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.”

Unprincipled preference deals are often done, sometimes even by parties that purport to do politics differently.

Democratise the media, democratise big tech

The Facebook ban on Australian media sites is a demonstration of the power of the tech giants and a compelling illustration of why they need to be brought under democratic control.

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.

Australia must call on all countries to distance themselves diplomatically from the hard-right regime in Turkey.