I want to thank Graham Matthews for his work in producing a full-length style public transport policy draft for Socialist Alliance. Nonetheless, I suggest we may need to continue the drafting process for this policy area beyond the conference.

I believe the draft has a number of problems. In suggesting this I’m drawing substantially on our experience of sustainable transport campaigning here in Cairns. I will try to relate some of that experience as responses to the policy draft. I apologise for the point format of this contribution.

Two Socialist Alliance members, Jonathan and Carla, moved to Cairns in 2006 and started to engage in the political life of the city. Cairns is 1700kms north of Brisbane, with a regional population of around 130,000.