Volume 8

The December 2 ABCC demo over here was very good; well over 2000 present maybe as much as 3000. Biggest contingents were from MUA and AMWU at around 1000 each.

Moved by: SA NSW Trade Union Committee.


The Socialist Alliance National Executive has not produced a draft energy policy for the 2008 National Conference, pending the imminent release of the Rudd Government White Paper and the current UN climate change negotiations. It proposes that Conference adopt the following energy policy guidelines.

Moved: Stuart Munckton, Sydney Central.

The democratically elected government of Bolivian President Evo Morales, that nation’s first ever president to come from the ranks of the impoverished indigenous majority, is leading a process of change that aims to overcome 500 years of indigenous oppression and reverse two decade a brutal neoliberalism that has left Bolivia the poorest country in South America.

Here below is the text of a recruitment leaflet, done earlier this year. I have received feedback from the National Executive, but members should have their say about the draft too.

What do you think? Will the audiences we are trying to reach read this? How can it be improved?

Send comments to Alliance Voices or, if you don´t want your comment published, to the Socialist Alliance national office.

On Saturday November 15 around 25 Socialist Alliance members and supporters in Perth gathered for our annual State Conference.

Conference notes that:
  1. Morocco invaded and illegally occupied Western Sahara in 1975;
    1. The UN efforts to accomplish the decolonisation process in Western Sahara have not been successful yet;
    2. Over 165,000 Saharawis have been living in refugee camps in South West of Algeria for the past 32 years in dire conditions, waiting to return to their homeland which is occupied by Morocco,
    3. the only just, legal and lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, is to end the Moroccan illegal occupation and allow the Sahara people to exercise their right to self-determination, in accordance with the UN decolonisation doctrine;
  2. Strongly supports the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence;
  3. Condemns the gross violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara by Morocco;
  4. Asks the Moroccan Government to respect human rights in the Saharawi occupied territories and to release all Saharawi political detainees forthwith;
  5. Calls on the UN to proceed without further delay with the organisation of the long overdue referendum of self-determination; continued...

In the session on the Constitution at our forthcoming National Conference I shall move the following amendment:

Insert the following new sentence at the end of 8.1:
The National Executive may charter branches on a non-geographical basis where this helps the organisation of members.

Moved: Dick Nichols.

  • Conference resolves that the Socialist Alliance shall have two National Spokespersons in the coming National Indigenous Rights Spokesperson
  • National Anti-War and Civil Liberties Spokesperson

The Socialist Alliance condemns the violation of human rights in Tibet and affirms its support for right of self-determination of the Tibetan people and other oppressed minorities in China. We also call on the prime minister Kevin Rudd not to attend the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Passed by the National Executive on April 24, 2008


In 1788 Australia was invaded and colonised, but the sovereignty of the original inhabitants of this country was never ceded. Across the continent the Indigenous peoples resisted. But treaties were never negotiated over the use or settlement of the land, and the colonisers invented a legal fiction — terra nullius — to justify their illegal and violent annexation. By pretending that the land wasn’t inhabited by a “civilised” people, the likes of James Cook and Joseph Banks laid the basis for two centuries of racism and oppression.

Moved: Liam Mitchell (Blue Mountains).

The Socialist Alliance Conference notes that the Rees Labor government in NSW has continued along the path of privatising the electricity sector in that state, even after the previous leadership was forced out due to mass opposition to the original plan.