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Deep disquiet in western Sydney over Australian Labor’s leadership coup

By an SEP reporting team, 5 August 2010

The SEP’s campaign in the outer south-western Sydney electorate of Fowler for the August 21 Australian election has found broad hostility toward the backroom coup that installed Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The ousting of Kevin Rudd: How the global corporations and financial markets rule

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2010

At a public meeting in western Sydney, SEP national secretary Nick Beams explained the underlying reasons for the political coup in the Australian Labor Party that ousted former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Australian government and media block discussion over Wikileaks revelations

By Alex Messenger, 3 August 2010

The political and media establishment has moved quickly to ensure that the leaking of more than 91,000 US military documents does not provoke open debate on Afghanistan during the current federal election campaign.

Australia: Labor’s punitive industrial legislation in action

Noel Holt and SEP candidate for Newcastle, 31 July 2010

Months after a settlement was reached in a dispute at Woodside Petroleum’s $12 billion Pluto gas project in Western Australia, hundreds of workers are facing huge fines for taking industrial action to defend their basic conditions.

Young people disenfranchised in Australia’s snap election

Richard Phillips and SEP candidate for Blaxland, 30 July 2010

Australians not already registered on the electoral rolls had only one working day to secure their right to vote in the August 21 federal election.

SEP (Australia) relaunches party web site

29 July 2010

The Socialist Equality Party has relaunched its website, www.sep.org.au, featuring the SEP’s 2010 election statement, profiles of its candidates and information on the campaign.

Australia: Prime Minister Gillard answers damaging leaks with display of “steel”

By Mike Head, 29 July 2010

In an attempt to confront damaging leaks about her opposition in cabinet to spending on pensions and parental leave, Gillard provided an aggressive display of the ruthless pro-business and austerity agenda that lay behind her installation as prime minister.

Support the socialist alternative to war, social inequality and attacks on democratic rights! Build the Socialist Equality Party!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 July 2010

The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our campaign in the August 21, 2010 federal election and vote for our candidates in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Australia: Labor’s mental illness plan and the healthcare crisis

Joe Lopez and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Swan, 28 July 2010

Yesterday’s pledge by Prime Minister Gillard to spend just $69 million more a year on suicide prevention measures underscores the government’s utter contempt for people suffering from mental illness, and points to its wider plans to cut health spending.

Australian election: The fraud of Labor’s “Work Choices” scare campaign

Noel Holt and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Newcastle, 27 July 2010

Labor’s legislation actually strengthens the anti-strike provisions of Work Choices. It outlaws all industrial action except during the limited bargaining periods for enterprise agreements at individual workplaces.

Australian PM Gillard’s climate change speech—another admission of bankruptcy on the environment

Patrick O’Connor and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Senate in Victoria, 24 July 2010

Labor Prime Minister Gillard’s speech on climate change was a conscious fraud, combining lies on the science of global warming with new sound-bite driven measures pitched towards business which do nothing to adequately address the environmental crisis.

Australia: Electrical union members disaffiliate from Labor

By Terry Cook, 23 July 2010

The vote is a sharp indication of mounting hostility within the working class toward the Labor government.

Australian election: The Labor government’s childcare backdown and the profit system

Tania Baptist and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Gellibrand, 23 July 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made clear that Labor’s construction halt on new childcare centres, which was imposed at the behest of the private for-profit childcare operators, will be maintained.

SEP candidate addresses student rally at University of New South Wales

“This fight is first and foremost a political struggle against the Gillard government”

By Oliver Campbell, 22 July 2010

Zac Hambides, the SEP candidate for Kingsford-Smith, advanced the need for a political struggle against the Gillard Labor government at a demonstration of University of NSW students on Tuesday.

Australia: Xstrata launches new provocations against Tahmoor miners

the Zac Hambides and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Kingsford-Smith, 22 July 2010

Mining giant Xstrata has refused to allow more than 270 workers who went on strike for seven days last week to return to work at its Tahmoor mine in the New South Wales southern highlands.

Australia: Election slogans spark wave of disgust

By Nick Beams, 21 July 2010

Less than a week into the Australian federal election campaign, the hollowed out and atrophied character of the entire system of bourgeois parliamentary democracy is being increasingly exposed.

