Number 12

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.

Socialist Alliance began almost 12 years ago with the convergence of numerous small socialist organisations. The creation of what was first an electoral alliance grew into an organisation in its own right, and continues today. This process has not been easy, and while we have made gains and began a process of developing into a fighting organisation for socialism, there have been significant setbacks along the way, such as the withdrawal of the other socialist groups and tendencies, as well as many of the independent activists we attracted around our project in its initial years.

Minutes of the Socialist Alliance national council meeting.

In this contribution I want to extend my previous argument that our platform statement, Towards a Socialist Australia, should be explicit, in a popular and non-dogmatic way, that we stand for a socialist revolution. This is in particular a  response to the contribution of Graham Matthews, but also is also prompted by reflection that my previous contribution could have been more detailed and clear.

These amended resolutions were adopted by the Socialist Alliance National Council Meeting on October 6 and 7, 2012 in Sydney. This draft will now be discussed by branches in the lead up to the 9th national conference of the Socialist Alliance, January 2013, where it will be open to further amendment before being voted on.

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.

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