Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

David North to address public meetings in Australia

Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site

6 March 2013

In the 15 years since the World Socialist Web Site began publication on February 14, 1998, it has established itself as the most widely read and authoritative socialist publication in the world, accessible in 19 different languages.

Australia: Keen interest in socialist perspective at Tsar to Lenin screenings

By our correspondents, 17 December 2012

There was intense interest in socialism, the history of the revolutionary movement and the life and writings of Leon Trotsky.

SEP (Australia) public meeting and film screening

The historical and contemporary political significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution

9 November 2012

As capitalism confronts its greatest crisis since the 1930s, the events of 1917 assume immense contemporary significance.

SEP (Australia) meetings discuss how to fight austerity and war

By our correspondents, 10 October 2012

There were lively discussions at each meeting on the challenges facing workers and youth.

Workers and youth speak on the issues raised at SEP meetings

By our correspondents, 10 October 2012

People who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings spoke to WSWS correspondents.

SEP Australia public meetings

The socialist answer to Labor’s program of war and austerity

8 September 2012

The working class, and young people in particular, are confronted with the political question: how to defend their rights and their future?

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) resolution to AEU mass meeting

6 September 2012

1. This meeting rejects the 2.5 percent public sector wage ceiling, performance pay, increased teaching hours and all productivity trade-offs. We demand smaller class sizes and permanency for all teachers, including for young teachers and Educational Support staff currently on contracts.

Melbourne election triggers federal Labor government infighting

Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 12 July 2012

The rifts that have emerged in the Melbourne by-election campaign over the Greens reflect the enormous crisis wracking the Labor Party and the entire political establishment.

The Liberal-Labor-Greens austerity consensus

Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 25 June 2012

The Labor Party and the Greens fraudulently posture as opponents of the state government’s budget cuts, but would impose similar measures if they took office.

The Australian Labor government—a key accomplice in the vendetta against Julian Assange

Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 21 June 2012

From the beginning of the US drive to silence Assange and WikiLeaks, the Australian government has provided unstinting support to the conspiracy against its own citizen.

“Capitalism has failed. The only viable alternative is socialism”

Patrick O’Connor speaks with WSWS about key issues in by-election

By Richard Phillips, 19 June 2012

SEP candidate explains essential elements in the party’s election campaign.

SEP campaigns at Melbourne’s Victoria Markets

By our reporters, 18 June 2012

The SEP team spoke with many workers, students, and young people over the weekend about the issues they confront.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) launches Melbourne by-election campaign

Socialist Equality Party, 15 June 2012

Our campaign provides workers and young people with a revolutionary alternative to the political program and parties of big business and finance capital

Workers and youth denounce government attacks on Julian Assange

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

Those attending SEP meetings on Sunday explained why it is necessary to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange

SEP public meetings pass resolutions defending Assange

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

The resolution denounced the persecution of WikiLeaks and its editor and outlined the program that workers and youth must take up to fight this assault on democratic rights.

SEP public meetings in Australia

Defend WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange

2 June 2012

Democratic rights cannot be defended through the decayed façade of parliament or the reactionary Labor and trade union apparatuses.

SEP meetings oppose US-Australia war preparations against China

By our reporters, 30 May 2012

Well-attended public meetings in Australia and New Zealand discussed the US military build-up against China and the necessity for a socialist program to oppose militarism and war.

Youth and workers discuss US-Australia confrontation with China

By our reporters, 30 May 2012

Public meeting participants comment on the SEP’s perspective and the dangers of war.

SEP (Australia) congress resolutions

11 May 2012

In the course of the congress, SEP delegates unanimously adopted the seven resolutions published below.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 2: Against imperialist war

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”). See resolutions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 4: Oppose the US-Australia military agreement

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 7: Build the SEP!

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 3: Oppose the US war drive against China

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 5: The 2010 coup and the crisis of bourgeois rule

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 6: Defend Julian Assange

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 1: The world capitalist crisis and the tasks of the SEP

8 May 2012

The following is the first of seven resolutions passed at the SEP (Australia) congress held last month in Sydney

Australian SEP holds first national congress

By our correspondents, 8 May 2012

After four days of intensive discussion, the congress delegates unanimously adopted seven resolutions dealing with the major political issues confronting workers and youth.

