Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) launches Melbourne by-election campaign

By Socialist Equality Party, 15 June 2012

Our campaign provides workers and young people with a revolutionary alternative to the political program and parties of big business and finance capital

SEP public meetings pass resolutions defending Assange

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

The resolution denounced the persecution of WikiLeaks and its editor and outlined the program that workers and youth must take up to fight this assault on democratic rights.

Workers and youth denounce government attacks on Julian Assange

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

Those attending SEP meetings on Sunday explained why it is necessary to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange

SEP public meetings in Australia

Defend WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange

2 June 2012

Democratic rights cannot be defended through the decayed façade of parliament or the reactionary Labor and trade union apparatuses.

SEP meetings oppose US-Australia war preparations against China

By our reporters, 30 May 2012

Well-attended public meetings in Australia and New Zealand discussed the US military build-up against China and the necessity for a socialist program to oppose militarism and war.

Youth and workers discuss US-Australia confrontation with China

By our reporters, 30 May 2012

Public meeting participants comment on the SEP’s perspective and the dangers of war.

SEP (Australia) congress resolutions

11 May 2012

In the course of the congress, SEP delegates unanimously adopted the seven resolutions published below.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 2: Against imperialist war

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”). See resolutions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 3: Oppose the US war drive against China

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 4: Oppose the US-Australia military agreement

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 5: The 2010 coup and the crisis of bourgeois rule

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 6: Defend Julian Assange

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 7: Build the SEP!

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Australian SEP holds first national congress

By our correspondents, 8 May 2012

After four days of intensive discussion, the congress delegates unanimously adopted seven resolutions dealing with the major political issues confronting workers and youth.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 1: The world capitalist crisis and the tasks of the SEP

8 May 2012

The following is the first of seven resolutions passed at the SEP (Australia) congress held last month in Sydney

SEP/ISSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

Oppose the US-Australia war preparations against China

26 April 2012

Through the military agreements with the Obama administration, the Gillard Labor government has unconditionally aligned itself with US war preparations against China.

Australia: SEP meetings discuss the US-Australia alliance against China

By our correspondents, 19 December 2011

The SEP held public meetings to oppose the Labor government’s new military agreements with the Obama administration and the escalating US confrontation with China.

WSWS/SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney

The US-Australia military agreements: Preparations for war with China

29 November 2011

Australia has been placed on the frontline of a potential confrontation between nuclear-armed states.

Reject the union sell-out at BlueScope Steel

By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 October 2011

The SEP urges BlueScope workers to take a stand on behalf of the entire working class, and especially the younger generation.

Reject the NSW budget cuts! A socialist strategy to defend jobs and conditions!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 September 2011

By slashing jobs and spending to satisfy the financial markets, the state Liberal government is acting in unison with the federal Labor government as part of a worldwide offensive against the basic rights of the working class.

SEP (Australia) public meetings in Wollongong and Hastings

Fight axing of BlueScope steel jobs!

2 September 2011

Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.

The economic and political crisis in Australia and the building of the SEP

2 September 2011

This resolution was the second of three adopted unanimously at SEP conferences on “The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today” held in Sydney and Melbourne over the past two weekends.

Youth and the fight for socialism

2 September 2011

This resolution was the third adopted at the SEP conferences on “The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today”.

The breakdown of capitalism and the tasks of the working class

1 September 2011

This resolution was the first of three adopted unanimously at SEP conferences on “The Failure of Socialism and the Fight for Socialism Today” held in Sydney and Melbourne over the past two weekends.

Workers speak at Fight for Socialism Today conference in Melbourne

By our correspondents, 1 September 2011

The WSWS interviewed some of the participants, including workers, teachers and students, at the August 27-28 Socialist Equality Party conference in Melbourne.

SEP (Australia) public meeting in Wollongong

Fight axing of BlueScope steel jobs!

31 August 2011

Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.

Nick Beams addresses SEP conferences in Sydney and Melbourne

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2011

“We are confronted with great dangers arising from the breakdown of the capitalist order. But these dangers also mean great opportunities—to seize the wheel of history and play our part in turning it to build a world fit for humanity.”

