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Socialist Alliance's draft platform for the 2019 Federal election.

The following policies were adopted by the 12th National Conference of Socialist Alliance, held in Geelong, Victoria, from January 20-22, 2017.

The 21st Century Socialism Tendency announced its launch with two documents. The ‘Formation of the 21st Century Socialism Tendency’ document comprehensively addressed a number of core organisational problems and addressed deficits in party democracy, while the ‘Vision for a 21st Century Socialist Alliance’ document began to articulate a vision as to what kind of a socialist organisation is required today.

Socialist Alliance was founded as an alliance of socialist parties in 2001. Central to the new alliance was the thesis that a new militant left-wing break in the trade union movement was emerging a political break from the class-collaborationist unionism of the ALP. The leadership of Australia’s largest socialist party, the “Democratic Socialist Party” (DSP), predicted that the handful of small breaks that had already taken place presaged a new wave of breaks.

This is the first in what will be a series of documents seeking to articulate a new political and organisational vision for Socialist Alliance. We invite comrades who wish to directly contribute to this process to join the tendency.

Draft as at August 14, 2015 — for discussion This draft should be read in conjunction with Socialist Alliance policy.

Humanity has reached a critical crossroad. Capitalism cannot advance society as a whole. Already, large sections of the world live in poverty, repression and endless war but in addition the irrational and insatiable drive for profits by a highly monopolised and globalised capitalism is driving towards irreversible and catastrophic climate change.

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:

The draft resolutions (listed at bottom of the document and in bold within the document) were adopted by the Socialist Alliance National Executive on May 14.

The February 2015 National Council meeting voted to continue the process of drafting a programmatic document for the Alliance and to publish the current draft in Alliance Voices and to seek further feedback and suggestions for improvement from members.

That this meeting reaffirms Socialist Alliance's willingness to persist with an attempt to negotiate a common political program as a basis for a new united organisation combining Socialist Alternative and Socialist Alliance.

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