12th National Conference

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The 12th National Conference of Socialist Alliance will take place at Geelong Trades Hall from January 20-22, 2017. This is the highest decision-making body of the Alliance, and sets our policy and perspectives, considers changes to our Constitution and elects the National Officers and leadership bodies of the Alliance. The conference is open to Socialist Alliance members and invited guests.

Decision-making is by delegates elected from each branch, but all members of Socialist Alliance are encouraged to attend. As well as reports and delegate discussions, there will be educational talks and workshops for all members, special sessions for non delegates, introductory sessions for new members and those interested in joining, cultural events and time to relax and get to know other SA comrades from around the country.

Conference Agenda

Download the draft agenda here. NB: The conference agenda is still being finalised, and is subject to change.

Delegate ratio

The National Executive has set the delegate ratio at one delegate for every eight financial members. Branches will need to hold delegate elections before the end of the year, and are required to give at least 14 days notice of a delegate election.

Delegate Fee

The delegate fee has been set at $200 per delegate (payable by each branch).

Delegate Travel Subsidies

The cost for delegates to travel from interstate and regional areas to the conference will be subsidised (funds reimbursed at the conference) from the delegate fees collected.

Registration

Registration rates for 3 days are: $60 - waged; $30 - concession; or $100 - high waged/solidarity.

A special rate for High School students is also available. Single day rates are also available for the conference.

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Deadlines and key dates

Saturday December 17 - Last day to elect delegates to conference
Sunday January 8 - Last day for new policy proposals or Constitutional changes to be submitted to Alliance Voices
Sunday January 15 - Deadline for pre-conference Alliance Voices contributions to be submitted
Tuesday January 17 - Last Alliance Voices contributions published to Alliance Voices website before the conference
Friday, January 20 - Conference opens

Travel to the conference

Members wanting to attend the conference should get in quick to take advantage of low fares. See here for some cheap airfares on offer – which won't last long!

Accommodation in Geelong

A range of budget accommodation options are available in Geelong (see here). A limited amount of billet spots will be available (priority given to comrades on minimal or no income).

More information

More information about the conference will be available soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your local branch, or the National Office on (02) 8070 9331 or national_office at socialist-alliance.org.

Travel options

NB: These airfares were accessed on October 27 - and may not last long!

NB: If participants fly direct to Avalon airport (the closest airport to Geelong) the Avalon Shuttle is a door to door service, costing $22 one way or $44 return. Visit: http://www.murrell.com.au/page.cfm?pageId=323

Travelling from Adelaide

Adelaide to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $53 (Tiger), $93 (Jetstar), $99 (Virgin), $109 (Qantas)
Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Adelaide - $40 (Tiger), $103 (Jetstar), $99 (Virgin), $109 (Qantas)
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Armidale

Armidale to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $241 (Qantas)
Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Armidale - $241 (Qantas)
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Brisbane to Avalon

Brisbane to Avalon - $195 (Jetstar)
Avalon to Brisbane - $195 (Jetstar)

Travelling from Brisbane to Tullamarine

Brisbane to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $85 (Tiger), $126 (Jetstar), $159 (Virgin), $172 (Qantas)
Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Brisbane - $85 (Tiger), $126 (Jetstar), $159 (Virgin), $172 (Qantas)
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Cairns to Avalon

Cairns to Avalon - $269 (Jetstar)
Avalon to Cairns - $239 (Jatstar)

Tavelling from Carins to Tullamarine

Cairns to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $134
Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Cairns - $154
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Canberra

Canberra to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $94 (Tiger), $125 (Virgin), $145 (Qantas)
Melbourne to Canberra - $94 (Tiger), $125 (Virgin), $145 (Qantas)
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Hobart

Hobart to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $69 (Jetstar), $82 (Tiger), $109 (Qantas), $129 (Virgin)
Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Hobart - $72 (Tiger), $79 (Jetstar), $105 (Virgin), $109 (Qantas)
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Newcastle

Sydney to Avalon - $83 (Jetstar)
Avalon to Sydney - $83 (Jetstar)
Plus train from Newcastle to Sydney (return) - $16.60

Travelling from Perth & Fremantle to Avalon

Perth to Avalon - $329 (Jetstar)
Avalon to Perth - $339 (Jetstar)

Travelling from Perth & Fremantle to Tullamarine

Perth to Melbourne (Tullamarine) - $157 (Tiger)
Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Perth - $157 (tiger), $219 (Jetstar), $260 (Virgin), $278 (Qantas)
Then Skybus ($19) + Train ($12.20) to Geelong, or Gull Bus direct from the airport to Geelong ($32).

Travelling from Sydney

Sydney to Avalon - $83 (Jetstar)
Avalon to Sydney - $83 (Jetstar)

Travelling from Wollongong

Sydney to Avalon - $83 (Jetstar)
Avalon to Sydney - $83 (Jetstar)
Plus train from Wgong to Sydney (return) - $18

Accomodation options

Conference Venue: Geelong Trades Hall 127 Myers Street, Geelong, 3220

Irish Murphy’s (Hostel)

Address: 30 Aberdeen Street, Geelong West, 3218

Phone: (03) 5221 4335

  • Prices start from under $40 per night for a single bed in a 7 bed dorm room

Website: http://www.irishmurphysgeelong.com.au/

Distance from conference venue: 15-20 minute walk

Jokers on Ryrie (Restaurant/Bar & Accommodation)

Address: 211 Ryrie Street, Geelong, 3220

Phone: (03) 5229 1104

  • Prices start from $80 a night for 2 singles or 1 queen ($40 a night per person)

Website: http://jokersonryrie.com.au/accommodation/accommodation-prices/

Distance from conference venue: 5 minute walk

Gatehouse on Ryrie (Bed & Breakfast)

Address: 83 Yarra Street, Geelong

Ph: 0417 545 196

  • Prices start from $110 per night + $25 per person for Room with 2 single beds, room with 1 single and 1 double, room with 2 singles and 1 double. Breakfast included (With 4 in a room this would work out to just over $52 per person a night)

Website: http://www.gatehouseonryrie.com.au/index.htm

Distance from conference venue: 5 minute walk

Aberdeen Motor Inn (Motel)

Address: 9 Aberdeen Street, Geelong West, 3218

Phone: (03) 5221 2177

  • Prices start from $170 per night for twin room with one single and one double (with 3 people just over $56 per person per night)

Website: http://www.aberdeenmotorinn.com.au

Distance from conference venue: 15-20 minute walk

Ardara House (Bed & Breakfast)

Address: 4 Aberdeen Street, Geelong West, 3218

Phone: (03) 5229 6024

  • Prices start from $65 per night for single bed private room

Website: http://www.ardarahouse.com.au/

Distance from conference venue: 15 minute walk

Mercure Geelong (Hotel)

Address: Corner of Gheringhap St & Myers St, Geelong VIC 3220

Phone: (03) 5223 6200

  • Prices start from $153 per night for standard double room (with 2 people just over $76 per person per night)

Website: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-3033-mercure-geelong/index.shtml

Distance from conference venue: 5 minute walk

Salvation Army Conference Centre

4 person apartments for $65/person/night, or double rooms (lots) at the same rate per person.

You can find them at: http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/en/Find-Us/Victoria/Geelong-Conference-Centre/

Deakin University residential housing is also available for short stay over the summer semester.

Visit: http://www.deakin.edu.au/locations/geelong-waurn-ponds-campus/accommodation/stay-at-waurn-ponds

It is in Waurn Ponds and would require a bus trip in each day.

Also, check out AirBnB for apartments, rooms and house rentals.

Visit: www.airbnb.com.au