The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is holding its last national public meeting of the federal election campaign this Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. (AEST). SEP candidates and party leaders will present the socialist and revolutionary alternative to the right-wing, pro-business and militarist policies of Labour, Liberal-National and all parliamentary parties. Register now to attend this crucial meeting.
The official campaign for the election was the most right wing in Australian history. All major parties are united on ‘let it rip’ COVID policies that have resulted in the preventable deaths of up to 20 million people worldwide. As they claim the pandemic is over, tens of thousands of people in Australia are infected every day and dozens are perishing, joining the more than 5,000 lives lost this year.
COVID policies are dictated solely by corporate and banking interests. Labour, Liberals and Greens have pledged to send workers to unsafe workplaces so profits can be made. And children must be threatened by a deadly virus, so that their parents can go to work.
The same profit-driven logic is at work in all other aspects of the official campaign. Labor and the Liberals promise nothing to deal with the education and health crisis or the soaring cost of living. Instead, they support tax cuts for the ultra-rich and subsidies for big business.
The main parties are competing to determine who is best placed to carry out sweeping pro-corporate restructuring and social spending cuts to force the working class to pay for the hundreds of billions handed out to corporations during the pandemic.
Labour, Liberals and Greens also support Australia’s frontline involvement in advanced US plans for war against China aimed at securing the hegemony of US imperialism. Liberal Defense Minister Peter Dutton said on Anzac Day that there was a need to “prepare for war” with nuclear-armed China. Labor agreed, but said they would build up the army faster than the government.
The dynamic was clear in the fury that erupted over the Solomon Islands signing a security pact with China. The government, along with the United States, has threatened the small Pacific nation with regime change and even invasion. Labor said the signing of the pact was the “greatest foreign policy failure” of an Australian government since the Second World War.
The SEP is the only party in this election fighting to mobilize the working class against the dangers of a catastrophic world war and to unite them with workers around the world in an international anti-war movement based on a socialist perspective.
The SEP has actively pushed forward a socialist action agenda for the working class, intervening in the election among striking NSW teachers, on the bus driver picket line in Victoria, in universities, working-class neighborhoods and industrial workplaces.
The SEP is the only party to tell the truth: nothing will be resolved by this election. The campaign is not about getting as many MPs as possible, but about building the revolutionary working class leadership needed in the emerging struggles in Australia and around the world against the rising cost of living , attacks on social conditions, wage cuts, interest rate hikes and the daily threat of mass infection and death from the pandemic.
At the meeting, senior members of the SEP will talk about the global context in which the elections are taking place and outline the socialist and internationalist program of the party. Sufficient time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Register today!
Contact the PES:
Authorized by Cheryl Crisp for the Socialist Equality Party, Suite 906, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.