The Socialist Alliance is an anti-capitalist party, formed in 2001 by eight socialist groups that saw an urgent need for greater left unity to fight attacks on the rights and living conditions of workers and the poor.
The Socialist Alliance stands for socialism - a democratic society run by and for working people, not the greedy, destructive elite that now rules. We put people before profit, the millions before the millionaires. We believe that a society based on this principle is entirely realistic, and necessary if humanity and the planet are to survive.
Since 2001, members of the Socialist Alliance have been active in campaigns on a wide range of issues, from workers' rights and global warming to civil liberties, from refugee and gay and lesbian rights to justice for Aboriginal Australia and international solidarity. Socialist Alliance members are recognised leaders in these movements, and more.
The Socialist Alliance is made up of people who, like millions of others, are sick of being ruled by warmongers, racists, union-bashers, and nearly-identical Liberal and Labor politicians. We believe that working people themselves, by acting in the workplace, the community, and the street, can develop the power to create a just and environmentally sustainable alternative to profit-driven capitalism.
Mass popular action helped throw the toxic Howard government into history's dustbin. It was a big relief, but the Rudd government - like other ALP administrations state and federal - is only a very small step forward. In the face of the global financial and environmental crises, it continues to put the needs of big business before the environment, working people and our communities. Powerful people's movements are needed under Labor just as much as under the conservatives.
The Socialist Alliance stands candidates in elections at every level of government, but unlike other parties we don't see parliament as the main vehicle for social change. If elected, our candidates will take only an average worker's wage, donating the balance to struggles for a better society.
Join the Socialist Alliance today to help build a better Australia: one where the economy provides useful jobs and overcomes poverty, where the country is a world leader in ecological sustainability, and where ordinary people not corporate boardrooms make the big decisions about the future we need.
What is the Socialist Alliance?
The Socialist Alliance is a broad socialist coalition. Anyone who agrees with the general approach of our policies is welcome to join, and organisation that agrees with them is invited to affiliate.
The socialism we support is based on five principles:
# Solidarity and collaboration - not dog-eat-dog competition and rivalry
# Environmental sustainability - living in harmony with the planet
# Participatory democracy - not just voting for "representatives" every three years
# Social economy - putting people's need before corporate profit
# True equality - between peoples, nations, religions and the sexes
We believe that this society will be achieved by people taking action and working together in their workplaces and communities.
For this reason, Socialist Alliance members participate in progressive movements for change and help to build them. We also stand in elections, not to "represent" people's movements, but to strengthen them and help them win their demands.
The Socialist Alliance looks to work with all left, progressive and socialist forces to help achieve these goals.
Anyone who broadly agrees with the aims and objectives of the Alliance, and agrees to participate in the cooperative spirit of the Alliance, is eligible to join.
Annual membership rates are: $100 high waged/ solidarity, $60 waged, $30 low waged, $15 low waged/ welfare/ tertiary student, and $5 high school student.
The Socialist Alliance works with communities and unions to:
1. Reverse the privatisations and support public ownership and control of services;
2. Rescue our environment with a transition to 100% renewable energy and green jobs, and protect natural biodiversity;
3. Increase investment in improving and rapidly expanding public housing, health, education and transport;
4. Include and support women, Aboriginal people, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people, people with disabilities, refugees, the Muslim community and all those who are scapegoated or ignored;
5. Empower genuine grassroots, democratic control of our lives in our communities and workplaces.