Number 12

Green Left TV was launched at the end of March. Six months down the track, it's useful to assess our work, the lessons, and possibilities for GLTV's future.

This policy discussion paper was adopted at the Victorian state conference in 2010.  I am submitting it as a draft to the national pre-conference discussion now in the hope we can refine and vote on a national policy on illicit drugs at the upcoming national conference in January 2013. It only focuses on current illicit, psycho-active drugs, such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and other drugs.

The Socialist Alliance bases its disability policy on the social model of disability, human rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

In the past 12 months we have published four new pamphlets and we also have advanced plans to publish two new pamphlets this year.

In this context in Australia then, where the level of the crisis is so acute, yet where the forces of working class resistance are so defuse and ideologically confused - why would the (relatively) few organised socialists, want to place an ideological and organisational barrier between themselves and those who are coming into political motion?

The current method we use to administer Socialist Alliance membership is irksome to me. Even though I pledge a regular amount to the Socialist Alliance each month, via automatic monthly deductions, I still have to be chased up for the payment of my annual membership dues - otherwise, among other consequences, I cease to formally be a SA member.

Resolutions adopted at the Socialist Alliance National Council meeting, October 6-7, 2012

The Ninth National Conference of the Socialist Alliance will be held in Geelong (Victoria), from January 18-20, 2013. It is open to all Socialist Alliance members and invited guests.

I'm proposing some small, but important, changes to bring our Constitution more into line with our present practice and to make more explicit our Alliance building work.

Below is a foreshadowed motion to keep Towards a Socialist Australia as a “draft”.

I'm putting forward the amendments below to the draft Towards a Socialist Australia document because I think the time is ripe for Socialist Alliance to have a sharper framework document, and one that is more explicitly revolutionary, while still being quite broad and popularly expressed.

I note the following references to housework in the excellent updated Women's Charter.

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.