Number 9

This proposal is to change the Socialist Alliance policy statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender to include Intersex people.

We live in a society in which attempts to dictate sexual preference and gender identity through promoting the gender stereotypes and homophobic attitudes which underpin the heterosexual nuclear family and by promoting marriage and the nuclear family as the only legitimate model for relationships.

For centuries, simplistic population theories have been advanced to explain poverty, hunger, famine, disease, war, racism and unemployment. Climate change is just the latest in this long list of issues that has been seized on by supporters of population control. In each case, the real social and economic causes of these social ills have been glossed over.

Green Left Weekly is a great newspaper, but its lack of rivals can blind us to its faults, for lack of anything to judge it against.

The format of Green Left has barely changed over the nearly 20 years since it began publishing. In this time the internet has arrived and changed news presentation dramatically. Print media are struggling everywhere, as people go online for information.

Sex work is still on the criminal code in all states and Territories, except NSW. Having sex work on the criminal code means increased police harassment for marginalised groups, such as Aboriginal street-based sex workers, Asian and migrant sex workers, HIV positive workers and transgender sex workers. Criminalising sex work means significantly lower health and safety standards.

Moved: by Illawarra branch — Matt Garner to present at conference.

Australia’s immigration policy should be non-discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, ethnic origin, religion, language, gender, disability, sexuality, age, socio-economic background or skills.

Currently the base rate for the unemployed is $226.65 per week while the basic minimum wage is set at $564 per week. Currently the unemployed can earn $31 per week before deductions kick in. In 1995, that amount was $55 per week.

We demand:

Socialist Alliance supports the right to marry regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

In other countries civil unions have been offered to the LGBTI community to placate the movement for equal marriage rights. This is not the situation in Australia, where even civil unions have been suppressed by the federal government because they "mimic marriage". It is for this reason that the Socialist Alliance supports civil unions as well as marriage rights. Yet civil unions are not a substitute for marriage rights.

Socialist Alliance demands of the government:

The Socialist Alliance calls upon the NSW government to order the closure of the Lake Cowal open pit gold mine. The mine is operated by Canadian company Barrick gold.

The mine uses in sodium cyanide and other process chemicals which end up in a tailings dam. The tailings dam subsequently has the potential to release poisonous dust containing cyanide, arsenic and cadmium into the air which could contaminate agricultural land in the region. Lake Cowal is itself an ephemeral lake, which is periodically subjected to major flooding.

Our present health care policy is a very general statement of orientation and priorities advocating a clear preference for preventative health measures based in the community. It calls for Medicare to be restored and extended and advocates that the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories be re-nationalised.

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