SEP/ISSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

Oppose the US-Australia war preparations against China

26 April 2012

Through the military agreements with the Obama administration, the Gillard Labor government has unconditionally aligned itself with US war preparations against China.

Australia: SEP meetings discuss the US-Australia alliance against China

By our correspondents, 19 December 2011

The SEP held public meetings to oppose the Labor government’s new military agreements with the Obama administration and the escalating US confrontation with China.

WSWS/SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney

The US-Australia military agreements: Preparations for war with China

29 November 2011

Australia has been placed on the frontline of a potential confrontation between nuclear-armed states.

Reject the union sell-out at BlueScope Steel

Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 October 2011

The SEP urges BlueScope workers to take a stand on behalf of the entire working class, and especially the younger generation.

Reject the NSW budget cuts! A socialist strategy to defend jobs and conditions!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 September 2011

By slashing jobs and spending to satisfy the financial markets, the state Liberal government is acting in unison with the federal Labor government as part of a worldwide offensive against the basic rights of the working class.

Youth and the fight for socialism

2 September 2011

This resolution was the third adopted at the SEP conferences on “The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today”.

The economic and political crisis in Australia and the building of the SEP

2 September 2011

This resolution was the second of three adopted unanimously at SEP conferences on “The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today” held in Sydney and Melbourne over the past two weekends.

SEP (Australia) public meetings in Wollongong and Hastings

Fight axing of BlueScope steel jobs!

2 September 2011

Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.

The breakdown of capitalism and the tasks of the working class

1 September 2011

This resolution was the first of three adopted unanimously at SEP conferences on “The Failure of Socialism and the Fight for Socialism Today” held in Sydney and Melbourne over the past two weekends.

Workers speak at Fight for Socialism Today conference in Melbourne

By our correspondents, 1 September 2011

The WSWS interviewed some of the participants, including workers, teachers and students, at the August 27-28 Socialist Equality Party conference in Melbourne.

Young people speak at Fight for Socialism Today conference in Sydney

By our correspondents, 31 August 2011

The WSWS interviewed some of the new participants, mostly young workers and students, at the August 20-21 Socialist Equality Party conference in Sydney.

Nick Beams addresses SEP conferences in Sydney and Melbourne

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2011

“We are confronted with great dangers arising from the breakdown of the capitalist order. But these dangers also mean great opportunities—to seize the wheel of history and play our part in turning it to build a world fit for humanity.”

SEP (Australia) public meeting in Wollongong

Fight axing of BlueScope steel jobs!

31 August 2011

Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.

SEP (Australia) public meeting in Perth

The failure of capitalism and the fight for socialism today

30 August 2011

Every section of the international working class confronts an intensifying assault against their living standards, social conditions and democratic rights.

Conferences on the Fight for Socialism Today held in Sydney and Melbourne

By our correspondents, 30 August 2011

Socialist Equality Party conferences discussed the new stage in the breakdown of global capitalism, and the fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective for the working class to answer the intensifying social counter-revolution.

Oppose the BlueScope sackings! Fight for a socialist strategy to defend steel and manufacturing jobs

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 August 2011

The fight to defend jobs will only go forward through a rebellion against the trade union apparatuses, which are working might and main to subordinate workers to the dictates of the company and the Labor government.

Attend the SEP conferences in Australia:

The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today

Melbourne: August 27-28

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 13 August 2011

The conferences being organised by the SEP will discuss the critical political issues facing the working class that arise from the renewed crisis wracking the world capitalist system. They could not be more timely.

SEP (Australia) public meeting in Sydney

The crisis of the Murdoch empire and its implications for the working class

23 July 2011

What has been exposed by the Murdoch scandal is the putrefaction of an entire social and political system.

Public Meeting in Wellington

The New Zealand budget and the fight against austerity

24 June 2011

The National government’s budget, handed down on May 19, is part of an international offensive on the working class.

One year since the Australian Labor Party coup

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 June 2011

Twelve months later, the crisis of the government has only deepened, as the geopolitical and economic contradictions that gave rise to Rudd’s ousting have intensified.

