Before the eyes of the whole world, Israel is carrying out a crime of monumental proportions: a deliberate and systematic massacre of the women and children of Gaza.
Public meeting in Australia: Stop the Gaza genocide! Build a socialist anti-war movement!
The meeting, in Sydney and online, will discuss the revolutionary socialist perspective required to end the genocide and its source, the capitalist system.
Israeli officials, knowing full well how and where Hamas would strike, made a deliberate decision to stand down in order to facilitate the attack.
Support Australian school strikes! Build a socialist anti-war movement to stop the genocide and war!
The perspective of pressuring governments is a dead-end. Instead we need to build a movement of the working class against them and the system responsible for the genocide, capialism.
In attacking actors, whose only “crime” was to wear Arabic scarves during a curtain call, the proponents of Israel’s genocide have inadvertently pointed to the bogus character of their entire campaign.
“Stop Israel’s genocide against Gaza!”—Socialist Equality Party in Australia holds well-attended public meeting
The strong proactive response to the meeting reflects the sharp changes in mass consciousness internationally, driven by deep-seated anti-war sentiment and mass hostility to the establishment governments, parties and the corporate media.
In partnership with the Liberal-National Coalition, the Labor government rammed the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Repudiation) Bill 2023 through the House of Representatives in a single day last week and is demanding that the Senate rubberstamp it by this Thursday.
The statement released by top US, British and Australian defence officials makes clear that preparations for providing Australia with a nuclear submarine fleet are proceeding apace.
Three legal challenges show the human face of the released detainees, who have been demonised by the government, the Coalition and the media, as well as the unconstitutional nature of the legislation.
The transparent purpose of Albanese and Dutton’s presence at the Holocaust museum was to exploit the worst imperialist atrocity of the last century, to justify the worst imperialist atrocity of the 21st, the genocide in Gaza.
The Voice voting patterns demonstrate the intensifying hostility of working-class people to the entire political establishment.
An open letter, issued by a privileged layer of indigenous figures who led the Voice Yes campaign, further highlights the immense class chasm shown in the referendum’s overwhelming defeat on October 14.
Socialist Alternative’s analysis of the referendum is an attack on the working class, exposing this organisation as a rightward moving representative of privileged layers of the affluent upper middle-class.
“The Labor government is not working class, it is an elite group of people, setting up a puppet called the Voice.”
Book launch with David North and Evan Blake: Two works, on Trotsky and the pandemic
At an event in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, May 25, World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North launched his new book Leon Trotsky and the Struggle for Socialism in the Twenty-First Century. He was joined by Evan Blake, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, who presented another new title from Mehring Books, COVID, Capitalism, and Class War: A Social and Political Chronology of the Pandemic.
The International Committee of the Fourth International unequivocally denounces the Netanyahu government’s declaration of war on the Palestinian people following the uprising in Gaza against the Israeli occupation.
To openly place British military forces in Ukraine has only one possible aim: to provide a casus belli through the sacrifice of NATO military personnel. A third world war is the only logical outcome.
Australia’s prominent role in the Ukraine conflict underscores the fact that the war is morphing into a global confrontation.
In one incident, an elderly imam was allegedly shot and killed, despite being unarmed and in detention. The military command and the government defended the conduct of the soldiers involved.
One year after being anti-democratically disaffiliated by the student union, the re-establishment of a genuine socialist, anti-war voice club at one of Australia’s “sandstone” universities marks a significant development.
The university is simply ignoring the preponderance of evidence against its original decision, highlighting that this is a case of open political censorship of the IYSSE—the only socialist, anti-war club on campus.
“Maybe the university is influenced by the government and that’s why it’s not affiliating the IYSSE or allowing students to be a part of this organisation. But I really want to encourage everyone to be a part of it. I want Macquarie to end the censorship.”
Australia: University of Newcastle students demand affiliation of IYSSE at Sydney’s Macquarie University
”By effectively banning the IYSSE, management is attempting to prevent students and youth from accessing a genuine revolutionary socialist program and anti-war perspective.”
The ICFI’s May Day 2023 online rally: A milestone in the building of a global, working class movement against war
The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)’s tenth online May Day Rally held Sunday centred on two interconnected processes: the escalating US-NATO war against Russia in Ukraine and the rapid growth of the international class struggle. The rally provided a political direction to growing opposition in the working class to imperialist war, social inequality, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, the threat of fascism and all the evils of a crisis-ridden capitalism.
The destruction of jobs at Molycop must be fought. What is at stake is not just the livelihoods of the 250 sacked workers and their families, but those of future generations of young people in the region, as well as throughout the steel industry and the broader working class.
Dairy workers across Victoria have begun a two-day strike demanding cost-of-living pay increases.
