Reasons to protest against both Labor and Liberal

News has come through that Gillard and Abbott are debating at Broncos Club tonight, Wednesday, 18 August 2010.

Protesters meeting at TAFE car park in Fulcher Rd Red Hill at 5:30pm.

Protest bipartisan support for war and racism.

Spread the word.

The debate tonight is on the economy.

The Labor government came to power during a capitalist recession. The recession was brought on by a financial crisis caused by policies of economic rationalism supported by all Australian governments since 1975. Even within the confines of social democracy Labor had a great chance to do something constructive to improve the lives of ordinary people hurt by the Howard years. But Labor has forgotten social democracy.

Instead Labor in power sold public assets in Queensland and elsewhere, harmed the environment on every criteria, sold out clean energy in favour of coal, said sorry but did nothing to help indigenous people gain their own economic base (the land), gave an open licence for bosses to hurt building workers by funding the Australia Building and Construction Commission, the list goes on . they snuffed out the light of social democracy on the hill and threw it on the scrap heap of global war and US alliance.

Unfortunately protest is one of the few tools we have left.

Protest has its limitations but the failure of parliament offers us few alternative.

Industrial action is the only power that ordinary people have, however our unions are run down and we lack political organisation – the Labor Party deserted us long ago and the Liberals are against us.

Abbott is fighting for the ruling class.

Read this charge sheet for treason by Julia Gillard against the class of her birth .

Character Evidence

A visit to Israel to secure donations from the local Zionist zealots to party funds and their silence about anything she might have once said about the Palestinians.

Now it turns out that the Zionist property developer (Albert Dadon) who organised the trip has found a job for Gillard’s other half.

On 29 June, Gillard goes on radio reassuring Jones’s constituency that she trooly really feels the pain of the racist paranoids against asylum seekers. Now she has the chance to put their policies into practice. Her government supports offshore processing of refugees and child detention.

Substantial offences against her class in Australia

· WorkChoices Lite under alias of FairWork ACT, both are in violation of ILO standards.

· Gillard supported the coercive powers of the Australian Building and Construct Commission ABCC at ACTU Congress in Brisbane last year

· Excluding OH&S from the terms of reference from the set-up inquiry to justify retaining the police-state powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

· Driving ahead with the persecution of Ark Tribe for refusing to dob in his mates for their defence of their health and safety.

· Introducing legislation to undermining of OH&S standards, thereby making herself complicit in the mass murder of working people.

· And doing a similar deal over workers’ compensation.

These anti-union drives link to her bullying of teachers in their action against NAPLAN and League Tables, with threats of fines on individual teachers who sought to protect students from her serial child abuse.

· Imposition of teaching to the test in place of education for the fullest social development of the individual. Under her non-de-crime of Gradgrind, she told a gathering of the Australian Industry Group:

“In the areas covered by my portfolios – early childhood education and childcare, schooling, training, universities, social inclusion, employment participation and workplace cooperation – are all ultimately about the same thing: productivity’. I’m going to be measuring policies against the all-important criteria of how effectively they increase national productivity”.*

So, even pre-school children are sacrificed to her ideal of profit maximisation.

Journalists have been asking, what does Gillard stand for?

The answer is profit maximization, as does the rest of the ALP (ie the Anti-Labour Party). We are not seeing tactical manoeuvres but three years of strategic implementation.

Gillard may not be more vicious towards the working class than Howard but she is more dangerous because she knows how the ALP and the union movement work.

Not since Hawke has there been a graver threat.

Gillard’s performance puts her into the same gender as Julie Bishop (mis-education), Pauline Hanson (refugees) and Margaret Thatcher (union bashing).

Beyond these particulars, never forget that the parliamentary circus is not where power resides in a class society.

You may ask why this article contracts on the Labor Government under Gillard and not the Liberals under Abbott. The Liberals offer no choice for ordinary people. They reduced our pay and conditions during the boom times for capital so that they could pay for the next recession. Well it’s here and a Liberal government will just turn the screws harder.

Ian Curr
August 2010

With thanks to comrades for their articles that list political failures of Australian political parties.

*Quotes from Tom Dusevic, The Great Gillard experiment, The Best Australian Political writing 2009, MUP.

3 thoughts on “Reasons to protest against both Labor and Liberal

  1. Hello Briannah,

    Five Facts were federal Labor and Liberal parties are similar.

    1) Labor and Liberal parties support capitalism. They support the privatisation of profit and the socialisation of losses. For example Labor and Liberal privatise public assets to make large profits e.g. Sale of Queensland Rail.

    Recently Labor and Liberal supported the bail-out of large financial institutions during the golbal financial crises.

    2) Labor and Liberal support the US alliance and US military bases on Australian soil i.e. at Pine Gap. For the sake of the US alliance both parties support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Similarly Labor and Liberal parties support the state of Israeli and therefore the apartheid policies against the Palestinian people.

    3) Labor and Liberal parties support parliamentary democracy and oppose democracy in any other form such as direct democracy and workers control in the workplace.

    4) Labor and Liberal parties refuse to enter into a treaty with the first nation indigenous people of Australia. They deny aboriginal land rights where sovereignty and self determination is maintained by indigenous people. For example the Yort Yorta and Quandamooka Land Rights claims.

    5) Labor and Liberal parties have always elected ‘anglos’ to be their leader and therefore to be Prime Minister. No aboriginal person or non-european has ever been elected Prime Minister. The only non-european to be elected Premier of a state was in Victoria where Steve Bracks was a labor premier. Steve Bracks is of Lebanese descent but hardly anyone knows it.

    There are many other similarities but these are the main ones.

    Ian Curr
    Spetember 2010

  2. i have a sose assignment.

    the topic question is ” the federal Australian labor party and Australian liberal party are essentially the same” argue.

    and i am struggling to find 5 facts to argue.

    [Editor’s Note: SOSE = Studies of Society and The Environment]

  3. Labor government votes a shameful “no” against the Goldstone Report says:

    The Australian Labor government led by Julia Gillard votes a shameful “no” against the Goldstone Report together with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United States. See how others voted below.

    Voting on Goldstone Report

    In favour:

    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Against:

    Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United States.

    Abstain:

    Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay.

    Absent:

    Bhutan, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

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