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Party Statements – 2020

 

CPA greeting to the PCP XXI Congress

CPA International Department

December 22, 2020

Jerónimo de Sousa
General Secretary
Portuguese Communist Party, PCP
By email: internacional@pcp.pt

Dear comrade,

On behalf of the Communist Party of Australia, please receive warm fraternal greetings to your XXI Congress, taking place from the 27th to the 29th of November, 2020. We wish you fruitful deliberations of your comprehensive Congress discussion points, and every success in charting the way towards a socialist future.

We have read with interest the lengthy list of issues put forward in the PCP Central Committee’s resolution to be discussed and debated at your Congress. Our party grapples with a very similar list of issues only in the somewhat different circumstances of the Australian context. While the task ahead is not easy and the capitalist offensive unrelenting, we are confident that our comrades in the PCP will continue to make great strides in their political work under the guidance of Marxist-Leninist principles.

PCP’s leadership in the workers’ struggle in defence of their rights and sovereignty for the building of a patriotic alternative for workers’ democracy based on the April Values for socialism and communism.

We offer our complete solidarity to all your struggles.

We greatly value our fraternal relations with the PCP and look forward to the outcome of your XXI Congress.

Long live the PCP! Long live working-class internationalism!

Vinnie Molina
Communist Party of Australia, CPA
International Department


CFMMEU Sydney raids

CPA statement

November 21-22, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and NSW Police raids on the offices and homes of CFMMEU union officials. These raids are politically motivated attempts to intimidate unionists and workers, and are another product of the Coalition Government’s agenda of attacks against the trade union movement and workers’ democratic rights, which continues to intensify.

Politically motivated raids, carried out regularly in front of families and children are weapons of terror by government agencies and have become all too frequent – raids against whistleblowers like Witness K and Bernard Collaery; against journalists and media including Annika Smethurst and the ABC; and recently against Chinese journalists; against ALP parliamentarian Shaoquett Moselmane on unsubstantiated and hyperbolic allegations of foreign influence; as well as raids of the Canberra and Brisbane offices of the CFMEU.

The Canberra and Brisbane raids did not turn up any evidence of wrongdoing by the CFMEU and no charges were laid. The Canberra raid was even determined by the ACT Supreme Court to be an unlawful act on the part of the AFP. But clearly, this has not deterred the AFP from continuing to pursue its role in the Coalition government’s offensive against the CFMMEU and the union movement as a whole.

The government’s multi-pronged offensive also features the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which has pursued endless legal harassment and extortionate fines against not only the union organisation, but also individual union officials and workers. For doing their jobs and fighting for workers’ rights, unionists face outrageous fines, threats of jail time, and (as we see) violation of their homes by police which can be traumatising for them and their families.

The AFP displays hypocrisy in its priorities. It appears to have exercised plenty of restraint when it comes to investigating any of the many recent corruption scandals involving government or Liberal Party officials; yet it jumps at the chance to harass unions, journalists, and whistleblowers.

The Coalition government’s reactionary offensive against democratic rights is a vile danger which must be denounced.

We note these attacks are occurring at the same time as industry bargaining is underway and the Party further condemns the use of state forces in swaying the rights of workers to genuinely bargain in their future interests. We stand in solidarity with the CFMMEU in the face of this unacceptable campaign of attacks.

CPA Central Committee Executive


No vision or Plan for the future.

A budget of missed opportunities!

CPA Press Release

October 9, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia condemns the “Big spend” that delivers little to nothing for working people in this country. Currently with low interest rates a spend of this magnitude had potential to deliver but this budget misses the mark said Andrew Irving, General Secretary of the CPA.

The opportunity to spend with vision to position Australia towards a more productive, vibrant and sustainable future disappeared at the hands of the Government. This budget confirms the lack of talent and vision of the people running this country.

While China, Europe and others start to meet climate challenges – Australia has been named the worst performing of all OECD countries on climate change. Instead the government increases military spending.

This budget will do nothing to put the country in a position to meet the inevitable future crises like more bush fires, more pandemics. It fails even to address the present COVID challenges that will persist if COVID continues unabated and without a vaccine.

There is no plan for social housing; no plan for cheaper, cleaner energy; no plan for childcare or to address the crisis in aged care and no plan for jobs. The only plan is to give to the wealthier end of town and push jobseekers further into further poverty.

The budget reads like a corporate budget that sets the scene for the further privatisation of government with most of the spending spree directed to the private sector. The emerging deficit at $213 billion and over $1 trillion in debt by 2024 are massive, but they are not an issue with interest rates so low. Or they would not be if the government were spending this money wisely. It is not.

The focus of the budget should be jobs and higher incomes for those who are struggling, who are in need. While Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s sprouts the rhetoric that “This budget is all about jobs,” the measures fall far short of this claim, in fact they are more likely to increase unemployment!

“The Communist Party of Australia is calling for spending on social priorities that can make a real difference to people’s lives such as affordable public housing, properly resourced public hospitals and free quality public aged care and spending on preventative healthcare, mental health and expansion of the PBS. The CPA is calling for the abolition of all University and TAFE fees, expanded apprenticeships and increased spending on arts and sports and free childcare,” said Vinnie Molina, CPA president.

The Communist Party calls for serious action on the climate crisis such as building infrastructure for renewable energy networks and expansion of public transport both in public ownership and an end to subsidies to mining companies and new taxes on the resource sector to pay to remediate environmental damage.

For media comment contact:
CPA General Secretary – Andrew Irving on 0419523886 or
CPA President – Vinnie Molina on 0419812872


The 100th anniversary of the CP of Uruguay

CPA fraternal greetings

September 14, 2020

Gustavo Alvarez
International Relations Commission
Communist Party of Uruguay, PCU

Dear comrades,

The Communist Party of Australia sends warm fraternal greetings on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of Uruguay.

As you mention in your message there is a rich past to celebrate for your party, and as a revolutionary Party much to prepare and look forward to in bringing about socialist change in the future.

Our comrades in the CPU have faced imperialist intervention and brutal dictatorship in the past, but have emerged victorious from those challenging times. We stand with our comrades in solidarity against all challenges and gain inspiration from your struggles.

We wish you safe and happy celebrations, and look forward to any recordings of the events.

Long live the CPU!

In working class solidarity,

Vinnie Molina
International Department, CPA


Communist Party of China Congratulatory Letter

International Department
Central Committee
Communist Party of China (CPC)

September 3, 2020
Beijing

(translation)

To: Communist Party of Australia

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Communist Party of Australia (CPA), the International Department of the Communist Party of China (lDCPC) would like to extend our warm congratulations and best wishes to all the members of the CPA.

The CPC values the friendly relations with the CPA and stands ready to enhance our exchanges and cooperation, so as to make new contribution to the friendship between our two peoples.

We wish you very successful celebrations for the CPA’s 100th Anniversary.

International Department
Central Committee
Communist Party of China

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To all the Solidnet list

CPA centenary invitation

August 30, 2020

Dear Comrades,

This year we will celebrate to 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of Australia.

The Communist Party of Australia, CPA was founded at a conference on 30th October 1920 at the Sydney Trades Hall. This historic event was in response to two factors – the appalling conditions of the working class and the inspiration of the revolutionary developments in Russia with the Great October Socialist Revolution. It was the outcome of the experience gleaned in the struggles of the labour movement from 1890 to 1920 and was one of the decisive revolutionary acts of the Australian working class.

From 1920 to today generations of communists have campaigned for workers’ rights, peace, Aboriginal land rights, migrant and women’s rights, social justice and much more. They have faced violence, jail, discrimination and lies and slanders but through it all they have maintained a fierce flame of a commitment to fighting for their class and the downtrodden and to building a socialist future. They share an impressive history of courageous, committed, determined and staunch struggle from 1920 to 2020.

Among a number of activities to celebrate this important milestone, we will be holding an online forum via zoom on Friday 30th October 2020. While speakers will look back with pride, the main focus will be our future tasks, especially working class struggles and the campaign to save the environment and humanity.

We would be grateful if your Party could make a contribution to this event by sending us a brief greeting which could be read during the event.

Please send your contributions by 15th October 2020 to president@cpa.org.au or WhatsApp: + 61 (0) 419 812 872

With best wishes for your work and for the health and safety of your comrades,

In solidarity,
Vinnie Molina
Party President International Department


Solidarity with the Haft Tappeh & Oil industry workers Freedom for all political prisoners

CPA statement

August 19, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia, CPA is concerned at reports that the Haft Tappeh & Oil industry workers have not been paid their wages forcing them to strike for their basic rights and against the privatisation of essential services that would affect the Iranian people in general.

