SEP (Australia) Election 2013
By Mike Head, 2 February 2015
In an unprecedented political reversal, the Liberal National Party is poised to lose office just three years after coming to power in a landslide victory.
By Mike Head, 8 November 2013
The court decision will directly affect the Abbott government’s ability to get its legislation through parliament.
By our correspondents, 23 September 2013
The state government’s cuts are part of the slashing of social programs across the board, amid the unravelling of the Australian mining boom.
By our reporters, 16 September 2013
Workers at polling booths in Sydney and Melbourne on September 7 voiced their hostility to a US-led military assault on Syria.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 13 September 2013
The SEP’s campaign in Australia was directed toward the unification of workers and young people across the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 September 2013
Big business and finance capital expect the prime minister-elect, Tony Abbott, to quickly implement sweeping public spending cuts and economic restructuring measures.
By our reporters, 12 September 2013
Voters spoke to WSWS reporters, explaining why they were disgusted with the major political parties—Labor, the Coalition and the Greens.
By our reporters, 11 September 2013
Voters spoke to WSWS reporters outside election polling stations last Saturday, voicing their hostility to the Labor Party and the entire election campaign.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 September 2013
The Australian Labor Party was thrown out of office in last Saturday’s national election, having suffered its lowest vote in 110 years.
By our reporters, 10 September 2013
Voters who spoke to WSWS reporters outside election polling stations last Saturday opposed the impending US-led attack on Syria and Australia’s support for it.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 September 2013
The result underscores the disgust and hostility felt by broad layers of the working class and young people towards the former Labor government.
By our reporters, 7 September 2013
James Cogan and Peter Byrne campaigned extensively among workers, students and unemployed in Adelaide.
6 September 2013
An explanation of how to vote for the SEP Senate candidates in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2013
The pseudo-left organisations are again urging support for the mouthpieces of the corporate and financial elites—the Labor Party and the Greens.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 6 September 2013
A vote for the SEP is a vote for the only party that opposes the US drive to war, the corporate agenda of austerity and restructuring, and deepening attacks on democratic rights.
By our reporter, 5 September 2013
Socialist Equality Party Senate candidate Nick Beams challenges Labor and Greens candidates over the impending US military attack on Syria.
By Tania Baptist—SEP Senate candidate in Victoria, 5 September 2013
Labor and the Greens have cut government funding and enacted an even more regressive dental care system.
By Mike Head, 4 September 2013
The mushrooming of parties is one symptom of the mounting popular hostility toward the major establishment parties—Labor, Liberal-National and the Greens.
By our reporter, 31 August 2013
The Senate candidate details the factors behind the US-led military build-up in the Asia-Pacific and outlines the SEP’s alternative to war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.
By our reporters, 31 August 2013
White warned of the danger of an imminent US war against Syria, which would have “incalculable consequences.”
By our reporters, 30 August 2013
Jerry White was met with a warm response from workers, who were eager to learn about what confronted auto workers in the US.
By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 30 August 2013
The New South Wales “bed tax” will have a devastating impact, particularly on the elderly and disabled.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013
The party’s turmoil provides a salutary lesson in class politics.
By our reporter, 28 August 2013
The GM Holden cost-cutting agreement has set a new benchmark in the corporate onslaught on workers’ wages and conditions.
By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2013
Kevin Rudd used his speech yesterday to underline his support for the integration of Australian military forces into US war preparations against China.
By our reporters, 26 August 2013
The meeting was part of the SEP’s fight to mobilise the working class in the Asia-Pacific and internationally against the US war preparations against China.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2013
The centrality of Australia to US war plans against China was underscored by President Obama’s decision to announce his “pivot” in Canberra in November 2011.
By our reporters, 24 August 2013
Jerry White’s visit flows from the central aim of the SEP’s campaign in the Australian election: to unite the international working class against war, austerity and the assault on democratic rights.
By Peter Symonds—SEP Senate candidate for Western Australia, 24 August 2013
Labor and Coalition governments alike are responsible for the massive tax handouts to the wealthiest layers of society that have hollowed out government finances.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 August 2013
The “debate” was between two representatives of the corporate-financial elite, who are in agreement on every substantial policy matter.
By our reporters, 21 August 2013
The “day of action” was organised to promote the Greens’ federal election campaign and head off any struggle against the Greens-backed Labor government.
By Zac Hambides—SEP Senate candidate for NSW, 20 August 2013
Rising homelessness is a product of the worsening social crisis generated by the global breakdown of capitalism and compounded by government austerity measures.
By W.A. Sunil, 20 August 2013
Cogan explained the common conditions facing workers, exploited by the transnational corporations, in every country.
Fight Australian Labor’s cuts to education! Support the Socialist Equality Party’s election campaign!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 19 August 2013
The National Day of Action called by the NUS and NTEU has not been called to mount a genuine struggle against the attacks on education, but to promote the Greens in the lead up to the federal election.
