Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
Socialist Equality Party conferences in Australia:
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
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”
By our reporters, 28 March 2011
While thousands of people refused to vote Labor, there was general contempt for the entire parliamentary process.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Richard Phillips, 15 March 2011
SEP candidate responds to a letter from the Greens candidate for Bankstown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEP election meetings in New South Wales
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Byrne 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.
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.
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.
31 January 2011
The Socialist Equality Party is holding the first public meeting in its Broadmeadows by-election campaign this Wednesday evening.
By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 January 2011
The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our candidate Peter Byrne in the Victorian state by-election being held in Broadmeadows on February 19.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 January 2011
The tragic loss of life and the destruction caused by the floods that have engulfed Queensland and other regions of Australia exposes the criminal indifference of every level of government for the lives and property of ordinary working people.
By our reporter, 28 January 2011
A conference held in Sydney by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) from January 19 – 23 assessed the deepening crisis of world capitalism, marked by escalating geo-strategic tensions between the major powers and mounting class tensions in every country.
By Nick Beams, 23 December 2010
The following report was delivered by Nick Beams, SEP (Australia) national secretary to SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on December 20 and 21.
By our correspondents, 22 December 2010
The speakers explained the significance of key WikiLeaks cables, the intensifying provocations against the site’s founder Julian Assange, and the necessity for the international working class to put an end to the system responsible for the crimes and conspiracies exposed by the leaked documents.
By James Cogan, 22 December 2010
The following report was delivered by James Cogan, Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national organiser, to SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on December 20 and 21.
SEP Australia public meetings: Free Julian Assange! Hands off WikiLeaks!
8 December 2010
The SEP has called public meetings to demand that the democratic rights of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange be defended, and to discuss the significance of the WikiLeaks’ exposures for the Australian and international working class.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 November 2010
The state election outcome has shocked the media and political establishment, after every major newspaper and decisive sections of big business hailed the Brumby government’s right-wing, “free market” reform record and campaigned for its re-election.
“These conditions cannot continue unanswered”
By our reporters, 29 November 2010
Voters spoke with WSWS reporters on a range of issues in Broadmeadows where Socialist Equality Party candidate Peter Byrne contested the seat in Saturday’s Victorian state election. The area has been devastated by job cuts during the past five years.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 November 2010
A vote for the SEP is a vote for the independent interests of the working class in direct opposition to the right-wing, pro-business austerity agenda of both major parties.
By Will Marshall, 24 November 2010
Successive Labor and Liberal governments in Victoria have starved public housing of funds. The most disadvantaged people in the state currently languish on waiting lists for almost three times as long as they did when the Labor government was first elected in 1999.
By Tania Baptist, 23 November 2010
Hundreds of thousands of people across the state were unable to access essential medical treatment within clinically desirable timeframes last year. Despite cynical last-minute election promises, the public hospital system will inevitably deteriorate further.
By Margaret Rees, 18 November 2010
The promise to create 300,000 new jobs is a cynical fraud aimed at covering over the real record of protracted corporate onslaught on workers’ jobs, wages, and conditions in the manufacturing sector.
By our reporters, 15 November 2010
The SEP held a successful public meeting yesterday in the Broadmeadows electorate as part of its campaign for the November 27 state election in Victoria.
10 November 2010
The Socialist Equality Party candidate for the seat of Broadmeadows, Peter Byrne, will address a public meeting this Sunday at 2.30 p.m.
By Margaret Rees, 9 November 2010
Facing an election on November 27, the Labor government is attempting to bury the scandal over patients dying while waiting for ambulances because of the chronic underfunding of the ambulance and public hospital system.
By our reporters, 8 November 2010
The Socialist Equality Party held public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney last week to advance the demand for an immediate end to the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.
By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 6 November 2010
Last night’s televised debate between Victorian Premier John Brumby and opposition Liberal leader Ted Baillieu was dominated by discussion on the implications of the rise of the Greens and the threat of a hung parliament after the November 27 vote.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 November 2010
As a result of the union’s sellout deal, many of the casual workers will lose several hours of overtime payments and receive substantially lower wages.
By Mike Head, 5 November 2010
Amid deep hostility toward both major parties, the campaign for the November 27 Victorian state election has begun with an operation by the Murdoch media and the Labor government to vilify a Greens candidate.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2010
The warehouse workers’ determined and principled stand is now in serious danger. The National Union of Workers (NUW) has consciously isolated the workers, preventing fellow warehouse workers from joining the struggle and ensuring that Woolworths’ supply chain remains unaffected by the action in Broadmeadows.
By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 30 October 2010
The state Labor government is trying to use another official inquiry to head off anger among residents over an apparent cancer cluster around the Tullamarine Hazardous Waste Landfill.
