Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Policies and positions of the CPA (M-L)

Vanguard September 2013 p. 6-7

The statements on these pages reflect the position of the CPA (M-L) on many of the issues currently confronting the Australian people. More detailed explanations and arguments can be found in the Party Programme and Resolutions of the 13th Congress, which are available on the internet at
US alliance and military bases

US imperialism is the main instigator of imperialist wars for the control of resources, markets and for its monopoly capital investments across the globe. The new US imperialist military expansion and provocations in the Asia Pacific region are a threat to peace and national sovereignty of countries and people in the region. Australia’s military integration into the US imperialist war machine assists the US to wage predatory wars against people and nations. The CPA (M-L) seeks to build active connections with the broad united front movement to kick out all foreign military bases and troops from Australia and across the Asia-Pacific.

Free Trade, TPP

Fair Trade between countries must be based on mutual benefit and mutual respect, not imperialist domination. The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is all about an unequal partnership between countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the dominant power, the United States. It is all about facilitating the penetration of powerful US corporations into markets across the region. They seek to do this by sweeping aside local laws and protections that benefit the people. The CPA (M-L) supports all struggles of the people to expose and reject the TPPA, as it betrays the interests of the Australian people and the interests of the people in the Asia-Pacific region.


The manufacturing industry in Australia is being decimated. The globalised economy being foisted upon the people of the world by imperialism sets an agenda for plunder on an unprecedented world scale, driven by the escalating rivalry between the US, China, Europe, Japan and Russia. It has ignited a desperate frenzy to seize and control the resources and markets of lesser nations such as Australia. The CPA (M-L) supports all struggles by manufacturing workers, unions, employers and communities in opposing the foreign takeovers and the systematic running down of Australia’s industrial base.

Leading role of the Working Class

Based on our analyses of classes and class contradictions in Australia, the CPA (M-L) is of the view that the principal contradiction in Australia’s class struggle is between US economic and political domination and the overwhelming majority of the people, with the working class as the leading class in the anti-imperialist struggle for an independent, democratic and socialist Australia. When mobilised and infused with the far-sighted, revolutionary class consciousness and struggle it is the only class that has the capacity and power to liberate itself and the people from the exploitation and brutality of international monopoly capital (imperialism).

Environment and Climate Change

The CPA (M-L) supports the many struggles of the Australian people for environmental sustainability, led by the indigenous people’s struggle against the destruction of their lands by rapacious mining multinationals. We support the struggles of workers, community groups, small business and farmers for environmental sustainability, and to make the multinationals pay for the transition to a renewable energy economy. We recognise that the united struggle of the people can make short term advances to reduce pollution and protect the environment. However, it is only by winning an independent Australia under the leadership of the working class that the people can ensure an environmentally sustainable country.


The CPA (M-L) supports education workers in resisting the neo-liberal push to further privatise education.  We support the vision of a public education system designed to meet the holistic needs of students to develop as empowered and ethical citizens.  Instead of importing failed ideas from the imperialist heartland where education systems are performing badly, the education system should provide teachers with sufficient time and support for collaborative practises such as peer classroom observation, lesson preparation teams, and school-based research groups. Public education workers are the key to building a united campaign with parents, students, the public sector and the wider community.


The emergence and consolidation of private capitalist accumulation from the exploitation of workers and peasants, and the export of capital, mean that previous certainties about socialism in China are now obsolete. Our view is that forces working for the further entrenchment of capitalism in China have the upper hand in the Communist Party of China. The CPA (M-L) notes the significant growth of Chinese investment in the Australian economy, and will always put the interests of the Australian working class at the forefront of our activities and demands. The CPA (M-L) will base its response to international affairs on the basis of Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism.

Treaty, Land Rights

The CPA (M-L) believes that there can be no genuine reconciliation between the ATSI peoples and the rest of the Australian people without a Treaty acknowledging ATSI people’s prior ownership of this country, and that the invasion of ATSI lands was essentially accomplished by force and violence. The Treaty must acknowledge ATSI communities’ rights to self-determination on the basis of real and lasting Land Rights.

The current Australian Constitution is out-dated and must be replaced by an anti-imperialist, democratic and republican Constitution that includes a Bill of Rights defining and enshrining the rights and liberties of all Australians.

Indigenous struggle

For more than 40,000 years, Aboriginal people were the sole custodians of the land and all its natural wealth, which they respected and protected for future generations. It was this relationship to the country and protection of the natural environment by the Aboriginal people that the colonisers and imperialists have been trying to wipe out with the successive government policies (Labor and Liberal) that serve the foreign and local mining monopolies and multinationals. The present struggles against the racist Intervention and seizure of their mineral rich lands by mining monopolies are not deterring Aboriginal communities from continuing the fight. They have wide support from many Australians.

Income Management

Labor’s extension of the welfare quarantining, Basics Card approach to people who need dignity and self-empowerment comes at the same time as Liberal Joe Hockey’s call to “end the era of entitlement” which attacks the same poor and marginalised communities from yet another direction. It shows that between social democracy and outright conservatism there is only service to the rich, and punishment for the poor.