Socialist candidate blocked from addressing building workers rally

Unions deflect anger over Labor’s prosecution of South Australian construction worker

By Alex Messenger, 21 July 2010

Union officials suppressed political discussion yesterday as building workers joined protest rallies against the trial of South Australian construction worker, Ark Tribe, on charges of refusing to answer questions from the federal Labor government’s building industry watchdog.

SEP candidate calls for political struggle against Labor’s anti-strike laws

By Noel Holt, 21 July 2010

Noel Holt, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Newcastle in the August 21 Australian federal election, has released the remarks that union officials prevented him from making at yesterday’s construction workers rally in Sydney.

SEP candidate speaks at academics’ union forum

A revealing political line-up in Australian election campaign

By Oliver Campbell, 20 July 2010

An election forum demonstrates the efforts of the Labor Party, unions, Greens and pseudo “left” groups to suppress all discussion of the global economic crisis and the corporate-backed coup that installed Julia Gillard as prime minister.

Australia: Socialist Equality Party announces its 2010 election candidates

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 July 2010

The Socialist Equality Party announces its candidates for the 2010 Australian federal election, to be held on August 21.

Greetings and report from the US SEP to conferences in Australia

American capitalism’s decline and the tasks of the working class

By Jerry White, 16 July 2010

Jerry White delivered the following report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.

The global economic crisis and the political coup in Australia

By Nick Beams, 15 July 2010

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary Nick Beams delivered the following opening report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.

SEP (Australia) conferences pass resolution

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

14 July 2010

The following resolution was passed unanimously at conferences convened by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney, July 4, and Melbourne, July 11, 2010.

Australian SEP conferences discuss Gillard coup and the global economic crisis

By our correspondents, 13 July 2010

The backroom coup that installed Julia Gillard as Australian prime minister was the focus of discussion at Socialist Equality Party conferences in Sydney and Melbourne on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism”.

SEP conference participants speak to WSWS

“The system itself is failing and we can’t really afford to wait around”

By our correspondents, 13 July 2010

WSWS correspondents spoke to participants at the Socialist Equality Party conferences in Sydney and Melbourne.

Attend SEP (Australia) meetings in Perth and Newcastle

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 July 2010

The sudden ousting of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is another expression of the political convulsions arising from the worsening global economic crisis. The SEP meetings will be forums to discuss the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.

The Australian Labor Party coup: a warning to the working class

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 June 2010

Julia Gillard’s installation as prime minister last Thursday through an unprecedented coup within the Labor apparatus stands as an ominous warning to the working class.

Australia: Polling shows collapse in voter support for Labor government

By James Cogan, 16 June 2010

Labor could lose the next election, due sometime between July 2010 and April 2011, and become the first one-term government since the 1930s.

Public meetings in Australia discuss new stage of global crisis

By our correspondents, 1 June 2010

University students and working people participated in SEP public meetings addressed by Nick Beams in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle late last month on the “Class struggle in Greece: The second stage of the global financial crisis”.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Public Meetings in Sydney

NAPLAN testing and My School: Rudd’s free market education agenda

25 May 2010

Teachers, parents, students—and all those concerned about the fate of public education—are invited to attend public meetings being convened by the Socialist Equality Party to discuss the Rudd Labor government’s historic assault on public education.

SEP Australia meeting in Perth: The second stage of the global financial crisis

25 May 2010

The SEP meeting in Western Australia will discuss the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) conferences in Sydney and Melbourne

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 21 May 2010

The conferences in July will be forums for discussion on the origins of the global crisis and the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.

Available now from Mehring Books

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

21 May 2010

Mehring Books has published both The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles.

Class struggle in Greece: The second stage of the global financial crisis

Nick Beams to speak at SEP Australia public meetings

11 May 2010

Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and an expert in Marxist political economy, will speak on the second stage of the global financial crisis and the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective as they enter into struggle to defend their most fundamental class interests.

SEP (Australia) public meeting resolution

6 May 2010

The following resolution was passed unanimously at SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on May 4 and 5, respectively. We urge teachers, parents and students to organise meetings to pass this resolution and contact the SEP to discuss how to take forward the fight to defend public education.