The CPA gives its full solidarity and support for the Haft Tappeh and Oil industry workers in Iran as they struggle for their own jobs, wages and rights and against privatisation that will worsen the lot of working people in Iran.

We support the workers and their demands including:

  • Arrears payment, and their insurance renewal;
  • The return of their expelled co-workers;
  • The release of political prisoners, and putting an end to the privatisation.

We demand the release of all imprisoned workers and call for an immediate stop to the harassment, arrests, torture and clampdown on the rights of these workers in struggle and all Iranian workers.

In working class solidarity,

International Department
Communist Party of Australia


Deepest condolences to the Communist Party of Vietnam and to the Vietnamese people on the the passing of former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu

CPA statement

August 12, 2020

Nguyen Phu Trong
General Secretary
Communist Party of Vietnam
C/O Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,Canberra, ACT Australia

Dear Comrades,

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) sends its deepest condolences to the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and to the Vietnamese people on the occasion of the passing of former CPV General Secretary Le Kha Phieu.

A comrade to many, Phieu dedicated his life to the socialist revolution, serving in the Vietnam People’s Army, fighting to liberate his people from colonialism.

We are positive that Phieu’s legacy and life will be remembered and that he will serve as a shining example among many for generations to come.

Communist Party of Australia, (CPA)
Central Committee
12th August 2020


100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Turkey

CPA statement

August 9, 2020

Kemal Okuyan
General Secretary
Communist Party of Turkey (TKP)

Dear comrade,

On behalf of the Communist Party of Australia please accept warm fraternal greetings to your 13th Congress and celebration of the 100th year of the founding of Communist Party of Turkey (TKP). You have a rich history to celebrate and reflect upon, and from these reflections you will also find the inspiration for the planning of your future work. We wish you every success in these deliberations at your Congress.

As you mentioned in your letter your congress is occurring during the extraordinary times of a pandemic. This pandemic has laid bare for all to see the failures of capitalism and is indeed at a time of crumbling economies and social systems. The work of our comrades everywhere is picking up speed to ensure the real cause of the crisis becomes evident to the people. We are confident that our comrades in the TKP will be successful in achieving their aim of an even more strengthened communist party, a revolutionary party.

On a personal note while in Izmir attending the 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties hosted by the TKP in 2019, I was very impressed by the active role of young people in your Party.

In all your struggles the CPA offers its solidarity. We look forward to the outcome of your Congress.

Long live the TKP!

Long live working-class internationalism!

In socialism,

Vinnie Molina,
Communist Party of Australia (CPA)
International Department


Condolences for the lives lost in the explosion at the port of Beirut

CPA statement to Lebanese Communist Party

August 6, 2020

Dear comrades,

The Communist Party of Australia extends its heartfelt condolences for the lives lost in the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut.

We offer our solidarity to the people of Beirut who were already facing a health and economic crisis and now have also to deal with this disaster.

We call on the international community to respond by offering whatever material support is needed for the rehabilitation and recovery.

While investigations reveal the cause of the blast, whether there was any foul play or simply a lapse of safety regulations, those responsible must be held accountable.

The people shall overcome.

In solidarity,

Vinnie Molina,
Communist Party of Australia (CPA)
International Department


100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Britain, August 1, 2020

CPA statement

July 21, 2020

Robert Griffiths
General Secretary
Communist Party of Britain

Dear comrade,

On behalf of the Communist Party of Australia, please receive warm fraternal greetings on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of Britain. It is an occasion for the celebration of past struggles, achievements, and of comrades who have passed on, as well as a time for deep reflection.

Your party’s 100th year celebrations fall in a year of unprecedented times. The pandemic has shaken and exposed the failings of the capitalist system. It has further aggravated the economic and social crises that the people were already facing. These are challenging times indeed, but our comrades everywhere, including those in the CPB have known and faced worse adversaries in the past. Our work as communists not only continues but is picking up momentum. We are sure these challenges are proving to be a thought-provoking backdrop to your centenary celebrations.

The CPB has a rich past and much to celebrate and to be proud of on the 1st of August, 2020. We look forward to a celebration of your party’s history, and also of its potential for a bright, socialist future.

This year also marks the 100th year of the CPA. Our parties have always maintained good fraternal relations, and we wish to further strengthen them.

Long live the Communist Party of Britain!
Long live working-class internationalism!

In socialism,
Vinnie Molina
CPA President
International Department


Australia’s planned $270 billion expansion of its military capabilities signals its continued subservience to US foreign policy

CPA CC statement

July 6, 2020

In the lead-up to explain his government’s increase in defence spending, PM Morrison said, “We want an open, sovereign Indo-Pacific, free from coercion […] Where countries can pursue their interests peacefully and without external interference.” If the PM meant what he said, then the correct policy for Australian governments would be to withdraw from US led wars, to remove US military and spy bases from Australian soil, and denounce the US military build-up in the Indo-Pacific region. Since WW2 Australia’s ruling class has allied itself politically, militarily and economically with the United States. This alliance has brought Australia into the imperialist wars against Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia, and into intervention in the sovereign South Pacific Island states of the Solomon Islands, PNG, East Timor and to some extent, Indonesia.

If there is any threat to peace and sovereignty in our region, it comes from the US military. And the Australian government’s continuing role as second fiddle to US interests, this time against China, our neighbour and biggest trading partner.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

The current rhetoric for the “need” for increased military capacity, against “a rising China”, is being pushed vehemently by the ASPI, an Australian “think-tank” that is partially financed by Australian tax money, and more alarmingly by generous donations from foreign countries, most notably Taiwan, and the US, as well as US corporations such as Microsoft and US arms manufacturers including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gruman and Raytheon.

Welfare, not Warfare

Australia is already the 8th largest global spender on military, and the world’s second largest importer of arms (after Saudi Arabia) in per capita terms. Enormous military spending and accompanying bellicose rhetoric will not only lead Australia down the dangerous path of war in our region, but also further impoverish Australian society.

Since February 2020, 838,000 jobs have been lost in Australia. More than one in five Australian workers is either unemployed and looking for work or underemployed. We are facing an unprecedented environmental, economic and social crisis.

Permanently increasing JobSeeker to present levels would cost less than $30 billion a year (based on one million unemployed) – not including the net economic benefit from supporting low-income spenders. That is a tiny amount compared to what the PM is committing to warfare.

Similarly, the provision of housing, universal healthcare, quality free public education from prekindergarten to the tertiary level, and a just transition to renewables can be easily funded if these billions are not spent on buying war machines.

The CPA rejects this trend of the Australian government to follow US foreign policy interests, and demands an independent foreign policy based on cooperation and peace. The CPA further reiterates its demand that Australian military spending be reduced to fifty percent of its current budget, and the military-industrial capacity be redirected towards building a safer, more equitable domestic economy based on peace.

CPA Central Committee


Solidarity with the People of the USA

Joint Declaration

June 2020

We, the Communist and Worker's Parties express our solidarity with the multinational working class of the USA and with the NorthAmerican people that have taken to the streets mobilizing against racism, repression, unemployment, and other acute problems caused by the capitalist system of exploitation.

The murder of George Floyd is not an exception, it's a rule racist policy, against African-Americans, Latinos, and immigrants of other nationalities. The system of exploitation confronts, in the same manner, the whole of the working class, as the COVID-19 pandemic proves, that is currently over two million infections and almost 113,000 deaths, where many lives could have been saved, but a privatized health care system turned out to be dangerous because its criteria is capitalist profit.

Poverty, unemployment, the attack on worker's rights, anti-immigrant policies, police brutality, imperialist aggressions towards other Peoples, social decomposition through drugs and crime, prove that capitalism is barbarism and that Socialism is both current and necessary.

We the Communist and Worker's Parties express:

  • Our condemnation of the racist murder of George Floyd and protesters, victims of the Trump administration's Repression Policies.
  • Our solidarity with the workers and people of the USA, who in all cities protest racism and repression.
  • Our solidarity with the workers and people of the USA affected by COVID-19.
  • Our condemnation of the Trump Administration, currently responsible for the White House, that employs campaigns that are racist, anti-migrant, xenophobic, and anticommunist. We condemn the curfew and the National Guard, the arrest and murder of those who fight for change.

Which side are you on? The Communist and Worker's Parties together with the workers and people of the USA, against capitalism and its barbarism.

Workers of the world, unite!

