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Labor's misnamed Fair Work Act has been in place for two years. While ALP Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has announced a review into the operation of the Act, this is unlikely to result in any substantial improvements being made in FWA.

During a discussion of the draft Towards a socialist Australia in the Melbourne district meeting, I noted that I had presented a paper “Toward democratic eco-socialism in Australia as part of a global climate change mitigation strategy: a utopian vision” at the Fourth Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction that focused on the theme “Changing the climate: utopia, dystopia and catastrophe” at the Monash University Conference Centre in late 2010.

Below in bold, most with a short explanation in brackets, are my suggested changes to this document.

The following report was presented to the Socialist Alliance Melbourne district meeting on December 6 and later to Geelong branch. While it speaks to the first draft of the resolution, I think the main points made remain relevant.

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The draft resolution, Towards a Socialist Australia, is a very valuable contribution to Australian public life. There are two parts that merit further consideration.

The first is the last paragraph on page 5. The second sentence states: "Australia has been an enthusiastic participant in the imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan".

About 18 months ago, I was talking to a friend who is a member of the Greens. We were talking about the Socialist Alliance, and she came out with “The Socialist Alliance now is where the Greens were in the mid-1990s”. At the time I was indignant, she has misunderstood what the Socialist Alliance is about, I thought. SA is a revolutionary party which seeks the overthrow of capitalism, isn’t it?

Dave Kerin, in his article Change of organisation and newspaper names, style, look and feel suggests changing the names of Socialist Alliance and Green Left Weekly.

Dave Kerin, in his article Change of organisation and newspaper names, style, look and feel suggests changing the names of Socialist Alliance and Green Left Weekly.

From the Socialist Alliance Constitution: “An individual who lives too far from any branch to participate at branch level is regarded as an “at large” member.”

But what if you don't “participate” — for whatever reason besides distance — aren't you “at large” too?

I'm trying to hone in on what I think is a neglected conundrum for the SA.

I propose the following amendments to the latest draft of Towards a Socialist Australia.

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