Historical and International Foundations of the SEP (Australia)

This document was adopted in January, 2010 by the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia).

It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the Australian working class throughout the twentieth century, within the context of global economic, political and social processes. It delineates the struggle for Marxism from all varieties of national opportunism, in particular the nationalist doctrines of Australian exceptionalism that have been promoted by the Australian Labor Party and the trade unions for more than a century. In doing so, it establishes the theoretical and political basis of the struggle for socialist internationalism.

Further material on the history of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Committee of the Fourth International is available here.

  1. Capitalist breakdown and the founding of the Socialist Equality Party
  2. The financial crash of 2007–2008
  3. The origins of Australian exceptionalism
  4. The Labor Party and “White Australia”
  5. World War I and the Russian Revolution
  6. The Communist Party of Australia
  7. The Great Depression and the CPA’s “Third Period” line
  8. The origins of Trotskyism in Australia
  9. The struggle against centrism
  10. Stalinism, Trotskyism and World War II
  11. The post-war upsurge
  12. The betrayals of the CPA
  13. The post-war stabilisation and the emergence of Pabloism
  14. The post-war boom and its contradictions
  15. The resurgence of the working class
  16. The struggle against Pabloism and the growth of the ICFI
  17. The founding of the Socialist Labour League
  18. The political backsliding of the WRP, the SLL and the Canberra coup
  19. A global counter-offensive against the working class
  20. The Accord and the Hawke-Keating Labor government
  21. Political crisis in the ICFI
  22. The split in the International Committee
  23. The aftermath of the 1985–86 split
  24. The World Perspectives of the ICFI
  25. The dissolution of the Soviet Union and its implications
  26. The formation of the Socialist Equality Party
  27. The World Socialist Web Site
  28. Imperialist war and neo-colonialism
  29. The crisis of Australian capitalism and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party