Parties signing the Joint Declaration

  1. Communist Party of Argentina
  2. Communist Party of Australia
  3. Communist Party of Austria
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Communist Party of Belgium (PCB-CPB)
  6. Communist Party of Bolivia
  7. Brazilian Communist Party
  8. Communist Party of Canada
  9. Communist Party of Chile
  10. Popular Vanguard Party (Costa Rica)
  11. Communist Party in Denmark
  12. Force of the Revolution. Dominican Republic
  13. French Communist Party
  14. Communist Party of El Salvador
  15. Communist Party of Greece
  16. Iraqi Communist Party
  17. Communist Party of Ireland
  18. Workers Party of Ireland
  19. Communist Party, Italy
  20. Jordanian Communist Party
  21. Communist Party of Mexico
  22. Popular Socialist Party of Mexico
  23. Popular Socialist Party-National Political Group, Mexico
  24. Palestinian People's Party
  25. Peruvian Communist Party
  26. Paraguayan Communist Party
  27. Portuguese Communist Party
  28. Romanian Socialist Party
  29. Communists of Catalonia
  30. Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
  31. Communist Party of Swaziland
  32. Communist Party USA

Solidarity with calls for First Nations justice for deaths in custody

CPA Central Commmittee statement

June 14, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) stands in solidarity with the First Nations people of Australia and their organisations in demanding an end to the systemic racism. The Central Committee extends its sympathy to the families of First Nation adults and children who have unnecessarily died in custody. We condemn the senseless loss of life and the heartache inflicted on First Nations’ families and communities.

Continuing our longstanding support for the struggle of First Nations people for their rights and against oppression, the CPA participated in mass rallies across Australia calling for justice and accountability for deaths in custody.

Despite the recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Aboriginal deaths in custody have risen steeply. There have been no convictions for any officers and leaders responsible for these deaths and no one has been held to account.

Governments complicit in a culture of racist police violence

The ongoing police violence against First Nations people across Australia is condoned by governments who are intent on continuing the suppression of First Nation peoples, their way of life and their struggle for land and cultural rights. The collusion of law enforcement, the state, and capitalism culminate in a system where First Nations’ lives do not matter.

First Nations people and their communal way of life disrupt the pursuit of private property and private profits. Capitalism fragments Indigenous societies and rights to land in the interests of mining and pastoral corporations, and multinationals. The recent destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal sacred site in Western Australia, by Rio Tinto, was excused by the Australian Government at the same time as they were voicing objections to the Black Lives Matter protest movement in Australia.

Capitalism uses racism as a tool to divide people and it profits from this division. Racism also deflects criticism away from the capitalist class in times of crisis. This is evident in the United States where the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown laws have had disproportionate impacts on the lives of Afro- American and Latino people.

Racial divisions create disunity in the community and, among workers, it weakens the struggle of the working class against capitalism. These divisions are promoted between migrant communities as well as within First Nation communities. This disunity means the bosses can intensify their exploitation of workers, reducing wages to feed their ever increasing profits. This is most blatant with the historical theft of Aboriginal workers’ wages over decades by State and Federal governments in Australia.

Colonial dispossession of First Nations’ land, killing communities, the banning of language and culture which began 232 years ago attempted to eliminate and assimilate First Nation communities so capitalists can destroy the collective nature of First Nations’ society and the communal ownership of land in Australia. This attack continues today with the Intervention in the Northern Territory where wages, control over their lives and responsibility are stolen from the community. A key action has been the theft and dispossession of land that can only benefit mining corporations.

The CPA calls for:

  1. The immediate implementation of all the recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody by Federal, State and Territory governments across Australia
  2. Australian government coordination with the states and territories to instigate criminal investigations in all First Nations’ deaths in custody cases. This should be done in coordination with First Nations’ families and organisations who must be funded and supported to oversee and inform these investigations.
  3. Australian government to prosecute all law enforcement officers responsible for First Nation Deaths in Custody.
  4. Aboriginal Land Rights and support for the communal ownership of the land by the traditional owners.

The CPA recognises that systemic racism and racist violence are indelibly linked to a capitalist system that thrives on racism. It acknowledges that the capitalist way of life is antithetical to First Nations communal societies. It is only with socialism that First Nations’ societies, lives and relationships with land can be safeguarded and honored.

CPA Central Committee


The Pandemic and the Crisis are separating

CPA CC statement

June 2020

While the infection rate in Australia seems to be largely under control the Government has set about taking further measures that will deepen the suffering of the working people.

In the transition to the return to work, the government subsidy of childcare instigated as part of the COVID-19 pandemic Emergency Relief Package is to end on 12th July. The Jobkeeper wage subsidy to “childcare services” will also end on 20th July. This breaks the earlier pledge announced in early April to keep subsidies for childcare in place for 6 months.

While in operation the system has been fraught with funding problems, with some providers not meeting the test for payments, and those that did being ineligible to claim for casual and visa holder workers. The Coalition government had promised that Jobkeeper and free early childhood education would run until September.

The government is abandoning the early crisis consensus that healthy social relationships needed to be maintained during the emergency, and is returning to its ideological stance of anti-worker, pro-capital policies that privilege reactionary attitudes to gender, race and class. This latest retraction of funds will hit women especially hard.

That early childhood education should be seen as a profit-making endeavour rather than a social priority is shameful. The industry’s workforce is 97% female and among the lowest paid workers in Australia. Workers in the sector are highly skilled and play a vital role in the early years of children. To call them “childcare” workers as the government does undervalues the important role they play in society. These workers are not only undervalued for the important work and their professional skills; they are also underpaid.

A child’s early education should not be based on a family’s ability to pay for it, this simply means that the inequities of capitalism will reproduce themselves. The free early childhood education, a measure that would be expected of a socialist government, greatly benefited many women, enabling many of them to remain at work or to work at home.

The abolition of free early childhood education is a regressive measure and will not only bring hardship to workers in this sector it will punish those who have contributed to beating the pandemic. The Communist Party of Australia advocates for social provision before profit, for childcare based on children’s education and development, for families being given the best opportunities to create meaningful, stable lives for themselves. The Communist party calls for the retention of free early childhood education.

The re-introduction of fees, without warning and in contradiction of previous policy, puts “childcare” out of the reach of families struggling economically during a time of recession. It will prevent many women (the primary carers of children) from returning or remaining in the workforce and will result in the closure of centres.

This cut must also be put into the context of the current winding back of other social provisions introduced to mitigate against the worse aspects of the lockdown. With the interests of business and reducing the likely budget deficit foremost in mind, the government has begun relaxing restrictions introduced to control the pandemic. The Communist Party advocates for a society that empowers women, that gives them same opportunities as men, that recognises their essential role in building of a new world for all.

The Communist Party of Australia demands a more comprehensive set of measures to reverse the growing poverty in the community including an extension in both coverage and time of JobKeeper and JobkSeeker, and free early child education. Workers will not pay for the crisis.

Central Committee


Homebuilder Scheme Statement

CPA Central Commmittee

June 9, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Morrison Coalition government’s Homebuilder Scheme.

The politically motivated $688 million scheme was opportunistically launched in the Eden Monaro seat during the by-election, an insult as it will do little to help the fire affected community rebuild. It falls way short of what is needed to support jobs and meet housing requirements for the community across the country. Housing is a right not a commodity.

There is only one thing that will create affordable housing and address the current housing crisis: “a revival of public housing and a revolution in how it is used”. Nothing but a massive and ongoing infusion of high-quality, publicly owned and managed housing of diverse types must replace the inefficiency and choking dominance of the unaffordable private market.

It is an imperative that the proposed Homebuilder scheme be redirected to the building of public housing. The current scheme announced by the PM is a sham policy, without Parliamentary approval with the stated aim of stimulating the private construction industry. The qualifying requirements for the grants are so poorly thought through that eligible applicants will be highly restricted. Many will be unable to get the highly publicised $25,000. Those most in need will not have $150,000 to spend on renovations. The scheme only runs for six months so it will eliminate many attempting to rebuild in bush fire areas. Also, six months is a tall order to get a planning and building approvals through any council.

This scheme does not attempt to challenge or eliminate homelessness in Australia. Every night tens of thousands of Australians sleep on the streets and this number continues to rise. How can this Homebuilder scheme even start to turn around the growing housing gap?

The CPA demands that existing and new housing developments be taken over by government and turned into public housing projects urgently needed in all states and territories. This will require billions of dollars of public investment. It will create much needed well paid jobs to alleviate the precarious conditions which the market forces of capitalism have delivered to too many people.

Post pandemic, the government must take up the responsibility of lifting the country out of the recession. Only a public sector-led recovery can provide for the interests of workers and their families. Housing construction is one way to create jobs creation while also providing community benefit. Other measures include building public schools and hospitals, staffing and equipping them adequately, research and development of renewable energy sources, and providing the necessary funding that is required to save the tens of thousands of jobs that are at stake in our universities. There is a pressing need to provide such infrastructure to remote Indigenous communities.

The CPA demands universal accessible public housing and the redirection of the Homebuilder scheme to the building publicly owned and managed housing as a matter of urgency.