By our correspondents, 19 August 2013
The speeches were followed by a lively discussion in which audience members raised important questions.
By our correspondents, 17 August 2013
James Cogan warned of the growing dangers to the international working class of a US war against China.
By Will Morrow, 16 August 2013
During his initial presentation, Greens MP Adam Bandt made no mention of the US war preparations against China or the involvement of the Greens-backed Labor government.
By our correspondents, 16 August 2013
SEP assistant national secretary James Cogan explained that the party’s election campaign is aimed at building an international antiwar movement against the US war preparations for war on China.
By our correspondent, 15 August 2013
The SEP candidate’s visit to Sri Lanka is part of the fight to unite workers and youth internationally against US militarism and war.
Vote 1 Socialist Equality Party
By the Socialist Equality Party, 15 August 2013
The SEP manifesto advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite the working class for the inevitable class struggles ahead.
14 August 2013
The SEP’s candidates will present and develop discussion around the party’s program, based on socialist internationalism and the fight for a workers’ government
By Nick Beams—SEP Senate candidate for NSW, 14 August 2013
Interest rate cuts are creating a housing bubble and pricing young working class families out of the housing market.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 August 2013
The main purpose of the debate was to chloroform the public and cover up the real political issues confronting the working class.
By James Cogan—SEP Senate candidate for South Australia, 12 August 2013
A fight against the GMH deal will take place only in a rebellion against the unions and the straitjacket of the Labor government’s industrial laws.
A debate on the US-Australia alliance
By Oliver Campbell, 10 August 2013
Speaking from the floor, Socialist Equality Party federal election candidates warned that the alliance was the vehicle for lining up the Australian population with the US war drive against China.
By Peter Symonds—SEP Senate candidate for Western Australia, 9 August 2013
The Australian political and media establishment maintains its conspiracy of silence around US war preparations against China and the Labor government’s involvement in them.
By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 7 August 2013
The Rudd government is going further than any of its predecessors in breaching the 1951 Refugee Convention.
6 August 2013
The meetings will discuss the socialist and internationalist perspective on which the working class throughout the Asia-Pacific region and internationally must build a new anti-war movement
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 August 2013
The minority Labor government has announced the election amid a sharply escalating economic crisis.
By our reporters, 5 August 2013
The SEP held meetings last weekend in two industrial cities in NSW—Wollongong and Newcastle—that have been devastated by job losses and plant closures.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2013
The proposal to reopen Australia’s post-World War II naval and air base is another indication of rapidly escalating geo-strategic tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.
By our correspondents, 29 July 2013
The candidates’ reports focused on the need for a new socialist and internationalist perspective and revolutionary leadership in the working class.
By James Cogan, 27 July 2013
Talisman Saber is largely a practice run for imposing a blockade of key sea lanes.
By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 27 July 2013
The NTEU is backing the Greens, the very party that has propped up the minority Labor government since 2010.
By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 26 July 2013
The KAP is seeking to exploit the financial ruin facing wide layers of farmers, small business operators and workers.
By Peter Symonds—SEP Senate candidate for Western Australia, 25 July 2013
Australian military bases are already centrally involved in the vast American electronic spying apparatus that supports Washington’s criminal operations in the Middle East and Asia.
By James Cogan, 25 July 2013
Labor’s policy is based upon maintaining a detention regime that drives refugees into insanity, self-harm and suicide.
By our reporter, 24 July 2013
SEP Senate candidate Mike Head was interviewed on Brisbane radio station 4BC last weekend about the issues raised by the low wages being imposed on workers.
By Nick Beams, 24 July 2013
If Rudd is returned as prime minister in the coming election, he will be effectively irremovable.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2013
Asylum seekers will be transported to primitive detention camps in Papua New Guinea—one of the world’s most impoverished countries.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 July 2013
Washington is “critically dependent” on the Pine Gap base for locating the targets marked for extrajudicial execution by the Obama administration.
By our reporters, 19 July 2013
Australian housing is among the most expensive in the world, with mortgage and rental stress seriously impacting on low-income families.
By our correspondents, 17 July 2013
Those who spoke to the SEP were alarmed about the magnitude of the US spying and its disturbing implications for democratic rights.
By Joe Lopez—SEP Senate candidate for Western Australia, 16 July 2013
The US and Australian governments are hatching plans to transform the Stirling naval base near Perth into the home port for an entire aircraft carrier battle group.
By our reporters, 15 July 2013
The WSWS interviewed members of the audience at the Socialist Equality Party’s election meeting in Adelaide.
