Alex Bainbridge

Before the “super Saturday” byelections on July 28, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was saying the outcome would be a “test of leadership”. Then he lost all five contests and changed his tune.

The Labor government and the Liberal National Party opposition both suffered swings against them in the November 25 Queensland election.

The most striking lesson to take home from the recent UK election is that left wing ideas can win popular support in an advanced capitalist country today. They said Socialism was dead but veteran socialist Corbyn is proving them wrong.

Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election.

More than 800 police carried out simultaneous raids on houses in Sydney and Brisbane on September 18. Fifteen people were detained as a result, but only two were charged.

As Invasion Day approaches, Murri leader and Socialist Alliance Aboriginal rights spokesperson Sam Watson told Green Left Weekly that January 26 was “only a date when a motley collection of boats made landfall on Gadigal country to establish the colony of NSW”.

The internal rifts inside the Liberal Party means the task of building a stronger socialist left in this country is even more urgent.

The political and economic power of big corporations has to be defeated and replaced by the democratic and popular power of “the 99%”.

Public disgust at Bronwyn Bishop's $5000 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong is entirely justified. However, Tony Abbott's “root and branch” review of politicians' “entitlements” is designed to whitewash, not solve, the problem.

Arguably the best approach we can take to help create the conditions for a mass left-wing break to occur is to build the social movements.

Unprincipled preference deals are often done, sometimes even by parties that purport to do politics differently.

The dramatic dumping of the Liberal National Party government of Campbell Newman in Queensland has starkly revealed the ongoing popular opposition to the Coalition's program of cutbacks and privatisation. It has thrown the federal Liberals into a leadership crisis.