The CPA also demands the sales of public land, public housing and public sector work be stopped, and government funds be directed to maintenance work on existing public housing stock.

The CPA calls on government at all levels and the opposition to involve the community, unions and advocacy groups currently dealing with the housing crisis to find an adequate solution to the housing crisis.

CPA Central Committee


Communist Party of Australia condemns Police brutality following Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney

CPA Sydney District Committee media release

June 7, 2020

The Sydney District Committee (SDC) of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) condemns the instances of police brutality and corresponding conduct by the NSW police force following yesterday's ‘Black Lives Matter’ (BLM) protest in Sydney. Following the peaceful protest attendees were forced into Central Station where pepper spray was used without warning against non-violent protesters and observers, including a woman on crutches. This act of brutality by the police cannot be justified and is a contemptible act of violence.

The SDC also notes that forcing a large group of people into a tightly enclosed space and spraying noxious irritant chemicals is unhygienic and deeply irresponsible in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19, the context that the NSW government and police previously attempted to use to outlaw the BLM protest. The SDC of the CPA condemns this flagrant disregard of public health and safety.

The massive ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest march in Sydney on Saturday afternoon was peaceful. In this context the conduct by the NSW police force later on Saturday night was shameful. The actions of protestors throughout this time consisted of the passionate chanting of political slogans and passive resistance. This was observed by CPA members. This sorry incident at Central Station was not inevitable and was escalated due to heavy handed police measures.

Over 40,000 people, including many members of the Communist Party marched yesterday in support of the black lives matters movement and in defiance of attempts by the NSW government and the NSW Police Force to suppress this march. In Australia over 400 aboriginal people have died in custody since the 1990. Aboriginal people face daily discrimination and harassment by police. Many members of Pacific Islander, African and Arab communities face similar oppressions daily. The use of violence by the police against young people, mostly of minority backgrounds will only further inflame tensions in the community.

In these times of COVID-19 where people are losing their livelihoods due to it, it is only natural the people will take to the street to voice the demand for democratic rights, economic equity and social justice. A democratic society is one that would celebrate civic participation and engagement of this kind. A truly democratic society would act on the demands of the people for justice rather than attempt to police them into oblivion. The Communist Party of Australia will always stand in solidarity with the oppressed working peoples of the world.

Contact: Daniel Fisher - 0450 787 346,
Secretary of the Sydney District Committee


Occupation is Terror, Annexation is Apartheid

Joint Appeal

June 5, 2020

On June 5th 2020 it is the 53rd anniversary of the 1967 aggressive war, where Israel had occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza strip, the Syrian Golan and Sinai peninsula.

This anniversary comes in the shadow of the Israeli government’s declared intention to annex the Occupied Palestinian Lands supported by the US Administration, as part of the disastrous “Deal of the Century”. Meaning, perpetuating the occupation, deepening the settlements and creating an official Apartheid regime, while clearing the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, and preventing the end of occupation, settlements and the establishment of a Palestinian independent state on the borders of June 4th 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return for refugees according to international resolutions.

Netanyahu’s government and Trump’s administration are pulling the region to the edge as well as they both are perpetuating the conflict in the service of hegemony projects, they then are betting on the silence of the international community on these crimes – war crimes – especially as the world is preoccupied with COVID-19 implications on health, society and economy.

We, the undersigned workers’ and communist parties of the world, call upon the progressive anti-imperialist forces around the world to continue the struggle against this criminal Israeli policy and the impudent support of imperialism in liquidating the rights of the Palestinian People and exterminating any chance to exercise international law, and reach security and stability in the region.

Down with the Occupation!

Forward the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination!

Signed Parties:

  • Communist Party of Albania
  • Communist Party of Australia, CPA
  • Progressive Tribune of Bahrain
  • Communist Party of Belgium
  • Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
  • Communist Party of Brazil
  • Brazilian Communist Party
  • New Communist Party of Britain
  • Communist Party of Britain
  • Communist Party of Canada
  • Communists of Catalonia
  • Communist Party of Cuba
  • AKEL – Cyprus
  • Communist Party of Finland
  • French Communist Party
  • German Communist Party
  • Communist Party of Greece
  • Communist Party of India (Marxist)
  • TUDEH Iran
  • Workers’ Party of Ireland
  • Communist Party of Israel
  • Communist Party of Italy
  • Italian Communist Party
  • Jordanian Communist Party
  • Communist Party of Mexico
  • Communist Party of Norway
  • Palestinian People’s Party
  • Paraguayan Communist Party
  • Peruvian Communist Party
  • PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party
  • Communist Party of Poland
  • Portuguese Communist Party
  • Union of Communist Parties-CPSU
  • Communists of Serbia
  • Communist Party of Spain
  • Communist Party of the Workers of Spain - PCTE
  • Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  • Sudanese Communist Party
  • Communist Party of Swaziland
  • Communist Party of Turkey
  • Communist Party of Ukraine
  • Communist Party of USA
  • New Communist Party of Yugoslavia

Message in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan people

CPA International Department statement

May 4, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attempt carried out on the wee hours of 3rd May against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Mercenaries unsuccessfully tried an invasion into Venezuelan territory from the coast of La Guaira on speedboats from Colombia. This attempt was thwarted by the Bolivarian Armed forces and special action police. Some terrorists were killed, others arrested during the operation, and their large cache of weapons and ammunition were seized. According to the Venezuelan Ministry of Interior, Peace and Justice, the aim of these mercenaries was to “commit terrorist acts in the country, like carrying out assassinations of leaders of the revolutionary government, while also promoting violence across the South American nation”.

The Colombian state, against the wishes of its own people, is deeply entrenched in the US foreign policy of destabilization, coup attempts and terrorism against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. While further details of this latest terrorist attempt are yet to come, it is obvious that the script was written by those pushing for this same US agenda.

Despite the situation of a global pandemic, the US has not let up in its criminal actions against the Venezuelan government and its people. Decade long sanctions against Venezuela have not been lifted to allow crucial medical supplies into the country and instead have been further tightened. This comes at the time of COVID19 when the greatest cooperation and solidarity is needed globally.

The latest acts of aggression are being executed in a framework of unconventional warfare in a bid to destabilise the legitimate government of Venezuela.

We call upon the Australian Government to condemn this most recent terrorist attempt on the government and the people of Venezuela, and to also push for the lifting of the criminal economic sanctions on the country. We demand that all actions to interfere within Venezuela be rejected by the Australian government.

Long live the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela!
Down with the US coercive and unilateral economic sanctions!
Long live peace!

Communist Party of Australia,
CPA International Department


The 150th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin

We honor the great revolutionary leader Lenin, and we are committed to continuing his work!

Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties

April 22, 2020

The Communist and Workers’ Parties, which co-sign this Joint Statement, would like also in this way to honor a great revolutionary and theorist of scientific socialism, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, as April 22 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Especially in the current conditions, and while the pandemic of CoVID-19 is spreading, tragically demonstrating the great shortages of health systems in capitalist countries as well as the anti-social and parasitic nature of the capitalist system, in the face of the new crisis, the burdens of which will be again put on the workers' shoulders, the aggressive nature of capitalism and the escalation of imperialist competitions, which pose new dangers to peace and peoples, we feel an even greater need to refer to the historical physiognomy of V.I. Lenin. A personality that dedicated his life to the cause of the working class and other popular strata, to the struggle for the abolition of exploitation and the construction of the socialist society.

We honor V.I. Lenin as the founder of the contemporary working-class party, the "party of a new type", which was firmly separated from the opportunism and apostasy of the old social-democratic parties. Such was the Bolshevik Party, which was at the forefront of the class struggle of the proletariat and the other oppressed strata of Russia. Lenin's party led Russia's working class to victory by overthrowing the exploiting classes and establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat, the workers' and peasants' government, in the service of the interests of the many, the exploited and the oppressed. V.I. Lenin defined and substantiated the leading role of the Communist Party, not only in establishing workers' power but also in constructing socialism.

We honor V.I. Lenin as the theorist who, taking into account the particular reality, further developed the constituent parts of Marxism, i.e. philosophy, political economy, and scientific communism. As an opponent of any opportunistic and revisionist distortion of revolutionary theory and practice, dogmatism, sectarianism, and parliamentary illusions, without denying the intervention through the parliament. His works, such as "What the friends of the people are and how they fight the Social- Democrats", "The Development of Capitalism in Russia", "What Is to Be Done", "Two Tactics of Social-Democracy in the Democratic Revolution", "Materialism and Empirio-Criticism", "Marxism and Revisionism", "The Collapse of the Second International", "Socialism and War", "On the Slogan for the United States of Europe", "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism", "The State and Revolution", "The April Theses", "Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder", "The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government", and "The Great Initiative" are milestones in the propagation and development of Marxism and revolutionary struggle. Lenin's valuable theoretical work is still timely and serves as a beacon for the ideological-political education and action of every new generation of revolutionaries.

