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Rescue plan needed for Socialist Alliance

Summer/Autumn 2006

In February 2001 the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) attended a meeting of socialists in Sydney, which reached an historic agreement to establish the Socialist Alliance (SA). The FSP was jubilant about this historic breakthrough. In the next edition of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin (#25), we argued, “the time has never been more urgent or more… Read more »

Ali’s story: Powerful weapon in the struggle for justice for refugees

Summer/Autumn 2006

“What we have is the Minister of Defence saying in the immediate post Tampa environment, don’t humanise the refugees.” This is a quote from the October 2002 Senate report on the “Children Overboard” affair. The Howard Government has deliberately tried to suppress individual stories of refugees — who are to be kept nameless and faceless…. Read more »

Defend the Aboriginal Tent Embassy! Resist the racist ban on camping!

Summer/Autumn 2006

The National Indigenous Times calls the Aboriginal Tent Embassy “one of the enduring icons of Aboriginal dissent.” However, the Parliament of Australia webpage asks if the Tent Embassy “is an icon or an eyesore?” The Howard Government — true to its assimilationist mission — has clearly made up its mind. Past attempts to close down… Read more »

The role of socialists in the union movement today

Summer/Autumn 2006

This article is an edited and updated version of a talk given by Alison Thorne at a Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) meeting on 31 August 2005. Thorne is a workplace delegate in the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and an activist in the rank and file caucus, Members First. CPSU workplace delegate, Alison Thorne,… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Party submission on the future of the Aboriginal tent Embassy

Summer/Autumn 2006

It is with reluctance that the Freedom Socialist Party — a socialist feminist political party with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members — is putting forward this submission. We are reluctant, because we do not support the racist and divisive process of the Federal Government in hiring consultants to make recommendations about the future of the… Read more »

Terror laws: Mass action needed to defeat Howard’s police state

Summer/Autumn 2006

A few days ago I had a conversation with an activist from the Chilean community. At one point he said, “under Pinochet (the former dictator), we had these laws, but then it was a dictatorship.” Then, with only a slight hint of irony, he asked, “how can laws like these be passed in a democracy?”… Read more »

Activists fire up for Equal Love

Summer/Autumn 2006

On 1 December 2005 the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country, ruled that same-sex marriages have the same legal status as those between a man and a woman. In contrast, the Howard Government legislated an explicit ban. On Saturday, 13 August 2005 — the first anniversary of the reactionary Australian… Read more »

Neocon Ideologues and University Politics The RMIT Dismissal of Robert Austin

Summer/Autumn 2006

In its crusade to re-construct higher education institutions as free-market monasteries populated by conformist academics and demobilised students, the Howard Government has enacted legislation to publicly fund only those universities which implement a range of industrial changes, including individual contracts, harsher “performance management,” and severe restrictions on union activity. These Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements… Read more »