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Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance is a network of young activists within Socialist Alliance.

We oppose the exploitation, oppression and environmental destruction brought about by the capitalist system and believe that a better, socialist society will be achieved by people taking action and working together in their workplaces and communities.

For this reason, we are active as part of Socialist Alliance in progressive movements for change and helping to build them. Our party also stands in elections, not to "represent" people's movements, but to strengthen them and help them win their demands.

The Socialist Alliance seeks to work with all progressive and left wing groups and individuals in order to achieve these goals.

We recognise that young people - students, young workers, unemployed - have a huge role to play in building the movements to make fundamental social change. Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance seeks to find ways to engage and educate young people on issues of Australian and global politics and get them active in movements that can change the world.

Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance is made up of young members of the Socialist Alliance, a party that has brought together socialists from different backgrounds and traditions. Resistance is actively involved in grassroots activism and helping build the Alliance’s campaigns.

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/youngsocialistalliance
Twitter: twitter.com/AusResistance
Email: resistancenationaloffice@gmail.com

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Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance released this statement on May 30.

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The federal Coalition government plans to ramp up Work for the Dole for job seekers under 30.

From July 1, it will apply in 18 high unemployment regions across Australia, and will be rolled out nationwide from July 1 next year.

The program, which was initiated under the John Howard government, forces long-term unemployed young people (those who have been receiving Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance for more than 12 months) to work 15 hours a week for six months. Refusal to work could result in being penalised one tenth of their fortnightly payment for every day absent, which will cut deep into wages that are already below the poverty line.

This is not a choice for young Australians. This is a threat, it is forced labour, and it is wrong.

Recent high-profile corporate announcements of mass redundancies and decreasing rates of university graduate employment demonstrate that it is increasingly hard for both unskilled and well-educated people to find work.

Despite this, young people are once again being told it is their fault they cannot find work, and it is time to stop being lazy and lift themselves up.

This is a slap in the face to young unemployed people across the nation, made worse by a budget that cuts 16,500 public service jobs, but has no significant plans to create other jobs.

This is accompanied by factory closures in traditionally working-class communities, such as Geelong.

The government is cutting programs that are... READ MORE

Statement of Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance May 22, 2014

The struggle against education cuts has exploded onto the national stage in the lead up to and following the budget announcement by the Abbott Liberal-National Coalition government, a budget set to massively increase student debt. With a series of political stunts and protests against individual Liberal Party politicians, there has been a serious political response to these fee increases and cuts, not just by students but by all young people. It is these sorts of stunts and actions that have been raising consciousness around the threat to students and need to continue, forcing the liberals to run with their tails between their legs as increasingly empowered students chase them from the campuses.

As well as this, students supported staff at the University of Technology Sydney when the National Tertiary Education Union called a strike in support of a sacked staff member. It is vital that students and staff, as well as members of broader community, support the demands of university workers in order to defend our education system from Coalition attacks. We are also encouraged to see workers from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) joining the staff and students on the picket.

This was followed by an explosion of anger at the May 21 National Day of Action, called by the National Union of Students, against the attacks on students. Thousands of students marched in the major cities, with clashes with police ensuing in Sydney and Melbourne when police violently... READ MORE



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