Gender Equality

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.

Socialist Alliance is running in the Queensland elections to help build an anti-capitalist current in Queensland and national politics.

Kavita Krishnan has become a well-known international spokesperson for the movement against sexual violence in India that grew after an horrific, internationally-publicised, gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012.

Over the past five years, more than 500 complaints of sexual assault — including 145 complaints of rape on campus — were made to the university administrations of several high-profile universities across NSW, ACT, Victoria and WA. Of these allegations, End Rape on Campus reported that only six cases — just 1.2% — resulted in the expulsion of the alleged perpetrators.

If #Libspill can be summed up as the “madness of Abbott”, we have to recognise that this and other symptoms of political “madness” (such as Trump) are expressions of the dangerous times we live in.

A socialist educational conference, “How to make a revolution”, is being held in Brisbane over December 13 to 15.

As parliament wound up for the year, the Coalition government was desperate to salvage a symbolic “win” in the Senate to save some face. It was reeling from the defeat of the one-term Liberal government in Victoria, which was seen as a vote against Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the second most populous state in Australia.

Safe access zones alone will not be enough to improve access to abortion, while the procedure remains in the criminal codes of those states and generally inaccessible through the public hospital system.

As essential steps towards complete gender equality, the Socialist Alliance campaigns for:

Equality and justice in the workplace
  1. Real equal pay for work of equal or comparable value.
  2. Automatic wage indexation that corresponds to real cost-of-living increases.
  3. Increase the minimum wage to enough to support a family.
  4. Abolish the youth wage because it damages the wellbeing of young women, and especially that of young mothers and their children.

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

Socialist Alliance is running in the Queensland elections to help build an anti-capitalist current in Queensland and national politics.

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".