Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP (Australia) holds Sydney meeting against new “foreign interference” laws

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

The Sydney meeting was the first public event held by an Australian political party against the anti-democratic legislation since it was rushed through parliament late last month.

SEP to hold meetings in Melbourne and Newcastle on new “foreign interference” laws: A move towards dictatorship and war

3 July 2018

The new legislation has been imposed amidst xenophobic hysteria in the parliament and the media over “Chinese influence” and “interference.”

Assange is being punished for exposing state secrecy and the reality of war

By Linda Tenenbaum, 21 June 2018

SEP national committee member Linda Tenenbaum told the Sydney rally that the event was to initiate an international movement in defence of Assange and basic democratic rights.

The persecution of Assange is an attempt to silence mass anti-war sentiment

By Evrim Yazgin, 21 June 2018

Evrim Yazgin, International Youth and Students for Social Equality president at the University of Melbourne, explained how Assange’s struggle for the truth had politicised a generation of young people.

Educators internationally must stand up for Julian Assange

By Sue Phillips, 21 June 2018

Committee For Public Education national convenor Sue Phillips told the Sydney rally that the defence of Assange is intimately connected to the fight for the democratic and social rights of students, educators and the working class.

Workers at SEP rally in Sydney demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 21 June 2018

“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights.”

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

By James Cogan, 19 June 2018

This speech was delivered by James Cogan, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, to a rally organised by the SEP in defence of Julian Assange last Sunday in Sydney.

The Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange: An important step forward

By Linda Tenenbaum, 18 June 2018

The international socialist movement and the working class are the decisive force in the fight for Assange’s freedom and the defense of all democratic rights.

“We’re not asking Malcolm Turnbull to defend Assange, we are telling him!”

Watch: Rally to Free Julian Assange held in Sydney

18 June 2018

Hundreds of people participated in Sunday's demonstration in Sydney Town Hall Square to demand Julian Assange's safe return to Australia. The rally, organised by the Socialist Equality Party, featured speeches from SEP Australia national secretary James Cogan and independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.

Workers and young people speak out after Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 18 June 2018

“We need heroes like Assange to continue this work and tell us the truth.”

Join the June 17 demonstration in Sydney and June 19 rallies to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 16 June 2018

The rallies and vigils will be important contributions to the development of an ongoing campaign to secure Assange’s freedom.

Press conference to be held in Sydney ahead of rallies in defence of Assange

By our reporters, 11 June 2018

Canberra must meet its obligations to protect Julian Assange, as it did for Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.

John Pilger endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defence of Julian Assange

29 May 2018

“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”

Socialist Equality Party holds meetings in Australia on Internet censorship

By our reporters, 5 May 2018

The meetings reviewed the history of the persecution of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, including the calls by US politicians for his assassination.

Australian workers and youth speak after public meetings

“Julian Assange took an enormously courageous stand”

By our correspondents, 5 May 2018

Participants at the public meetings spoke out against Internet censorship and the persecution of Julian Assange.

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress

Support the International Coalition of Socialist, Antiwar and Progressive Websites Against Internet Censorship

21 April 2018

The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

21 April 2018

The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress

The SEP and the Political Independence of the Working Class

20 April 2018

The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress

For an International Anti-War Movement!

20 April 2018

The following text is the second of four resolutions passed at the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 April 2018

The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.

Meeting in Brisbane May 20: Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange!

14 April 2018

The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington’s escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.

Australia: SEP meeting discusses government-media campaign over “African gangs”

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

The SEP has led a fight within the working class against the provocative hysteria against young people of African origin.

Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne

The class issues behind the racist “African gang” campaign

26 February 2018

The government has promoted a lurid media campaign, seeking to elevate a few instances of petty crime into a virtual national security threat.

Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective

SEP holds online meeting on the New South Wales rail dispute

By our reporter, 19 February 2018

The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

SEP forum rallies opposition against racist “African gangs” campaign in Australia

By our reporters, 26 January 2018

The lively meeting in Melbourne was attended by workers and young people of African origin.

Australia: Workers reject union-government attempts to cancel NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018

Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.

Australian and New Zealand Trotskyists hold powerful Russian Revolution centenary meetings

By our reporter, 20 December 2017

Those in attendance responded with enthusiastic applause to the speakers’ contributions and to the answers to the questions from audience members.

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

By our reporters, 20 December 2017

A diverse cross-section of workers, students and young people attended Socialist Equality Party meetings [link] in Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand, last week, entitled “100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today.” A number spoke to reporters from the WSWS.

Meeting in Sydney on December 17

100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

28 October 2017

The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.

Free, high quality public education is a social right! Join the Committee For Public Education!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 October 2017

Australia has one of the most unequal and privatised school systems in the world.

The Australian marriage equality survey: An exercise in political division and diversion

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 October 2017

The aim of both the Coalition government and the Labor Party opposition is to institutionalise the treatment of same sex couples as second-class citizens.

SEP Australia verifies “registered party” status once again

By our reporters, 5 October 2017

The electoral registration of the SEP is an expression of the base of political support that exists for the internationalist and socialist perspective of the ICFI.

