The DSP seeks to build a mass revolutionary socialist party that is capable of organising the Australian working class to bring into being a socialist society through replacing the political rule of the capitalist class with a working people’s government.
Democratic Socialist Perspective (Australia) statement in response to the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka
June 12, 2009 -- The Democratic Socialist Perspective (DSP) -- a Marxist organisation affiliated to the Socialist Alliance of Australia -- supports the right of Tamils to self-determination. We have campaigned in solidarity with the Tamil people for several decades. For example, at the time of the 1983 massacre the DSP worked with the Tamil community in Australia to organise protests. This year too, the DSP, Socialist Alliance and Resistance worked closely with Tamil communities, including helping organise rallies, to highlight the calls for a ceasefire and for self-determination.
May 5, 2009
All supporters of democracy and social justice have reason to be concerned by the recent events in the republic of Nepal.
The military high command, backed by right-wing parties tied to the country’s elite, has openly defied the authority of the elected civilian government, led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M).
May Day greetings from the Democratic Socialist Perspective, a Marxist tendency in the Socialist Alliance in Australia.
May Day this year takes place amidst the most severe economic crisis for capitalism since the 1930s. At the same time, the very survival of humanity is now threatened by catastrophic climate change that cannot be solved without fundamental social change. It has never been more clear that capitalism is not working.
More photos of the conference taken by Alex Bainbridge can be viewed here.
Several participants at the World at a Crossroads conference*, held in Sydney on April 10-12, remarked that the conference could not have been better named. As the world economy lurches into a deep recession, and the looming climate emergency reaches a crisis point, the world truly is at a crossroads. The future will be decided in the conflict between the greedy capitalist elites and those around the world fighting for a far better world — a world free of racism, war and environmental plunder.
Hundreds of progressive activists and socialists from around the globe will descend on Sydney over Easter, for this year’s most important discussion on capitalism’s crises and the socialist solutions.
From the revolutions in Latin America, to resisting imperialism and war in Pakistan and Palestine, to confronting the ecological crisis in North America and India, representatives from more than a dozen countries will give a strong international flavour to discussions on topics vital to the future of humanity.
Even while most Australians were on their Xmas-New Year holidays, our comrades were scrambled to help build a mass response to the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. We helped organise mass protests all around the country, including one of the early biggest protests in the Western world, the 5,000-strong protest in Sydney on December 29. A second round of demonstrations drew 10,000 in Sydney, 8,000 in Melbourne.
Israel’s killing must stop! End ties with the racist Israeli state!
The Socialist Alliance condemns the Israeli massacre in the Gaza strip, which has left at least 400 people dead and 2000 more injured. We call on the Rudd government to also condemn this slaughter and to break Australian economic, diplomatic, military and cultural ties with the Israeli apartheid state.
By Duroyan Fertl and Dick Nichols
Over the weekend of 5-7 December, more than 150 people attended the Sixth Socialist Alliance national conference, held in the Geelong Trades Hall. The conference opened against the backdrop of the Alliance’s promising results in the November 29 Victorian local government elections, in which its candidates scored up to 18.9%.
The conference began with a special public seminar, "Financial meltdown: what working class response?", addressed by David Spratt, from Carbon Equity and co-author of Climate Code Red, economist and Victorian National Tertiary Education Union president Jamie Doughney and Pip Hinman, from the Socialist Alliance.
The DSP sent a delegation of three comrades to an international conference on socialism on November 7-9 hosted by the Socialist Party Malaysia (PSM) in Kuala Lumpur.The conference attracted socialists from different political tendencies and several countries. The DSP delegation comprised DSP Assistant National Secretary Lisa Macdonald, Links editor Terry Townsend and Merrilyn Treasure. Below is a report by Choo Chon Kai of the International Bureau of the PSM.
By Peter Boyle
“This strategy is designed to help pensioners, carers and families, and first home buyers”, declared Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his October 14 address to the nation. Rudd was announcing a $10.4 billion “economic security strategy” in response to the global financial crisis.