Statement on the StopG20 Protest

October 9, 2018 SocialistAu 0

1. The G20 is part of the global offensive responsible for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, sustaining world poverty, undermining labour rights and accelerating climate change. The immense harm their policies inflict on our planet and its people put cosmetic damage to one police truck at the 18 November StopG20 rally in Melbourne in perspective. These criminals – and their media allies – attempt to hide their culpability by creating hysteria about protester violence. Their aim is to discredit all militant protest action and, by extension, the legitimate concerns expressed by demonstrators. Criminalising protest will be an important weapon for […]

NTEU Sydney Uni

September 24, 2018 SocialistAu 0

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY management have made an interim pay offer of 4 percent. The offer came through the afternoon before an NTEU members meeting which was planning to discuss possible industrial action unless the University started to negotiate seriously. The offer, to be followed by “a substantial additional offer”, was not accepted by the members meeting. It was conditional on the NTEU agreeing to industrial peace until 1 May next year and would allow the University to drag out negotiations on conditions. Many members were concerned that there was no detail of funding for the offer. With work unit budgets are […]

New GG – blood-stained general

September 15, 2018 SocialistAu 0

“HE IS a man of the people,” John Howard said as he promoted Major-General Michael Jeffery to the position of Governor-General. The media lauded Jeffery as a “safe” and “modern” choice. In reality Jeffery is a deeply elitist and conservative figure who embodies John Howard’s vision of Australia. MILITARISM “I believe passionately that Vietnam was a just cause in the circumstances of the time.” Jeffery was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in killing Vietnamese freedom fighters. His citation boasts of “the heavy losses inflicted on the enemy” during his time there. He later commanded the elite SAS for […]

Upcoming Protests, Meetings and Issues

September 9, 2018 SocialistAu 0

The ISO holds regular forums to discuss topical political questions and explain the Marxist approach. All are welcome. BRISBANE: Tuesdays, 7:00pm Brisbane State High School, Rm C 10, Vulture St.,South Brisbane Tuesday 15 October Pine Gap, Australian and US Imperialism CANBERRA: Thursdays, 6:00pm Moran Building room G009 (opposite the Hayden Allen building), ANU. MELBOURNE: Meetings every Thursday , 6.30pm, RMIT Function Room, Swanston St. Thursday 17 October US Imperialism: The military arm of globalisation PERTH: Saturdays, 12:00 noon Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Catch a lift from Fremantle train station @ 11am SYDNEY: Tuesdays, 7:00pm Cafe Blue (upstairs) 313 King Street, […]

This war is brought to you by…

September 1, 2018 SocialistAu 0

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – They’ve won. They got their war against Afghanistan (planned before September 11). They’re getting their war against Iraq (planned slightly after September 11). After Iraq, they plan to get their wars against Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Last Sunday, one of them, Vice President Dick Cheney, said that President George W Bush would have to make “a very difficult decision” on Iraq. Not really. The decision had already been taken for him in the autumn of 2001. As far as their “showdown Iraq” is concerned, it’s not about weapons of mass destruction, nor United Nations inspections, […]

Brisbane Social Forum

August 30, 2018 SocialistAu 0

What does democracy look like? By Alison Stewart MORE THAN 250 people attended the third annual Brisbane Social Forum in an exciting event that energised participants to continue the fight for social justice and a better world. The highlight was the opening address by Julian Burnside, QC, whose principled defence of refugee rights has been inspirational. Julian spoke to a capacity audience, tearing strips off the Howard government and receiving a standing ovation. While he focussed on the issue of the Liberal government’s barbaric policies towards refugees, he linked this to a general attack on our rights especially those of […]