Editorial

The Superannuation Swindle

Winter/Spring 2007

A recent report found that most people aged between 35 and 44 will not have enough in their retirement accounts to survive without the age pension. Worse still, the amount available to women from this group will be half that of men who retire at age 60. Once again, neoliberal “reforms” hit women hardest. Privatisation… Read more »

May Day Arrests Target National Liberation Movement

Winter/Spring 2007

On May Day, two Australian citizens were arrested and charged with the vague, yet frightening, charge of supporting a terrorist organisation — the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). This is despite the LTTE not being proscribed as a terrorist organisation in either Australia or Sri Lanka! The Melbourne men — Aruran Vinayagamoorthy and Sivarajah… Read more »

Sectarianism leads to failure of Socialist Alliance

Winter/Spring 2007

After a year of discussion, the Freedom Socialist Party disaffiliated from the Socialist Alliance (SA). We helped found the Socialist Alliance back in 2001, because we wanted to see a united front where socialists — both affiliated and non-aligned — cooperate to present a strong and clear socialist message in the electoral arena. For the… Read more »

Federal Budget: cheap bribes can’t hide whose interests are served

Winter/Spring 2007

A few dollars to seniors and a little easing of childcare costs — these were the miserable bribes tossed around by the Howard Government in its pre-election budget. A compliant media kept everyone focused on whether they’d get some personal relief, even if just a bit. But once the dust settled, a couple of details… Read more »

The Tale of Two Dictators

Summer/Autumn 2007

Last December Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, died peacefully in bed. Contrast this with the demise of Saddam Hussein, executed later that month in a ghoulish vengeance killing videoed and posted on the Internet. Both had been renowned for carrying out the dirty work of U.S. Imperialism. Why were they treated so differently? To protect the… Read more »

Be part of our plans for 2007

Summer/Autumn 2007

Innovations. Readers of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin can expect to see some exciting changes in 2007. This is the last issue of the magazine we will produce using PageMaker 6. From issue 37, we will be moving to InDesign and redesigning the whole publication. There will be a different feel and a new-look cover with… Read more »

Facing down Nazis and other white supremacists

Summer/Autumn 2007

On December 9, 2006, a couple of hundred people gathered outside the Islamic Information and Support Centre in Melbourne’s multicultural suburb of Brunswick. The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women were among those who responded to an appeal to be there as a defence in case of an attack by white supremacists. Days before, plans… Read more »

Amal Basry’s life inspires hope

Winter/Spring 2006

When Amal Basry died on the 18th of March this year, all asylum seekers lost a courageous voice. She was one of the survivors of the sinking of the so-called SIEVX (Suspected Illegal Entry Vehicle X) in which 353 people lost their lives. Amal survived the night in the ocean, clinging to the body of… Read more »