Number 14

Transport is a key feature of our society. How people move around and goods are transported shapes our urban environments and affects our impact on the globe. It alsoconditions who we can know, what we can do and how we experience the world.

I believe we should include the nationalisation of the power industry as a key demand for the federal election to sit alongside the demands for nationalisation of the mining and banking sectors.

The current point 6 reads:

  1. The Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government's links with, and its uncritical support for, the criminal Israeli state.

The draft policy on people with disability submitted by Sibylle Kaczorek and Helen Said, includes the following paragraph:

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it “official” communism around the world opened up a new phase for the left. The immediate impact has been a global ideological offensive of capitalism, which has weakened the left and working class politics almost everywhere. This has lead to the left in many places beginning a process of re-evaluating past experiences and looking for ways to develop greater unity amongst the remaining socialist groups and individuals.

It's an ABC of socialism that in order to make correct decisions, socialists must undertake an analysis of the objective situation, of the level and character of the struggle, while at the same time conducting an analysis of the subjective situation or subjective capacity within the objective situation — i.e. what the level and character of the party is and what its capacity is in the struggle.

It's an ABC of socialism that in order to make correct decisions, socialists must undertake an analysis of the objective situation, of the level and character of the struggle, while at the same time conducting an analysis of the subjective situation or subjective capacity within the objective situation — i.e. what the level and character of the party is and what its capacity is in the struggle.

Since our National Council meeting adopted the draft Socialist Alliance Perspectives resolutions, a few developments have taken place.

These include discussions to explore the prospects for greater collaboration or unity other left groups, including the Communist Party of Australia and Socialist Alternative, and the election victory of Socialist Alliance candidate in Sue Bolton in the Moreland City Council elections in Victoria. Also an ambiguity in one of them has been identified.

As a Socialist Alliance member whose main political activity these days is working in and for various climate change related campaigns I often hear slightly concerned questions from other members.

The following short presentation was made to a meeting of Moreland Socialists on February 28, 2013 to kick off a discussion on developing our policy platform.

Thanks to Helen for her suggested amendments to my redraft of the party's transport policy. This is my response. I accept the various editorial amendments (section numbers, spelling and missing or extra words and so on).

There are several additional matters that could be included in the Draft Resolution.

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