Coal Seam Gas

Socialist Alliance supports and campaigns for:

  • The closure of all unconventional gas mines, along with a retraining plan for workers in the industry.
  • A royal commission into the full impacts of unconventional gas.
  • A ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and similar stimulation techniques for unconventional gas mining.
  • No new gas. Investment in energy must be limited to technologies that can move us to a zero emissions economy.

Capitalism’s constant drive for profits cannot be reconciled with Earth’s defined boundaries. Ecological destruction is not a side-effect of capitalism, it is built into the system: there cannot be infinite growth when the planet has finite resources.

The powers-that-be in NSW have deemed that there are so many examples of “unsafe protest activities” across the state that, to make everyone safe, we need new laws that will protect “lawful business activity”.

The turnout and energy at the March in May rallies on May 18 proved that people are not going to take this budget lying down.

The mining industry in Australia has boomed from about 4% of GDP in 2004 to about 9% today. Mining exports in the year to March last year were worth $155 billion, or 53% of Australia's total exports.

With confirmation that 100% of New South Wales is now officially in drought, it is clear that the federal government’s climate change denial is putting agriculture and the planet at risk.

The nationalisation of our natural resources is the only way to ensure sustainable and ecologically sound development and to protect what should not be touched.

Indian feminist and socialist Kavita Krishnan was the keynote speaker at the People's Power in the “Asian Century” seminar in Sydney on June 7. The seminar was held as part of the Socialist Alliance’s 10th national conference over the weekend of June 7-9.

Socialist Alliance will run three candidates in the March 9 elections in Western Australia. The main message of the campaign is that the state government should take steps to bring the big mining companies operating in the state into public ownership.

As we make a plan for a new year of activism, we can take some heart from the growing student movement for real climate action.

For serious climate action to be a reality we need a society where the majority of people — workers, farmers, students, the poor, First Nations people and refugees, the victims of climate change — are making decisions in the interests of our collective future.  

Australia has escaped recession for more than two decades, despite the impact of the Asian and global financial crises on the world's economies.