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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.

Despite the Australian economy's lucky “escape” from the Global Financial Crisis and the fact that there have been no major mass mobilisations of the working class since 2007 and the student movement remains relatively weak, there is nevertheless some very interesting motion in Australian politics.

Socialist Alliance does not advocate adoption of a carbon tax. Instead, Socialist Alliance advocates that measures be taken that can rapidly and effectively reduce carbon emissions.

Sydney, January 15-16, 2011.

Motions on meeting procedure (moved by Lisa Macdonald):

Motion 1: That voting rights at this National Council meeting be extended to all elected members of district and state committees.

Motion 2: That the following members who are not currently members of the National Council be invited to attend the meeting (with voice not vote):

In December, in the richest nation on Earth, an event took place that sums up a huge amount about the nature of the world. It was a strike in six prisons in Georgia by the prisoners who withdrew their labour to demand a living wage, as well as other improvements to prison life.

The demand for a living wage is a crucial one, with privatised prisons in the United States running what are essentially mass forced labour camps, in which significant amounts of commodities are produced in conditions of virtual slavery.

A response to NSW Policy “Religious Freedom in a Secular Society”

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Socialists routinely uphold government schools as the only schools worthy of government funding. I feel strongly that this perspective is based on an old hardline super-socialist culture that we have otherwise chosen to abandon.

A carbon tax is on the government's agenda. Both Labor and the Greens have stated their commitment to one. Further, they have both pursued a carbon tax as the primary measure for tackling climate change - rather than regulation to phase out dirty industries or direct public investment in carbon abatement projects (such as renewable energy).

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:

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.