Young people speak at Fight for Socialism Today conference in Sydney

By our correspondents, 31 August 2011

The WSWS interviewed some of the new participants, mostly young workers and students, at the August 20-21 Socialist Equality Party conference in Sydney.

Conferences on the Fight for Socialism Today held in Sydney and Melbourne

By our correspondents, 30 August 2011

Socialist Equality Party conferences discussed the new stage in the breakdown of global capitalism, and the fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective for the working class to answer the intensifying social counter-revolution.

SEP (Australia) public meeting in Perth

The failure of capitalism and the fight for socialism today

30 August 2011

Every section of the international working class confronts an intensifying assault against their living standards, social conditions and democratic rights.

Oppose the BlueScope sackings! Fight for a socialist strategy to defend steel and manufacturing jobs

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 August 2011

The fight to defend jobs will only go forward through a rebellion against the trade union apparatuses, which are working might and main to subordinate workers to the dictates of the company and the Labor government.

Attend the SEP conferences in Australia:

The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today

Melbourne: August 27-28

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 13 August 2011

The conferences being organised by the SEP will discuss the critical political issues facing the working class that arise from the renewed crisis wracking the world capitalist system. They could not be more timely.

SEP (Australia) public meeting in Sydney

The crisis of the Murdoch empire and its implications for the working class

23 July 2011

What has been exposed by the Murdoch scandal is the putrefaction of an entire social and political system.

Public Meeting in Wellington

The New Zealand budget and the fight against austerity

24 June 2011

The National government’s budget, handed down on May 19, is part of an international offensive on the working class.

One year since the Australian Labor Party coup

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 June 2011

Twelve months later, the crisis of the government has only deepened, as the geopolitical and economic contradictions that gave rise to Rudd’s ousting have intensified.

The political issues facing NSW (Australia) workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 14 June 2011

Large numbers of workers in the Australian state of New South Wales will take part in a demonstration on June 15 against the move by the new conservative government to directly dictate public sector wage rises.

Socialist Equality Party conferences in Australia:

The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today

Sydney: August 20-21 • Melbourne: August 27-28

8 June 2011

The SEP is holding weekend conferences in Sydney and Melbourne in August to discuss the global economic and political crisis and its impact in Australia, and the building of a new, independent political movement of the working class based on an internationalist and socialist perspective.

New South Wales election

Australian Labor Party suffers devastating election defeat

By James Cogan, 28 March 2011

The swing against the ALP is the largest ever in the state of New South Wales and the biggest since the defeat of the Scullin federal Labor government in 1931.

“They all represent the big companies and corporations”

NSW voters speak out against Labor

By our reporters, 28 March 2011

While thousands of people refused to vote Labor, there was general contempt for the entire parliamentary process.

Vote for a socialist perspective in the New South Wales election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 March 2011

A vote for the SEP is for the independent interests of the working class and against the parties of the political establishment—Labor, Liberal-National and the Greens.

Secret report foreshadows numerous public school closures and teaching job cuts

By James Cogan and SEP candidate for Marrickville, 24 March 2011

A confidential report commissioned by the New South Wales Labor government exposes plans for massive cuts to public education, regardless of which party takes office next week.

Major parties outbid each other on law and order

By Richard Phillips and SEP candidate for Bankstown, 23 March 2011

NSW Labor has vowed that, if re-elected, it would deliver 360 extra police officers, taking the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force to a record 16,166 officers

Australia: SEP election meetings discuss new period of revolutionary upheavals

By our correspondents, 22 March 2011

The Socialist Equality Party held a series of lively public meetings last week as part of its intervention into the New South Wales state election.

Australia: Youth unemployment ignored in NSW election

By Will Morrow, 21 March 2011

The social disaster confronting young people has been totally ignored by Liberal, Labor and the Greens during the New South Wales election.

Australian government uses tear gas and synthetic bullets to suppress refugee protests

By Carolyn Kennett and SEP candidate for Auburn, 19 March 2011

The Gillard Labor government this week mobilised federal police to violently attack protesting detainees inside the remote Christmas Island facility.

