Initial amendments to Policy against Globalisation and Privatisation

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Like many of our early policies, our Policy against Globalisation and Privatisation is rather simple, and is a bit of a grab-bag.

Again, like the policy on Australia's role in the region, I don't pretend the only-slightly updated version below is a finished product. It probably requires a full rework, particularly in the light of the rise of the Occupy movement, which may have the potential to reignite the anti-capitalist sparks we saw a decade ago.

Additionally, I've always felt the inclusion of privatisation in the original title to be a little lazy. Privatisation, along with the ideology behind it, and the benefits of its reversal, deserves a policy all to itself.

Globalisation and War

The struggle for profit leads inevitably to war. For this reason, opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the proxy wars being waged by imperialist powers around the world, are closely interconnected with the fight for global social and economy justice.

Without access to the wealth of developing countries, the US military machine could not afford the weapons of mass destruction that it uses against the people of those very same countries.

By the same token, any blow against the global corporate hegemony is a strike against war.

Socialist Alliance stands for:

  • re-energising and building the anti-corporate and Occupy movements, and working to give them an explicitly anti-capitalist character;
  • the cancellation of the debts of all developing countries;
  • withdrawal from the World Trade Organisation and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade;
  • no “free trade” agreement with the United States;
  • greater trade union rights and a living wage for workers throughout the world;
  • an end to Australian imperialism from the Pacific and South East Asia;
  • building international solidarity with workers of all countries;
  • halting downsizing and mass redundancies, and opening corporate accounts to public scrutiny;
  • reversing all privatisations and placing all essential industries in public hands, for public benefit;
  • abolishing tax concessions for transnational corporations.