Table of Contents

31. Afghanistan anti-war work

Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Chris Johnson, Geelong
The Socialist Alliance will continue to promote our position of calling for the troops to leave Afghanistan, given that this is Australian imperialism’s main overseas troop deployment.
Specifically, we need to:

  • Help initiate and support national protests on and around the anniversary of the invasion, October 8,
  • Seek to continue to broaden the discussion within the union movement and other social movements about joining the call for the Australian troops to leave.
  • Consider snap actions if the Rudd government announces a new troop deployment to Afghanistan.
CARRIED

32. Policy on Palestine

Moved Aaron Benedek, Sydney Central Seconded Various
The Socialist Alliance condemns the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the state of Israel. This oppression takes different forms including— the occupation of Palestinian land, hi-tech military assaults on the impoverished Palestinian population, the blockade and siege of Gaza, the breaking up of the West Bank into isolated ghettos and systematic violence and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and those exiled as refugees.
The Socialist Alliance supports:

  • Ending the occupation of Palestine by Israel.
  • The Palestinian right to self-determination.
  • Withdrawal of all Israeli settlements and outposts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and dismantlement of the apartheid wall
  • Equal civil and democratic rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.
  • Right of return for Palestinian refugees to all historic Palestine.
  • An end to Israeli aggression against other countries in the region.
  • Ending the siege and blockade of Gaza. Free movement of people and supplies (including medical supplies) around historic Palestine and between Palestine and Israel.
  • Prosecuting Israeli military and political leaders for war crimes – in particular, those committed in the December-January 2009 assault on the people of Gaza
  • Ending the criminalisation, in Australia, of Palestinian and Lebanese organisations that resist Israeli occupation using the misnamed “anti-terrorism” laws.
The Socialist Alliance recognises the essential role that international (including Australian) imperialism plays in supporting the Israeli system of apartheid and occupation through massive political, economic and military aid.
Therefore, The Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government’s links with and uncritical support for the criminal Israeli state and supports the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israeli apartheid.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

32a
Moved Ron Guy, Melbourne Seconded Garry Holliday, Melbourne
Add dot point:

  • The Israeli refuseniks and pro-Palestine Israeli human rights activists.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
32b
Moved Guy Gillor, Sydney West Seconded Haskell Musry, Sydney East
Add to the preamble:
This ongoing oppression is actively supported by US imperialism and maintained locally and internationally by the racist and supremacist ideology of Zionism.
REJECTED BY MOVER
LOST
32c
Moved Stuart Harrison, Sydney Central Seconded Various
The Socialist Alliance condemns Egypt’s policy of maintaining the siege on Gaza through the policing of Gaza’s border region and the operation of the Rafah border checkpoint
This policy amounts to complicity with Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands, which denies Palestinians the right of free movement as well as free access to many basic goods.
The Socialist Alliance also condemns Egyptian plans to build an “underground wall” on the border between Egypt and Gaza.
This plan will only increase the problems faced by Gaza residents who use border tunnels to gain access to basic necessities.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

AMENDED RESOLUTION CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

The Socialist Alliance condemns the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the state of Israel. This oppression takes different forms including— the occupation of Palestinian land, hi-tech military assaults on the impoverished Palestinian population, the blockade and siege of Gaza, the breaking up of the West Bank into isolated ghettos and systematic violence and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and those exiled as refugees.
The Socialist Alliance condemns Egypt’s policy of maintaining the siege on Gaza through the policing of Gaza’s border region and the operation of the Rafah border checkpoint. This policy amounts to complicity with Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands, which denies Palestinians the right of free movement as well as free access to many basic goods.
The Socialist Alliance also condemns Egyptian plans to build an “underground wall” on the border between Egypt and Gaza. This plan will only increase the problems faced by Gaza residents who use border tunnels to gain access to basic necessities.
The Socialist Alliance supports:

