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Womens’ and LGBTIQ liberation in revolutionary Russia

January 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

By Emma Quinn (Socialist Party, CWI in Ireland) Millions of people internationally are joining the fight against the oppression of women and LGBTIQ people, opening up debates as to how this discrimination and inequality can be ended once and for all. This article looks at the historic experience of the Russian Revolution and the radical progressive […]

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New movements, old dilemma: Reform or Revolution today

New movements, old dilemma: Reform or Revolution today

January 14, 2016 at 1:00 am

By Paul Murphy, Socialist Party TD in Ireland The election of the Syriza government in February 2015 was greeted with enthusiastic support by working class people in Greece and across Europe, only to turn into bitter disappointment after its capitulation to the Troika in July. As inequality and austerity continue […]

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Some of the founding meetings of the party were held at the New Unity Hotel in Balmain.

ALP: From socialist origins to capitalist tool

November 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

How the early ALP was transformed The Australian Labor Party (ALP) may have long forgotten its socialist roots but it was brought into being in the late 19th century by groups of trade unionists and socialists. The Australian Socialist League (ASL) played a major role in the formation of the […]

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The Whitlam sacking 40 years on

The Whitlam sacking 40 years on

November 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

40 years ago on November 11, 1975 Gough Whitlam’s Labor government was dismissed from office by the Queen’s representative the Governor General. At a stroke, the carefully nurtured image of the Crown’s ‘impartiality’ was blown away and the naked class bias of the parliamentary system was exposed. By Socialist Party […]

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1890s depression: Strikes defeated, new workers party created

1890s depression: Strikes defeated, new workers party created

November 5, 2015 at 8:30 am

Attacks on living standards and workers rights in periods of economic downturn are nothing new. Over 120 years ago workers in Australia had to grapple with these very same things. By Marisa Bernardi, Socialist Party When Australia went into recession in 1890 the bosses, the banks and the government decided […]

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Indonesia 1965: 50 years since anti-communist massacres

Indonesia 1965: 50 years since anti-communist massacres

October 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

World’s third largest Communist Party crushed in US-backed military coup The military crackdown against the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) that began in October 1965 and continued throughout the following year, was one of the bloodiest massacres of the 20th century. Even the CIA, which conspired with Indonesia’s right-wing generals to […]

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History: The pioneering efforts of the IWW

History: The pioneering efforts of the IWW

October 22, 2015 at 12:53 pm

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), often known as the Wobblies, were a radical industrial union that originated in America. Their idea of creating ‘One Big Union’ spread to Australia in 1907 but the beginning was slow. By Paul True By May 1912 the Sydney local (branch) had only […]

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Identity politics and the struggle against oppression

Identity politics and the struggle against oppression

October 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

In the search for a way to fight against discrimination and oppression, many young people in particular embrace identity politics. It can be an important first step towards the development of socialist consciousness – if it leads on to an understanding of the class nature of capitalist society and need […]

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Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

October 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm

“Machines will take your jobs”: In a period of global financial turmoil and worsening economic prospects for Australian capitalism, this worrying message is now appearing almost daily in the media. By Chris Dite The quickening pace of job losses due to automation has led to some very different responses on […]

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Ned Kelly: Australia’s most famous rebel

Ned Kelly: Australia’s most famous rebel

October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

To be described as “game as Ned Kelly” in Australia is to be known as someone who is both bold and principled. But how did an outlaw bushranger who robbed banks and killed police come to be known as an honourable folk hero and a symbol of rebellion? By Anthony […]

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