By our correspondents, 15 July 2013
The SEP held a public meeting in the South Australian capital on Saturday, where General Motors workers face a threatened plant shutdown.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 July 2013
Rudd is attempting to deflect widespread hostility towards the carbon tax, while securing the support of the banks and financial institutions.
By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 13 July 2013
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is not just consistent with Labor’s broader cost-cutting agenda, but pivotal to it.
By James Cogan and Peter Byrne–SEP Senate candidates for South Australia, 12 July 2013
Workers at the GMH plant in South Australia have been given an ultimatum to accept huge cuts to wages and speed-up, or face a shutdown and the loss of their jobs.
SEP election meetings
10 July 2013
The Socialist Equality Party is holding an important series of public election meetings to outline its policies in the wake of the enormous political upheavals of recent weeks.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 July 2013
Far from fostering inner-party democracy, Rudd’s proposal is a signal to the corporate elites that he will proceed with their demands for austerity and economic restructuring.
By our correspondents, 10 July 2013
Senate candidate for South Australia, James Cogan, spoke with workers, students and youth in the lead up to the SEP public meeting on July 13.
By our reporters, 9 July 2013
The meetings focused on the implications of the new revolutionary upsurge in Egypt and the crisis of the Labor government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 July 2013
Both the Labor and Liberal parties are mounting a xenophobic scare campaign for the forthcoming election, in order to erect an impenetrable barrier to refugees seeking to flee persecution.
By our reporters, 6 July 2013
The collapse of the mining boom is producing sharp increases in unemployment and growing social distress.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 July 2013
Rudd’s move is aimed at propping up the Labor Party and refashioning it as a more pliable political instrument for implementing the corporate agenda.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 July 2013
The SEP has issued a revised election statement to clarify the political significance of the ousting of Gillard and the reinstallation of Rudd as prime minister, and the necessity for workers and youth to support the SEP’s 2013 election campaign.
By Mike Head, 4 July 2013
Rudd is seeking to outdo Liberal leader Tony Abbott’s reactionary promise to “Stop the boats.”
4 July 2013
The new web site provides regularly updated analyses, comments, and information on the SEP’s election campaign, as well as important documents on the party’s program and perspectives.
By our correspondents, 2 July 2013
The SEP campaigners speak to workers and youth facing poverty level wages and widespread unemployment.
By our reporters, 1 July 2013
Those who attended the SEP meeting raised a range of issues ranging from turmoil in the Labor Party to widening social inequality and concerns about the NSA revelations.
By our reporters, 1 July 2013
The meetings were held in Tuggerah on the NSW central coast and the Melbourne suburb of Clayton as part of the SEP 2013 election campaign.
By Joshua Newsham and Terry Cook, 29 June 2013
Once an industrial and mining heartland, the region has been transformed into an area of high employment with increasing levels of social breakdown.
By our correspondents, 29 June 2013
Young workers spoke about the social impact of job destruction, rising levels of unemployment and financial stress.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 June 2013
The last minute efforts to revive the Labor Party’s electoral fortunes reflect deep concerns in ruling circles that its collapse would endanger the stability of parliamentary rule.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 June 2013
The switch underscores the unprecedented character of the crisis wracking not only the Labor Party but the entire Australian parliamentary system.
By our correspondents, 26 June 2013
The asbestos exposures were not the outcome of a few corrupt or incompetent individuals, but the social relations of capitalism that put profit ahead of the health and lives of workers.
By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2013
The SEP was alone in warning that the 2010 coup was bound up with a fundamental sea-change in geo-politics and a deepening assault on the basic democratic rights of the working class.
SEP election meeting in Beenleigh, Queensland
21 June 2013
Corporate pay-cutting ultimatums mark a new stage in the assault underway on the jobs, working conditions and living standards of the working class.
SEP election meeting in Sydney’s Penrith area
19 June 2013
Corporate, government and union indifference toward the well-being of working people has been the fundamental cause of a growing list of disasters.
SEP election meetings
The socialist answer to the assault on democratic rights
19 June 2013
Like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, Snowden is being persecuted for revealing the truth about the extent of the conspiracy against the democratic rights of working people.
By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 18 June 2013
Last week’s Cathedral Place fire in inner Brisbane highlighted the lack of basic fire safety features in residential apartment blocks.
By our correspondents, 17 June 2013
The diversely attended meetings stimulated discussion on the need for the new perspective and leadership in the international working class.
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.
By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2013
Thick plumes of black smoke engulfed the area, forcing residents to evacuate the entire complex.
By our correspondents, 13 June 2013
The SEP is holding an election meeting in the suburb of Beenleigh, where 800 meatworkers are fighting against wage cuts.
By James Cogan, 12 June 2013
“People don’t want the National Broadband Network at the expense of everyone’s health and well-being.”
By our correspondents, 12 June 2013
After local Penrith residents exposed the danger, incidents of asbestos “mishandling” are being reported around the country.