Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
By our reporter, 29 September 2020
Australian health workers speak out over the lack of PPE and proper training to deal with COVID-19, and the government’s run-down of the healthcare system.
Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 September 2020
Sections of the ruling class have concluded that any further safety restrictions can no longer be tolerated, regardless of the danger to working class lives.
Attend SEP (Australia) online forum: The COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the way forward for health workers
15 September 2020
The safety and well being of health workers must be taken out of the hands of governments and unions who have no interest in this task.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 August 2020
The SEP’s National Congress resolved to build the IYSSE among working-class youth, as well as university and high school students, on the basis of the revolutionary traditions of Trotskyism.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 August 2020
The SEP’s recent National Congress committed to “intensifying the fight for the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange” and the defence of all persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.
By our correspondent, 26 August 2020
Delegates discussed and unanimously adopted a major resolution outlining the deepening crisis of Australian and world capitalism and the tasks of the party over the next two years, and elected a new national leadership.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 August 2020
Published here is the main resolution that was discussed and adopted unanimously at the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held on August 14-16, 2020.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 August 2020
The surge in coronavirus deaths and infections is the outcome of the pro-business reopening of the economy enforced by governments, the corporations and the trade unions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2020
The lectures, now all available online, reviewed some of the fundamental lessons of the protracted struggle by the Trotskyist movement for socialist internationalism.
Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia)
13 July 2020
The Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia are holding on online forum on July 18 to discuss the critical issues posed by government demands that schools reopen.
Oppose the Melbourne public housing towers lock-in! For a health and welfare response, not a police mobilisation!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 July 2020
The SEP calls for the formation of local safety committees, both within the tower blocks and more broadly, to organise measures to protect the residents and the working class as a whole.
SEP (Australia) July 7 online lecture
4 July 2020
The lecture will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement’s fight for socialism internationalism, amid a breakdown of capitalism and an upsurge of the class struggle.
SEP (Australia) June 30 online lecture
27 June 2020
The split ranks among the most crucial strategic experiences of the Trotskyist movement and the international working class.
SEP (Australia) June 23 online lecture
19 June 2020
The lecture will review the international political context of the emergence of Pabloism, a national-opportunist tendency within the Fourth International.
By the Committee for Public Education and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 15 June 2020
Despite intense opposition to the cuts among university workers, the trade unions are collaborating with the university managements to push through ballots to impose them.
SEP (Australia) June 16 online lecture
11 June 2020
The lecture will outline the immense contemporary relevance of Leon Trotsky’s establishment of the world party of socialist revolution in 1938.
5 June 2020
The lecture will outline the intense relevance of the program of world socialist revolution defended by the Left Opposition, amid a global crisis of capitalism and the emergence of international struggles by the working class.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the profit-driven “back-to-work” campaign as the global COVID-19 pandemic worsens and fresh outbreaks appear across the country.
By the Committee for Public Education (CFPE), 28 May 2020
At stake is not just the immediate public safety concerns in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the future of the education system.
27 May 2020
Amid the breakdown of capitalism triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the lectures will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement’s decades-long fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective.
Committee For Public Education online public forum
16 May 2020
The CFPE invites university workers, students and teachers to attend its online forum to discuss the pandemic and the deep crisis in the universities, both in Australia and internationally.
By our reporters, 17 April 2020
One teacher said: “We are seeing that the allocation of resources is not to support social safety but to enrich a few super-wealthy oligarchs.”
By our reporters, 6 April 2020
The Socialist Equality Party’s (US) candidate for vice president, Norissa Santa Cruz, brought greetings to the meeting which was attended by more than 70 people.
IYSSE (Australia) online lecture Tuesday night: Socialist Alternative and the politics of the pseudo-left
6 April 2020
Beams will explain that the struggle to build a socialist movement of the working class requires a fight against all those tendencies that seek to channel opposition behind the political establishment.
Attend the Committee for Public Education online meeting
By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 4 April 2020
We invite readers in Australia and internationally—especially teachers, school staff, academics, kindergarten and childcare workers, parents and students—to take part in the online meeting.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 March 2020
The refusal of governments to take the necessary measures to address the pandemic, Beams stated, was inextricably tied to the systematic social attacks on the working class.
