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Australia has escaped recession for more than two decades, despite the impact of the Asian and global financial crises on the world's economies.

Indian feminist and socialist Kavita Krishnan was the keynote speaker at the People's Power in the “Asian Century” seminar in Sydney on June 7. The seminar was held as part of the Socialist Alliance’s 10th national conference over the weekend of June 7-9.

The turnout and energy at the March in May rallies on May 18 proved that people are not going to take this budget lying down.

And so it begins — an offensive, on behalf of the Australian ruling class and corporate interests, to steal the future from the majority of Australians, to dismantle what remains of our social welfare system, in order to carry out, in the words of Treasurer Joe Hockey, "the government's solemn duty ... to build a stronger Australia".

The March in March protests across Australia over March 15-17 were a resounding success – not just because of their size, focus and breadth.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at vigils around Australia over the weekend of February 22 to 23 to protest the brutal killing of asylum seeker Reza Berati inside the Manus Island detention camp in Papua New Guinea.

Socialist Alliance will run three candidates in the March 9 elections in Western Australia. The main message of the campaign is that the state government should take steps to bring the big mining companies operating in the state into public ownership.

The mining industry in Australia has boomed from about 4% of GDP in 2004 to about 9% today. Mining exports in the year to March last year were worth $155 billion, or 53% of Australia's total exports.

Socialist Alliance supports and campaigns for:

  • The closure of all unconventional gas mines, along with a retraining plan for workers in the industry.
  • A royal commission into the full impacts of unconventional gas.
  • A ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and similar stimulation techniques for unconventional gas mining.
  • No new gas. Investment in energy must be limited to technologies that can move us to a zero emissions economy.