Build Mass Mobilisations of Trade Union Contingents, Muslims, Aboriginal People, “Ethnic” Communities and All Anti-Racists to Shutdown the “Reclaim Australia” Race Hate Rallies
28 March 2015 – That man really is a disgusting, racist coward – the one who shoved and kicked a Muslim woman last Monday night on a train between Sydney’s Central and Town Hall stations. His attack began after he looked at the woman’s Islamic head dress and yelled: “you people get in our way.” Meanwhile, last month, a man of Anglo-Celtic appearance, Ben Davidson, walked into a Hungry Jacks in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall and racially abused coloured workers at the store. The redneck customer insisted that, “I want it [his food] made by a white person” and then, after the workers rightly refused to heed, launched a threatening tirade against the workers and against Asians and Africans in general.
The really frightening thing is that these incidents are but a tiny proportion of the hundreds of racist attacks reported in Australia over the last few months. And then there are the hundreds of thousands of similar attacks that go unreported! The ruling class establishment’s racist fear mongering against Muslims, its continued subjugation of Aboriginal people and the hysteria it breeds over refugees have all served to encourage racist sentiments. Furthermore, there are far-right groups that are not only fanning the flames of racism but are consciously seeking to recruit for the purpose of racist violence. These fascist groups, including the Party For Freedom and the Australia Defence League, are behind racist so-called “Reclaim Australia” rallies that will be held across Australia on April 4. The rallies aim to incite hatred and violence against Muslims by stoking the hysterical notion that Australia is about to be brought under Islamic Sharia law and by stirring up a storm in a stupid, racist tea cup about the availability of Halal meat. The white supremacists behind these proposed hate parades have tried to appeal to people outside their right-wing extremist circles by claiming that the rally will not be racist, adding that it is fine to oppose Muslims since they are not a race. Perhaps the openly as well as the closet neo-Nazis in the forefront of organising these actions will also quietly claim that Hitler’s horrific holocaust was non-racist too … because Jews aren’t a race either! Continue reading SHUTDOWN THE RECLAIM AUSTRALIA RACE HATE RALLIES→
An Eyewitness Account of North Korea and Its People:
Bravely Building a Friendly, Socialistic Society While in the Cross Hairs of Imperialism
As my trip to North Korea approached, I started to feel excited. I was going to see for myself what this country was really like – this country that has been so vilified by the mainstream Western media.
I will not pretend that I went to North Korea with no pre-conceived ideas. This is unlike the Western capitalist media who pretend to be “unbiased”, “neutral” observers who are supposedly “shocked” when they go to North Korea for an “investigative” report. Before I went to North Korea – or, as it is properly known, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea – I understood it to be a workers state. By this I understood that capitalist rule had been smashed in North Korea and a state defending socialistic, collectivised property to be ruling there. This represented a huge step forward for social progress and for the global struggle of socialism against capitalism. However, the way that the socialistic system was run in the DPRK was somewhat deformed from the way a truly socialist order would be run because the administration of the country was monopolised by a bureaucratic layer that kept the masses out of real decision making power. Nevertheless, the DPRK was courageously holding out for socialism in the face of both economic sanctions and the most intense military threats from U.S. imperialism and its South Korean capitalist and Japanese and Australian imperialist allies. I understood that this intense pressure on the DPRK brought hardship to the North Korean people and made the bureaucratic deformations to its socialistic system more significant. Yet despite these difficulties, as a workers state embodying great gains for the exploited and oppressed of the whole globe, the DPRK must be unconditionally defended from military or propaganda attacks by capitalist countries and from external or internal forces seeking to undermine socialistic rule there. Continue reading An Eyewitness Account of North Korea and Its People→
Sydney, June 15: Hundreds march through the streets of Sydney to oppose the NATO-backed Syrian “Rebels.” Secular Syrian community members united together in the action with supporters originating from other parts of the Middle East as well as a core of anti-imperialist leftists. Trotskyist Platform had a contingent at the rally carrying the banner shown on the opposite page. There is also a slowly growing number of leftists who are not part of any group but are joining the Hands Off Syria rallies. This is despite most of the left groups in Australia – including Socialist Alternative, Solidarity and Socialist Alliance – supporting the imperialist-backed “Rebels.” Especially as the massive scale of imperialism’s drive to impose regime change on Syria becomes increasingly clear – via their “Free Syrian Army” proxies, their extreme religious fundamentalist allies and directly through U.S. and British special forces/intelligence operatives on the ground – any left group that either supports the “Rebels” or takes the cowardly position of neutrality is betraying the struggle against imperialism and thus also the struggle for socialism.
I met relatives for the first time at Incheon Airport, South Korea. As we travelled towards Seoul, I looked out the car window. Out there were signs of highly urbanised life: tall, twenty storey buildings clumped together in the distance and we hadn’t even reached Seoul, the capital city, just yet. I remember being eager to see every aspect of South Korea, especially the ‘development’ of an ‘Asian Tiger Economy’ under capitalism. In the following article I will share my experiences of and some of my discoveries about South Korea: conversations with the people, a rally for workers’ rights that I attended and my thoughts on the situation in general of socialists and left-wing activists in South Korea. Continue reading An Eye Witness Account of Capitalist South Korea→
ALP’s Slashing of Payments to Poor SingleParents Proves Once Again thatNone of The Current Parliamentary PartiesShould Be Supported at The Upcoming Elections
Don’t Let Our Fellow Workers Who Lose Their Jobs Become Destitute!
