Alex Bainbridge

This is a revised draft of the policy based on some feedback, and also adds in a point omitted from the original draft.

Society has a duty of care to minimise the physical and psychological suffering of animals and that means ensuring the welfare of animals and protection for animals at risk.

Editor's Note: These amendments were received by the deadline, but there was delay in publishing them.

The purpose of this report is to recommend adoption by this conference of the Socialist Alliance Perspectives Resolution.

Socialist Alliance does not advocate adoption of a carbon tax. Instead, Socialist Alliance advocates that measures be taken that can rapidly and effectively reduce carbon emissions.

September’s NSW local government elections took place in a context where the state Labor government has been lurching from one crisis to another - notably (but not exclusively) a result of their persistence in pushing for privatisation of electricity against the wishes of 86% of the population.

Adrian Beith wrote: After looking at the Socialist Alliance webpage, I found their policies are hardly radical.. It is only an expansion of the capitalist-welfare state, and not all that much different than what I would expect from the ALP left.”

The political and economic power of big corporations has to be defeated and replaced by the democratic and popular power of “the 99%”.

Public disgust at Bronwyn Bishop's $5000 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong is entirely justified. However, Tony Abbott's “root and branch” review of politicians' “entitlements” is designed to whitewash, not solve, the problem.

Arguably the best approach we can take to help create the conditions for a mass left-wing break to occur is to build the social movements.

The task of building a stronger socialist left in this country remains.

The dramatic dumping of the Liberal National Party government of Campbell Newman in Queensland has starkly revealed the ongoing popular opposition to the Coalition's program of cutbacks and privatisation. It has thrown the federal Liberals into a leadership crisis.

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