sell out through delegates’ meetings

By our reporters, 22 May 2013

The substantial “no” vote gave some indication of the growing hostility among teachers to the union’s betrayals.

SEP announces candidates for 2013 Australian election

11 May 2013

A total of 10 SEP candidates will stand for the Senate in five states.

SEP Election 2013 campaign meetings: A socialist program to fight the drive to war

11 May 2013

Behind the backs of the population, the Labor government has joined the preparations by US imperialism for war against China.

Australian SEP launches 2013 election campaign

By our correspondents, 7 May 2013

The SEP will focus on developing a unified struggle of the working class internationally against the US-led preparations for war against China.

Youth and workers comment on the SEP election campaign

By our correspondents, 7 May 2013

Members of the audience at last Sunday’s Socialist Equality Party election launches spoke to the WSWS.

Socialist Equality Party to contest Australian federal election: A socialist program to fight the drive to war

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 April 2013

The central objective of our campaign is to develop a broad, international anti-war movement among workers and young people on the basis of a socialist and internationalist program.

Reject the Australian Education Union’s sellout agreement!

For a political offensive of the working class to defend public education

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 April 2013

The deal stitched up by the union behind the backs of teachers accepts the central demands of the Victorian government and opens the way for further attacks on public education.

Attend the SEP campaign launch on May 5

Public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne

20 April 2013

The SEP’s election campaign will expose the accelerating drive to war and give the widespread opposition to militarism a powerful voice and the means for its conscious political expression.

David North addresses meetings in Australia on 15 years of the WSWS

By our correspondents, 9 April 2013

The WSWS international editorial board chairman outlined the historical method underlying the site, and drew special attention to the dangers of war in the Asia-Pacific region.

David North to address public meetings in Australia

Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site

6 March 2013

In the 15 years since the World Socialist Web Site began publication on February 14, 1998, it has established itself as the most widely read and authoritative socialist publication in the world, accessible in 19 different languages.

Australia: Keen interest in socialist perspective at Tsar to Lenin screenings

By our correspondents, 17 December 2012

There was intense interest in socialism, the history of the revolutionary movement and the life and writings of Leon Trotsky.

SEP (Australia) public meeting and film screening

The historical and contemporary political significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution

9 November 2012

As capitalism confronts its greatest crisis since the 1930s, the events of 1917 assume immense contemporary significance.

SEP (Australia) meetings discuss how to fight austerity and war

By our correspondents, 10 October 2012

There were lively discussions at each meeting on the challenges facing workers and youth.

Workers and youth speak on the issues raised at SEP meetings

By our correspondents, 10 October 2012

People who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings spoke to WSWS correspondents.

SEP Australia public meetings

The socialist answer to Labor’s program of war and austerity

8 September 2012

The working class, and young people in particular, are confronted with the political question: how to defend their rights and their future?

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) resolution to AEU mass meeting

6 September 2012

1. This meeting rejects the 2.5 percent public sector wage ceiling, performance pay, increased teaching hours and all productivity trade-offs. We demand smaller class sizes and permanency for all teachers, including for young teachers and Educational Support staff currently on contracts.

Melbourne election triggers federal Labor government infighting

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 12 July 2012

The rifts that have emerged in the Melbourne by-election campaign over the Greens reflect the enormous crisis wracking the Labor Party and the entire political establishment.

The Liberal-Labor-Greens austerity consensus

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 25 June 2012

The Labor Party and the Greens fraudulently posture as opponents of the state government’s budget cuts, but would impose similar measures if they took office.

The Australian Labor government—a key accomplice in the vendetta against Julian Assange

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 21 June 2012

From the beginning of the US drive to silence Assange and WikiLeaks, the Australian government has provided unstinting support to the conspiracy against its own citizen.

“Capitalism has failed. The only viable alternative is socialism”

Patrick O’Connor speaks with WSWS about key issues in by-election

By Richard Phillips, 19 June 2012

SEP candidate explains essential elements in the party’s election campaign.

SEP campaigns at Melbourne’s Victoria Markets

By our reporters, 18 June 2012

The SEP team spoke with many workers, students, and young people over the weekend about the issues they confront.