Nick Fredman

A split is never fun and the loss of a group of mainly young comrades that has significantly weakened a branch is not to be welcomed. It has been oddly jarring however, coming almost straight after a successful public conference, forming closer links with campaigning leftwing Queensland MP Rob Pyne, an election campaign featuring a barnstorming effort by key First Nations movement leader Ken Canning, and some significant successes in mobilising people and alliance-building resulting from our local councillor positions.

The following is a new draft of a programmatic document for the Socialist Alliance. The changes are drafted by me (except as noted below) but are based on discussions in Melbourne at a branch meeting and some subsequent informal discussion. These changes include:

The following is a new draft of a programmatic document for the Socialist Alliance. The changes are drafted by me (except as noted below) but are based on discussions in Melbourne at a branch meeting and some subsequent informal discussion. These changes include:

Following are some points on the draft programmatic document recently submitted to Alliance Voices. These points express my own view, as the original proposer of it at our last national conference and the main drafter of the current version of it, but also reflect some of the discussion had among comrades involved in the drafting so far.

I had meant to write a more extensive final contribution on the discussion around Towards a Socialist Australia (TASA), our Constitution and the various discussions related to unity. Illness and holiday plans have gotten in the way and a brief note on a hand-held device will have to do.

In this contribution I want to extend my previous argument that our platform statement, Towards a Socialist Australia, should be explicit, in a popular and non-dogmatic way, that we stand for a socialist revolution. This is in particular a  response to the contribution of Graham Matthews, but also is also prompted by reflection that my previous contribution could have been more detailed and clear.

I'm putting forward the amendments below to the draft Towards a Socialist Australia document because I think the time is ripe for Socialist Alliance to have a sharper framework document, and one that is more explicitly revolutionary, while still being quite broad and popularly expressed.

I have read the discussion on the general direction and nature of Socialist Alliance with interest. While I have not had time to study all the contributions and or to make a detailed response, some general thoughts will serve as a background to this proposal

Comrade Adam Baker makes some serious charges about the organization. I think I understand his concerns and think they relate to issues which need to be taken and responded to seriously even if Adam is not correct in his analysis or prescriptions.

The Denis Napthine government, elected by a slim majority in 2010, has fallen in Victoria. This is the first time a Victorian government has lasted only one term since 1955, when the Cain Labor government fell in the midst of the great Labor split.

With the re-election of the Coalition government, conservatives have become emboldened to intensify their agenda of transferring even more wealth and power to the already dominant at the expense of the rest of us.

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