Aussie LP

Philip Ferguson plf13 at student.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Sep 12 15:59:47 MDT 2002


Jose:
> I would think all *revolutionary* socialists would
> agree that the ALP is, all bullshit aside, a pliant tool of the Australian
> bourgeoisie, and with whatever combination of weapons from our armory, its
> influence among working people MUST BE FOUGHT.


Nice example of the ALP in power was their total support for the
Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975.  We might also note that this
was done under a 'left' Labor leader, Gough Whitlam.  For an interesting
account of Labor in power in Australia in the 1980s, and their
connections to the biggest and most rapacious capitalist shysters in the
country (including Aussie capitalists who operate on the world stage),
see Pilger's book on them.

You are right-on about Blair as well.  How any self-respecting 'Marxist'
could have called for a vote for this imperialist reactionary and his
party - let alone argued this was a 'class vote' - is almost
breath-taking in its appallingness.

On the other hand, you could say that it was a kind of class vote I
guess.  It was a class vote for what is currently the chief party of the
British *ruling class* and British Imperialism Ltd.

Phil

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