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Finance minister Mathias Cormann has threatened the opposition parties that if they continue to block key budget measures — such as the demolition of universal health care and welfare, the deregulation of university fees, and the hike in the interest rate on student HECS debts — then the government would be forced to look at raising taxes.

On the surface it is a ridiculous threat. If the opposition parties have the numbers to block these nasty measures in the Senate then they also have the numbers to block any tax rises. However, the political logic of making this threat is to reinforce the neoliberal posture that lower taxes are innately a good thing.

But Cormann's tax threat was “brave” because today only a small number of people buy this lie.

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Socialist Alliance is supporting the moves by 350.org, GetUp and others to organise huge climate mobilisations around September 21 as part of an international day of action. We need to phase out fossil fuels as urgently as possible and shift to 100% renewable energy as these rallies are demanding.

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The following statement was adopted by the Socialist Alliance national executive on September 4, 2014 in response to the Australian government's decision to join the US and other imperialist states in a new military intervention in Iraq.

1. The US wars on Iraq (1991 and 2003) killed hundreds of thousands and completely wrecked the country. The US promoted sectarian divisions... READ MORE

The following statement was adopted by the Socialist Alliance national executive on September 4, 2014 in response to the announcement that Australia would soon become an "enhanced partner" of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) military alliance.

The Socialist Alliance condemns the Abbott Liberal-National government's proposal to become an “enhanced partner” of the... READ MORE

The Socialist Alliance is proudly supporting the protests against "Team Abbott" on this weekend that have been organised by March Australia.

Over $40 billion in budget measures are currently held up in the senate with opposition parties... READ MORE

For the fifth time since their election in September last year, thousands of Australians will take to the streets in protest against Tony Abbott Coalition's government.

These mobilisations have been critical to keep the pressure on the Labor Party, Greens and independents to stand firm in opposing the government's budget, which will bring austerity, cuts and privatisation.

As a... READ MORE



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