We honor V.I. Lenin as the leader of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which about a century ago shook the world. The victorious revolution illuminated the power of the class struggle, the power of the exploited and the oppressed -when they take the case of their interests into their own hands and turn the wheel of history forward- in the direction of social liberation. The October flame led and accelerated the establishment of a number of Communist and revolutionary Workers' parties. Lenin had an insightful strategic ability and skillfully handled alliances, abilities that he devoted to the cause of the socialist revolution.

We honor V.I. Lenin as the leader of the world's first socialist state, which for the first time established workers' power based on new revolutionary institutions, such as the Soviets, sought the economic functioning of society on a new basis, the basis of the satisfaction of contemporary people's needs and the multi-faceted free development of all people, not the profitability of the few. The USSR, the first socialist state in the world, which was realized with the special contribution of V.I. Lenin, brought to the fore new unprecedented economic, social, political, and cultural achievements for the working class and the wider popular strata that had a profound effect on historical progressive developments around the world. It was a support to the peoples in the struggle for socialism and peace.

We honor V.I. Lenin as the great internationalist, the leader who raised the flag of proletarian internationalism against the treacherous attitude of the Second International during the imperialist World War I, opposed bourgeois nationalism and other bourgeois views such as the cosmopolitanism of the capital, and led the establishment of the Third Communist International, which made a major contribution to the international labor and communist movement and today is a basic source for drawing useful lessons from the experience it accumulated through its action. Lenin's positions on colonialism led the Communists to understand the issue of colonies and inspired them to lead the anti-colonial struggles, both in colonial countries and colonies.

We honor V.I. Lenin as the tireless and consistent opponent of the imperialist war, the defender of peoples' struggle for national and social liberation, social justice, peace, and socialism.

The counter-revolution and capitalist restoration cannot conceal the achievements of Socialism. The disasters and injustice we are experiencing, the acute problems and the suffering of the working class, the small-middle strata, the peasantry and the peoples overall caused by capitalist exploitation and oppression, emphasize the necessity and timeliness of socialism all over the world.

The Communist and Workers' Parties denounce the wave of silence as well as the reactionary and anti-communist distortion that has been unleashed around the world by the political forces that serve the interests of the capital against V.I. Lenin to the workers and the youth. We struggle for the continuation of his work, we are committed to continue defending and propagating his legacy and we call on the workers and the people to learn from it.

SolidNet Parties signing the Joint Statement

  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. PADS, Algeria
  3. Communist Party of Argentina
  4. Communist Party of Armenia
  5. Communist Party of Australia
  6. Party of Labour of Austria
  7. Communist Party of Azerbaijan
  8. Democratic Progressive Tribune of Bahrain
  9. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  10. Communist Party of Belarus
  11. Communist Party of Belgium
  12. Brazilian Communist Party
  13. Communist Party of Britain
  14. New Communist Party of Britain
  15. Communist Party of Bulgaria
  16. Party of Bulgarian Communists
  17. Communist Party of Canada
  18. Communist Party of Chile
  19. Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
  20. AKEL, Cyprus
  21. Communist Party of Bohemia-Moravia
  22. Communist Party of Denmark
  23. Communist Party in Denmark
  24. Force of the Revolution, Dominican Republic
  25. Communist Party Ecuador
  26. Communist Party of El Salvador
  27. Communist Party of Finland
  28. United Communist Party of Georgia
  29. German Communist Party
  30. Communist Party of Greece
  31. Hungarian Workers Party
  32. Communist Party of India
  33. Communist Party of India (Marxist)
  34. Communist Party of Kurdistan – Iraq
  35. Tudeh Party of Iran
  36. Workers' Party of Ireland
  37. Communist Party of Ireland
  38. Communist Party of Israel
  39. Communist Party, Italy
  40. Italian Communist Party
  41. Jordanian Communist Party
  42. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  43. Workers' Party of Korea
  44. Party of the Communists of Kyrgyzstan
  45. Lebanese Communist Party
  46. Socialist Party of Latvia
  47. Socialist Party, Lithuania
  48. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  49. Communist Party of Malta
  50. Communist Party of Mexico
  51. Communist Party of Norway
  52. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  53. Communist Party of Pakistan
  54. Palestinian Communist Party
  55. Palestinian People's Party
  56. Paraguayan Communist Party
  57. Peruan Communist Party
  58. Communist Party of Poland
  59. Portuguese Communist Party
  60. Philippine Communist Party (PKP-1930)
  61. Communist Party of Ukraine
  62. Union of Communists of Ukraine
  63. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  64. Communist Workers' Party of Russia
  65. Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  66. Union of Communist Parties - CPSU
  67. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
  68. Communists of Serbia
  69. Communist Party of Slovakia
  70. South African Communist Party
  71. Communist Party of Spain
  72. Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
  73. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  74. Communists of Catalonia
  75. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  76. Communist Party of Swaziland
  77. Communist Party of Sweden
  78. Sudanese Communist Party
  79. Syrian Communist Party
  80. Communist Party of Turkey
  81. Communist Party of Venezuela

Other Parties signing the Joint Statement

  1. Union of Communists in Bulgaria
  2. Communist Revolutionary Party of France
  3. Pole of Communist Revival in France
  4. Shiso-Undo, Japan
  5. Communist Party of Puerto Rico
  6. Galizan People's Union
  7. Communist Party, Switzerland
  8. Party of Communists, USA

Comrades come rally, May Day 2020

CPA Secretariat

April 19, 2020

When the Communist Party of Australia Secretariat met on April 19 it agreed to call on all Party members, workers, left and progressive organisations, union and community activists to become active and vocal in support of May Day this year as part of the ongoing resistance and fight for Workers’ Health and Rights during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our fight is for socialism as the only political and economic system that is committed to looking after all the people in the community.

The CPA will promote its Health, Workers’ Rights and Socialism campaign and will not allow the Covid-19 social constraints to stand in the way of working-class defence of health, safety and working conditions. Comrades and workers will find new ways to organise during this crisis.

The CPA gives its full support to Trade Unions, Worker Solidarity and left progressive actions on May 1 across Australia and calls all comrades nationally into action.

In Sydney and Melbourne, the CPA calls for full support of the May 1 Movement to get behind planned actions. All Party members should be involved in these activities through their branches.

The CPA demands the best health and safety for all workers who have to work during the crisis and protection of workers’ rights. The Party absolutely opposes workers paying once again for another crisis through government austerity being applied to a significant number of services and jobs in the community and employer aggression both now and when the medical crisis has abated. Workers must not pay for the ongoing economic crisis that the ruling class will force on workers. We will fight this attack all the way.

Capitalism and its market-based response to the current crisis continues to be unable to meet the needs of the people. This pandemic highlights those contradictions that seek profits not solutions that respond to the needs of the people.

The CPA seeks to build the fight to remove these negative features of society that are based on greed and massive private accumulation of wealth.

May Day 2020 will be a day of international worker solidarity and unity. Let our comrades take up the Party struggle on this day by calling to confront the crisis and achieve real change.

The Secretariat considered the changes to Industrial relations being introduced by the Morrison government, especially with regard to employers’ capacity to make variations to agreements (EBAs) under the cloak of the Coronavirus pandemic and rejects them.

Employers must not be granted a greater ability to erode the rights and conditions of workers. Any EBA variation must be voted on by workers and the capacity of employers to manipulate this process with only one day’s notice is unacceptable.

Workers of the World Unite!

CPA Secretariat


FROM WORLD POLITICAL PARTIES CONCERNING CLOSER INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGAINST COVID-19

Open Letter

April 2, 2020

The following is a joint open letter from the Communist Party of China, signed by the Communist Party of Australia, along with 180 parties across the globe.

Today, as COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the globe, it constitutes the most urgent and serious challenge to both the health of the humanity and world peace and development.

Faced with this unprecedented situation, we, major political parties of various countries tasked with the weighty responsibility of improving people’s wellbeing, promoting national development and safeguarding world peace and stability, hereby issue our joint appeal as follows:

We pay our loftiest tribute to all the people, health workers in particular, who devote themselves to saving lives and protecting people’s health. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and solicitude to those who are suffering from pain and whose lives are under the threat of COVID-19 as well as the bereaved families of those deceased. We also express our deep mourning for the unfortunate loss of lives in the outbreak.

We recognise that if the COVID-19 outbreak is not effectively and promptly contained, it will inflict even greater harm to the lives, safety and health of many more people, and exert a severe impact on the economic and social development of most countries as well as on international exchanges and cooperation. We call on all countries to put the lives, safety and health of the people above everything else and take resolute and forceful measures to put an end to the spread of COVID-19.

