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Socialist Alliance State Conference  Report May 07

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  • Let’s take a look at Australian politics today …

Socialist Alliance State Conference  Report May 07 Socialist Alliance State Conference Report May 07 Presentation Transcript

  • Another Australia is Possible Socialist Alliance and the federal elections Tasmanian State Conference Sat May 19, 2007
  • Summary
    • 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’
    • IR policy
    • Uranium back-flip
    • Welfare to Work
    • War policy
    • Other sell-outs
  • 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
  • Other campaigns
    • Queer collaborations and Same-sex marriage NDA August 11
    • Refugee rights and the Ceren family campaign
    • Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network
    • Women’s rights
  • 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
    • Get creative!
  • 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
    • Website initiatives
    • You tube videos
    • DVD
    • Powerpoint presentations
    • TV advertisement
    • Mail-out
    • Campaign launch
  • Key election campaign initiative?
    • Eg. NSW election – 3 month free public transport trial
    • Theme of defending and extending public services