“The working class must have a political voice, which the ruling class through its latest legislation is seeking to stifle.”
Amid the global resurgence of COVID-19, anti-democratic bills have been rushed through Australia’s parliament to suppress opposition to the criminal “reopening” drive by the capitalist class.
The laws seek to strip party registration from all those political parties, including the Socialist Equality Party, that do not currently have parliamentary representation, by trebling the number of members required from 500 to 1,500 to be officially recognised.
The SEP has always opposed these laws, which give the state apparatus the power to decide which parties have support in the population. Under protest, however, we have submitted the names of 500 electoral members in time for each election in order to exercise our right to stand candidates under our party name.
The working class must have a political voice, which the ruling class through its latest legislation is seeking to stifle. The opposition to the dictates of big business and its political servants needs to be guided by a socialist program that puts the social needs of working people—above all their health and lives—ahead of the private profits of the wealthy few. The SEP alone fights for this perspective.
Our party fights:
● For a scientific program to eradicate the coronavirus pandemic against the criminal, “herd immunity” policies of the ruling elite.
● For an end to militarism and war.
● Against all forms of nationalism and racism and for the unity of the international working-class.
● For the social rights of the working class, including quality, free education and healthcare for all, and a decent, full-time job with permanent conditions for those able to work.
● For a workers’ government and socialism, that is a society in which the working-class democratically controls the wealth that it produces, not the banks and the billionaires.
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The Socialist Equality Party is conducting an intensive campaign against the new anti-democratic electoral laws pushed through the Australian parliament.
These laws seek to restrict and control the use of “socialist” and “communist”—names associated with the strivings and struggles of the working class internationally for two centuries.
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“We deserve to have a revolutionary movement that lifts the world out of the dark ages.”
“The Socialist Equality Party is the only political party that is warning workers and young people about the dangers of war.”
The anti-democratic electoral laws, designed to deregister most political parties, are a bid to suppress opposition to the major parties that are responsible for the upsurge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think that it’s important for me to take a stand and joining the SEP, as an electoral member, was one way that I could do that.”
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) intensified its campaign against Australia’s new anti-democratic electoral laws with a well-attended online public meeting on Sunday September 19. Those logging in came from across Australia, as well as from New Zealand, Britain and the US. Many were attending their first SEP meeting with numerous enthusiastic chat messages and several deciding after the event to apply to become electoral members.
“It’s important to achieve social equality and give a voice to the working class, because it doesn’t have one in modern society,” Bianca, a new SEP electoral member, said.
SEP (Australia) electoral members condemn anti-democratic legislation as “both cynical and sinister in intent”
“More than anything the ruling class and the political parties that support it want to prevent a socialist perspective and Marxist analysis being presented in elections.”
SEP electoral members denounce Australia’s anti-democratic laws: “We need a political voice for the working class”
“The numerous inequalities that are currently acceptable must be challenged and overturned. The SEP is the future,” said a former Labor Party member.
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“Smaller parties are being squeezed out. Those in the fight against corporate interests and media and industry interests, are being silenced.”