We support countries to put in place contingency plans and strategies for combating COVID-19 in light of their specific national conditions and to strengthen cooperation, with equal emphasis on containing the further spread and on patient treatment. Meanwhile, modern science and technology must be applied to the full to ensure the quickest and best possible results.

We call on the general public of all countries to comply with prevention and mitigation measures with a due sense of social responsibility. We encourage countries to fully leverage the strength of civil society organisations and volunteers with a view to unleashing the power of all social sectors to combat COVID-19.

We encourage all countries, while devoting efforts to epidemic control, to adopt an integrated approach to ensure economic and social development, take targeted measures to protect vulnerable groups and the SMEs, and honour their commitment to people’s living standards and social progress. We call on all countries to step up the international coordination of macroeconomic policies to maintain stability of global financial market as well as that of industrial and supply chains, and to reduce or exempt tariffs for trade facilitation so as to prevent world economic recession. Countries are also encouraged to maintain an appropriate level of international exchanges, in particular to facilitate the cross-border transportation of urgently needed medical equipment and protective materials for the fight against COVID-19.

We are aware that the virus respects no borders, and no country can respond to the challenges alone in the face of the outbreak. Countries must enhance their consciousness of a community with a shared future for mankind, proactively rendering mutual help and support to one another as the situation becomes more difficult. Closer international cooperation, coordinated policies, concerted actions, and mobilisation of resources and forces globally will enable us to defeat this virus, a common enemy to all of humanity.

We take note of the significant progress in the fight against COVID-19 in China and some other countries, which has bought time and offered experience to the rest of the international community. We highly commend countries including China for adopting an open, transparent and responsible attitude to disclosing related information in a timely fashion, sharing experience on response and patient treatment, and in particular providing medical and other supplies to the best of their ability to other affected countries. These represent a major contribution to the global fight against COVID-19, boosting the hope and confidence of countries that they can win this battle.

We welcome the Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit Statement on COVID-19 and support countries to strengthen the sharing of experience and medical cooperation in containing the outbreak, including joint research and development of specific medicines, vaccines and tests. We call on the provision of material, technical and other support to developing countries and countries with vulnerable public health systems. Let the sunlight of cooperation disperse the darkness of the pandemic.

We call for science-based professional discussions on issues like prevention measures and the origin of the virus. We strongly oppose the politicisation of public health issues and the stigmatisation of other countries under the excuse of COVID-19. We stand firmly against all discriminatory comments and practices against any country, region or ethnic group, and call on governments of all countries to take proactive measures to protect the health, safety and legitimate interests of foreign nationals and students they host.

We are of the view that the COVID-19 outbreak has laid bare the need for all countries to further foster the global governance outlook of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration and to support the leading role of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation in global public health governance. We call for all parties to enhance coordination and cooperation within the framework of the G20 and other international mechanisms for effective international prevention and control as we strive to build a global community with a shared future for public health.

As major political parties from countries of the world, we undertake to maintain close communication under the unusual circumstances, and ensure better performance of the due role of political guidance for the purpose of injecting political energy into the global fight against COVID-19. We firmly believe that our current difficulties are only temporary, just as the sunlight shall eventually shine after each storm. If the international community makes concerted efforts with confidence and resolve and takes a science-based and targeted approach, it will definitely win the final victory in the global blocking action against COVID-19. It is our belief that, after the pandemic, the community with a shared future for mankind will emerge stronger and humanity will embrace a brighter tomorrow.


THE GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED US.

THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED US

CPA statement on the government’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic

April 2020

The coronavirus was brought into Australia by travellers from other countries, yet for weeks they were simply allowed to get off planes and ships without any government screening, at most being told to self-isolate for fourteen days. The onus was put on the individual traveller. This did not work. The government’s inaction led to the virus spreading throughout the country and people dying.

Why were travellers from Europe and the US (who have contributed to seventy-five per cent of our imported cases) not quarantined much earlier on, given the early signs of cases being imported from the US, including prominent Hollywood actors and Peter Dutton? The government was complicit in further endangering peoples’ lives by its complete mishandling of the docking of the Ruby Princess cruise ship at Sydney.

Where has our government been in the need to protect frontline health workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) and resources, including ICU beds and ventilators, now with the looming health crisis? It has many questions to answer.

  • Where are the billions of dollars, they’ve taken out of Medicare every year; are they coming back? Why are thirty per cent of ICU beds and ventilators now transferred to the private hospitals?
  • Where are our scientists including the CSIRO scientists that were forced out due to government cuts? Why has science and disaster readiness been such a low priority over the years?
  • Where was our government when our children and teachers were left at school without screening or temperature checks, and even without adequate sanitation facilities like soap and sanitisers? Where is the government’s temperature screening and sanitising teams in the community – at schools or factories, in the mines or offices?
  • How can the government shut down Parliament for six months to protect themselves and avoid public scrutiny – but mine workers must continue to FIFO to keep the mineral bosses happy?

Under what law can the government shut down Parliament for six months and hand over decision-making to a group of business magnates? The government has no concern for the people, and every concern for the financial and corporate world.

The CPA reiterates our more comprehensive list of demands in our statement of the 16th March 2020, and calls for a stop to all profiteering from the people’s suffering during the emergency. The bankrolling of the private sector and the multinationals must stop. Instead, guarantee the essential areas of the economy by nationalising the health system, the banks, Qantas, the supermarkets, and other essential services like aged care and early childhood education.

MILITARY SPENDING

COVID-19 represents the biggest threat to Australian security in living memory. To properly defend ourselves, we need the full resources of the military defence budget to be used to defend the people against the virus.

We must turn the submarines into ventilators, into hospital beds and into personal protective equipment for our frontline workers.

We must turn the strike fighter jets into building surge capacity in our hospitals for the looming crisis in the health system.

Now is the time to use our taxes more wisely. It is not the time to spend them on military “toys for the boys.” Taxpayers’ money is needed to feed and house the people, and to ensure that they get the healthcare they need, when they need it.

Our government has failed us. They did it during the firestorms that raged across Australia. They are doing it now with COVID-19, but this time we will not accept a government that leaves us alone “with buckets and hoses”.

We need a people’s government.

Communist Party of Australia, CPA
Central Committee


Capitalism and the Coronavirus Down Under

Communist Party of Australia and New Communist Party of Aotearoa statement

April 9, 2020

The workers of Aotearoa and Australia, like those of other capitalist countries around the world, are facing serious health, social, and economic crises being likened to the beginning of the Great Depression. Certainly, COVID-19 is like little else in living memory.

The Australian Government greatly bungled in its actions to contain the spread of the virus, putting workers, especially port workers and healthcare workers at great risk. Despite early indications of the global spread of the disease, proper protective equipment and health checks were not made a priority for our frontline workers. Testing is restricted and inadequate and is not being extended to all people presenting with symptoms.

The New Zealand Government took more decisive action at an earlier stage of the spread of COVID-19 and has, at least at time of writing, prevented a large-scale outbreak and community transmission from occurring. Yet issues still remain around supply of proper protective equipment to essential workers, both in hospitals and other essential businesses such as supermarkets.

Civil and democratic rights have been eroded in both countries, particularly around freedom of movement and freedom of assembly. These have a public health benefit, but we must ensure COVID-19 response is not used opportunistically to restrict the democratic rights of the working class after the outbreak subsides. This lockdown on freedoms also gives the constabulary significant powers of enforcement, and we have already seen indigenous communities get further militarised in the name of public health.

The suspension of Parliament in both countries is a significant reduction of the checks on Government power and the ability for workers to influence Government policy through select committee submissions etc. The NZ Parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee meeting via Zoom, seemingly unquestioned in bourgeois media, is an unparalleled privatisation of civic function which further subordinates government to private companies.

The inefficiency of the market system and of privatised institutions has been unmasked. Businesses are being wound down and thousands of workers are losing their jobs as businesses close or wind down. Millions of people employed as casual, body hire, gig or contract labour have no leave entitlements if they are sacked. Unbelievably, governments seemed slow to anticipate the effect on workers, particularly workers in precarious jobs. Our two Communist Parties demand that all workers including visa workers receive 100 per cent of their wages.

Private businesses, from airlines to hospitals, are standing in line before governments for bailouts. Many have been granted, and all at a great cost to the countries’ economies. Meanwhile, the protection of working people, the real creators of wealth in society, has come too little, too late, especially in Australia.