Australia: Telstra’s “Project New”—another round of job destruction

By Noel Holt and SEP candidate for Newcastle, 18 March 2011

While workers are being hit hard by Telstra restructuring, the communication unions have made it clear that they will do nothing to defend jobs or challenge these attacks.

Australia: Gillard government steps up attack on public education, with NSW Labor’s support

By Carolyn Kennett and SEP candidate for Auburn, 17 March 2011

Launched early this month, the latest version of the My School web site is another step in the Gillard Labor government’s assault on public education.

SEP candidate Carolyn Kennett exposes Labor and Greens at Auburn forum

By our correspondent, 16 March 2011

The Auburn candidates’ forum demonstrated that the SEP is the only party representing and articulating the independent interests of the working class.

An exchange with the Greens

By Richard Phillips, 15 March 2011

SEP candidate responds to a letter from the Greens candidate for Bankstown.

NSW state election: SEP campaigners in Marrickville find growing distrust of Greens

By an SEP reporting team, 14 March 2011

In their discussions with residents, SEP candidate James Cogan and supporters have found a growing realisation that behind the seemingly progressive rhetoric of the Greens is a deeply anti-working class agenda.

Labor exempts controversial Sydney harbour project from environmental laws

By Richard Phillips and SEP candidate for Bankstown, 9 March 2011

By approving the Barangaroo plan, the 16-year-old Labor government has remained, to its dying day, a servant of the property developers.

SEP candidate exposes hypocrisy of Labor and the Greens at election forum

By our correspondents, 4 March 2011

The lively candidates’ forum was a revealing display of the collapse of Labor’s support in the working class.

SEP election meetings in New South Wales

Egypt and the return of revolutionary struggles

3 March 2011

The Socialist Equality Party is holding election campaign meetings on the significance and implications of the return of open class struggle to the centre stage of history.

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the NSW state election!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

3 March 2011

The SEP advances a socialist and internationalist program to fight for the interests of the working class.

Notes on the Egyptian Revolution

By Nick Beams, 25 February 2011

The following report by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), was delivered to an aggregate meeting in Sydney.

Vote 1 for Peter Byrne, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Broadmeadows

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 February 2011

The Socialist Equality Party calls on all workers, youth and students to vote for our candidate Peter Byrne in the Broadmeadows by-election in Victoria on Saturday.

Socialist Equality Party speaks to workers in Broadmeadows by-election

By our correspondents, 17 February 2011

The SEP has won important support from workers, the unemployed, and young people in the Broadmeadows by-election campaign being held in Victoria.

Victorian government releases another whitewash of Tullamarine toxic dump hazard

By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 16 February 2011

The Environment Protection Agency has released another report which finds that no health hazard exists near a former toxic dump in the northern Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine.

Egyptian revolution discussed at Socialist Equality Party’s final election meeting in Broadmeadows

By our correspondent, 14 February 2011

Socialist Equality Party speakers drew out the historic significance of the Egyptian revolution at the party’s final public meeting in the Broadmeadows by-election campaign in Victoria yesterday.

A reply to the falsifications of the ACTU and pseudo-lefts on the Swift meatworkers’ struggle

By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 10 February 2011

Australian Council of Trade Unions President Ged Kearney has written an article falsifying what happened during the Swift meatworkers lockout while claiming that the unions secured a tremendous victory.

The Australian Labor Party and its property developer candidate for Broadmeadows

By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 9 February 2011

The nomination of wealthy property developer and businessman Frank McGuire as the Labor Party’s candidate for the Broadmeadows by-election, underscores Labor’s extraordinary hostility and contempt for working people.

Socialist Equality Party holds election meeting in Broadmeadows

By Margaret Rees, 7 February 2011

Peter Byrne, the SEP’s candidate in the by-election, explained that the party was fighting to provide a means through which the working class could advance its independent interests, in opposition to the Labor Party and all other sections of the political establishment.

Australia: Final SEP Broadmeadows election campaign meeting on Sunday February 13

3 February 2011

The Socialist Equality Party will hold a final public meeting for its Broadmeadows by-election campaign on Sunday February 13 at 2:30 pm.