Number 9

Considerable progress has been made on updating the text of the draft Climate Charter to take into account the changing political circumstances, new approaches to sustainable design and technology, and the science behind the latest changes to global and national climate.

With the rapidity of these changes, and the fact that the outcome of the Copenhagen conference is still not clear at this time, it has been proposed that a final text of the updated Charter should not be produced at this time.

  1. Socialist Alliance re-affirms that it will continue to support and propose strong, progressive and ambitious solutions in key debates in the climate movement, and that our climate movement strategy be designed to achieve rapid and constructive changes to government climate change policy, even if this means that all of our desired policy goals are not immediately adopted.

Rationale

The Socialist Alliance has codified policy regarding paid parental leave in the Charter for Workers Rights and in previous conferences as follows:

From the Charter for Workers’ Rights:

To “Legislate 12 months' parenting leave fully paid by employer contributions to a publicly managed scheme; the right to return to the same job without losing seniority; and generous paid leave to allow parents to take time off work to care for sick children and attend school activities.”

From the 2004 Socialist Alliance Conference

These motions are moved in the context of the draft policy on solidarity with Latin America submitted by the working group.

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Fighting for women's liberation is an essential part of the socialist struggle and of liberation for all humanity. It is a critical aspect of our work in the Socialist Alliance — with our general positions on women’s oppression outlined in our women’s rights charter, the Gender Agenda.

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.

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.

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.

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.