FREE THE REFUGEES- Stop the war on the third world
The Tampa, the Siev X and the “children overboard scandal”- these episodes will go down as dark moments in our
They showed the lengths that the Liberal Government will go to protect “their lucky country” and the lies they will
resort to maintain their power.
Not content to indefinitely imprison refugees, the Government’s new strategy is one of forced deportations. This
involves a not so delicate mix of black mail, bribery and pure force in expelling refugees from detention centres, often
to face death and persecution from the countries they have fled. Even people who are deemed to be “real refugees” and
are released into our communities remain in limbo with Temporary Protection Visas making it impossible for them to
achieve their modest goal: a life without insecurity, persecution and fear.
POLITICS OF DIVIDE AND RULE
The Liberals' strategy of divide and rule aims to get Australian workers fearful and resentful of people fleeing
persecution and hardship rather than focusing on the real problems. Meanwhile the Liberals continue to attack workers’
and union rights and selling off what is left of public health and education. Their rule is for the rich elites at the cost of
refugees who are convenient scapegoats.
The ALP has largely adopted this agenda and has refused to organise any real opposition. Despite this resistance is
growing, on campuses, in workplaces and of course on the streets.
THE WAR ON THE THIRD WORLD
Socialist Alliance proudly campaigns for refugee rights, but we also campaign to change this world in which, according
to Amnesty International, a refugee is “created” every 21 seconds.
Refugees flee poverty, war and repression. Such factors are an intrinsic part of our current world system. It is a system
that uses global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to implement the interests of
corporate elites based in a few first world countries.
Australian corporations and foreign policy have played their part in both creating and maintaining the “third world”. A
world where the majority are kept in extreme poverty and underdevelopment while pro Western ruling elites are
installed and supported by first world governments and corporations. Third world countries are seen as mere dumping
grounds, pools of cheap labour and resources, or at best new exploitable markets.
The so called “war on terror” has fast tracked this process. Australia, Britain and the US are not addressing the roots of
“terrorism” or “religious fundamentalism”, instead they are implementing their “economic fundamentalist” agenda.
Their world divides the rich and poor further, it curtails democracy in the name of “national security”, initiates war in
the name of “liberty” and then punishes some of the most desperate victims of their system, refugees and asylum
ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE
The recent anti-war movement saw the development of a new super power on the political stage, that of “people’s
power”. Our role has put limits on the speed and devastation of the new war drive and its accompanying attack on
democracy and civil liberties, and it is a struggle that is dynamic and constant.
Another world is possible. It is a world that must be built on organised resistance to the politics of war and racism. It is
a world that we glimpse even as we get active and struggle in solidarity with others across the world. It is a world that
puts people and our environment before the profits of the ruling elites.
Socialist Alliance members are helping lead the fight for refugee rights. But we are also fighting for workers rights, an
end to the war on the third world, and to stop the war drive. Join us, we have a world to win!
JOIN SOCIALIST ALLIANCE
Members of Socialist Alliance are building and often founded refugee activist groups in every Australian capital city
and many regional centres. Our members include leading refugee campaigners and refugees themselves.
Socialist Alliance is an historic initiative that has already brought together eight socialist organisations and hundreds of
unaffiliated individuals. It represents left, green, progressive and radical forces focusing on what we have in common
and our shared desire in fighting for a world based on social and environmental justice.
At our second national conference we agreed that “we want the Alliance to become a single multi-tendency socialist
party.” This marked steps toward greater left unity and reflects our commitment to strengthen peoples' movements for
change and to help them win.
Socialist Alliance is an exciting and inspirational development on the Australian political scene. Make sure that you are
a part of it! Join us today…
BLOOD ON THE HANDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
Colombian dissident Alvaro Morales fled to Australia to escape government-backed paramilitaries. In May, 2001 his
application for refugee status was rejected.
Three weeks after his return to Colombia, Morales was shot dead by right-wing paramilitaries. The Federal
Government claimed no responsibility because his departure was “voluntary”. Amnesty International points out that his
choice was to leave voluntarily or face deportation.
This is one of many examples of our refugee policy effectively resulting in deaths, involving asylum seekers from
Pakistan to Iran. It is another reason why Socialist Alliance is actively building local refugee activist groups and
supporting the Anti-Deportation National Alliance
SOCIALIST ALLIANCE IS FOR:
• an end to mandatory detention
• closing the camps
• permanent protection for all refugees not just those who meet UN criteria and for scrapping TPVs
• amnesty for escaped refugees
• stopping deportations