Helen Said

 Proposed amendment to the Women's Charter

To replace the words “disabled women” with “women with disability”. This is in line with the long time demands of people with disability to be spoken about in this way.

Melbourne branch recently passed an important resolution to support a more active participation of women who have children in women's forums, by asking the branch to consider inviting women who have children to speak at women's forums.

I am submitting some suggested amendments to Jonathon Strauss’ redraft of the Sustainable Transport Policy.

I note the following references to housework in the excellent updated Women's Charter.

The Socialist Alliance bases its disability policy on the social model of disability, human rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

A response to NSW Policy “Religious Freedom in a Secular Society”

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Socialists routinely uphold government schools as the only schools worthy of government funding. I feel strongly that this perspective is based on an old hardline super-socialist culture that we have otherwise chosen to abandon.

We need to amend the following introductory sentence:

The Socialist Alliance supports public ownership of human infrastructure and services, including housing, transport, electricity, water and banking, understanding that the private market is unable to put human need before profit greed.

Comrade Haskell believes we should adopt as policy: “The Socialist Alliance acknowledges that the burqa is a style of dress that disrespects, oppresses, and assaults the dignity of women..."

With acknowledgement to Murray Stewart.

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As socialists we support putting control of the lives of people with disabilities back into the hands of people with disabilities themselves.

A few key features of removing discrimination include:

Building codes which ensure that a large percentage of new housing stock are fully accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Most Disability Support Payment (DSP) recipients live under draconian Welfare to Work legislation introduced by the Howard government in 2006. These provisions force people with disabilities and other disadvantaged income support recipients to search for work, without adequately addressing the disadvantages people with disabilities experience in finding and keeping meaningful jobs with liveable wages.

Any person at any stage of life can acquire a disability. We live in an aging society. Disability is being diagnosed in an increasing number of babies and children. In fact, it is estimated that up to 25% of the population has some form of disability.

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