  • Ending the occupation of Palestine by Israel.
  • The Palestinian right to self-determination.
  • Withdrawal of all Israeli settlements and outposts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and dismantlement of the apartheid wall
  • Equal civil and democratic rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.
  • Right of return for Palestinian refugees to all historic Palestine.
  • An end to Israeli aggression against other countries in the region.
  • Ending the siege and blockade of Gaza. Free movement of people and supplies (including medical supplies) around historic Palestine and between Palestine and Israel.
  • The Israeli refuseniks and pro-Palestine Israeli human rights activists.
  • Prosecuting Israeli military and political leaders for war crimes – in particular, those committed in the December-January 2009 assault on the people of Gaza
  • Ending the criminalisation, in Australia, of Palestinian and Lebanese organisations that resist Israeli occupation using the misnamed “anti-terrorism” laws.
The Socialist Alliance recognises the essential role that international (including Australian) imperialism plays in supporting the Israeli system of apartheid and occupation through massive political, economic and military aid.
Therefore, the Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government’s links with and uncritical support for the criminal Israeli state and supports the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israeli apartheid.

33. Israel-Palestine conflict

Moved Chair Seconded Bea Bleile, New England
NOTE: Resolution of Garry Hill, New England,who was unable to attend conference
The Israel-Palestine conflict is unlikely to be solved by conflict: even if no side wins in the sense that they occupy the lands now called Israel, Jordan, and the Gaza Strip, the losing side will continue a guerrilla war. The solution is to abandon war, and ethnic and religious divisions and to seek peaceful solutions based in human rights for all and to increase and allocate resources which satisfy human needs rather than power structures which benefit a few at the top.
LOST

34. Palestine solidarity work resolution

Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Kamala Emanuel, Perth
The Socialist Alliance will continue to seek out opportunities to build the solidarity with Palestine movement, in particular in the union movement. This includes promoting the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign – in particular the institutional and academic boycott.
We will also continue to relate to the Students for Palestine on campuses around the country.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

34a
Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Kamala Emanuel, Perth
Replace second paragraph with:
We will also continue to work with Palestinian Solidarity groups on campus, including Students for Palestine committees.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

AMENDED RESOLUTION CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

The Socialist Alliance will continue to seek out opportunities to build the solidarity with Palestine movement, in particular in the union movement. This includes promoting the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign – in particular the institutional and academic boycott.
We will also continue to work with Palestinian Solidarity groups on campus, including Students for Palestine committees.

35. Iran solidarity

Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Susan Price, Sydney East
The Socialist Alliance will continue to promote solidarity with the movement for democracy in Iran while making clear our opposition to Western imperialist intervention.
We will also continue to assist the Iranian comrades’ work and connection with the Australian union movement.
CARRIED

36. Tamil solidarity

Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Susan Price, Sydney East
The Socialist Alliance will continue to look out for opportunities to link up in solidarity with communities under siege from their national ruling classes, backed by imperialism, such as the Tamil people’s struggle for a separate homeland.
We will continue to support Tamil events as well as hosting Tamil activists at ours and other left events and functions in an effort to publicise their campaign for justice and break down prejudices among sections of the progressive movement in Australia.
Support the international initiative for a people’s tribunal, organised by the Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka and the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, to bring the Sri Lankan war criminals to justice. Specifically the People’s Tribunal will investigate the allegations that the government of Sri Lanka and its armed forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during its final phase of the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The Tribunal will also examine the local and international factors that led to the collapse of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

36a
Moved Tim Dobson, Hobart Seconded Mel Barnes, Hobart
Replace:
such as the Tamil people’s struggle for a separate homeland
With:
We support the self determination struggle of the Tamil people, up to and including their right to form their own state. All Tamil people held in internment camps must be immediately released and allowed to return to their homes free from the threat of violence or arrest.
International media organisations, as well as international aid organisations must be allowed into Sri Lanka immediately.
If the Sri Lankan government continues the war against Tamil people, then the Australian government must withdraw all financial and diplomatic support to the government.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
36b
Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Susan Price, Sydney East
Remove the words in Australia from the end of the second paragraph.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
36c
Moved Chris Slee, Melbourne North Seconded Stuart Munckton
Add a new paragraph after paragraph 2:
We will also help to combat such prejudices on an international scale. In particular, we will help to inform left parties and activists in Latin America about the oppression of the Tamils and the reasons why they are struggling for human rights and national self-determination.
OPPOSED BY MOVER
CALL FOR COUNT
LOST (IN FAVOUR 18, AGAINST 42, ABSTENTIONS 9)

