Socialist Alliance State Conference Report May 07Presentation Transcript
Another Australia is Possible Socialist Alliance and the federal elections Tasmanian State Conference Sat May 19, 2007
Reflect on the Australian political situation
Make some proposals for our campaign work
Talk about the need for a socialist election campaign
Put forward some ideas for our election campaign to stimulate discussion
The benefits of the boom have been very unevenly distributed . Wages over the last 12 months have only increased a pitiful 4%, in line with the CPI but well below the price rises of basic necessities such as food.
59% of voters who had heard of Workchoices were opposed to them, while only 24% supported them.
21% said they were personally worse off under WorkChoices
5% were better off
72% said the laws had made no difference
The campaign against WorkChoices is a central priority for Socialist Alliance
The Walk Against Warming attracted hundreds of thousands of people throughout Australia on November 4, 2007, including about 3,000 people in Hobart.
No dirty pulp mill! Save our forests!
According to the LANCET report, approximately 1,000,000 people have dies in Iraq as a result of the occupation. There has always been bipartisan support for the war in Afghanistan. Stop the war in Iraq AND Afghanistan!
The Labor ‘Alternative’
Welfare to Work
SA’s IR campaign
Need someone to co-ordinate this area of work from Hobart, ie. Participate in National SA trade union telephone hook-ups, check out local YRAW campaign groups
Use petition to build support for more mass action and the defense of the right to strike
SA Trade union e-list
Continue to argue for an approach that unites workers to kick Howard out, but doesn’t give the ALP a black cheque!
SA environment campaigns
Set up a local SA environment working group
Continue to participate in Walk Against Warming organising committee
Help organise World Environment Day event
Continue to support forests and anti-pulp mill campaigns
Contribute to the development of the climate change charter and use it as a networking tool
SA’s anti-war campaign
Set up anti-war working group
Continue participating in the Hobart Peace Coalition (eg. Initiated Downer protest)
Build Tassie contingent to APEC
Queer collaborations and Same-sex marriage NDA August 11
Refugee rights and the Ceren family campaign
Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network
APEC protest in Sydney in September – STOP BUSH and HOWARD! No War! Take Action on Climate change!
Latin American & Asia Pacific International Solidarity Forum October 11-14, 2007 Melbourne - Australia www.solidarityforum2007.org Only organisation and struggle will make us free!
Why do we run in elections?
engage in the battle of ideas
build our profile
gather supporters and new members around us (note 32 financial members – can we increase to 50 or 60?)
measure our degree of support
How do we run in elections?
Set up an election working group and operate as a team
Profile SA in all the campaigns we are involved in
Build the campaigns through our election work
People before profit People and environment before profit People and planet before profit Our lives--worth more than their profits Our future--worth more than their profits Slogans
Updated election manifesto Climate charter Updated “Workers in Australia need a party of their own” IR brochure Campaign materials
Other election materials and ideas
Proposal from the Gold Coast branch that we need to put up front what we stand for and not just what we oppose in other candidates/parties.
Local posters and leaflets
You tube videos
Key election campaign initiative?
Eg. NSW election – 3 month free public transport trial