Bob Briton

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Bob Briton


Bob Briton was a leader of the Communist Party of Australia. He formed the rival Australian Communist Party in June 2019.

ACP founding

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Bob Briton at founding of Australian Communist Party.

Solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution

Vinnie Molina October 21, 2017 ·

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Solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution in Sydney NSW. With Daniel Gasparri charge d'affaires Bolivarian republic of Venezuela. Communist Party of Australia, CPA. — with David Matters, Warren Smith, Daniel Gasparri, Wayne Sonter, Elizabeth Hulm, Bob Briton and Anna Pha.

Communist Party school

The Communist Party of Australia held its first National School for 2016 on the weekend of May 21-22. The schools, held twice yearly at the Party’s headquarters in Surry Hills in Sydney, have been well supported by members and friends of the CPA.

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The chance to participate and meet comrades from all over the country is appreciated and, in many ways, just as valuable as the opportunity to deepen our knowledge of Marxism-Leninism and its application to the Australian political environment. While comrades with more experience are encouraged to attend and contribute, content so far has been directed towards newer members of the Party.

Party General Secretary Bob Briton gave a broad introduction to the question of class and class struggle. There was discussion of some changes forced onto workers by employers in an effort to break up solidarity of the people they exploit. Christopher Crouch from WA shared some very original insights into the influence of ideology on the way we view reality and the efforts of the capitalist ruling class to impose their world view on workers.

John Heywood from SA addressed the ideological struggle in social media and gave practical advice on developing content, such as memes, for Facebook and Twitter. Bob Briton then presented material on the multi-lateral Trans Pacific Partnership, which seeks to prevent governments from legislating in defence of their own people or in favour of the sovereignty of their own countries. The long process of the building of corporate dictatorship was explored with a group exercise.

Party Vice-President David Matters gave a presentation on the Party’s Constitution, pointing out the way it defends democratic-centralism from destructive activities such as factionalism. He introduced what turned out to be a very lively role play concerning an industrial dispute in the construction industry. Sydney Central Branch member John Berwick gave a historical outline of two industrial disputes in which the CPA played a major role – the Queensland railway strike of 1948 and the coal strike of 1949.

In the afternoon, there was group discussion of a docudrama about the coal strike that caricatured the role of the CPA and misrepresented major events. The power of the capitalist media to shape public opinion was explored. Christopher Crouch wound up proceedings with a session seeking feedback and bringing the various threads of the weekend together.[1]

Party leader

In June 2013, the Communist Party of Australia Central Committee Executive announced the appointment of Comrade Bob Briton as Acting General Secretary to lead the Party until the Central Committee meets in August.[2]

Communist background

Bob Briton joined the Socialist Party of Australia in 1984.

At that time he was active in the Australian Capital Territory against unfair dismissals and in solidarity with the peoples of Latin America.

Since moving to South Australia he has remained active around the issue of political prisoners in Colombia, solidarity with Venezuela and Vietnam and is treasurer of the South Australian May Day Collective.

He has served for many years on the South Australian State Committee of the CPA and became its secretary in 2001.

He became a journalist on the Party’s weekly newspaper, The Guardian, and was elected to the Central Committee in 2005 and has served on its Peace Sub-Committee.

He is currently secretary of the CC’s International Department. Briton has represented the Party at several international forums. [3]

Bye election

CPA South Australia State Secretary, Bob Briton, ran as the Party’s candidate in the 2012 Port Adelaide bye-election.

The Party has leafleted extensively about the pollution problems facing the area. The local Branches had also campaigned for a reduction in military industries, the scrapping of military-oriented curricula and “partnerships” for high schools and weapons manufacturing companies. The CPA had joined with other members of the local Left Unity umbrella group around this issue and others in recent times. LU representative Pas Forgione spoke at Briton's campaign launch. CPA candidate Bob Briton concluded his contribution with this observation:

“I believe we will not make much headway towards our goals of a more just society unless and until we have a strong Communist Party within a strong and united left. I cannot tell you how impressed and grateful we are for the support shown by the Left Unity organisation in Adelaide. Left Unity is made up of members of the CPA, Socialist Alliance, Organise!, the Anti-Capitalist Forum, the Socialist Party, current and former members of the Greens and other progressive individuals.”

Briton pledged ongoing support for the joint work of Left Unity and expressed the wish for a good result in the by-election in return for the confidence shown by supporters of the CPA’s campaign.[4]

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