The political issues facing NSW (Australia) workers

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 14 June 2011

Large numbers of workers in the Australian state of New South Wales will take part in a demonstration on June 15 against the move by the new conservative government to directly dictate public sector wage rises.

Socialist Equality Party conferences in Australia:

The Failure of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism Today

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

Australian Labor Party suffers devastating election defeat

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”

NSW voters speak out against Labor

By our reporters, 28 March 2011

While thousands of people refused to vote Labor, there was general contempt for the entire parliamentary process.

Vote for a socialist perspective in the New South Wales election

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.

Secret report foreshadows numerous public school closures and teaching job cuts

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.

Major parties outbid each other on law and order

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

Australia: SEP election meetings discuss new period of revolutionary upheavals

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.

Australia: Youth unemployment ignored in NSW 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.

Australian government uses tear gas and synthetic bullets to suppress refugee protests

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.

Australia: Telstra’s “Project New”—another round of job destruction

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.

Australia: Gillard government steps up attack on public education, with NSW Labor’s support

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.

SEP candidate Carolyn Kennett exposes Labor and Greens at Auburn forum

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.

An exchange with the Greens

By Richard Phillips, 15 March 2011

SEP candidate responds to a letter from the Greens candidate for Bankstown.

NSW state election: SEP campaigners in Marrickville find growing distrust of Greens

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.

Labor exempts controversial Sydney harbour project from environmental laws

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.

SEP candidate exposes hypocrisy of Labor and the Greens at election forum

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.

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the NSW state election!

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

Egypt and the return of revolutionary struggles

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.

Notes on the Egyptian Revolution

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.

Vote 1 for Peter Byrne, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Broadmeadows

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.

Socialist Equality Party speaks to workers in Broadmeadows by-election

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.

Victorian government releases another whitewash of Tullamarine toxic dump hazard

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.

Egyptian revolution discussed at Socialist Equality Party’s final election meeting in Broadmeadows

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.

A reply to the falsifications of the ACTU and pseudo-lefts on the Swift meatworkers’ struggle

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.

The Australian Labor Party and its property developer candidate for Broadmeadows

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.

Socialist Equality Party holds election meeting in Broadmeadows

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.

Australia: Final SEP Broadmeadows election campaign meeting on Sunday February 13

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.

Australia: SEP Victorian election campaign meeting

31 January 2011

The Socialist Equality Party is holding the first public meeting in its Broadmeadows by-election campaign this Wednesday evening.

Australia: The socialist alternative in the Broadmeadows by-election

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.

Australia’s floods: a failure of government and the profit system

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.

Socialist Equality Party and ISSE hold conference in Australia

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.

The political significance of the WikiLeaks revelations

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.

Australia: SEP public meetings defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

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.

Imperialist diplomacy exposed: Behind the witch-hunt of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

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!

Imperialist diplomacy exposed: Behind the witch-hunt of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

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.

Australia: Victorian Labor government thrown out of office

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.

Victorian workers discuss key issues in state 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.

Vote 1 for Peter Byrne and the SEP in Broadmeadows, Victoria

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.

Australia: Labor government accelerates rundown and privatisation of public housing

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.

Australia: Labor’s “world class health system” leaves thousands of Victorians waiting for treatment

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.

Australia: The Victorian Labor government’s “jobs pledge” and the unemployment crisis

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.

SEP (Australia) holds election meeting in Broadmeadows

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.

SEP Victorian election meeting

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.

Australia: Victorian government tries to cover up ambulance crisis

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.

Australia: SEP meetings advance socialist perspective against war in Afghanistan

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.

Business concerns over Greens and threat of hung parliament dominate Victorian election debate

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.

Australia: Union rams through sellout deal for warehouse workers

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.

Australia: Labor joins Murdoch media smear campaign in Victorian election

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.

Striking warehouse workers isolated as trade unions prepare sell out deal

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.

Australia: Victorian government buries toxic dump as election issue

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.

Australia: Victorian government covers up desalination plant costs

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.

Australia: Support the socialist alternative in the Victorian state election

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.