SEP public meetings oppose Australian government’s assault on public education

By our reporters, 6 May 2010

Concerned teachers, parents and students at SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney voted unanimously for a resolution to oppose the Rudd government’s My School web site and NAPLAN testing regime.

The revolutionary perspective of Trotskyism

13 March 2010

The ISSE is regularly asked by students about the differences between the organisations that claim to be socialist. Are these differences important? Do they centre on semantics and tactics or fundamental political issues? What is their significance for the struggles of students and the working class as a whole?

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles

12 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Statement of Principles. The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 11

11 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 10

10 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

Australia: The Rudd government and the new stage of the economic crisis

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 March 2010

In response to the deepening global economic crisis, a shift in political relations in Australia has rapidly emerged since the beginning of 2010 that has far reaching consequences for the working class.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 9

9 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 8

8 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 7

6 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 6

5 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 5

4 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 4

3 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 3

2 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 2

1 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)—Part 1

27 February 2010

The World Socialist Web Site today begins the publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The document was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Sydney on January 21–25.

Opening report to the SEP (Australia) Founding Congress

By Nick Beams, 27 February 2010

The following is the opening report delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), to the SEP’s founding congress held in Sydney on January 21–25.

As academic year begins: ISSE to hold meetings in Australia and New Zealand

19 February 2010

The International Students for Social Equality will be holding a series of meetings in Australia and New Zealand over the next three weeks.

Nick Beams delivers lecture in Sydney and Melbourne

World War Two: Lessons and Warnings

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2009

Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered a lecture on “World War Two: Lessons and Warnings” to audiences in Sydney and Melbourne in November, 2009.

Myths and legends about World War II exposed at Australian SEP public meetings

By our correspondents, 18 November 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Australia held public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne this month on “Seventy years since World War II: lessons and warnings”.

Australian Pabloites prepare NPA-style dissolution

By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2009

The Democratic Socialist Perspective will dissolve itself into the ailing Socialist Alliance electoral front in January 2010. Modelled closely on France’s New Anti-capitalist Party, the DSP is making a pitch for allies in official bourgeois politics, above all the Greens.

Australia: Latest refugee deaths—the Rudd government’s SIEV X

Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 November 2009

The tragic drowning of 12 Sri Lankan Tamils northwest of the Cocos Islands on Sunday is another grim reminder that the election of the Rudd Labor government in November 2007 has changed nothing for refugees and asylum seekers.

A lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

By Nick Beams, 13 October 2009

Nick Beams, a member of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Australia, demonstrates that the present situation is, in the final analysis, the outcome of fundamental contradictions within the capitalist profit system itself. He outlines the socialist perspective and program that the international working class must adopt in order to reorganise social and economic life to meet the needs and aspirations of the vast majority of the world's population, not the profit requirements of a wealthy elite.

Internationalism and the struggle for socialism

By Nick Beams, 20 May 2009

The following is the text of a report given by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), to the WSWS/SEP/ISSE regional conferences, “The world economic crisis, the failure of capitalism, and the case for socialism.”

ISSE meetings in Australia

Marxism and the world economic crisis

26 February 2009

The International Students for Social Equality in Australia are holding meetings at universities in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle during March to present a Marxist analysis of the world economic crisis and the necessity for a socialist and internationalist solution for the working class.

Nick Beams opening report to SEP summer school

The crash of 2008 and its revolutionary implications

Part 4

By Nick Beams, 7 February 2009

“What flows from our assessment of the origins of the present situation is that nothing less than an international socialist revolution can overcome the crisis of the capitalist mode of production and, moreover, that is the only way to prevent mankind being plunged into a catastrophe.”

A lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

Part 5

By Nick Beams, 24 December 2008

The following is the final part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

A lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis—Part 4

By Nick Beams, 23 December 2008

The following is Part 4 of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

A lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis—Part 3

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2008

Published today is the third part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

Lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

Part 2

By Nick Beams, 20 December 2008

The following is the second part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008.

A lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

Part 1

By Nick Beams, 19 December 2008

The following is the first part of a lecture delivered by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in November and December, 2008. Part 2 will be published tomorrow and subsequent parts over the next few days.