By Margaret Rees, 27 October 2010
The multi-billion-dollar desalination project—the largest in the southern hemisphere— involves the transfer of vast sums of money to the private sector.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 October 2010
The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our campaign for the Victorian state election on November 27 and our candidate Peter Byrne for the Melbourne electorate of Broadmeadows.
SEP (Australia) Public Meetings
22 October 2010
The Socialist Equality Party is holding meetings in Melbourne and Sydney to discuss the perspective necessary to fight against the war in Afghanistan.
University of Western Sydney lecture
By Nick Beams, 17 September 2010
SEP National Secretary Nick Beams delivered a lecture on the global capitalist crisis on September 14 to an audience of about 100 students and academics at the University of Western Sydney.
SEP public meetings
16 September 2010
The Socialist Equality Party is holding public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Newcastle to discuss the unprecedented crisis that has resulted from the August 21 federal election and the vital political issues now confronting the working class.
The Global Economic Breakdown—A Marxist Analysis
1 September 2010
Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary Nick Beams has been invited by the University of Western Sydney Schools of Law and Economics and Finance to deliver a guest lecture on the global financial crisis.
By Linda Levin, 24 August 2010
The socialist and internationalist program advanced by the SEP in the 2010 Australian federal election has won a strong response from significant layers of workers and young people throughout the country.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 August 2010
The hung parliament that emerged from Saturday’s election is a further expression of the deepening crisis of the parliamentary system both in Australia and internationally.
17 August 2010
James Cogan, the SEP candidate for the inner-western Sydney seat of Grayndler, provided video answers to questions on the environment by a local organisation, Climate Action Newtown.
13 August 2010
Nick Beams, SEP national secretary and Senate candidate in NSW, discusses the socialist alternative to war, social inequality and the escalating attack on democratic rights.
By Zac Hambides, 7 August 2010
SEP candidate Zac Hambides spoke from personal experience of the immense difficulties, stresses and obstacles that decades of free market restructuring have created for university students.
By Terry Cook, 6 August 2010
Noel Holt campaigned at the University of Newcastle this week, speaking to students on a range of questions from the political coup in the Labor Party, to the issue of war, social inequality and the environment.
SEP election campaign in Fowler finds...
By an SEP reporting team, 5 August 2010
The SEP’s campaign in the outer south-western Sydney electorate of Fowler for the August 21 Australian election has found broad hostility toward the backroom coup that installed Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
By Nick Beams, 4 August 2010
At a public meeting in western Sydney, SEP national secretary Nick Beams explained the underlying reasons for the political coup in the Australian Labor Party that ousted former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
By Alex Messenger, 3 August 2010
The political and media establishment has moved quickly to ensure that the leaking of more than 91,000 US military documents does not provoke open debate on Afghanistan during the current federal election campaign.
By Noel Holt and SEP candidate for Newcastle, 31 July 2010
Months after a settlement was reached in a dispute at Woodside Petroleum’s $12 billion Pluto gas project in Western Australia, hundreds of workers are facing huge fines for taking industrial action to defend their basic conditions.
By Richard Phillips and SEP candidate for Blaxland, 30 July 2010
Australians not already registered on the electoral rolls had only one working day to secure their right to vote in the August 21 federal election.
29 July 2010
The Socialist Equality Party has relaunched its website, www.sep.org.au, featuring the SEP’s 2010 election statement, profiles of its candidates and information on the campaign.
By Mike Head, 29 July 2010
In an attempt to confront damaging leaks about her opposition in cabinet to spending on pensions and parental leave, Gillard provided an aggressive display of the ruthless pro-business and austerity agenda that lay behind her installation as prime minister.
Support the socialist alternative to war, social inequality and attacks on democratic rights! Build the Socialist Equality Party!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 July 2010
The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our campaign in the August 21, 2010 federal election and vote for our candidates in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
By Joe Lopez and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Swan, 28 July 2010
Yesterday’s pledge by Prime Minister Gillard to spend just $69 million more a year on suicide prevention measures underscores the government’s utter contempt for people suffering from mental illness, and points to its wider plans to cut health spending.
By Noel Holt and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Newcastle, 27 July 2010
Labor’s legislation actually strengthens the anti-strike provisions of Work Choices. It outlaws all industrial action except during the limited bargaining periods for enterprise agreements at individual workplaces.
By Patrick O’Connor and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Senate in Victoria, 24 July 2010
Labor Prime Minister Gillard’s speech on climate change was a conscious fraud, combining lies on the science of global warming with new sound-bite driven measures pitched towards business which do nothing to adequately address the environmental crisis.
By Terry Cook, 23 July 2010
The vote is a sharp indication of mounting hostility within the working class toward the Labor government.
