Sue Bolton

In August 2011, the Council of Australian Governments agreed on the need for major reform of disability services through a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Such reform was an outcome of the Productivity Commission's inquiry into disability care and support.

Below are some proposed amendments to Socialist Alliance's policy on refugees. The changes are in bold, with the additions in square brackets, and the deletions crossed out.

Over the last couple of years, the two most consistent areas of campaign work that Socialist Alliance has been involved in have been climate work and refugee rights.

In late October/early November, Socialist Alliance members started discussing what our approach should be to the campaign by the Australian Nursing Federation and the Community Public Sector Union Victoria.

Below is the thank-you letter that the National Union of Workers sent around to unions and community supporters for their support during the Baiada poultry workers strike.

Australia’s immigration policy should be non-discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, ethnic origin, religion, language, gender, disability, sexuality, age, socio-economic background or skills.

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.

This is a photo of the SA Moreland mobile council election campaigning team decorated van. One of our Kurdish comrades suggested the idea and got us to decorate his van for the occasion. It is a style of campaigning used by the left in a lot of overseas countries.

Australia became one of the first countries in the world to introduce a single mothers’ benefit in 1973. This was extended to single fathers in 1977.

"We need to replace the whole punitive detention system with a humane, community-based refugee processing system. The opportunity to build the movement is now, and we cannot waste a moment."

Over 25,000 Victorians voted for the newly formed Victorian Socialists on November 24. A great result to build upon.

Experienced crane driver and union activist Billy Ramsay was killed on the Grocon construction site in central Melbourne on February 18. This news was buried many pages inside the Murdoch-owned Herald Sun daily tabloid.