Audience members discuss Nick Beams’s lecture

15 December 2008

After Nick Beams’s lectures on “The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis,” WSWS correspondents asked audience members for their impressions and reactions.

Nick Beams presents Marxist analysis of global economic breakdown to Australian audiences

By our reporters, 15 December 2008

Appreciative audiences heard Nick Beams, a member of the WSWS International Editorial Board and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, deliver a powerful series of lectures on “The World Economic Crisis—A Marxist Analysis” in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney over the past two weeks.

Australia: The DSP split and Socialist Alliance—another opportunist debacle

By Laura Tiernan, 6 December 2008

Six months after a devastating split in the Democratic Socialist Perspective, the 6th national conference of Socialist Alliance this weekend will provide further proof of the crisis gripping the DSP and the entire Socialist Alliance project.

Australia: State provocations, security and Socialist Alternative

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 December 2008

The failure of the protest organisation Socialist Alternative (SA) to issue any serious response to revelations that a police agent provocateur spent a considerable period of time working within their ranks provides a revealing insight into the class character of the organisation and the opportunist nature of its politics.

A lecture by Nick Beams

The World Economic Crisis: A Marxist Analysis

19 November 2008

The global financial meltdown, which began with the US sub-prime mortgage crisis in August 2007 and has since engulfed some of the world’s largest financial institutions, is widely acknowledged as the most serious since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Nick Beams addresses 70th anniversary meeting

Capitalist breakdown and the revolutionary perspective of the Fourth International—Part 4

By Nick Beams, 8 October 2008

Published below is the final part of a report delivered on September 28 by Nick Beams to a public meeting in Sydney on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International. Beams is a member of the WSWS International Editorial Board and National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). Part 1 was posted on October 4, Part 2 on October 6 and Part 3 on October 7.

Nick Beams addresses 70th anniversary meeting

Capitalist breakdown and the revolutionary perspective of the Fourth International—Part 3

By Nick Beams, 7 October 2008

Published today is the third part of a report delivered on September 28 by Nick Beams to a public meeting in Sydney on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International. Part one was posted on October 4 and Part 2 on October 6.

Nixon and Bretton Woods

Capitalist breakdown and the revolutionary perspective of the Fourth International—Part 2

Nixon and Bretton Woods

By Nick Beams, 6 October 2008

Published today is the second part of a report delivered on September 28 by Nick Beams to a public meeting in Sydney on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International. Beams is a member of the WSWS International Editorial Board and National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). Part one was posted on October 4.

Nick Beams addresses 70th anniversary meeting

Capitalist breakdown and the revolutionary perspective of the Fourth International

By Nick Beams, 4 October 2008

The historical significance of the founding of the Fourth International in 1938 and the 70-year struggle to defend and develop the program of Trotskyism, led since 1953 by the International Committee of the Fourth International, is being underscored by the tumultuous events now unfolding in the world economy.

SEP public meetings in Australia

The enduring significance of the founding of the Fourth International

By James Cogan, 3 October 2008

 The following speech was delivered by James Cogan to a meeting in Sydney held by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) on September 28 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Australia: Public meetings mark 70th anniversary of the Fourth International

Historical lessons discussed

By our reporters, 2 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held lively and well-attended public meetings in Sydney on Sunday and Melbourne on Wednesday night to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International (FI), established by Leon Trotsky in September 1938.

Sydney and Melbourne meetings to commemorate...

The 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By the the, 24 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International with public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne this week. SEP national secretary Nick Beams, a member of the World Socialist Web Site international editorial board and an authority on Marxist political economy, is the keynote speaker.

International school examines the century’s central problems of history, politics and culture 

By the, 31 October 1998

The International Summer School held in early January by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the Socialist Equality Party of Australia represented a milestone in the revival of classical Marxism. Entitled "Marxism and the Fundamental Problems of the Twentieth Century," the school, held in Sydney from January 3 to 10, was the first such international symposium organized by the world Trotskyist movement.

The market, planning and socialism

Nick Beams and SEP Senate candidate for NSW, 3 September 1998

It seems that opinion polling carried out by both the Liberal and Labor Parties in preparation for the Australian federal election has revealed widespread concerns in the electorate that a plan be developed to meet growing economic uncertainty.