“You have to be rich to have a voice”

SEP meeting attendees speak on the Grenfell Tower tragedy

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Workers and young people spoke out about the parallels between the fire in London and unsafe building practices in Australia.

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand discuss international significance of Grenfell Tower disaster

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Speakers outlined the parallels between the fire in London, and the gutting of building safety regulations in Australia by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand

The Grenfell Tower disaster: A crime against the working class

5 July 2017

Homes, schools, hospitals and other public buildings must be made safe. The criminals in high places must be brought to justice.

SEP and Victorian Teachers and ES Staff Forum

The political issues in the fight against the AEU-Labor government EBA

20 May 2017

The forum on May 28 will present a detailed critique of the Australian Education Union’s sell-out deal with the Andrews Labor government, and clarify why teachers and ES staff should reject it.

Australia: SEP meetings discuss international socialist program required to prevent war

By our reporters, 16 May 2017

SEP and IYSSE speakers explained that militarism and war were a product of the contradictions of the capitalist nation-state system.

SEP (Australia) and IYSSE public meetings

Stop the drive to world war! For peace, equality and socialism!

22 April 2017

The meetings will outline the socialist and internationalist perspective required to prevent the descent of the global capitalist system into a catastrophic third world war.

Beryl Hood: 29 November 1938–21 March 2017

By Mike Head, 25 March 2017

A Trotskyist for four decades, Comrade Beryl was a fine and steadfast representative of the most advanced layers of the working class, attracted, above all, to internationalism.

Australia: SEP meetings discuss Trump, war and the political tasks facing workers and youth

By our correspondents, 28 February 2017

The meetings attracted university students, workers, professionals and retirees seeking in-depth discussion about the Trump presidency and the dangerous shift in world politics.

SEP meeting attendees speak on Trump and the threat of war

By our reporters, 28 February 2017

Workers and young people who attended the meetings spoke about the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the developing political radicalization in the US and internationally, and the need for a socialist movement of the working class.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand

The political significance of Trump and the accelerated drive to war

10 February 2017

The meetings will discuss how Donald Trump came to office, and what his program of “America First” nationalism and war means for the working class and young people.

Australia: Intense discussions about Trump victory at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

The strong response to the SEP meetings demonstrates a significant politicisation among new layers of workers and youth.

Workers and youth in Australia speak about US election and SEP program

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

Those attending the SEP meetings voiced their concerns about Trump’s extreme-right political agenda and the social and political issues confronting workers in the US and internationally.

Public meetings in New Zealand and Australia

The political causes and international implications of Trump’s election: A Marxist assessment

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 November 2016

These meetings will clarify the immense political questions raised by Trump’s victory. Who is responsible? What conclusions must be drawn?

Oppose imperialist war against China and Russia

Join and Build the IYSSE at University of Melbourne!

By IYSSE (Australia), 10 October 2016

The IYSSE will hold its Inaugural General Meeting at University of Melbourne on October 13 at 1pm.

SEP Australia holds Third National Congress

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 27 July 2016

The Congress provided the political grounding for the campaign conducted by the SEP in the July 2 Australian federal election.

The Socialist Equality Party and the fight to build an international anti-war movement

27 July 2016

The following resolution was adopted at the Third National Congress of the SEP (Australia), which took place in Sydney from April 24 to 26, 2016.

SEP public meetings review political lessons of Australian election

By our reporters, 26 July 2016

Explosive political developments in the past weeks have vindicated the analysis and perspective fought for by the SEP in the July 2 federal election.

Australian workers and youth voice interest in SEP’s perspective

By our reporters, 26 July 2016

Attendees speak about their concerns over US plans for war against China and the government’s austerity agenda.

SEP’s 2016 election campaign in Australia furthers fight for international anti-war movement

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 July 2016

At the centre of the campaign was the development of political analysis to clarify workers and young people on the necessity for a socialist and internationalist perspective.

SEP public meetings: The Australian election crisis and the way forward for the working class

9 July 2016

The SEP will explain the socialist and internationalist program that workers must take up in order to fight for their class interests. The meeting in Sydney will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Melbourne warehouse workers welcome SEP campaign against war

By our reporters, 2 July 2016

Workers at the Coles-Toll plant spoke on the growing threat of a US-led war against China and Russia, as well as the rising war danger globally.

Vote Socialist Equality Party on July 2

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 July 2016

The SEP is the only party that fights for the socialist reorganisation of society, in Australia and internationally, to end war and meet the social rights of the working class.

SEP election rally in Sydney on June 26 to be streamed live on Facebook

24 June 2016

The Socialist Equality Party’s final election rally in Sydney, “International class struggle returns: A socialist program against war and austerity,” will be streamed live on Facebook.

Video: The Australian election and the fight against the danger of world war

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 24 June 2016

James Cogan, SEP national secretary and Senate candidate for New South Wales, condemns the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.

SEP election meetings outline alternative to war and austerity

By our reporters, 14 June 2016

SEP candidates spoke out against Australia’s integration into the US war drive against China and the mounting social crisis facing the working class.

