Barry Healy

SA has been playing a significant role in a campaign to move freight travelling to Fremantle Port onto rail and opposing the Barnett government's destructive road-building plans. The campaign's success has been to link up diverse activists and political players into a united front that extends into regional WA.

The federal government is currently overseeing a massive expansion of freight movements through Australian ports. The 2010 National Ports Strategy (subtitled “Infrastructure for an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable future”) is a component of the infrastructure building that the ALP and the ACTU see as their central project on behalf of Australian capitalism during this term of office1.

Nationally, what is being planned is a doubling of freight movements by 2020 and then a further doubling by 2030.

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.

On March 14, twenty-five turned up for Perth Hills public forum featuring a report back from Venezuela and Cuba by Annolies Truman (pictured) and myself.

Some people travelled a long way to attend, such as Communist Party of Australia state secretary Vic Williams who drove from near Fremantle. He and other participants were interested in the Permaculture and genetically modified organism research aspects touched on in the presentation.

On March 14, twenty-five turned up for Perth Hills public forum featuring a report back from Venezuela and Cuba by Annolies Truman (pictured) and myself. Some people travelled a long way to attend, such as Communist Party of Australia state secretary Vic Williams who drove from near Fremantle. He and other participants were interested in the Permaculture and genetically modified organism research aspects touched on in the presentation. Others included members from the Hills and Perth branches, members of the Hills Climate Action Group and an anti-GMO activist.

Our election effort on Saturday September 6 was a great success. It was all the greater because we started from such a low base!

Could you be described as being “non-faith”? The newly re-elected Coalition government has a law in mind for you.