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 …

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 …

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 …

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 , …

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 …

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 …

The spark that lit a revolution

August 23, 2018 SocialistAu 0

We continue our series on rebel newspapers with a look at Pravda, the paper of the Russian Bolshevik Party

By Matthew Cookson

PRAVDA, meaning truth, was a key part of the great wave of upheaval that swept Russia before the First World War. It played an important role in the Russian Revolution of 1917.

It was the paper of the …

They make desolation and call it peace

August 21, 2018 SocialistAu 0

To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire they make a desolation and they call it peace.

THESE WORDS were used by the Roman historian Tacitus to describe the devastation of Britain by the Roman empire in the first century AD.

They find an echo in Iraq today. Suha al-Hayatti, a rich woman living in Baghdad, could have been …

US voted number 1 threat

July 26, 2018 SocialistAu 0

TIME MAGAZINE is running an online poll on the biggest threat to world peace.

For some reason, they were foolish enough to include the US in the list of dangerous countries.

At the time of printing, online polling has the United States way out in front on 82 per cent.

More than 240,000 people have voted in the survey-a fairly …

Cronulla Anniversary: Media dog-whistling encourages Nazi groups

June 25, 2018 SocialistAu 0

YOU KNOW something is seriously wrong with the world when white supremacists and neo-Nazis claim they are the guardians of women’s rights. But, as we approach the first anniversary of the Cronulla race riot, this is exactly what is occurring.

Encouraged by dog-whistling from the media and the Howard government, far right groups are apparently planning to celebrate that shameful …