Australian elections: Workers and young people speak on mounting social divide

By our reporters, 10 June 2016

The growth of poverty and social distress is being ignored by the campaigns of the major parties and the corporate press.

Socialist Equality Party final election rallies

International class struggle returns: A socialist program against war and austerity

10 June 2016

The meetings will outline the socialist perspective necessary to take forward the independent, international interests of the working class.

SEP holds election meetings in Sydney and Melbourne

By our reporters, 7 June 2016

At both meetings, workers and young people discussed the socialist alternative to war, austerity and the assault on democratic rights.

Public meetings on the Australian election

Support the SEP in 2016! No to war and budget cuts! For socialism and internationalism!

26 May 2016

The candidates will explain the socialist and internationalist program for which the SEP is fighting in opposition to Labor, the Liberals, the Greens and every other capitalist party.

Australian government’s “internship” program: An attack on young people

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 24 May 2016

Young people are a central target of the austerity agenda that will be deepened by whichever party forms government after the July 2 elections.

Support the Socialist Equality Party 2016 election campaign!

Vote against war and budget cuts! For internationalism and socialism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 May 2016

The SEP’s campaign is directed to the ever growing number of workers and young people who want a genuine alternative.

The SEP candidates in the 2016 Australian election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 May 2016

The Socialist Equality Party is standing a Senate group in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and candidates in the electorates of Grayndler and Blaxland in Sydney and Wills in Melbourne.

May Day 2016: The glorification of war and the preparation for future conflicts

By Cheryl Crisp, 4 May 2016

Cheryl Crisp, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
Link to audio

May Day 2016: Oppose the drive to war in the Asia-Pacific

By James Cogan, 4 May 2016

James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
LInk to audio

The Pentagon’s CSIS report and Australia’s role in the escalating war drive against China

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016

Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.

Public meetings in Australia mark 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s murder

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

There was intense interest as speakers explained the significance of Trotsky’s life and work, and why and how he was assassinated by Stalin’s secret police, the GPU.

Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

WSWS correspondents interviewed some of those who attended the meetings last week in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on “How and Why the GPU Murdered Trotsky” [link]. Members of the audience were asked about why they had come to the meetings and what they thought were the most significant aspects of the reports delivered on Trotsky’s life, his assassination and the Security and the Fourth International investigation, conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International, into the circumstances surrounding Trotsky’s murder.

SEP public meetings in Australia:

Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky

18 November 2015

The meetings are part of the commemoration by the ICFI of the 75th anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination.

IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

The lectures outlined the contemporary political significance of the struggle waged by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the carnage of World War I.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.

Withdraw all Australian military forces from Syria and the Middle East!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015

The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.

An internationalist strategy to oppose the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

By the Socialist Equality Party, 17 September 2015

The SEP insists that workers can only defend their interests on the basis of an independent class stance that rejects both the pro-ChAFTA “free traders” and the reactionary nationalism of Labor and the unions.

Oppose the political censorship of the IYSSE at Australian universities!

Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015

The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.

IYSSE, SEP (Australia) lectures: 100 years since the Zimmerwald conference

6 August 2015

The issues that erupted at Zimmerwald a century ago have the most decisive contemporary significance.

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.

SEP (Australia) meetings: The pseudo-left in power: Lessons of Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

13 July 2015

The SEP meetings will provide a unique forum to discuss the crucial political lessons to be drawn from the experiences of the working class in Greece, and their relevance to the political tasks facing the working class in Australia and around the world.

SEP meetings oppose US-Australian war drive against China

By our reporter, 7 July 2015

The reports by SEP speakers provoked serious, and at times passionate, discussion about the danger of war, as well as the emerging political developments in Greece.

Australian workers and youth speak about the danger of war

By our reporters, 7 July 2015

Oppose political censorship at the University of Western Sydney!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 June 2015

In violation of basic democratic rights, university officials are seeking to vet IYSSE leaflets and identify students circulating them.

SEP (Australia) campaigns against attempted censorship by Bankstown Council officers

By our reporters, 16 June 2015

Workers and young people in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown back the Socialist Equality Party’s right to campaign against the mounting dangers of war.

SEP & IYSSE public meetings:

Oppose the US-Australian war drive against China!

11 June 2015

The Australian political and media establishment is directly collaborating with Washington’s war plans.

A second open letter to the vice chancellor

Further on political censorship at the University of Sydney

By James Cogan, 6 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party national secretary James Cogan has written a second open letter to the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the university’s ban on the SEP holding a public anti-war meeting.

The world capitalist crisis and the drive to world war

By Nick Beams, 5 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Nick Beams, leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

Anzac Day marches mobilise contingents of youth

By our reporters, 28 April 2015

The Anzac Day processions around Australia last Saturday were carefully choreographed events and far larger than in previous years. Groups of veterans from the wars and military interventions involving Australia since World War II were vastly outnumbered by serving military personnel, municipal bands and contingents of youth.

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, an d its sections around the world, sent greetings to the Socialist Equality Party’s meetings.

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.