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Socialism in Australia
Socialism in Australia dates back to the earliest pioneers of the area.
Socialist Organisations in Australia
- 1848: Copper Miner's Strike in Burra, South Australia.
- 1864: Moonta Mines and Wallaroo Copper Mines Strike on the Copper Coast, South Australia.
- 1886: Melbourne Anarchist Club is founded.
- 1893: Larrie Petrie, an anarchist, blows up a ship in response to trade union disputes.
- 1895: Norco Co-operative is established in New South Wales.
- 1900: Dairy Farmers is established as a farmers cooperative in New South Wales.
- 1901: Australian Labor Party is formed, though state parties existed previously.
- 1903: Victorian Railway Workers strike.
- 1906: Socialist Party of Australia formed in Melbourne.
- 1908: IWW organizes workers' councils among meat workers in Northern Queensland.
- 1912: Brisbane General Strike.
- 1914: Wesfarmers is established as a cooperative in Western Australia.
- 1920: Communist Party of Australia is formed.
- 1924: Socialist Party of Australia (World Socialist Movement) is formed.
- 1929: Timber Workers strike in Victoria and New South Wales. Rothbury Miners Riot.
- 1933: CBH Group is formed as a farmers cooperative in Western Australia.
- 1944: Fred Paterson becomes the first and only Communist member elected to an Australian parliament.
- 1946: Queensland meat industry strike. Indigenous led Pilbara Strike in Western Australia.
- 1948: Queensland railway strike.
- 1949: News South Wales coal miner strike.
- 1964: Mount Isa Mine strike in Queensland assisted by the IWW. Communist Party of Australia (Marxist–Leninist) is formed due to a split within the Communist Party of Australia which occurred largely as a result of the Sino-Soviet split.
- 1966: Gurindiji Strike in the Northern Territory.
- 1971: Harco Work-In.
- 1972: Workers control occurs during the construction of the Sydney Opera House. A closed glove factory near Whyalla is turned into a feminist worker cooperative.
- 1975: Nymboida mine is closed but reopened when workers take over.
- 1982: Freedom Socialist Party is formed.
- 1985: Mudginberri Strike in Northern Territory. Dollar Sweets dispute. Socialist Party is formed.
- 1989: Australian Federation of Air Pilots strike.
- 1990: Anarcho-syndicalists organize a strike among Melbourne tramworkers.
- 1991: The Communist Party of Australia disbands in response to the fall of the USSR.
- 1995: Socialist Alternative is formed.
- 1996: The new Communist Party of Australia is formed.
- 1998: Waterfront dispute.
- 2001: Socialist Alliance is formed.
- 2010: Socialist Equality Party is formed.
- 2010: Democratic Socialist Perspective (DSP), which merged into the Socialist Alliance on 2 January 2010.
- 2011: Quarantine workers strike.
- 2013: Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), which merged into Socialist Alternative on March 2013.
- 2014: Resistance, which merged into Socialist Alliance on 19 February 2014.
- 2018: Formation of the Victorian Socialists, a state electoral alliance between Socialist Alternative, Socialist Alliance, trade unionists and community activists.