Australian politicians explain why they support SEP
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is campaigning to overturn undemocratic election laws hastily passed by the Australian parliament on August 26. Behind the backs of the working class, the Labor Party joined Morrison’s Liberal / National coalition government in pushing through these laws. both chambers of parliament in less than 24 hours.
The legislation threatens the delisting of all political parties without MPs, unless they submit a list of 1,500 members, three times the previous number, by December 2. These laws affect the SEP and 35 other political parties.
The laws also grant the Australian Election Commission and any other previously registered political party the right to veto parties that use common words, such as “socialist” or “communist” in their name, if used. by another party.
In the latest interviews, longtime electoral members discuss their opposition to the laws and reopening policy in Australia, which have allowed COVID-19 to spread across the county. They discuss their experiences meeting the party and why they joined as electoral members.
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The SEP spoke to Bernard, a longtime electoral member, about how he met the party.
“I was on Lygon Street, across from the Readings bookstore, when a member selling the Worker News. He wanted to talk to me about the political state of affairs, it was during the privatizations in Australia in the 90s. I said, “I’m going to have to go get some money. I will be back. ”And I did.
“I was angry with the sale of government banks and airlines. Much has been said about the supposed benefits of privatization, as happened in Britain. However, the results were, of course, the decrease in services and accessibility compared to hospitals. It is a scam by capitalist governments.
“I was a member of the Labor Party. I had joined under the influence of my father; he was sort of the right wing of the Labor Party. And I went to the left, I was a little radicalized by the Vietnam War.
“I have become more aware of the inner workings of capitalism, that it allows no alternative, no compromise. He devoured everything, an insatiable monster that I could see.
“The Labor Party was working with privatization,” he said. Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s price and income deals “made it clear that they accepted it.” The agreements were part of an offensive against the working class, which illegalized the strike and reduced real wages. It paved the way for the privatization of key infrastructure, including the Commonwealth Bank and Qantas.
“I knew privatization was an international phenomenon. My wife had worked at the Working Women’s Center through the church on the free zones. She had participated in study tours of these free zones where workers were obviously very exploited, and overwhelmingly. She has toured in Japan, the Philippines and off China, possibly Hong Kong. he said.
“In 1998, I became a reader of the World Socialist Web Site. It revealed how capitalism and militarism went hand in hand, grabbing increasing amounts of the world’s resources for the benefit of a small elite. He brought a socialist conscience to people around the world.
“In 2003, the war in Iraq, despite the large number of protests, continued. Weapons of mass destruction have been absolutely proven to be a bunch of lies. And the barbarity of the war was made evident by the mind-boggling revelations of Assange. Yet he is being prosecuted and they kept him in jail for telling the truth. It is an absolute scandal.
Bernard explained why people should join the party as an electoral member, saying, “Oppression is an inexorable process under capitalism – there is no escape unless the socialist governments of the people, by the people and for the people do not gain the upper hand. “
PES spoke with Joshua, 39, currently working as an arborist. “I oppose these laws; they come at a time of heightened class tensions and aim to silence any opposition to the status quo. The ruling class never lets a crisis spoil!
“As for restricting terms like socialist or communist, that sabotages any development of a left alternative to capitalism.” He continued, “Being registered under a party’s name should be a right, not a ‘privilege’. They determine who has the privileges to operate in this so-called democracy.
“The parliamentary system is collapsing. The policy of reformism, advanced by the Labor Party and the unions traditionally had broad support, it came to nothing and now they have turned against the working class. Now you see figures like Trump and Johnson being promoted and a shift towards dictatorial methods of government.
Asked about his thoughts on the policy of reopening COVID-19, he said, “Wherever they follow the mantra, ‘the cure cannot be worse than the disease’ and let it tear itself apart. There are also cynical calculations that it will remove “deadwood” from the population, thereby reducing the burden on health care and pensions over time.
The interview took place a day after the fascist anti-containment protests that took place in major cities. Joshua commented, “All anti-vax positions are mixed with right-wing and conspiracy theories such as Q-Anon. There is an absurd attempt to present the problem as a bottom-up problem, rather than a left-to-right problem. But this papers on important class differences. Left-wing politics are concerned with the struggle for equality, while right-wing politics are based on identity politics, be it Arianism, feminism, etc.
“There is mass opposition to these protests, but there is no political outlet for it. What is needed is a socialist orientation. Hence the need to silence the voice of the SEP, which is the only party that gives the necessary voice to the working class.