SEP (Australia) Election 2013

Queensland state government defeated in anti-austerity vote

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.

Australian election outcome heads for the High Court

By Mike Head, 8 November 2013

The court decision will directly affect the Abbott government’s ability to get its legislation through parliament.

Western Australia: Thousands protest against public education cuts

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.

Video: “No to war against Syria”—Australian voters speak out

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.

SEP 2013 election campaign reaches wide sections of workers and youth

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.

Australian corporate elite welcomes new government

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.

Australian voters speak out against establishment parties

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.

Australian voters denounce attacks on refugees, living standards

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.

The Australian election and the rout of the Labor Party

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.

Australian voters oppose US-led war against Syria

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.

Australian Labor Party thrown out of office

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.

SEP candidates campaign in South Australia’s capital

By our reporters, 7 September 2013

James Cogan and Peter Byrne campaigned extensively among workers, students and unemployed in Adelaide.

How to vote Socialist Equality Party

6 September 2013

An explanation of how to vote for the SEP Senate candidates in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The pseudo-lefts and the Australian election

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.

Vote 1 Socialist Equality Party in the Australian federal election!

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.

Australia: A revealing candidates forum in Sydney

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.

The dental care crisis and the Labor-Greens “reform” fraud

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.

Record number of groups contest Australian election

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.

Video: SEP candidate James Cogan opposes militarism and Washington’s “Asian pivot”

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.

US SEP 2012 presidential candidate denounces war plans against Syria at Australian campuses

By our reporters, 31 August 2013

White warned of the danger of an imminent US war against Syria, which would have “incalculable consequences.”

Jerry White speaks with Ford Australia workers

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.

A bipartisan attack on public housing tenants

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.

WikiLeaks Party mired in crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013

The party’s turmoil provides a salutary lesson in class politics.

Video: SEP candidate Patrick O’Connor explains why car workers need a socialist strategy

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.

Australian PM’s naval plans in line with US “pivot to Asia”

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.

SEP candidate Nick Beams addresses meeting in New Zealand

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.

Australian Liberals campaign launch: A “make-over” of Abbott and policy cover-up

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.

Video: Nick Beams explains SEP election campaign on YouTube

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.

US Navy to reinforce Marine taskforce in Australia

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.

SEP 2012 US presidential candidate to speak at Australian election meetings

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.

Three decades of tax breaks for the wealthy in Australia

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.

Australian party leaders engage in another phony “debate”

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.

SEP/IYSSE challenges Greens at education rallies

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.

End the scourge of homelessness

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.

Australian SEP candidate speaks to Sri Lankan Free Trade Zone workers

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.

Australian SEP candidate speaks in Galle in southern Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 19 August 2013

The speeches were followed by a lively discussion in which audience members raised important questions.

Australian SEP candidate holds media conference in Colombo

By our correspondents, 17 August 2013

James Cogan warned of the growing dangers to the international working class of a US war against China.

SEP Senate candidate challenges Greens at Melbourne forum

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.

Australian SEP election candidate addresses Colombo meeting

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.

Australian SEP candidate arrives in Colombo

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

Support the socialist alternative to war, austerity and the drive to dictatorship

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.

SEP (Australia) to hold final election meetings in five states

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

The Australian housing market: A social disaster and a financial crisis in the making

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.

Australian election “debate”: A stage-managed farce

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.

Reject the assault on GMH jobs and conditions!

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

SEP candidates challenge US ambassador

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.

A phony election “debate” on Australian foreign policy

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.

Australian government’s refugee policy: An assault on legal and democratic rights

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.

Australian SEP candidates to address meetings in Sri Lanka and New Zealand

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

Australian PM calls September 7 election

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 August 2013

The minority Labor government has announced the election amid a sharply escalating economic crisis.

SEP meetings discuss the agenda behind the attack on refugees

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.

Australian think tank proposes military base on PNG’s Manus Island

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.

SEP holds election meetings in Geelong, Perth and Brisbane

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.

