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Issue #1852      December 12, 2018

New Year’s greetings from the CPA

On behalf of the Communist Party of Australia, we would like to wish you every success in your struggles in 2019. This year has witnessed attack after attack on the interests of working people, their incomes and job security, their access to public health and education, housing and other basic needs. The country is still at war, at the service of US imperialism, and the refugees from those conflicts and others are still abused through and during offshore detention. The Aboriginal people of the country still struggle for land rights and basic respect before the law and other institutions. The Australian government has moved to increase surveillance on the people and in every way shore up defences for a system in crisis.

In defiance of this, people are fighting back in Australia and around the world. This year hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets to protest the federal government’s war on workers and their trade unions. It is quite likely 2019 will see the end of the Coalition government in Canberra. But the election of a Shorten government does not guarantee that the “rules” currently used to stifle workers’ rights will be lifted. It certainly won’t change the rotten system that imposed those rules in the first place. All over the world, struggles are crying out for clear leadership to get beyond capitalism to a new system based on workers’ interests and power. In 2019 we will be increasing our efforts to build the CPA into such a leading force. If ever you’ve thought of joining us in this mighty challenge, make 2019 the year it happens!

Bob Briton, General Secretary
Vinnie Molina, National President

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