Magazine of Socialist Action in Australia

Jobs, homes & services – Not racism!

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Anti-racist rally in Melbourne this Friday!

Socialist Party members are helping to organise an action against a group of racists who are planning to rally “against immigration and Islam”. Anti-racist activists will meet outside Flinders Street Station in the Melbourne CBD at 12 noon on Friday April 9th.

Please come along and bring your friends! Below is the text of the Socialist Party leaflet which we will hand out on the day.

Today anti-racist campaigners have come together to oppose a rally “against immigration and Islam”. The rally was called by a group of racists on Facebook.

While this group is still small and the majority of people in Australia would find their views repulsive, the Socialist Party believes it is important to come out and oppose their actions.

If ordinary people allow racist groups to organise on our streets it will only encourage more violent attacks against migrants and sow further divisions in society.

These far-right groups play on people’s insecurities in order to build support for their racist ideas. Against the backdrop of an economic crisis many people are rightfully concerned about the lack of jobs, homes and services.

Racist groups claim that migrants are the source of all these problems. Instead of looking at the way society is being run they encourage people to except the failed policies of the major parties and fight over a few crumbs.

Migrants are not responsible for sacking workers, the lack of affordable housing or the privatisation of services. The culprits are the big business profiteers and the governments that represent them.

Ordinary working people from different backgrounds have more in common with each other than they do with those who keep our wages low, our rents high and our services under funded.

Racism is a tool that is often used to keep people divided. When people attack migrants they are diverting attention away from real issues that working people face.

Big business owners who are slashing wages and working hours, wrecking the environment and pushing up prices have been supported by all the major political parties.

The domination of big business parties means that ordinary people have no genuine political representation. This leads some people to blame migrants for the problems that exist when they should be blaming the system.

The solution to racism is to fight for a genuine political alternative and build a new workers party that would campaign for secure jobs, decent housing and well funded services for all.

Such a party would cut across racist ideas and unite working people in a common struggle against the system that puts profits before people of all backgrounds.


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