US-Australian military exercise rehearses for war against China

By James Cogan, 27 July 2013

Talisman Saber is largely a practice run for imposing a blockade of key sea lanes.

University union spends $1 million to back Greens

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.

Katter’s Australian Party: A nationalist political trap

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.

What commitments has the Labor government made to US war plans?

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.

Whistleblowers expose unspeakable conditions in Australian refugee camps

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.

Socialist candidate speaks on Brisbane radio

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.

Australian Labor Party votes on new leadership election rules

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2013

If Rudd is returned as prime minister in the coming election, he will be effectively irremovable.

Australian Labor government announces shutting of borders to refugees

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.

Australian spy base “critical” to Obama’s drone assassinations

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.

Sydney workers and youth discuss housing crisis with SEP campaigners

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.

Australian workers and youth express support for Edward Snowden

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.

West Australian base on frontline of US war preparations against China

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.

Workers and students speak at SEP election meeting

By our reporters, 15 July 2013

The WSWS interviewed members of the audience at the Socialist Equality Party’s election meeting in Adelaide.

Socialist Equality Party holds 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.

Australian government announces ETS and end to carbon tax

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.

Australia’s new disability scheme: A vehicle for austerity

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.

A socialist strategy to defend car industry jobs and wages

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

A socialist program against war, austerity and the drive to dictatorship

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.

Australian PM proposes “democratic” changes to Labor’s voting rules

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.

SEP campaigns in Adelaide, South Australia

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.

SEP meetings discuss the political crisis in Australia and internationally

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.

Australian prime minister travels to Indonesia to boost Labor’s anti-refugee witch-hunt

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.

Western Australia: SEP campaigns in Perth’s working class suburbs

By our reporters, 6 July 2013

The collapse of the mining boom is producing sharp increases in unemployment and growing social distress.

Australian PM announces “anti-corruption” takeover of New South Wales Labor branch

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.

A socialist program against war, austerity and the drive to dictatorship

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.

Australia: Labor government foreshadows even harsher anti-refugee measures

By Mike Head, 4 July 2013

Rudd is seeking to outdo Liberal leader Tony Abbott’s reactionary promise to “Stop the boats.”

SEP (Australia) election campaign now online

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.

Low wages rife in Brisbane’s southern suburbs

By our correspondents, 2 July 2013

The SEP campaigners speak to workers and youth facing poverty level wages and widespread unemployment.

WSWS speaks to workers and youth in Melbourne and Tuggerah

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.

SEP election meetings discuss Labor Party leadership crisis

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.

Australia’s Hunter Valley devastated under Labor and Liberal governments

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.

Growing hardship in mining town of Cessnock

By our correspondents, 29 June 2013

Young workers spoke about the social impact of job destruction, rising levels of unemployment and financial stress.

Kevin Rudd reinstalled as Australian prime minister

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.

Australian Labor Party dumps Gillard as prime minister

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.

SEP election meeting in Sydney discusses NBN asbestos hazards

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.

Three years since the US-backed coup against Australian Labor PM

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

Wage-cutting in the meat and car industries—the socialist response

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

The NBN asbestos exposures: The case for socialist planning

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

Defend whistleblower Edward Snowden!

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.

Australia: Apartment residents raise fire safety concerns with SEP campaigners

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.

SEP meetings in Perth and Sydney broaden discussion on war danger

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.

Another boat disaster highlights criminality of Australian refugee policy

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.

Australia: Hundreds homeless following Brisbane apartment fire

By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2013

Thick plumes of black smoke engulfed the area, forcing residents to evacuate the entire complex.

SEP campaigns at Brisbane meatworks

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.

Penrith resident Matthew O’Farrell condemns asbestos exposure

By James Cogan, 12 June 2013

“People don’t want the National Broadband Network at the expense of everyone’s health and well-being.”

SEP campaigners investigate asbestos exposure in Sydney’s west

By our correspondents, 12 June 2013

After local Penrith residents exposed the danger, incidents of asbestos “mishandling” are being reported around the country.