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This report will look at the Australian economy in the context of the global economic crisis, the crisis of Labourism and potentials for class struggle fight back in Australia today. First I want to look at two of the foremost issues in Australian politics right now as we head into another year of struggle in 2011.

Motions moved by Susan Price:

There is an urgent need for a Socialist Alliance "natural disaster" policy in light of Queensland floods, and Victorian bushfires only two years ago. There is a strong likelihood of increased frequency of "natural disasters" in Australia (as part of worldwide trend), related to effects of human-induced climate change.

In context of the likelihood of increased rate of extreme "natural disasters," this merely underlines the urgency of radical action to tackle climate change, led by the Australian government.

We need to amend the following introductory sentence:

The Socialist Alliance supports public ownership of human infrastructure and services, including housing, transport, electricity, water and banking, understanding that the private market is unable to put human need before profit greed.

Motions, as amended by discussion, moved by Jess Moore:

Motions, as amended by discussion, moved by Ben Peterson

Comrade Haskell believes we should adopt as policy: “The Socialist Alliance acknowledges that the burqa is a style of dress that disrespects, oppresses, and assaults the dignity of women..."

Motions, as amended by discussion, moved by Sue Bolton:

New South Wales urgently needs a radical shift in priorities, in the interest of environmental sustainability and social justice

The Socialist Alliance calls on Australian governments to implement measures that will rapidly and effectively reduce greenhouse emissions.

Market-based mechanisms, which operate indirectly and slowly, will not do the job in the brief time left — quite apart from their inability to deal with the social justice issues involved. We therefore demand:

A draft of the Protocols for Alliance Voices submissions and editing.

Same-sex marriage has been won in ten countries now. Those countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden.

Same-sex marriage is also recognised in some jurisdictions within countries, including the United States and Mexico, where it is not recognised at a national level.

And some countries that do not allow same-sex marriage recognise marriages performed in other countries. Same-sex civil unions and registration schemes have been won in 20 countries and in a number of jurisdictions within countries.

Disclaimer — signed articles represent the views of their authors, not necessarily the views of the Socialist Alliance unless otherwise stated. Responsibility for all electoral comment is taken by P. Benedek, 22 Mountain Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007. Alliance Voices submission protocols.

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