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.

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...

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

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

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.


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: Dick Nichols

Resolution on updating the Socialist Alliance workers’ rights charter.

For some time now - dating back at least to our 2003 national conference - we've recognised the need for the Socialist Alliance to produce our own "lively and compelling case for socialism", in the form of a book or pamphlet that outlines the case for socialism.

Up until now, we still haven't produced such a document. We have, of course, produced many excellent policy documents — from the Climate Change charter to heaps of material on fighting unions, to Indigenous rights documents, a welfare charter and much more.

The problem

The current drought, exacerbated by global warming, has shown that current levels of water use are completely unsustainable in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. Excessive water use, especially by heavy industry and water-intensive agribusiness, is causing irreparable damage to our fragile ecosystems and creating chronic watershortages.

Conventional free-market economics aims to solve this problem by putting a price on water and allowing it to be tradedby those who can afford to purchase it.

Moved: Pip Hinman

That Socialist Alliance continues to give priority to re-building an anti-war movement around the key demand of: troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to supporting and initiating protest demonstrations against the war, this means encouraging all union members to look at the possibility of winning their union to an active position against both wars.

That Socialist Alliance also seeks out the opportunities to highlight and oppose the anti-democratic anti-terror laws and call for their abolition.