Proposed amendments to Socialist Alliance Constitution and Code of Conduct

Proposed amendments to Socialist Alliance Constitution and Code of Conduct

Proposed additions appear in bold underline.


1. Proposed amendments to the Socialist Alliance Constitution

[Socialist Alliance Constitution:]

At Part 4: “Membership”

4.10 The Socialist Alliance encourages full participation of all members as activists and leaders at local, state and national levels of the organisation and as branch officers and candidates, including in electoral and other formal alliances. The Alliance actively encourages working class women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities and young people to take on leadership roles within the Alliance and in electoral and other coalitions.

4.11 When entering into an electoral alliance or other organisational alliance with other parties, Socialist Alliance will submit the Code of Conduct for discussion by the appropriate joint body or bodies at the earliest opportunity and motivate its adoption, with such amendments as are necessary to suit the organisational form.

4.12The Socialist Alliance is politically pluralistic and encourages all individuals and affiliates to participate fully in our struggle for socialism. Members of other parties, organisations and groups who join the Socialist Alliance may keep their identity as members of these organisations while participating fully in the development of the Alliance.
4.13Membership assumes a commitment to a non-sectarian and co-operative way of working and respect for the democratic decision-making processes in Socialist Alliance. When members participate in discussion and debate, they shall do so in a positive manner and without personal attacks. As such, members are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2. Proposed amendment to the Socialist Alliance Code of Conduct

[Socialist Alliance Code of Conduct:]

At Paragraph 5 of the section titled “No Harrassment”:

Branch executives may be able to halt isolated or unwitting incidents of sexual harassment by discussion and education, however persistent and/or serious sexual harassment by a member should trigger prompt consideration of their membership status, leadership position, political assignment and/or electoral candidacy (as relevant and appropriate) in accordance with the constitution, whether or not the harassment would constitute an offence under criminal law.

[Editor's note: These proposals were submitted after the deadline for changes to the Constitution had passed, however the National Executive is recommending that they be considered by the conference.]