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Preamble: Over the past two decades, the childcare sector has become increasingly corporate-dominated. This shift began when in 1991 the federal Labor government ended public subsidies to non-profit childcare centres and instead began providing payments to individual parents to use at a childcare centre of their choice.

The following article is based on a presentation by Aaron Roden of Sydney West Socialist Alliance.

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Let’s start with the climate science. The CSIRO website offers some data. Over the past century the global average surface temperature has risen by 0.74 ºC. In Australia there has been a 0.9ºC warming since 1950. Average northern hemisphere temperatures during the second half of the 20th century were the highest of any 50-year period in the past 1300 years.

The following talk was given at the launch of The Aboriginal Struggle and the Left on November 22 in Sydney West Pictured right.

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We are here to launch Terry Townsend’s book, Aboriginal Struggle and the Left. I may also refer sometimes to Socialist Alliance’s other recent publication, the policy document on Aboriginal Rights.

We think that Socialist Alliance should formally adopt the position we have been campaigning on: to demand the Rudd ALP government withdraw the troops from Afghanistan.*

The November 19 meeting of the SA national executive set a deadline of midnight on December 15 for all submissions to Alliance Voices this year. This deadline will allow the comrades who produce the discussion bulletin to get the final pre-conference issue published before taking a break for Christmas. All draft resolutions for the Seventh national conference are also required by December 15, so that members have an opportunity to read and think about them before the conference.

We think that Socialist Alliance should formally adopt the position we have been campaigning on: to demand the Rudd ALP government withdraw the troops from Afghanistan.* Preamble: The Socialist Alliance recognises that there was never any legal or moral justification for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001: this is not the "good war". The war is being prosecuted by the US-NATO forces as part of the US imperialism's long-term strategic political and economic interests in the region under the guise of being a "war on terror".

Disclaimer — signed articles represent the views of their authors, not necessarily the views of the Socialist Alliance unless otherwise stated. Responsibility for all electoral comment is taken by P. Benedek, 22 Mountain Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007. Alliance Voices submission protocols.