By Sue Phillips, 7 March 2020
The active intervention of teachers and education support staff is just one indication of the growing concern among millions of people that Assange’s persecution has immense implications.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 February 2020
Many people in the city centre expressed support for the march as it passed, with some joining the demonstration.
“The release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is up to us”
By our reporters, 24 February 2020
The weekend rallies point to growing international support for Assange and Manning and a deeper political understanding and determination to fight by important layers of students, workers and youth.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 February 2020
The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.
the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020
The SEP rallies in February will demand that the Australian government end its collaboration with Washington and immediately use its legal and diplomatic powers to secure Assange’s freedom.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 January 2020
That the Australian prime minister denied any link between the fires and global warming epitomises the organic incapacity of the ruling classes internationally to address, let alone resolve, the climate crisis.
By Mike Head, 18 December 2019
The resolution adopted by the forum focussed on the need to take the defence of the WikiLeaks founder out to the working class globally.
Powerful response to call for stepped-up fight to free Assange and Manning at SEP (Australia) meeting
By our reporters, 17 December 2019
The speakers stressed that the upsurge of support for Assange and Manning was inseparable from the growth of the class struggle internationally.
By our reporters, 2 December 2019
“Something inside me told me that I had to do everything to defend Assange… It was going to be one of those life-defining moments for me”—Margaret Richardson
27 November 2019
Vandreier’s and North’s discussion will focus on the historical lessons that must be learned in order to build a mass working class movement capable of preventing the disaster of Nazism from taking place on an even greater scale today.
Meetings in Australia and New Zealand pass resolutions demanding freedom of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
By our reporter, 26 November 2019
The meetings on the weekend took place just days after Swedish prosecutors had abandoned—for the third time—their “preliminary investigation” into the false allegations that Assange had committed sexual assault.
“We are all Julian Assange”
By our reporters, 23 November 2019
Popular support in Alice Springs for imprisoned journalist Julian Assange is matched by a deep distrust of government authorities and the major parliamentary parties.
31 October 2019
The following lecture was delivered by Peter Symonds at eight campuses in Australia and at meeting in Wellington, New Zealand.
By our reporters, 31 October 2019
“The real root ideas of socialism were not implemented in China from the bottom-up. I learnt that Trotskyism is internationalism, but Mao did not agree with that perspective.”
Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
28 October 2019
The aim of the meetings is to prepare for the political action that must be organised in Australia and internationally in opposition to the legal travesty against Assange that is underway in the British courts.
By our reporters, 23 September 2019
“The governments are too scared to do anything because they want to make profits, rather than save the planet.”
IYSSE lecture series in Australia
9 September 2019
While the revolution vastly transformed international relations and class relations within China, the Communist Party, based on the Stalinist program of “Socialism in One Country,” deformed the newly-created state from the outset.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019
The fight to defend refugees can only advance through a struggle by the working class against the right-wing nationalist policies of the entire political establishment, including Labor and the Greens.
By our reporters, 15 July 2019
Amid cold and wet weather, about 130 people rallied with determination to demand Assange’s freedom.
By our reporters, 6 July 2019
Labor’s defeat in the May 18 elections poses the urgent necessity for an intensification of the fight for socialist and internationalist consciousness among workers and youth.
By our reporters, 6 July 2019
“I’ve seen the Labor Party and the unions working hand-in-glove at the expense of the workers throughout my entire working life.”
By our reporters, 5 July 2019
Linda Tenenbaum, a longstanding leader of the SEP, indicted the Australian government and the political and media establishment for abandoning Assange, an Australia citizen.
2 July 2019
“I came to support Julian because of all the time he has lost to help the poor people and the oppressed around the world.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 July 2019
At the G20 summit Morrison fawned over Trump, who is seeking to imprison the WikiLeaks founder for life, or execute him.
28 June 2019
The SEP rally is among the first events to be held since the WSWS International Editorial Board called for the formation of a Global Defence Committee to demand freedom for Assange and Manning.
