Marxism 2017 conference draws more than 1,000 attendees

Tom Bramble Socialist Alternative hosted the Marxism 2017 conference in Melbourne over the Easter weekend, drawing together radicals and activists from around Australia and the world. More than 1,200 tickets were sold and it was standing room only at some of the meetings. Several hundred people heard...CONTINUE READING

Marxism 2017 conference off to a flying start

Tom Bramble The 2017 Marxism conference got off to a flying start in Melbourne tonight. Four hundred people packed into a big theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in South Melbourne to hear a panel of speakers talk about “Crisis, global resistance and the fight against the right”. First...CONTINUE READING

Making sense of One Nation

Tom Bramble The return of Pauline Hanson to the centre of Australian politics was one of the major developments of 2016. Although One Nation polled less than 5 percent of the Senate vote at the July federal election, it won four seats and now has a powerful position on the crossbench. One Nation’s rec...CONTINUE READING

Breaking unjust laws is a no-brainer

Tom Bramble Listen to the Coalition squeal like stuck pigs when the incoming ACTU secretary Sally McManus dares to state the bleeding obvious: unjust laws should be broken in the fight for social justice. Employment minister Michaelia Cash said that McManus’ comments were “outrageous”. Environment and...CONTINUE READING

The truth about the Iraq war

Tom Bramble President Trump and his cronies are masters of “alternative facts”. But they’re not the first. Fifteen years ago, the offices of president George W. Bush, British prime minister Tony Blair and Australian PM John Howard ran a sustained propaganda campaign to justify the pending invasion and...CONTINUE READING

Labor betrays women in Queensland

Tom Bramble Once again, Queensland’s politicians have squibbed the opportunity to decriminalise abortion. For more than 40 years, activists have been campaigning to remove sections 224 to 226 from the Criminal Code. They make women having an abortion, doctors performing one or anyone who assists a wom...CONTINUE READING

Fair Work and the horrible history of arbitration

Tom Bramble The cuts to penalty rates by the Fair Work Commission are not the first anti-working class decisions taken by this body and they won’t be the last. The Fair Work Commission and its predecessor organisations have for more than a century attacked workers’ wages, undermined conditions of empl...CONTINUE READING

From social justice champion to huckster for the banks

Tom Bramble Australia’s big banks stink to high heaven. Their mega-profits and sky-high CEO salaries have been funded by every kind of corrupt practice – ripping off the elderly and vulnerable, forcing people out of their homes, foreclosing on farms and small businesses, and denying the dying vital li...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s China aggression drawing Australia closer to war

Tom Bramble The Trump administration appears set on a confrontation with China sooner rather than later, and the Turnbull government has given every indication that it will be riding shotgun with the US when that happens. These are dangerous times. Even before Trump was elected, he had made clear his...CONTINUE READING