Issue 16

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Smash Rudd’s Racist Scheme! Immediate Asylum in Australia for All Refugee Arrivals!

Sydney, 20 July 2013: Protestors in Sydney join others all around the country in the first defiant response to Kevin Rudd’s announcement of his cruel and racist “PNG Solution.”

Sydney, 20 July 2013: Protestors in Sydney join others all around the country in the first defiant response to Kevin Rudd’s announcement of his cruel and racist “PNG Solution.”
Sydney, 20 July 2013: Protestors in Sydney join others all around the country in the first defiant response to Kevin Rudd’s announcement of his cruel and racist “PNG Solution.”

Racist Scapegoating of Refugees and 457 Visa Workers Is Aimed at Attacking Workers’ Rights. Trade Unions: Win Freedom for Refugees! Defend 457 Visa Workers’ Rights!

Official figures show that as of 10 June 2013, there are over 1,850 child refugees being detained in Australia.
Official figures show that as of 10 June 2013, there are over 1,850 child refugees being detained in Australia.

Unleash Militant Class Struggle to Restore the Single Parent Payment and Massively Increase Both the Parenting Payment and Newstart Allowance! Smash the ALP Government’s Attack on Low-Income Single Mothers!

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An Eye Witness Account of Capitalist South Korea

Above: South Korean Ssangyong workers armed with metal pipes during their 2009 industrial struggle with the car company. In South Korea workers have a strong history of resisting their exploiters and subsequently being brutalised by the capitalist state.
Above: South Korean Ssangyong workers armed with metal pipes during their 2009 industrial struggle with the car company. In South Korea workers have a strong history of resisting their exploiters and subsequently being brutalised by the capitalist state.

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An Eyewitness Account of North Korea and Its People: Bravely Building a Friendly, Socialistic Society While in the Cross Hairs of Imperialism

A scene from the 2012 Arirang performance hails the socialist alliance between North Korea and the Peoples Republic of China.
A scene from the 2012 Arirang performance hails the socialist alliance between North Korea and the Peoples Republic of China.

An Eyewitness Account of North Korea and Its People

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

Defend Syria From Imperialist-Imposed Regime Change!

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.

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An Eye Witness Account of Capitalist South Korea

AN Eye Witness Account of Capitalist South Korea

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

Smash the ALP Government’s Attack on 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

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 parenting Payment 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.

Continue reading Smash the ALP Government’s Attack on Low-Income Single Mothers!

Win Freedom for Refugees! Defend 457 Visa Workers’ Rights!

Racist Scapegoating of Refugees and 457 Visa Workers Is Aimed at Attacking Workers’ Rights

Trade Unions:

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!

Smash Rudd’s Racist Scheme!

Smash Rudd’s Racist Scheme!

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!

Rally: Just Like What China is Doing, Massively Increase Public Housing

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:

JUST LIKE WHAT CHINA IS DOING
MASSIVELY INCREASE
PUBLIC HOUSING
3:30PM SATURDAY MAY 4
Corner of Rawson St and Northumberland Rd, Auburn
(Near the Northern Exit of Auburn Railway Station) Continue reading Rally: Just Like What China is Doing, Massively Increase Public Housing

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!

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!

Issue 15

Massively Increase Public Housing! Socialistic China is Doing That So Let’s Fight for the Same Here!

One of China’s many new public housing complexes. Last year China started construction of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
over ten million new public housing dwellings.

Oppose Police Terror against Aboriginal People, “Ethnic” Youth And All The Poor! Don’t Allow Business as Usual – Build Mass Actions Backed by Trade Union Power!

Horrific Racist Savagery: After shooting Aboriginal youth Troy Taylor in Sydney’s Kings Cross, police drag and bash the teenager as he bleeds to within an inch of death. -Sunday Telegraph

No to Neo-Colonialism: Defend Syria against the Pro-Imperialist “Rebels”. Oppose All NATO/Australia Diplomatic, Military & Political Intervention in Syria! 

Sydney, August 5:  Syrian origin youth pose for a photo in front of the Trotskyist Platform banner at the thousands strong, Hands Off Syria rally.

Crush the QLD Government’s Attacks on Public Sector Workers! Let’s Not Get Diverted into Campaigning for an ALP/Greens Government! The Only Thing That Can Save Jobs is All Out Strike Action!

An unlucky participant at the September 12 rally in Brisbane - one of thousands being laid off from the public sector in an austerity drive resembling those occurring across Europe.

 

The Struggle for the Left to Take an Anti-Imperialist Position on the Syria Conflict

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