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

The Socialist Alliance will continue to look out for opportunities to link up in solidarity with communities under siege from their national ruling classes, backed by imperialism.
We support the self determination struggle of the Tamil people, up to and including their right to form their own state. All Tamil people held in internment camps must be immediately released and allowed to return to their homes free from the threat of violence or arrest.
International media organisations, as well as international aid organisations must be allowed into Sri Lanka immediately.
If the Sri Lankan government continues the war against Tamil people, then the Australian government must withdraw all financial and diplomatic support to the government.
We will continue to support Tamil events as well as hosting Tamil activists at ours and other left events and functions in an effort to publicise their campaign for justice and break down prejudices among sections of the progressive movement.
Support the international initiative for a people’s tribunal, organised by the Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka and the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, to bring the Sri Lankan war criminals to justice. Specifically the People’s Tribunal will investigate the allegations that the government of Sri Lanka and its armed forces committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during its final phase of the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The Tribunal will also examine the local and international factors that led to the collapse of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement.

37. Coordinating our anti-war work

Moved Pip Hinman, Sydney Central Seconded Sam Wainwright
The Socialist Alliance should continue to publicise the anti-war movement in Green Left Weekly and seek to use the paper to network with other activists in an effort to build the anti-war movement and to explain the causes of the wars in which Australia and other imperialist countries are involved.
To better coordinate and evaluate our work, the Socialist Alliance will organise national anti-war activists hook-ups in 2010—either in concert with the Socialist Alliance National Executive, trade union comrades, or separately.
CARRIED

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 MORNING SESSIONS

Campaigning for women’s and queer rights today

Presenters Naomi Rodgers-Falk, Brisbane and Rachel Evans, Sydney West
Chair Linda Seaborn, Hobart

38. Draft women’s rights resolutions 2010

Moved Naomi Rodgers-Falk, Brisbane Seconded Jess Moore, Illawarra
Fighting for women’s liberation is an essential part of the socialist struggle and of liberation for all humanity. It is a critical aspect of our work in the Socialist Alliance—with our general positions on women’s oppression outlined in our women’s rights charter, the Gender Agenda.
As the capitalist system experiences economic crisis, the effects are being borne disproportionately by women. Aside from being highly concentrated in low-wage, low-status, and less-unionised sectors of the workforce, women’s services have in recent years experienced serious funding cuts, including to abortion and crisis centres, women’s refuges, childcare, and also aged and disability care, education and health.
Meanwhile, a 2009 United Nations report stated that the increased financial pressure is also having a flow-on effect in terms of domestic violence, as well as increasing the number of women remaining in abusive relationships due to the lack of affordable alternative accommodation, an inability to sell properties, and decreased support services.
The question before us now is “How will women radicalise against these conditions, and will the crisis give rise to conditions that we can utilise to further the struggle for women’s rights as part of the broader fight-back?”
Abortion rights
Preamble
The campaign to de-criminalise abortion is the primary women’s rights campaign mobilising people in Australia right now. The 2003 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes conducted by the Australian National University’s Centre for Social Research, found that more than 80% of respondents supported a woman’s right to choose. This widespread public support for the right to access abortion services means that the campaign has a strong base to build on. However, the campaign to de-criminalise abortion nationally is very uneven because the grounds on which abortion is considered legal in Australia varies from state to state.
The ACT became the first state in Australia to legalise abortion when the procedure was removed from the criminal statute books altogether in 2002 after years of pro-choice campaigning. And last year Victoria passed legislation to decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks, moving abortion from the Crimes Act into the Health Act, after ongoing pro-choice mobilisations.
In WA, after two doctors were charged with performing an “unlawful abortion” in 1998 under the WA Criminal Code, an intense pro-choice campaign was sparked that led to substantial changes to the WA legislation. However, abortion was not removed from the WA Criminal Code; rather it was amended. Abortion in the Northern Territory , The Socialist Alliance, and Tasmania is available, in restricted circumstances, while it remains apart of Crimes legislation.
In NSW, there is an ongoing campaign to remove abortion from the Criminal Code. While that campaign has been somewhat exclusive in its composition, and the mobilisations have been small, the escalation of the Queensland campaign (in the face of a 19-year-old woman’s prosecution under Queensland’s abortion laws) has had a boosting effect on the NSW campaign.
Queensland is widely considered to have the strictest law on abortion in the country. As many will be aware, in early September, a young Cairns woman was committed to trial on charges brought under the anti-abortion laws. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ prison. Her partner will also face trial on charges that carry a maximum penalty of three years prison. Premier Bligh and the Queensland government have repeatedly claimed that the case is related to the importation of the drug allegedly used for the abortion. They are lying. The charges have been brought under the anti-abortion laws, not drug-related law.
This legal situation is not unique to Queensland. In all states and territories (with the exception of the ACT and Victoria), the danger of prosecution remains until abortion is a legal right instead of a criminal offence. Only then, when abortion is solely a health issue between a woman and her doctor, will the way be open to ensure free, accessible abortion services for all women.
If the charges against the Cairns woman are upheld, the access to abortion that does exist in Queensland will be seriously threatened. It’s up to all supporters of women’s right to choose to raise their voices in protest. We must make it politically untenable for the Queensland government to maintain their position of inaction – the charges against the Cairns couple must be dropped immediately, and we must raise our voices for the repeal of all anti-abortion laws in Queensland and around the country.
Resolutions
The Socialist Alliance calls for:

