Pip Hinman

We think that Socialist Alliance should formally adopt the position we have been campaigning on: to demand the Rudd ALP government withdraw the troops from Afghanistan.*

While the anti-war movement has subsided since the recent high point in 2002-2003, the authority activists in Socialist Alliance and Resistance have built up over many years means that when openings do occur – such as around the Gaza assault (late 2008 and early 2009) and the mid-year Tamil struggle against the Sri Lankan regime’s onslaught – we do have authority to help pull the anti-war networks together around a progressive set of demands.

Moved: Pip Hinman

That Socialist Alliance continues to give priority to re-building an anti-war movement around the key demand of: troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to supporting and initiating protest demonstrations against the war, this means encouraging all union members to look at the possibility of winning their union to an active position against both wars.

That Socialist Alliance also seeks out the opportunities to highlight and oppose the anti-democratic anti-terror laws and call for their abolition.

The recent electoral rejection of George Bush’s war policies follows the popular rejection of war mongerers Tony Blair and John Howard. It closes a chapter in the West’s failed imperial designs in the Middle East — although it doesn’t, unfortunately, close the book.

Candidate Pip Hinman reported from that the atmosphere between the ALP and Greens at the booth where the Socialist Alliance received around 100 votes, one of the highest, was pretty friendly - unlike in the past. Despite the incredible shrinking ALP, the Greens didn’t seem to want to engage them in politics at all. Even when local MP and now deputy premier Carmel Tebbutt came along they didn’t talk.

Those who believe empowered communities are the best defence to politics-as-usual are celebrating the re-election of two hard-working socialist councillors in Victoria’s local council elections held on October 22.
Capitalism is destroying the planet: We need a climate revolution

If there is one thing the recent unprecedented bushfire emergency has proved to us in Australia — and to millions in countries who watched on in horror — is that the climate emergency is not just something to worry about in the future: this is the climate emergency and it is already catastrophic.

"While ALP politicians are fleeing in terror from factional and media accusations about using ‘class war rhetoric’, the reality is that there is an ongoing class war that is about to be dramatically escalated if Abbott wins the September 14 elections", said Peter Boyle.

Our new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, takes credit for driving the Coalition government’s Orwellian-named “welfare reform strategy”, which has aimed at further punishing those already living below the poverty line.

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is again the target of a very public attack — and it’s not being led by Murdoch but by the Greens federal parliamentary caucus.

This long, dirty war has very deliberately been conducted in secret.

The March in March protests across Australia over March 15-17 were a resounding success – not just because of their size, focus and breadth.

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