Asylum seekers, Refugees

Asylum seekers and refugees hoping to settle in Australia are mainly escaping wars of aggression and occupation, poverty and oppression created by the brutality of imperialism. They should be treated humanely and decently. No asylum seeker should be locked up in prison camp conditions, off-shore or in Australia, but instead be provided with proper housing and support in Australia while their position is being considered. There is no real solution to the global plight of refugees whilst the world and its people continue to be plundered and exploited by capitalism and imperialism.


The issue of nationalisation raises the prospect of socialism. It demonstrates the fact that the capitalist class is not essential to society functioning and producing; in Engels’ words it “proves itself a superfluous class”. The CPA (M-L) supports the revolutionary nationalisation of key industries, such as gas, water, electricity, telecommunications, banking and mineral resources to benefit the people, to raise living standards, to create secure, sustainable and non-polluting jobs. In continuing the revolutionary transition to socialism, it is essential that the working class exercises control over the pace and extent of change through participatory democracy – at the workplace level, in the communities, in the government.

Trade unions

Unions express the collective power of workers in the ceaseless struggle to gain and defend the best terms and conditions within the capitalist system of exploitation. Trade union struggles in themselves do not challenge the fundamental economic, social and political system of capitalism. Nevertheless, unions are extremely important centres of workers’ resistance and a rallying point for wider sections of the people.

Big business employs the full force of the state – governments, legal system, media, and ultimately the police and army. Against this, fighting trade unions rely on empowering workers in the workplace, and forging solidarity across the trade union movement and community.

Parliament, elections

Parliamentary democracy enshrines the sacred freedoms of the capitalist class – to own the means of production, land and resources, to trade freely, to exploit and sack workers, and to enforce their class rule by a legal system ultimately supported by armed forces and other elements of the state apparatus. Parliament is a “talking shop” which monitors and tinkers with the engine of capitalism. The driving seat is occupied by unelected people; monopoly owners and shareholders of key industries, banking and financial executives, and high officials of the public service, police, armed forces and other bureaucrats, who ensure the continuity of the system, regardless of elections.

Socialist democracy

The CPA (M-L)’s conception of socialism is based on fundamental principles:

The working class controls a completely new state apparatus – a workers’ army, police, courts and other institutions of state, including the administrative bureaucracy.

There is a centrally planned economy with long-term development goals to meet the needs of the people.

There is sectoral and representational democracy in national, regional and local assemblies – to frame policies, and to implement and monitor them.

There is vigorous and deep-seated participatory democracy in workplaces and communities.

The role of the revolutionary party/parties is to guide and empower the masses in achieving these goals, continuing the revolutionary process of transforming society to liberate the full potential of all people.


Women’s rights under capitalism are subject to the law of uneven development, with some improvements made, then a move backwards. This vulnerability of women, and particularly of working women, will never be entirely eradicated under capitalism. Over the last decade, women have started to go backwards again in their quest for equality with men.

Imperialism is dictating that Australian workers must have their wages lowered and their rights in the workplace reduced. All workers are under attack, but women are additionally vulnerable.

There is no alternative solution in the pursuit of equality for women, outside of the creation of an independent and socialist Australia.


The big four banks in Australia; ANZ, Westpac, NAB and the Commonwealth effectively monopolise the Australian banking system.

With the deregulation of the finance sector from 1979-84, the government’s responsibility for the supply of money and of interest rates was taken away. The Reserve Bank is now independent of government control, and the private banks act independently of Reserve Bank decisions on official interest rates. This has facilitated the free flow of speculative capital and loans from the world’s wealthiest institutions.

Banks should serve the working people, small farmers and producers, not profiteers and parasites.

Nationalise the banks!


Migrant workers have always stood at the centre of Australia’s working class struggles and activism, going back to the days of Eureka Stockade.

In Australia today, migrant and refugee workers predominate in the unskilled and semi-skilled jobs with the harshest conditions and lowest wages, such as meat processing and storage, warehousing, process work, and cleaning. Many are involved in workplace struggles for job security, better wages and conditions and union rights.

The CPA (M-L) works to unite the great majority of Australian people from all cultural, racial and religious backgrounds in the struggle against multinational corporations’ domination of Australia and for anti-imperialist independence and socialism.

International Movement

The CPA (M-L) stands for the unity of the world’s working class and supports the struggles of the oppressed nations and peoples.  We reject the phony “patriotism” of the capitalist class which is simply a mask for that class’s betrayal of national interests and its continued acceptance of control by imperialism.  We uphold anti-imperialist national sentiment which is, at heart, proletarian internationalism under the conditions of workers’ existence in a client state of imperialism.

Left forces in Australia

The CPA (M-L) is striving to apply the principles of Marxism-Leninism to Australian conditions. It takes its theoretical guidance from the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong and our founding Chairperson, Ted Hill. It seeks truth from facts. It relies on collective analysis to discern the principal and secondary contradictions in situations and social and political issues, and applies democratic centralism in formulating the strategies and tactics that arise from this.

The CPA (M-L) regards reformism, revisionism and sectarianism as the most harmful trends in the working class movement.

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