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Workers' Liberty Australia

Submitted by Janet on 4 April, 2016 - 12:00

A programme for independent working-class politics in Australia

• Independent working-class representation in politics.

• A workers’ government, based on and accountable to the labour movement.

• A workers’ charter of trade union rights — to organise, to strike, to picket effectively, and to take solidarity action.

• Public ownership of essential industries, and taxation of the rich to fund renewable energy and environmental protection, decent public services, homes, education and jobs for all.

• A workers’ movement that fights all forms of oppression. Full equality for women, and social provision to free women from domestic labour. For reproductive justice: free abortion on demand; the right to choose when and whether to have children. Full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Indigenous control of idigenous affairs. Working class unity against racism.

• Free refugees, let them stay, right for workers to remain in Australia without insecurity of short term visas.

•Global solidarity against global capital — workers everywhere have more in common with each other than with their capitalist or Stalinist rulers.

• Democracy at every level of society, in trade unions, and from the smallest workplace or community to global social organisation.

• Equal rights for all nations, against imperialists and predators big and small.

• Maximum left unity in action, and openness in debate.

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Northcote By-election

Submitted by SJW on 21 November, 2017 - 12:17 Author: Riki Lane

In a historic loss for the ALP, Lidia Thorpe has won the inner city seat of Northcote for the Greens, taking their lower house members of parliament to three. The ALP had held the seat for 90 years, but there has been an ongoing process of gentrification and swings to the Greens in inner city suburbs in the large cities. State ALP figures are seriously concerned they could be forced into a coalition or minority government at the next election.

Religious right routed in Australian marriage equality “vote”

Submitted by SJW on 21 November, 2017 - 12:06 Author: Riki Lane
Marriage Equality

Australia’s “postal survey” on same-sex marriage saw a resounding victory for LGBTIQ equality: 61.6% said yes to marriage equality and over 12 million people (79.5%) participated in this voluntary, non-binding poll – a higher rate than the Brexit vote. All states had a yes majority, and 133/150 electorates voted yes, including almost all regional and rural ones.

Queensland votes on 25 November

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 8:51

The Labor minority government in the Australian state of Queensland has called an early election for the state’s unicameral parliament on 25 November.

Current polls show Labor at around 37% or 38% — what it had at the last election in 2015 — and the main conservative party, the LNP, down from 41% to 34% or 35%.

But the demagogic right-wing One Nation Party, Queensland’s equivalent of UKIP, is at 18% at some polls after going down to 0.9% in 2015.

Are Australian unions going to “Change the Rules”?

Submitted by Janet on 25 August, 2017 - 12:33 Author: Editorial

What a welcome surprise it is for union activists to hear defiance of the bosses, and passion for workers’ rights, from an ACTU Secretary, while she makes a point of attending picket lines and workers’ disputes. Is the movement going to be turned around after years of decline, and start to deliver surprises of substance for Australian workers?

Three big disputes

Submitted by Matthew on 13 July, 2017 - 2:13 Author: Bob Carnegie

The most important industrial disputes that I’ve been involved in were the 1985 SEQEB (South East Queensland Electricity Board) dispute; the maritime dispute of 1998; and the 63-day Queensland Children’s Hospital construction workers’ dispute of 2012, after which I had a long battle against both criminal charges and litigation for civil damages.

Three big disputes

Submitted by Matthew on 13 July, 2017 - 10:54 Author: Bob Carnegie

The most important industrial disputes that I’ve been involved in were the 1985 SEQEB (South East Queensland Electricity Board) dispute; the maritime dispute of 1998; and the 63-day Queensland Children’s Hospital construction workers’ dispute of 2012, after which I had a long battle against both criminal charges and litigation for civil damages.