Jim McIlroy

The extreme concentration of the banking and financial systems means that ordinary working people lose out on a big scale.

In summary, it is my strong opinion that the perspectives outlined by the "21st Century Socialism Tendency" in its various documents published so far, if implemented, would lead to the complete destruction of the Socialist Alliance (SA) as an organised, national, activist, socialist party.

Socialist Alliance pushed ahead strongly with its campaign to put socialist politics before the Queensland electorate, as the ALP government faced annihilation in the state election held on March 24. Although everyone knew the government was unpopular, the sheer size of the LNP win took all commentators by surprise.

The 8th National Conference of the Socialist Alliance expresses full solidarity with the celebrations for the historic 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, from January 26, 2012.

In the Brisbane Socialist Alliance Branch pre-conference discussion recently, there was some discussion over the usefulness of the concept of "ecosocialism" as a vehicle for building the socialist movement today. I would like to defend the assertion that the term "ecosocialism" is now a vital instrument for reconstructing a mass socialist movement in the current world political situation.

The following contribution is adapted from a report by the same name that I presented to Brisbane branch of Socialist Alliance on December 13.

International situation: 2011, a year of democratic revolt:

The world context for this year has been set, on the one hand by the international capitalist recession, and on the other by the international, popular upsurge for democratic rights and against corporate power.

There is an urgent need for a Socialist Alliance "natural disaster" policy in light of Queensland floods, and Victorian bushfires only two years ago. There is a strong likelihood of increased frequency of "natural disasters" in Australia (as part of worldwide trend), related to effects of human-induced climate change.

In context of the likelihood of increased rate of extreme "natural disasters," this merely underlines the urgency of radical action to tackle climate change, led by the Australian government.

Socialist Alliance trade union work continues to advance steadily, as registered at our September 18 national trade union work hook-up.

Susan Price is the Socialist Alliance candidate for the seat of Parramatta in the March 23 NSW state election. Price spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Jim McIlroy about the Socialist Alliance election campaign, its aims and policies.

Could the royal commission into the banking and financial sectors be the beginning of the end for the Turnbull government? Let's make it so.

It is time to turn back the privatisation tide, reject the sale of Ausgrid unconditionally and prepare to take it back into public ownership.

Sam Watson: "There are challenges facing the Aboriginal rights movement in 2016. We are under concerted attack, just like the trade union movement. We urgently need to come together and unite in solidarity with each other."

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