Historical Documents


This Prices Racket - Ralph Gibson

Written in 1947, Gibson gives a detailed description of the corrupt nature of the capitalist economy. With wage increases not keeping up with inflation and unpaid wages very common. This pamphlet explains how such injustices arise and what can be done about it.

Vote Yes For Homes & Jobs

This booklet contains information and an interesting dialogue between serviceman abroad serving in New Guinea. It advocates for a Yes vote for the Constitution Alteration Act, (Post-War Reconstruction and Democratic Rights) passed by Parliament in March, 1944. The referendum was supported by both the ACP and ALP of the time. Timely reading!

Communists Tell How To Build Houses - Fast!

After WW2, Australia faced a severe housing shortage. Australia was 400,000 houses short, with 60,000 new homes required yearly to replace those that become obsolete. Post-war privatisation and the prioritising of housing-for-profit stood in the way of the bright future men and women had signed up for. This booklet sets out the ACP’s demands for a short-term fix to these woes.

Labor Betrayed

This booklet from 1946 reminds workers of the rotten history of collaboration of the ALP in anti-worker attacks on the Australian Communist Party. The nature of World War 2 and the behaviour of the ALP and the similarities with the conditions in Germany at the time. It also sets out immediate demands for the post-war period that were at odds with the pro-capitalist plans of the ALP.

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The Gas Monopoly

Written in 1946, “The Gas Monopoly” provides a strong argument against the privatisation of essential needs for the community. Published by the Victorian State Committee, the publication makes a strong argument for nationalisation of industry and the benefits of it.

Communist Plan For Victory & PeaceI

In 1944 the federal government sought powers to ensure a more just post-war political landscape. Most service men and women had gone to war with an understanding that they wouldn’t return to pre-war conditions of poverty and lack of democratic rights. In this booklet the Party explains its support for the relevant referendum and its further plan for a socialist Australia.

Facts About Banking Reform - Private Banks vs The People

In 1947, the Chifley Labor government tried to put the Commonwealth Bank under stricter control. The capitalists went berserk saying it was Communism in disguise and set out (successfully) to defeat the referendum that was required. The ACP argued for full nationalisation of the finance sector and their arguments are presented in this booklet.

Prosperity For Vegetable Growers

This booklet written after WW2 looked forward to a new way of providing cheap produce to people by the expansion of cooperative growing and marketing. It advocated a new system free of the dominance of monopolies in production and distribution. Its optimism and vision is still worth a look in the modern era of corporate control of our purchasing habits and diet.

No War On Soviet Russia!

The Bolshevik revolution rose victorious, but not without enemies. The imperialist forces still remained and the USSR was facing the constant threat from the American, British, French imperialists. Then in 1933, an event that would change time occured, Fascism rose in Germany.

Catholic Action At Work

This booklet from 1945 contains a warning from the ACP about the workings of reactionary trade union groups directed by the Catholic Church. They sought to prevent the Communists from leading militant defence of workers’ interests, to shore up the position of employers and to impose conservative social values. This anti-worker force continues to plague the labour movement.

Outline For Work In Municipal Councils

This post-WW2 booklet makes a powerful argument for why Communists should focus on the work of local councils. Covering a wide field of issues, local councils were and are still optimum for communists. The ACP has a proud history of involvement in local councils and this work is a how to guide on approaching the task of building the Party’s presence in your local area.

How To Win Elections

The ACP once had a very effective electoral machine committed to victory at every level of government in Australia. The intention was always to use those platforms for advocacy of a revolutionary agenda. That’s not to say the plans were impractical or lacking in appeal to working people. Read about the Party’s successful appeal to the people in the post war years!



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