Socialist Alliance

GREEN LEFT REPORT #9: Feminism's resurgence, Venezuelan eyewitness + more

This episode focuses on feminism's resurgence and Venezuela's unfolding revolution. It includes activist news on Stop CSG protests, Global Noise protests, plus Carlo Sands on the European Union's Nobel Peace prize win, and a performance by 1000 eyes at Occupy.

From Beirut to Paris - your wars are our dead: Socialist Alliance statement on terror attacks

The Socialist Alliance and its youth wing, Resistance, expresses our solidarity with the people of Paris and Beirut who were targeted in back-to-back acts of terror by ISIS forces in the past few days.

In Paris, coordinated bombing and shootings at six separate locations on November 14 killed 129 people and injured 200 others. In Beirut, 43 people were killed and more than 200 injured in two suicide bomb attacks just 24 hours earlier.

We condemn these acts of violence.

Socialist Alliance New England Workshops

As concerned humanity mobilises across the globe for workable solutions on climate change, Socialist Alliance New England (SANE) has organised a weekend of workshops on 28th and 29th November.

SANE, over three workshops, will reappraise socialism as our species faces its greatest collective threat in history.

Event date: 
Sat, 28/11/2015 - 1:00pm - Sun, 29/11/2015 - 1:00pm
Event time: 
Sat, 28/11/2015 - 1:00pm
Bea on 0458 752 680

Kobanê needs the world. The world needs Kobanê.

Peter Boyle speaking at World Kobanê Day rally, Sydney, November 1.

Peter Boyle gave this speech on behalf of Socialist Alliance at the Sydney rally for World Kobanê Day on November 1.

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I am here to bring you greetings from the Socialist Alliance and the progressive newspaper Green Left Weekly.

GLW campaign stalls & Politics in the Pub!

Friday evening campaign stalls & Politics in the Pub!

Over the past few months we've had a focus on ramping up our campaigning with Australia’s best newspaper - Green Left Weekly, improving our collective knowledge of topical issues and doing more collective fun activities together as a branch.

Event date: 
Fri, 13/11/2015 - 4:30pm
Event time: 
Fri, 13/11/2015 - 4:30pm
0406 361 206

Radical Ideas Conference

A 3-day conference of discussion, debate and ideas for radical change organised by Resistance Young Socialist Alliance. See conference website for full program:

When: December 4-6, 2015

Where: Resistance Activist Centre, 22 Mountain St, Ultimo, ph Mia 0406 160 496

Event date: 
Fri, 04/12/2015 - 9:00am - Sun, 06/12/2015 - 7:00am
Event time: 
Fri, 04/12/2015 - 9:00am

Our Common Cause: Winning rainbow liberation

The recent knifing of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull held a brief glimpse of hope for marriage equality in Australia. Unfortunately, the change of PM did not bring any change of policy, and the Liberal Party’s homophobic agenda has remained the same.

Turnbull professes to personally support marriage equality, but has asked the rainbow community to wait for a plebiscite until after the federal elections. This amounts to a position worse than Abbott who was dragged kicking and screaming to agree to a plebiscite together with the elections.

Greens deal mars its election to Mayor on Moreland Council

Moreland councilors voted on October 26 to elect Sam Ratnam as the first Green Mayor. Left Labor councilor Lita Gillies was voted in as her deputy.

I voted for the Green Mayor to break the stranglehold of the two big-business parties, Liberal and Labor. The Labor Party has controlled the Moreland council for many years.

However I was surprised that, immediately after electing the Mayor, the Greens councillors voted for Liberal Party councillor Rob Thompson to be her deputy.

Genuine democracy means challenging corporate control

Most people think that democracy and elections are pretty much the same thing. The truth is that any meaningful push for genuine democracy would require a lot more than just electoral reform.

The change of prime minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull shows that a change of leader means very little in terms of actual policy change. And this is not because the policies they push are popular.

We need a change of government: not just a change from the Liberals to Labor, but a change from corporate power to people power.

Geelong socialist wins over 5% in council vote

Former police prosecutor Peter Murrihy is the new councillor for the Kildare ward after winning the recent by-election in the Greater Geelong Council. Murrihy defeated 10 other candidates to win the safe Liberal ward with 27.41% of the primary vote.

Although Murrihy said he was politically unaffiliated, he received preferences from Liberal Party member Trent Sullivan. Much was made in the local media of the fact that Murrihy put forward no political promises or commitments during his campaign.

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