Volume 1

I propose that we introduce an extra section into the platform to be called”Against Australia’s imperialist  foreign policy”, to be inserted after the section”Fight corporate globalisation” and to include the following dot points:

I want to take up one of the policies on the Socialist Alliance platform, namely "No Enterprise Bargaining" [see under Section "Jobs not Profits" — ed.]

Adrian Beith wrote: After looking at the Socialist Alliance webpage, I found their policies are hardly radical.. It is only an expansion of the capitalist-welfare state, and not all that much different than what I would expect from the ALP left.”

Workers' Liberty proposes changes to the preamble of the platform. The main point of our proposals is to make it clear that the agency that can create the socialism that the SA advocates is the self-organised working class. We can connect the capitalist present to the socialist future by being for self-directed working-class organisation in the present. The action program of the Socialist Alliance is an action programme in so far as it gives support and political voice to working-class struggle and interests at every opportunity.

The section presently reads Close the detention centres; Full rights for asylum seekers Open the borders, funding for settlement.

What is the draft platform of the Socialist Alliance? It’s a series of “dot points” on matters on which the nine founding affiliates agree. These outline a principled socialist stance on most of the issues of the day in Australian politics, being basically driven by the idea “let the rich pay” or “people before profit”.

The National Executive of the Democratic Socialist Party discussed this issue at its July 9 meeting and wishes to submit the following resolution to the Founding Conference of the Socialist Alliance Conference resolves that the Socialist Alliance will...

The following decision of the National Liaison Committee, taken at its June 22 hook-up, outlines how to participate in the preconference discussion.

Our current platform is silent on the question of housing. Clearly this is just an oversight, but one which needs addressing. We offer the following proposal.

In the light of the difficulties that have been raised by local groups about raising the money to fund the number of delegates to be elected according to the original delegate ratio adopted by the NLC (one delegate for every five members); and Given that a number of local groups would not then be able to send full delegations;

The current platform of the Socialist Alliance is a good start. It contains concrete demands which working class people can relate to. We favour retaining this basic approach.

However, we believe the platform urgently requires more detail. In adding this detail, we will also be able to show how the Socialist Alliance will fight for the needs of the working class in all of its diversity. The demands of women, queers, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people of colour, immigrants and refugees, unemployed and unorganised workers must be integrated throughout our entire platform, not confined to a discrete “no discrimination” section.