Monday, March 23, 2009

Media Release: Communist Alliance registered

In recent days, the Australian Electoral Commission approved the application of the newly formed Communist Alliance, a decision which will see communist candidates contesting seats at the next federal election.

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) is the largest of a number of organisations making up the Alliance. CPA (SA) State Secretary, Bob Briton, says the registration of the Alliance gives the Australian people the opportunity to cast a vote for genuinely progressive and working class candidates.

"It's been a number of years since a communist contested a seat in a federal or state election, but with the global economic crisis deepening, we think people are seriously questioning the ability of the major political parties to manage society. The majority of Australian voters want to elect people that represent their interests rather than those of big business and finance,” he said.

"The CPA has a thorough political program which has been democratically developed over many years. It's an advanced program that is based primarily on democratic rights, social justice and sound economic management. Unlike the major political parties, we see the basic needs of working people and families as paramount."

"Among other economically responsible reforms, we are calling for a national super scheme and the nationalisation of the banking sector. We think that these are important first steps in securing the economic livelihoods of all Australians," said Mr. Briton.

"We believe the major crisis we’re presently facing shouldn't be narrowly described as merely a crisis of finance; it is yet another in a long line of crises brought on by an economic system that is being called into serious question by millions of people around the world. We need a government that will protect its citizens from the worst excesses of this flawed system while building a prosperous future for all Australians," said Mr. Briton.

"The Communist Alliance will run candidates in South Australia and around the country. We expect to receive substantial support at the ballot box. The Australian people believe in the idea of a fair go for all and we're the only political organisation with a program that can achieve it," he said.

"The Communist Party of Australia was at the forefront of major democratic rights movements through most of the last century and we intend to play a similar role into the future," he added.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Taking Issue with Rann's water plan

While its supporters argue that Mike Rann’s state government has no choice but to build a desalination plant at Port Stanvac in the Gulf of St. Vincent, the plant’s opponents argue that its impact on the marine environment alone is reason enough to pull the plug on the project. They maintain that there is an obvious alternative. Go to our box widget on the right to stream in your browser or listen via our podcast page. You can also subscribe to our feed in iTunes.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Support Australian manufacturing jobs!

Clothing manufacturer Pacific Brands' announcement to shed 1850 manufacturing jobs is yet another example of industry putting profit before people. They argue that they cannot afford to maintain production in Australia yet they can pay their executives in excess of $1.5million dollars per annum. Their move overseas is a rort and morally disgusting.

Click here to visit the TCFUA's campaign website and sign the petition.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Wage Labour and Capital

The writings of Karl Marx are as relevant today as they were when this was written in 1847. Printed in the U.S.S.R by Progress Publishers (Moscow) in 1981, Wage Labour & Capital is a must read for anyone looking for a thorough understanding of the role and place of labour and "labour power" in a capitalist economy.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Taking Issue with Pacific Brands

In this episode of Taking Issue we look at the sacking of 1850 workers by Australian manufacturer Pacific Brands. The company announced this week that it plans to move its operation offshore. You can stream from our box widget on the right or here at our podcast site. Alternatively, you can subscribe in iTunes here.

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