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A podcast series brought to you by Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in Australia.

A podcast series brought to you by Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in Australia.




A podcast series brought to you by Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in Australia.






Does privilege explain racism?

Dani Cotton looks at the weaknesses of privilege theory and argues that while we need to fight racist ideas and policies today, racism can be eradicated as part of a successful challenge to the capitalist system.


On the offensive: union activists speak

Inflation is roaring, workloads are climbing and bosses are still trying to turn the screw harder. Hear from three union activists on the frontline about the fightback we need.


Morrison out: but what’s the alternative?

We all know the Coalition has to go. What’s more challenging is how we do it … and what we expect and demand from an Albanese Labor government. Three guests discuss the issues.


Ukraine: no to Putin, no to NATO

Solidarity's Ian Rintoul explains how socialists should respond to imperialist war, outlining the history of NATO and how the US-led alliance is using Ukraine to confront Russia. He argues that Russian troops and NATO should all get out of Ukraine and that we need to focus on fighting the real enemy: the Australian bosses.


Labor in power: has it ever made a difference?

Why is Labor running a "no target" election campaign? How does this fit with the experience of the ALP and Labor governments over the past century? Jean Parker, a member of Solidarity and the NTEU, draws the lessons we need to take the fight to Morrison today.


Alexandra Kollontai and women’s liberation

Alexandra Kollontai was a Marxist, a fighter for women's liberation and a government minister after the Russian revolution of October 1917. In 1909 she wrote a pamphlet, The Social Basis of the Woman Question, to challenge the arguments raised by bourgeois feminists. Caitlin Doyle-Markwick talks about her ideas and their relevance today.


Why Labor’s ’small target’ approach fails

Anthony Albanese is doing his best to agree with much of what Scott Morrison is saying. Why does Labor adopt a "small target" approach? Does it help them win elections? What are the alternatives? This talk from a recent Solidarity forum goes over the issues.


The united front

The united front is a vital but often misunderstood strategy for revolutionary socialists. Paddy Gibson discusses the history of the strategy and how and why we can apply it in struggles today.


I was there: Woomera breakout 2002

Over the Easter weekend of 2002, about a thousand refugee solidarity protesters gathered at the Woomera detention centre in South Australia. In dramatic scenes, the fences were pushed down by refugees inside – with the help of protesters outside. Some 40 refugees escaped in a huge embarrassment for John Howard’s Liberal government. James Supple was there and tells the story. James is a Solidarity member and an activist with the Refugee Action Coalition in Sydney.


Introduction to Marxism

Paddy Gibson gives an overview of historical materialism and alienation, and argues why the working class has the power to fight for a different world.


I was there: freeing Baby Asha 2016

In February 2016, the refugee movement, backed by the union movement, went into battle to save a baby. Baby Asha was being treated in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital but faced deportation to Nauru. Hundreds of refugee supporters, backed by the Queensland Council of Unions, organised a vigil and blockade. We talk to Solidarity member Mark Gillespie, a long-term activist with the Refugee Action Collective in Brisbane, who was heavily involved in the successful campaign.


Pilbara strike 1946-49

The Pilbara strike of 1946-49 saw Aboriginal people defy the owners of pastoral stations in north-west Western Australia by demanding better wages and conditions. But it was also a fight to win independence from their colonial masters. Paddy Gibson, a Solidarity member and a senior researcher at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, gave this talk recently.


I was there: Sydney College of the Arts occupation 2016

On 22 August 2016, students began an occupation at the Sydney College of the Arts against savage course closures and job cuts. It lasted 65 days, making it the longest student occupation of an administration building in Australian history. And it forced the university into a significant retreat. Thandi Bethune, Kelton Muir and Adam Adelpour were all involved. Here they talk about the campaign and its lessons.


Jeff Sparrow on crimes against nature

Jeff Sparrow is a socialist, writer, editor, broadcaster and Walkley award-winning journalist. His new book, Crimes against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating, rips apart the idea that all humans are responsible for destroying the environment, pins the blame on capitalism and points to ways that society can be organised democratically and sustainably.


COVID Australia sharply divided by class

COVID has hit lower-paid and migrant workers hardest, according to new research. It's also contributed to an increase in domestic violence. We speak to lead researcher Dr Tom Barnes from the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. You can read the report in full here.


I was there: storming Parliament 1996

On 19 August 1996, about 2000 workers, Indigenous activists and students pushed their way into the entry of Parliament House in Canberra. Thousands more cheered them on. They were angry with the new John Howard Coalition government's attacks on workers’ rights. The government, media and even union leaders denounced the protesters as rioters. This episode marks a new segment for this podcast series. It’s called “I was there” and we’ll be interviewing activists who took part in key moments in...


501s: locked up and left to rot

The vast majority of people held in this country’s detention centres have lived nearly all their lives in Australia, made homes, held down jobs and had families. Many of these people have been locked up for years under sections 501 or 116 of the Migration Act and have no foreseeable prospect of release or even deportation. This episode looks at the enormous power that the Immigration Minister holds over people’s lives. We talk to Joey Tangaloa Taualii and "John", who are 501 detainees in the...


Marx, Engels and Indigenous struggles

Karl Marx argued that the beginnings of capitalism were largely made possible by colonialist barbarity. Yet he and his collaborator Frederick Engels had little or nothing to say about the resistance and fate of the Indigenous peoples of North America and Australia. Despite this, their fierce hostility to racism inspired the early Communist Party of Australia, whose members blazed an anti-racist trail in the early 1930s that we can still learn from today. To discuss this history and its...


The contradictions of China

China has more billionaires than the US but some of its biggest property developers are facing bankruptcy. While western media highlights the appalling treatment of the Uighurs, there’s much less said about the oppressive situation for Chinese workers. We discuss all this and more with Phil Griffiths. Phil is a former lecturer in political economy at the University of Southern Queensland and a member of Solidarity. He has visited China many times, most recently just before the pandemic.


Women‘s liberation: lessons from the ‘60s and ‘70s

The women’s movement in the late 1960s grew at a time of massive worker militancy and took its place alongside other new social movements: against the war in Vietnam, and for Indigenous rights, for gay and lesbian rights, and for environmental action. Judy McVey is a socialist who’s been involved in fighting for women’s liberation since the 1970s and the author of the recent Solidarity pamphlet, Abortion: The fight that’s still to be won. She looks at the lessons for today.