About Susan

Susan is a unionist, refugee rights activist and long-time feminist. She has lived in Sydney's inner-west for 15 years and is a national co-convener of the Socialist Alliance.

Susan has been an active unionist for over 20 years and joined her first union as a high school student.

Susan has held a number of union delegate roles and was elected as the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Branch President at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2006-08 and again in 2008-2010. Susan served on the union's National Executive from 2010-12.

She was an NTEU delegate to Unions NSW.

About Socialist Alliance

The Socialist Alliance stands for socialism — a democratic society run by and for working people, not the greedy, destructive capitalist elite that now rules. We put people and the planet before profit, the millions before the billionaires.

We believe that a society based on this principle is entirely realistic, and necessary if humanity and the planet are to survive.

We believe that in order to bring about such a society, we have to replace the institutions that protect and defend this ruling elite (such as parliament, government administration, police and the military) with institutions under the democratic control of ordinary people.

In other words we need revolutionary change, brought about with the active participation of the majority of people.

Since 2001, members of the Socialist Alliance have been active in campaigns for workers’ rights, for women’s rights, against unconventional gas mining and for environmental protection and justice, for civil liberties, justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for refugees and against racism, for the rights of gays, lesbians, trans and intersex people, for equal marriage rights, and for international solidarity with the oppressed. Socialist Alliance members are recognised leaders in many of these movements.

The Socialist Alliance is made up of people who, like millions of others, are sick of being ruled by the warmongers, racists, union-bashers, and capitalist politicians.

The Socialist Alliance is a registered political party and stands in elections. We have two elected local councillors — Sam Wainwright in Fremantle (Western Australia) and Sue Bolton in Moreland (Melbourne, Victoria). We stand candidates to give a voice to working-class struggle and to meet the need for working-class political representation.

Socialist Alliance representatives use their positions to initiate and support community campaigns, workers’ struggles and social movements, fight reactionary policies and promote the mass campaigns that can defeat the attacks on jobs and living standards. Socialist Alliance candidates who are elected to political office will only take the wage of an average worker.

Under capitalism, young people face special discrimination and political exclusion. The Socialist Alliance seeks to involve young people and encourage them to lead the struggle for socialism.

Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance (Resistance) is the youth wing of Socialist Alliance. Formed by young radicals, it has its own elected leadership and provides a space for young members of the Socialist Alliance to organise politically, network, educate themselves and take action. All Socialist Alliance members aged 26 and under are eligible for membership.

Find out more about Resistance here.

We believe that the majority of people, by acting in their workplaces, on their campuses, in their communities, and on the streets, can develop the power to create a just and environmentally sustainable alternative to profit-driven capitalism.

To learn more about Socialist Alliance and its policies click here.