Volume 9

The world is facing a climate emergency. Most Australians continue to demand strong action on climate change but the Rudd government has failed to respond quickly and adequately. The Liberal opposition has swung to the right and installed a leadership team of climate sceptics.

Preamble

The following draft of a public transport policy for Socialist Alliance expands and extends existing national policy, by incorporating work done for the NSW state elections in 2007, articles for Green Left Weekly and other research. It attempts to both illustrate the problems with the existing situation, where inadequate provision of public transport disadvantages poor communities and the environment and point the way to an socially and ecologically sustainable alternative.

Draft Socialist Alliance Policy on public transport

The Socialist Alliance Seventh National Conference acknowledges the important historical role socialists have played in major struggles for Aboriginal rights throughout the last century. Through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights Charter, we commit ourselves to continuing in this tradition, supporting and championing Aboriginal self-determination and Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs, while linking Aboriginal struggles to other movements, especially the trade union movement.

Proposed addendum to Trade Union Perspectives Resolution

The Socialist Alliance believes that the process of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Legislation “harmonization” initiated by the ALP government is likely to lead to a substantial reduction in health and safety protections for thousands of Australian workers. The review is intended to develop a single “optimal structure and content of a model OHS act” that is capable of being adopted in all jurisdictions, thereby replacing existing state and territory OHS Acts. 

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.

Young people occupy a unique position in society. They face both formal and informal discrimination, as well as disproportionate social and political exclusion. They are often the first to be hit by, and are more affected by, homelessness and the housing crisis, violence, poverty, social exclusion, attacks on workers and students and other social problems.

But young people have the power to play a radicalising and explosive role in the struggle for a better world and it is from them that the socialist movement and the Socialist Alliance will be strengthened and renewed.

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.

It has been noticeable for some years now that the pattern of commitment that people make to the socialist cause has changed.

Some people have pointed to the changes in the welfare system or in student’s support payments as parts of the reasons for this.

It can be frustrating, when we know that there are big issues facing humanity and yet it is hard to break through the façade of ordinary life to bring people into a commitment to action to improve their lives.

  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.

The Socialist Alliance acknowledges the important historical role socialists have played in major struggles for Aboriginal rights throughout the last century. Through our new Charter, we commit ourselves to continuing in this tradition, supporting and championing Aboriginal self-determination and Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs, while linking Aboriginal struggles to other movements, especially the trade union movement.

The transition working committee on education committee has drafted a set of 10 points which it feels should form the basis for the National Executive discussion on socialist ideas for Socialist Alliance from next year.

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