Governments Still Relying on Market Forces

The consensus across the board, including capitalist economists, is now that of state intervention to protect the system from the looming disaster. However, it is clear that our governments are beholden to the interests of the monopoly corporations and finance capital and are loath to in any way restrict or move beyond the absolute dominance of the market. The economic response rather tries to supplement the clearly unfit-for-purpose market dominance to ensure it does not break down.

While the revolving door between our capitalist governments and private corporations means bailouts are so easily granted, the working class in the form of unions and community organisations has had to rally and work hard in order to get some relief, albeit insufficient. Unions have been classified as an essential service in New Zealand and it is clear to see why. Already over 2,000 cases of employment law breaches during the COVID-19 pandemic have been logged with the NZ Council of Trade Unions.

Despite what it may seem, these are not new problems but old ones that have existed since the rise of capitalism. The working-class, who have always had precarious employment and financial instability, are the foundation of our economy. They have always been neglected, living day-to-day, with inadequate allowances that keep them in perpetual poverty. Now a tsunami threatens this unstable foundation, washing away with it the house that stands on it.

The governments are still trying to prop up private enterprises in the hope that money will trickle down to everyone. Bailouts are nothing but the transfer of working people’s wealth to the coffers of the rich put in place in order to prevent our proverbial house from being washed away. The government is attempting to act quickly, hoping to avoid an impending economic collapse.

Essential Services and Profit Making

The work ethics of private hospitals are dictated by the profit motive. In the current pandemic, when the need is for more hospital capacity, what an indictment it is on privatised healthcare that they have threatened to close business and lay-off hundreds of healthcare workers.

The mortgage freezes are a welcome move, as it also includes those in debt to the banks for their own dwellings and not just property investors, but the measures to protect tenants fall short and the danger of evictions and financial hardship is still very real for too many. A mortgage freeze without corresponding rent freezes is a blatant wealth transfer measure from tenants to landlords.

In short, the crisis has laid bare the inefficiency and troubling nature of essential services as a profit-extracting business under capitalism.

Nationalise Essential Services, Subsidise Workers

We call for the nationalisation of all essential services including healthcare, aged-care, child-care, airlines, banks and supermarkets. The bailouts of companies should not be wealth transfers from the public purse to monopoly companies, but rather give the state equity. Any attempts to further privatise public services should also immediately stop.

We call for a direct 100 per cent wage equivalent ensuring that no worker, whether casual, part-time, or a migrant worker, is left behind. Neither workers’ hard-earned superannuation nor other savings should be used to ride over these times.

Benefit levels, including those for students, should be raised to be the equivalent of the living wage. It is important that we do not discriminate between workers who were unemployed before COVID-19 and those who need assistance because of it.

Rent and mortgage freezes should be re-drafted to better cover for the safety of the people in very uncertain times. Not a single member of society should face homelessness and wealth transfer to landlords should immediately cease.

We also call for the provision of a nationalised digital infrastructure, so that our reliance on private companies for communication services is reduced, especially for public education, the democratic process and other key areas of society.

This system is unsustainable. A socialist system prioritises the working-class, not profits. The working-class foundation and purpose of socialist society is shown by the significantly better response to COVID-19 in Cuba, China and Viet Nam.

It will not be the bosses that see our two countries through this pandemic, but the millions of workers supporting our class through the troubled waters.

The working class must overcome!

International Department, Communist Party of Australia
www.cpa.org.au

Central Committee, New Communist Party of Aotearoa
www.newcommunist.party


Message in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan people

CPA International Department

March 30, 2020

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent trumped up charges of narco-terrorism on President Nicolas Maduro and other top government officials of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Putting a price on the head of a legitimate president is a very dangerous precedent. It can only be compared to the past overthrowing of governments and assassination of leaders, including military invasions organised, sponsored and carried out by the United States in Latin America, Asia, Africa and elsewhere.

The world is currently calling for the end of blockades and sanctions imposed on some 39 countries including Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, DPRK, Syria and others to help them deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump Administration has responded with more sanctions and other atrocities such as the accusations against the government of Venezuela for example.

Venezuela has seen their resources stolen or frozen by the financial system controlled by the United States. Billions of dollars that belong to the Venezuelan people have been blocked which could be used to purchase food, medicines and medical equipment.

The people of the world are suffering with the COVID-19 pandemic and it requires international cooperation to be able to eradicate the pandemic.

The sanctions must be lifted and these latest attempts to overthrow the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro have to cease.

The CPA joins the international community in demanding that the economic sanctions on Venezuela be lifted and that recognition be given of the legitimate government lead by President Nicolas Maduro.

The CPA stands in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro, his government and the people of Venezuela in these difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Humanity shall overcome!


The COVID-19 Pandemic

CPA Central Committee Statement

March 2020

Covid-19 is spreading throughout much of the world, largely as a consequence of the failure of capitalism to solve any crisis. The Communist Party of Australia recognises the significant contribution made by health workers at the frontline of this developing pandemic and stands in solidarity with them, along with working class victims, denied their basic human rights, and all people fighting for universal access to life’s needs.

Whilst the structural contradictions of capitalism require revolutionary transformation of society into one of ensuring the health and safety of the global population, it is necessary to combat this current crisis in ways immediately available to us. Governments across Australia have been too slow to act, relying on market forces, including manipulating the stock market to stop the haemorrhaging of the economy, instead of investing to stop the health impacts of the latest pandemic.

Reforming those aspects of the health care sector driven by the profit motive. Immediate steps can be made to eliminate the waste, speculation and commodification of private health care through the nationalisation of the entire sector. Health care is a right and the Communist Party calls upon parliament to legislate universal access to all our medical requirements.

Meanwhile, the economic impact of the virus is already hitting Australian workers and communities.

We can benefit from the experience of China in dealing with the Coronavirus involving drastic social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. This has shown to be an effective approach with the number of new cases reducing daily. It would be wise to look to their model and consult them for advice.

The duty of the government in this scenario is three-fold: protection of the people from the COVID-19 virus, responsibility for providing the necessary treatment for those who are hit by the virus and protection of the people from the economic impact of the virus.

We strongly believe that a 2-week shut down must be implemented now alongside the following:

  1. Governments, State and Federal must implement a sound containment policy. The health and safety of the people must be the top priority in implementing such a policy, especially those most vulnerable. Ensuring hoarding of essential items, price gouging and other deliberate profiteering must be minimised to the extent possible through legislative change. Continuously rewarding greed must be abolished now.
  2. The government must ensure a public educational outreach about the disease using electronic and print media to subdue the current confusion that has come with the panic and media overload.
  3. Unions must be at the forefront of working-class responses to this latest failure and crisis. It is essential that workers at the frontline such as health care workers be involved in the decision-making processes through their unions. Legislating for workers ability to strike against unfair employer practices during this period is essential to minimising abuses, exploitation and further employment insecurity and attacks on wages and conditions. Workers must not pay for capitalisms crises.
  4. Many people are already feeling the brunt of the pandemic losing jobs or having their hours reduced resulting in lost income. We demand the government abolish waiting periods for unemployment benefits. We support the demand for an increase of $95 to Newstart as an immediate measure to reduce the pain experienced by working class people. We demand that no worker is disadvantaged as a consequence of this crisis made worse by government inaction.
  5. The CPA endorses the ACTU demand for special paid leave for all workers in case of quarantine or lock down, including casual and labour hire workers. The government’s stimulus package with a one-off payment to welfare recipients falls short of the assistance required, and does nothing but provide a band-aid instead of meaningful distribution of wealth protecting the vulnerable and minimising community.
  6. Governments must also ensure people are not forced into homelessness through an inability to pay mortgages or rent. Banks must be forced to suspend mortgage/rent payments. Emergency housing must become a top government priority, programs such as these will not only ensure a persons’ right to housing, but also significantly increase employment and affordable housing.
  7. Testing and treatment of the virus must be universally accessible and free. Governments need to redirect funds towards health care centres and hospitals as a top priority. Bulk-billing by doctors and pathologists should be compulsory and the government must temporarily convert private hospitals for public use as long as the crisis lasts.
  8. Employers and in this instance the government are required to provide a heathy and safe workplace. Workers and workplace health and safety is a crucial issue that workers need to be consulted about and new protections put in place to protect workers and the public. This is a key industrial issue across all industries. This requires the immediate developed new safety practices, supply of resources and workers compensation recognition.
  9. The Australian government also has a global role. Currently there are countries under sanctions limiting access to medical supplies, including Cuba, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In light of the global pandemic Australia must play its role to end these criminal blockades and allow these countries to import the much-needed supplies.
  10. We salute the efforts and solidarity of Cuban, Chinese and Venezuelan doctors and other health professionals who despite the US economic sanctions are working in Italy helping the people with care and medicines such as Cuba’s Interferon 2b to overcome the current pandemic.