Terry Hicks, father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, demands freedom for Assange and Manning
28 June 2019
“There’s only one word to describe the victimisation and persecution of Assange and Manning, and that word is barbaric.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2019
Geoffrey Robertson’s statement is another demonstration that Assange would not receive anything resembling a fair trial if he were extradited to the US.
By John Wilson, 17 June 2019
The event underlines the escalating crisis in housing and apartment building and the cost-cutting methods used during the past two decades.
From the archives:
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 4 June 2019
The following statement was published on June 8, 1989, just four days after the Chinese government’s brutal military crackdown on students and workers in Tiananmen Square.
4 June 2019
The leftward movement of workers and youth can find no means of expression within the present political framework. It must be developed into a conscious political movement, based on a socialist perspective.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019
Thousands of workers, students and young people signalled their support for a socialist alternative to war, budget cuts and authoritarianism.
Australian voters speak out
By our reporters, 21 May 2019
Many workers passionately oppose the persecution of Assange and Manning hailing them as “heroes,” “legends” and similar appellations.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 May 2019
The election outcome exposes the bankrupt claims by the unions and the pseudo-left that the rise of the extreme right can be opposed by supporting pro-business centre-left parties such as the Australian Labor Party.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 May 2019
The SEP is campaigning to build a revolutionary, socialist movement of the working class against the entire parliamentary establishment and the capitalist system that it defends.
By Michael Smith, 17 May 2019
The following is an edited version of the speech delivered by Michael Smith to the Socialist Equality Party election public meeting in the Brisbane electorate of Oxley.
By our reporters, 17 May 2019
There were animated and extended discussions at SEP public meetings in the working-class electorates of Parramatta, Hunter, Calwell and Oxley this week.
By our reporters, 17 May 2019
One worker said: “It is absolutely vital that we have meetings like this in working-class areas. Having this meeting, as a party, is one step ahead towards the goal of achieving equality.”
Richard Phillips: SEP senate candidate for NSW, 16 May 2019
A new housing loan scheme announced by Liberal leader Morrison and endorsed by the Labor Party will do nothing to resolve the acute housing problems facing millions of workers.
Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 16 May 2019
Grenfell explained that Labor and the unions have presided over “an onslaught against manufacturing and industrial jobs.”
By our reporters, 15 May 2019
SEP candidate Max Boddy said that “the elephant in this election campaign is the deafening silence on the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.”
By our reporters, 14 May 2019
The event drew a small but determined crowd of SEP members and supporters, local workers, and WikiLeaks’ supporters.
Peter Byrne: SEP candidate for Calwell, 14 May 2019
“Where factories once employed workers who actually made things, they are now rented and filled with toxic waste, then abandoned.”
Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 14 May 2019
The Socialist Equality Party is alone in calling for a vast redistribution of wealth to secure the basic social right to free, high-quality public education at all levels.
Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 11 May 2019
Hawke and Keating boasted they had created the “modern” deregulated economy, and called for the election of a Labor government to deepen this pro-business agenda.
Max Boddy: SEP candidate for Hunter, 10 May 2019
The National Disability Insurance Scheme was always designed to privatise the disability sector, push people off welfare payments and slash public spending.
Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 9 May 2019
The “plan” of the Greens is not about saving the environment and the planet but handing billions of dollars to supposedly “green” companies.
By our reporters, 8 May 2019
The SEP, which is running eight candidates in Australia’s federal election, held public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
SEP election meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane
7 May 2019
The Socialist Equality Party has placed at the very centre of its election campaign the demand that the Australia government immediately repatriate publisher and journalist, Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning
By our reporter, 6 May 2019
Friday’s protest in Sydney was held two days after Assange was sentenced in a British court to 50 weeks’ jail on bogus bail charges.
Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 1 May 2019
The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.
By Mike Head, 27 April 2019
Inflation was zero during the March quarter, indicating a rapidly stalling economy that will intensify the corporate offensive against the working class.
Richard Phillips: SEP Senate candidate for New South Wales, 27 April 2019
The media and political establishment has erected a wall of silence around Australia’s involvement in the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.
By Terry Cook, 26 April 2019
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched legal action against workers involved in a short work-stoppage last year.
Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 26 April 2019
While feigning sympathy for working people, billionaire Clive Palmer is bankrolling an election blitz by his so-called United Australia Party.
Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 25 April 2019
Assange’s brutal arrest and the attempts to extradite him to the US are an attack on the working class.
SEP (Australia) election candidates win strong support for the immediate release of Assange and Manning
By our correspondents, 23 April 2019
The SEP is the only political party in the election defending Julian Assange and US whistleblower Chelsea Manning and fighting to mobilise workers and youth to demand their immediate release from prison.
22 April 2019
The events are aimed at building the mass movement required to compel the Australian government to fulfill its obligations to Assange.
the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019
The SEP is standing Senate groups in New South Wales and Victoria and running candidates in the House of Representatives’ electorates of Parramatta in Sydney, Calwell in Melbourne and Ipswich in Brisbane.
No to Militarism and War! For Socialism and Internationalism!
the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019
The vital issue facing the working class is not the futile attempt to change the mindset of the ruling elites through the ballot box, but the development of its own independent political movement for socialism.
By our reporters, 15 April 2019
“What they are doing though won’t stop us. We will find a way to free Julian and any other journalists who come under attack.”
By Linda Tenenbaum, 15 April 2019
On April 5, 1999, Yabu Bilyana, the first indigenous Australian to join the International Committee of the Fourth International, died at the age of 54. This obituary was written by then Socialist Equality Party assistant national secretary, Linda Tenenbaum, and published by the WSWS on April 7, 1999.
Message of condolence from David North
15 April 2019
“Had he not been so tragically disabled by illness, Yabu undoubtedly would have played a major role in the expansion of the party’s influence in the working class.”
Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”
By Yabu Bilyana, 15 April 2019
Bilyana exposed the ongoing oppression of Australia’s Aboriginal population and the whitewash carried out by the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody.
By our reporters, 13 April 2019
“Assange has performed his duty as a journalist to workers, to youth, to the mass of ordinary people around the world. Now, we are obliged to repay that debt which we owe him.”
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 April 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) condemns the stepped-up preparations to expel Julian Assange from London’s Ecuadorian embassy and to force him into the custody of the British police. WikiLeaks reported today that it has information, from a source in the Ecuadorian state, that Assange’s eviction from the building, where he sought asylum in 2012, will occur “within hours or days.”
By our reporters, 12 March 2019
“If Julian doesn’t receive freedom, if Chelsea Manning is not released, then we are going down a slippery slope.”
By our reporters, 11 March 2019
James Cogan declared that “the fight to free Assange must become part of all the actions by workers.”
“Julian Assange is a significant international citizen who has made a stand for truth-telling”
By Professor Stuart Rees, 6 March 2019
When the controversy about Julian first started, a Republican senator from New York, King, said: “Why doesn’t somebody take a gun and shoot the son-of-a-bitch? I know it’s illegal, but it would be wonderful for Americans’ freedom if that happens.”
Speech by James Cogan, March 3, 2019
By James Cogan, 4 March 2019
The following speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary, James Cogan, to the SEP’s March 3 rally at Sydney’s Martin Place to free Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 4 March 2019
James Cogan declared: “We are sending a clear message to Julian Assange today and he will hear it—you are not alone, you have not been abandoned, you have not been forgotten. You will be freed.”
Video: SEP national secretary James Cogan urges maximum participation in Free Julian Assange rallies
2 March 2019
Cogan demanded the Australian government answer why it does not accept the UN ruling that Julian Assange is being ‘arbitrarily detained.’
Greetings from the Sri Lankan Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee to the Assange defence rallies in Australia
2 March 2019
Tea plantation workers struggling for decent working conditions have expressed their solidarity with the fight to free WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By James Cogan, 23 February 2019
The persecution of Assange is the spearhead of a global offensive against freedom of speech and for censorship of oppositional voices on the internet.
Elizabeth Vos, editor-in-chief of Disobedient Media, urges support for Free Assange demonstrations in Australia
23 February 2019
“We are collectively obligated to protect the ‘rebel library of Alexandria’ that Assange and others have built.”