Socialist Alliance debates the way forward

April 3, 2018 SocialistAu 0

UNITY AGAINST capitalism and war was the central theme of the Socialist Alliances second national conference, held in Melbourne on May 10-11. Some 120 delegates representing more than 900 financial members in 24 branches debated how to build on the Alliances first two years of existence. There were 160 observers. It was so fantastic to meet such a broad range of people. The respect delegates showed for one another was one of the most positive things, said Angela Budai, an organiser with the Finance Sector Union and a delegate from the Northside branch in Sydney. Two main resolutions were put […]

Bigots play the race card

April 3, 2018 SocialistAu 0

The Pope, George Pell, John Howard – this racist trio think it’s OK to score political points by attacking Muslims. They are a pack of hypocrites and liars. Pope Benedict XVI claims the Prophet Mohammed brought “evil and inhuman” ideas to the world, spreading his religion “by the sword”. George Pell, the head of the Catholic Church in Australia, defended the Pope’s comments drawing a link between Islam and violence. All the while John Howard lurks in the background, spreading lies about Australian Muslims. He says Muslims refuse to integrate or learn English. He attacks multiculturalism and “political correctness”. We […]

Occupy to beat fees

April 1, 2018 SocialistAu 0

BRENDAN NELSON’S legislation to fundamentally restructure higher education along free market lines was passed on the final sitting day of the Senate in December. The package was passed by a single vote due to a dirty deal between Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, One Nation’s Len Harris and the three Independents Meg Lees, Brian Harradine and Shayne Murphy. HECS fees will be deregulated with universities given the power to increase HECS by 25 per cent. There will be a 40 per cent increase in cap on the number of full fee paying undergraduates. It will become much easier for private institutions […]

Stop the demonisation of Islam

March 31, 2018 SocialistAu 0

Jarvis Ryan looks at the roots of anti-Muslim racism and explains why the left must stand up against the anti-Islamic backlash FOUR YEARS into the “war on terror”, many people can see that this war is in fact a war being fought by the US and its allies for economic and imperial gain — to seize control of energy resources and territory. However it would be politically unacceptable for George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard to admit this. There are very few wars where rulers speak honestly about their motivations. Instead they make a huge effort to convince their […]

Historic march for Maori rights

March 24, 2018 SocialistAu 0

TWENTY thousand people marched through Wellington to New Zealand’s parliament on Wednesday May 5. The march was the culmination of a historic “hikoi” (march) to protest government legislation that attacks Maori rights over New Zealand’s coastline. During the hikoi’s journey from the top and bottom of Aotearoa (New Zealand), tens of thousands of people took part, making it one of the biggest protests in this country in recent times. Even more significant was that 90 per cent of the protesters were Maori, Aotearoa’s indigenous people. Like Australia’s indigenous population, they still suffer the ill-effects of colonisation and racism. Maori make […]

Blowback: Bush Punished Over Iraq

March 12, 2018 SocialistAu 0

IN A result the whole world can celebrate George Bush’s Republican Party has been soundly defeated at the US midterm elections. The Democrats have won control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and embattled US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld has resigned. All up, the Republicans lost 26 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate. The result was, according to Bush’s best friend John Howard, a “technical knockout”. The reason can be summed up in one word: Iraq. A groundswell of opposition to the continuing occupation of Iraq has been building for over a year. Americans used […]