“Back in the day, people would just not turn up to work over something like this and stand out the front… I’d happily go on strike for this if it was organised.”
The proposed deal, hailed as a “win” by the United Workers Union (UWU) bureaucracy, is scarcely better than the original offer: a 13.12 percent pay “rise” over three years.
New South Wales health data shows the increase in the infection of the lower respiratory tract began in September.
Mary-Louise McLaws won popular support between 2020 and early 2022 when she and other leading medical scientists, amid mounting working-class anger, compelled Australian governments to adopt limited COVID-19 mitigation measures.
With no public health measures in place, very low levels of vaccine-induced immunity, and a bubbling “variant soup,” ordinary people now confront an unending cycle of infection and reinfection.
Despite receiving 566 submissions, many from Long COVID sufferers and concerned scientists and doctors, the report minimalised the impact of this “mass disabling event.”
The Labor government’s full-throated support of imperialist militarism, in Israel, Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific, is incompatible with the defence of a persecuted anti-war publisher.
The tour reflected a groundswell of support for Assange among ordinary people, but also underscored the bankruptcy of a fight for his freedom based on backroom diplomacy and politicking.
Lawyer Stephen Kenny warned: "If we don't have people telling us the truth like Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange, then we are going to be ignorant. Our democracy is at stake."
Stella Assange, wife of imprisoned Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, spoke at a rally in Sydney yesterday morning demanding his immediate freedom.
Resolution adopted at the Sixth Congress of the SEP (Australia)
“The criminal ‘let it rip’ pandemic policies of governments—invariably enforced by the labour and trade union bureaucracies—have exposed the brutality of capitalism, and its readiness to sacrifice lives for corporate profit and private wealth accumulation.”
Resolution adopted at the Sixth Congress of the SEP (Australia)
“The same contradictions and crisis of world capitalism are also propelling the working class into struggle, providing the basis for the building of an international anti-war movement.”
A mass network of interconnected rank-and-file committees can and must serve as the foundation for the fight for the abolition of capitalism and the establishment of a workers’ government based on a socialist program.
The ongoing persecution of Julian Assange is bound up with imperialist war, escalating online censorship and a broader turn to authoritarianism.
The SEP held an important meeting Sunday afternoon entitled: “After the NSW Elections—How to fight AUKUS, War & Austerity!”
The Liberal disaster in the seat of Aston increases the reliance of the capitalist class on the Labor Party, which is currently in office across the country, except for the small island state of Tasmania.
One worker said: “I think it’s a good idea to have an international movement for the working class against war and for democratic rights, for workers to unite, it makes sense.”
Among those who spoke out were victims of last year’s floods in Lismore, a regional city, where thousands of residents are still living in substandard accommodation more than a year after the floods.
Fight the bipartisan attack on democracy—join the SEP as an electoral member!
In a blatant act of political censorship, the Socialist Equality Party has been deregistered. Nevertheless, the SEP will stand candidates in the federal election, if and when it is called, and conduct the broadest possible campaign for a genuine socialist alternative.
The working class must have a political voice, which the ruling class through its latest legislation is seeking to stifle. The opposition to the dictates of big business and its political servants needs to be guided by a socialist program that puts the social needs of working people—above all their health and lives—ahead of the private profits of the wealthy few. The SEP alone fights for this perspective.
Our party fights:
● For a scientific program to eradicate the coronavirus pandemic against the criminal, “herd immunity” policies of the ruling elite.
● For an end to militarism and war.
● Against all forms of nationalism and racism and for the unity of the international working-class.
● For the social rights of the working class, including quality, free education and healthcare for all, and a decent, full-time job with permanent conditions for those able to work.
● For a workers’ government and socialism, that is a society in which the working-class democratically controls the wealth that it produces, not the banks and the billionaires.
Fill out this form to apply to join the SEP as an electoral member. The membership fee is $5 (waged) or $2 (unwaged/student).
The program of the Socialist Equality Party is of a principled, not a conjunctural and pragmatic, character. It is based on an analysis of the crisis of world capitalism and an assimilation of the strategic revolutionary experiences of the working class and the international socialist movement.
The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party was adopted by the Founding Congress of the SEP in Sydney in 2010. It traces the historical events and strategic experiences of the working class and Marxist movement spanning more than a century.
Membership in the Socialist Equality Party is based on agreement with its Statement of Principles. The principles of the SEP incorporate the essential experiences of the revolutionary upheavals of the twentieth century and the corresponding struggle waged by Marxists for the program of world socialist revolution.
The lectures, now all available online, reviewed some of the fundamental lessons of the protracted struggle by the Trotskyist movement for socialist internationalism.
Authorised by Cheryl Crisp for the Socialist Equality Party, Suite 906, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.