By Tania Baptist and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Gellibrand, 23 July 2010
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made clear that Labor’s construction halt on new childcare centres, which was imposed at the behest of the private for-profit childcare operators, will be maintained.
SEP candidate addresses student rally at University of New South Wales
By Oliver Campbell, 22 July 2010
Zac Hambides, the SEP candidate for Kingsford-Smith, advanced the need for a political struggle against the Gillard Labor government at a demonstration of University of NSW students on Tuesday.
By the Zac Hambides and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Kingsford-Smith, 22 July 2010
Mining giant Xstrata has refused to allow more than 270 workers who went on strike for seven days last week to return to work at its Tahmoor mine in the New South Wales southern highlands.
By Nick Beams, 21 July 2010
Less than a week into the Australian federal election campaign, the hollowed out and atrophied character of the entire system of bourgeois parliamentary democracy is being increasingly exposed.
Socialist candidate blocked from addressing building workers rally
By Alex Messenger, 21 July 2010
Union officials suppressed political discussion yesterday as building workers joined protest rallies against the trial of South Australian construction worker, Ark Tribe, on charges of refusing to answer questions from the federal Labor government’s building industry watchdog.
By Noel Holt, 21 July 2010
Noel Holt, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Newcastle in the August 21 Australian federal election, has released the remarks that union officials prevented him from making at yesterday’s construction workers rally in Sydney.
SEP candidate speaks at academics’ union forum
By Oliver Campbell, 20 July 2010
An election forum demonstrates the efforts of the Labor Party, unions, Greens and pseudo “left” groups to suppress all discussion of the global economic crisis and the corporate-backed coup that installed Julia Gillard as prime minister.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 July 2010
The Socialist Equality Party announces its candidates for the 2010 Australian federal election, to be held on August 21.
Greetings and report from the US SEP to conferences in Australia
By Jerry White, 16 July 2010
Jerry White delivered the following report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.
By Nick Beams, 15 July 2010
Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary Nick Beams delivered the following opening report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.
SEP (Australia) conferences pass resolution
14 July 2010
The following resolution was passed unanimously at conferences convened by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney, July 4, and Melbourne, July 11, 2010.
By our correspondents, 13 July 2010
The backroom coup that installed Julia Gillard as Australian prime minister was the focus of discussion at Socialist Equality Party conferences in Sydney and Melbourne on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism”.
SEP conference participants speak to WSWS
By our correspondents, 13 July 2010
WSWS correspondents spoke to participants at the Socialist Equality Party conferences in Sydney and Melbourne.
Attend SEP (Australia) meetings in Perth and Newcastle
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 July 2010
The sudden ousting of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is another expression of the political convulsions arising from the worsening global economic crisis. The SEP meetings will be forums to discuss the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 June 2010
Julia Gillard’s installation as prime minister last Thursday through an unprecedented coup within the Labor apparatus stands as an ominous warning to the working class.
By James Cogan, 16 June 2010
Labor could lose the next election, due sometime between July 2010 and April 2011, and become the first one-term government since the 1930s.
By our correspondents, 1 June 2010
University students and working people participated in SEP public meetings addressed by Nick Beams in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle late last month on the “Class struggle in Greece: The second stage of the global financial crisis”.
Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Public Meetings in Sydney
25 May 2010
Teachers, parents, students—and all those concerned about the fate of public education—are invited to attend public meetings being convened by the Socialist Equality Party to discuss the Rudd Labor government’s historic assault on public education.
25 May 2010
The SEP meeting in Western Australia will discuss the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective.
Socialist Equality Party (Australia) conferences in Sydney and Melbourne
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 21 May 2010
The conferences in July will be forums for discussion on the origins of the global crisis and the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.
Available now from Mehring Books
21 May 2010
Mehring Books has published both The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles.
Nick Beams to speak at SEP Australia public meetings
11 May 2010
Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and an expert in Marxist political economy, will speak on the second stage of the global financial crisis and the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective as they enter into struggle to defend their most fundamental class interests.
6 May 2010
The following resolution was passed unanimously at SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on May 4 and 5, respectively. We urge teachers, parents and students to organise meetings to pass this resolution and contact the SEP to discuss how to take forward the fight to defend public education.
By our reporters, 6 May 2010
Concerned teachers, parents and students at SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney voted unanimously for a resolution to oppose the Rudd government’s My School web site and NAPLAN testing regime.
13 March 2010
The ISSE is regularly asked by students about the differences between the organisations that claim to be socialist. Are these differences important? Do they centre on semantics and tactics or fundamental political issues? What is their significance for the struggles of students and the working class as a whole?
12 March 2010
The World Socialist Web Site is publishing the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles. The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.