The government appears to have no logistical planning in place to develop the capacity required to deal with the crisis confronting the health system in Australia. Without the critical planning for emergency beds, staffing, face masks and respirators in place to treat the potentially thousands of critically ill patients’ we risk having to make choices like in Italy as to who will live or die. Who will confront the panic and guarantee supplies and support to people in the community stranded and isolated when sent home without an income?

The Communist Party of Australia will work with all organisations seeking to ensure that the working class does not pay for the crises being inflicted upon us all as a result of capitalist exploitation of the people and nature to secure riches for the ruling class. We will work with all organisations nationally and internationally who will defend universal access to life’s needs including best available health care to protect us against these escalating global crises.

WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

Communist Party of Australia (CPA)
Central Committee
16th March 2020


Climate Emergency Fighting for our lives!

CPA Statement

February 2020

The chaotic nature of capitalist markets has brought the planet to the current predicament of growing poverty, growing water and food stresses, spreading desertification, ocean acidity and more frequently occurring natural disasters. As well we see the rapid extinction of many species of animals and plants that fall victim to the disasters or can’t adapt quickly enough to the changes.

The capitalist economic system ignores the material realities that all production ultimately depends on the use of materials drawn from the natural world, and all waste from production and consumption eventually finds its way into the environment. The current state of climate instability is the greatest ever market failure.

Sustainable development must be a priority goal, not only for the survival of the human race but also for life as we know it. This is only possible through the democratic social control of the means of production, rational planning and production for people’s needs.

These issues are completely antagonistic to capitalism; a system that generates environmental disasters, unemployment and wars. Socialism offers the scope and means that capitalism does not have to solve the environmental crisis and to deliver a sustainable planet for all.

Workers must be part of climate solutions, and benefit from just and equitable transition programs. To free themselves from the climate chaos workers and trade unions must be bold and join with other groups to fight for system change. This will not happen without struggle.

The history of the coming decades has to be one of massive environmental struggles, alongside the struggles for workers’ rights and to save humanity from exploitation and oppression. Workers and their communities must draw on the tactics of working-class struggle to win urgent action on climate change and material wins for the working class.

Governments doing the bidding of their corporate masters are running fierce political and media campaigns to confuse and divide the people about who are responsible and who are victims of the environmental problems.

Large capitalist media lobbyists point the finger at the working-class families for their habits while the interests of certain sections of monopoly capital are left untouched. This dangerous idea lulls otherwise socially minded individuals into the illusion that individual-level decisions alone are the solution to the environmental crisis. The Australian government talks about mitigation and adaption.

Adaption as a solution is flawed by the same false premise as growth being without limits and mitigation through technology while bound to profits will not deliver.

The scientific and technological development of technology for reducing carbon emissions, mitigation and renewables remains in the hands of the big corporations whose primary reason for such technology is profits. Western governments have failed to provide the means for such technology in developing countries in line with their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. These developments have the prime objectives of fuelling profits and green-washing their supply chain to appear as environmentally friendly to their consumers.

The Communist Party of Australia demands for technological development to address the climate crisis be in the hands of the people. There must be a redistribution of wealth to combat global inequality created by climate change and a process of a just transition for workers.

The CPA demands the Australian government to commit to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The CPA campaigns for an end to the capitalist system, an end to the wars that see the US military emerge as the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in history.

The CPA calls for global cooperation, a sharing of knowledge and technological resources, the immediate commencement to building the infrastructure required to support an energy and transport system based on 100 percent renewable energy.

Communist Party of Australia.


Coronavirus

CPA statement

February 2020

The Chinese government has set an outstanding example to the world with its measures to tackle the novel coronavirus and act with transparency. These outstanding measures include the building of two hospitals in weeks, staffing and equipping them, which only a country governed by a communist party could do.

China has put the health of people first, acting to limit the spread to contain the virus to Wuhan City and Hubei Province through high level preventative measures.

Residents in the epicentre of the epidemic have been quarantined in an attempt to contain the virus. The government is stressing the importance of preventative measures and hygiene. The China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing is about to lead a clinical trial on the treatment of the virus with the drug Remdesivir in Wuhan to fight the epidemic there.

China wasted no time in notifying the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the outbreak and has since kept the international community up to date.

According to health authorities only two percent of cases reported have resulted in death and most of these were associated with people the elderly or those with pre-existing health issues such as compromised immune systems.

Western governments, Australia included, instead of being among the first to offer assistance and show compassion have turned the coronavirus into a political weapon for China-bashing. They are using the situation to fuel racism and xenophobia that not only divides the working class but serves their wider political and military agenda.

The evacuation of Australians from Wuhan Province to Christmas Island is a political exercise, one that cynically reinforces the beat-up that can later be used as justification for keeping open detention facilities on Christmas Island at great expense to Australian taxpayers.

The shutting down of Australian borders to people coming from China unless they are Australian citizens or residents is another political act that reeks of hypocrisy. These people returning to Australia will be trusted to self-quarantine for two weeks on their arrival. Where is the logic in allowing them in and not, for example, allowing Chinese students in and trusting them to self-quarantine?

There is no logic. It is part of the hype that is being built up to frighten the public. The government should instead be putting its energy into expressing solidarity and cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, as requested by the World Health Organisation. It should also be directing its energy into educating the public about basic health measures such as washing hands and sneezing or coughing into elbows.

Tourism, agriculture and education are amongst Australia’s top exports to China. The multibillion-dollar tourism and education sectors are already feeling the pinch from the travel restrictions imposed by the government. The toll of the bushfires on agriculture is yet to be revealed, but it looks set to be considerable.

The Communist Party of Australia extends its heartfelt sympathy to those affected by the virus and demands the Australian government put aside its ideological and political differences with the Communist Party of China and offer to assist.

We also ask, does Australia have the plans and facilities in place to deal with such an epidemic here? Christmas Island is not the answer.

Vinnie Molina
International Department


The TKP and the people of Turkey

Solidarity

January 2020

Communist Party of Turkey, TKP
Central Committee

Dear comrades,

The Communist Party of Australia offers its condolences for the precious lives lost as a result of the earthquake in Elazig province of Turkey. We also extend solidarity to our comrades in the Communist party of Turkey, and the Turkish people in general, who are working to deal with the devastation caused.

It is no surprise that your capitalist government paid no heed to the warnings of experts. We have experienced it recently as Australia’s government ignores warnings of climate change-induced disasters and refuse to heed the experts. We see it is not human welfare but the private accumulation of profit that drives the policies of our governments.

In dealing with this catastrophe the CPA sends its working-class solidarity, please let us know if we can be of any help.

In solidarity,

Vinnie Molina
International Department


The assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani

CPA statement

January 2020

Another US act of war The Communist Party of Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the US assassination of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani and 12 other people in Iraq.

On 2nd January 2020, the Trump Administration recklessly escalated its aggression against Iran by the drone assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iran Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. The assassination, ordered directly by President Trump, is a war crime by any definition, violating both Iraqi sovereignty and international law. This criminal act carelessly risked sparking a wider, catastrophic war that would involve many nations and put millions of lives at risk.

The US claimed the assassination was an act of pre-emptive self-defence. Tehran called it an act of international terrorism and vowed revenge. Massive demonstrations mourning the death of Soleimani and the Iraqi militia commanders, also killed in this attack, were held in both Iraq and Iran.

The action of the Trump administration takes place when he is on the verge of an impeachment trial in the US Senate for his abuse of power; and Americans have entered into a presidential election year.

The US has invaded and initiated war on more than a dozen countries since the beginning of this century and has imposed coercive sanctions — economic warfare — on dozens, all in violation of international law. We should recognise that today the US is the greatest threat to peace in the world. The US undertakes regular acts of terrorism to disrupt peaceful development and to advance capitalism and military industrial complex.

Iraq's Parliament held an extraordinary session on Sunday 5th January, directing the government to end the presence of foreign troops and to lodge an official complaint against the US over the killing of Qassem Soleimani and its citizens. The Prime Minister revealed that he was scheduled to meet with Soleimani the same morning the general was killed in an airstrike in Baghdad. The PM said, that the US assassination was a "flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty" and an insult to the dignity of his country.

The Communist Party of Australia offers its condolences to the people of Iran and Iraq for their losses.

The CPA demands the Morrison government withdraw Australian troops from Iraq and any support troops from the Straits of Hormuz.

The CPA demands an end to the US military alliance and the end of joint military operations and US bases from Australian soil.

The CPA calls upon all of the progressive, freedom and peace loving people from Australia and across the world, to further their efforts to mobilise world public opinion against the escalation of tensions and the dangerous and lethal military conflicts that could endanger more than just the Middle East region.

No to War on Iran!

Communist Party of Australia


 

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