Unleash Militant Class Struggle to Restore the Single Parent Payment and Massively Increase both the parentingPayment and Newstart Allowance!
Smash the ALP Government’s Attack on Low-Income Single Mothers!
March 8, 2013: At the turn of the year, Australian billionaire James Packer and his family were enjoying first use of their latest family toy: a 52-metre super yacht costing over $50 million! However, for tens of thousands of low-income, single parents the reality could not be more different. They are now going to struggle, even more than before, to buy their children medicine let alone merely a $2 toy. The ALP federal government has thrown over 84,000 low-income single parents off the Parenting Payment and on to the much lower Newstart Allowance. If this isn’t bad enough, those single parents who have part-time jobs face even more savage cuts to their income as the Newstart Allowance is more ruthless than the Parenting Payment in cutting payments to those who do manage to find any part-time work.
Single parents with children over eight years old who were new applicants for income support were actually first thrown onto the lower unemployment payment back in 2006 by the Howard Liberal government. However, those already receiving payments were allowed to continue to receive the higher Parenting Payment until their child turned 16. When the ALP came into office, it not only maintained the policy of dumping new applicants onto Newstart but in the 2011 budget additionally threw those still receiving the Parenting Payment with children over 12 onto Newstart as well. Now, continuing to maintain the disgusting direction first taken by Howard, it has dumped onto Newstart those with children between 8 and 12 who, previously under their old rules, had still been receiving the Parenting Payment.
Racist Scapegoating of Refugees and 457 Visa Workers Is Aimed at Attacking Workers’ Rights
Win Freedom for Refugees!
Defend 457 Visa Workers’ Rights!
July 10: “Nauru Same as Guantanamo!” Referring to the notorious U.S. jail and torture site at Guantanamo Bay, that was the chant of asylum seekers locked up in Nauru during desperate protests earlier this year. Whether imprisoned in Nauru or in the malaria-infested Manus Island camp or on mainland hellholes like Villawood Detention Centre, asylum seekers fleeing to Australia are today being treated every bit as inhumanely by this ALP government as they were by the former Howard government … and then some! Continue reading Win Freedom for Refugees! Defend 457 Visa Workers’ Rights!→
IMMEDIATE ASYLUM IN AUSTRALIA FOR ALL REFUGEE ARRIVALS!
July 20 – Many of us know that Liberal shadow immigration minister Scott Morrison is whipping up hardline racism against refugees. Yesterday, ALP Prime Minister Kevin Rudd totally trumped him. Rudd yesterday announced a scheme that is considerably worse than anything the racist Howard regime ever implemented and more extreme than what Abbott’s right-wingers have up till now been proposing. Under the Rudd plan, all asylum seekers arriving by boat will be processed at the malaria-infested camp on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island or elsewhere in PNG. More significantly, all those granted refugee status will have to settle in PNG. No asylum seeker arriving by boat in Australia will be allowed to settle here. This filthy racist measure would even make a European fascistic group, like the British National Party, proud. Continue reading Smash Rudd’s Racist Scheme!→
Rents are rising. Wages are too low. And bosses are sacking workers. With rents so high, millions are struggling to make ends meet. The working poor and especially their children are suffering! People try to get lower rents by joining the public housing waiting list. But governments are selling off public housing! People are driven into ruin paying high rents while waiting up to twenty years on the public housing list! And it’s gotten so hard now to even get on this list that even full-time workers on the minimum wage aren’t eligible for it.
Yet while all this is happening, governments are letting big business owners like Gina Rinehart, Andrew Forrest, Frank Lowy and Richard Pratt get away with making billions by doing nothing other than exploiting other people’s labour. We need to fight to ensure that the wealth of this country is used to fund the public housing that we so badly need (and for properly funded public hospitals and schools). So we must rally to demand:
Don’t Let Our Fellow Workers Who Lose Their Jobs Become Destitute! Unleash Militant Class Struggle
Fight for a Huge Increase in the Newstart Allowance and Smash the ALP Government’s Attackon Low-Income Single Mothers!
ALP’s Slashing of Payments to Poor Single Parents Proves Once Again that None of The Current Parliamentary Parties Should Be Supported at The Upcoming Elections
March 8, 2013: At the turn of the year, Australian billionaire James Packer and his family were enjoying first uses of their latest family toy: a 52-metre super yacht costing over $50 million! However, for tens of thousands of low-income, single parents the reality could not be more different. They are now going to struggle, even more than before, to buy their children medicine let alone merely a $2 toy. The ALP federal government has thrown over 84,000 low-income single parents off the Parenting Payment and on to the much lower Newstart Allowance. If this isn’t bad enough, those single parents who have part-time jobs face even more savage cuts to their income as the Newstart Allowance is more ruthless than the Parenting Payment in cutting payments to those who do manage to find any part-time work. Continue reading Unleash Militant Class Struggle. Fight for a Huge Increase in the Newstart Allowance and Smash the ALP Government’s Attack on Low-Income Single Mothers!→