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Australian Left Politics

The Australian left played a crucial role in Australian democracy, from pre-federation and for the first half of the 20th century. However, since the middle of the 20th century, Australian politics has been dominated by two political parties, the centrist ALP and the Conservative LNP.

The left has come a long way since its early days as a labour movement. In recent years progressive politics has again gathered traction, with a growing number of Australians advocating for policies that prioritise social justice, environmental protection, and human rights.

Australian Political Parties

New socialist parties have emerged. Following increased awareness of social issues, and a growing sense of urgency around climate change, the Australian left has become a diverse and dynamic movement. Left parties today include the Australian Greens, Socialist Alliance and Victorian Socialists. Below are links to these parties and other great left resources.

Socialist Alliance Australia

Socialist Alliance (SA) is a micro party in Australia, but it is very productive. Some links about and by SA are:

Australian Left Media

Resistance Books is an Australian based non-profit, progressive book publisher and distributor.

Resistance Books aims to publish both a range of the classic works of Marxism and socialism as well as titles dealing with contemporary issues from a radical perspective, all in cheap and accessible editions. Currently we have around 90 titles in print, roughly half books and the remainder pamphlets. Our Resistance Marxist Library series now stands at 20 titles.

Radical Environmental groups

Radical environmental groups operate as a grass-roots presence of the larger environmental movement. They often emerge out of frustration with the co-option of mainstream environmentalism.

Australian Socialist Websites

Socialist Australia by Rob Pyne
Socialist Australia by Rob Pyne

Australian Left Unions

The Future of the Australian Left

The future of the Australian left is uncertain, but there are many reasons to be optimistic. With a growing number of young people engaging in politics and advocating for progressive policies, there is a real possibility for change in the years to come.

However, there are also significant challenges to be faced, including the rise of right-wing populism and the ongoing threat of climate change. Ultimately, the future of the left will depend on the ability of its leaders and supporters to mobilise and organise effectively, and to build a broad-based movement that can bring about real change.

In conclusion, the Australian left has a rich and complex history, shaped by a variety of social, economic, and political factors.

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