  • The full repeal of all anti-abortion laws; and
  • The Queensland government to intervene to drop the charges against the Cairns couple.
In addition, the Socialist Alliance commits to:
  • Helping build the pro-choice campaign to involve the broadest possible forces in order to activate the majority opinion in favour of a woman’s right to choose.
  • Establishing a Socialist Alliance women’s rights committee in Queensland to co-ordinate our involvement in the burgeoning Queensland pro-choice campaign; and
  • Utilise the Socialist Alliance women’s rights e-group to facilitate discussion within the Alliance on the pro-choice campaign.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

38a
Moved Greg Rowell, Sydney West Seconded Naomi Rodgers-Falk, Brisbane
After:
The full repeal of all anti-abortion laws
Add:
in all states and all instances
Add new point after the one above:
The Socialist Alliance calls for the end to compulsory counselling to those seeking abortion, from biased counselling services, instead the Socialist Alliance supports the provision of counselling services provided by the public health system where desired, provided by qualified clinical psychologists whom are unbiased.
38b (amendment to 38a)
Moved Margarita Windisch, Melbourne West Seconded Various
Delete:
biased from 38a
ACCEPTED BY MOVER OF 38a

38a AS AMENDED ACCEPTED BY MOVER

38c
Moved Naomi Rogers-Falk, Brisbane Seconded Dominic Hale, Brisbane
Add dot point:
free, safe and accessible abortion on demand
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
Violence against women
Preamble
Police figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics show that domestic violence in Australia is on the rise. In 2007, 600 domestic Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) were issued in Newcastle, up from 490 in 2006. Port Stephens recorded a similar increase with 311 issued, up from 231 over the same period in 2006. In Queensland, in the first quarter of 2005, 6874 new cases of domestic violence were reported. In the first quarter of 2009, it rose to 9739 new cases — a 42% rise in 4 years.
Sexual violence against women is also receiving increased media attention at the moment. Of particular note are the gang rapes perpetrated by footballers, and the 14-year-old who revealed on radio, while hooked up to a lie detector, that her first sexual experience had been rape at age 12.
The sad reality is that violence against women is prevalent in Australia. Australian women have a one in three chance of being raped during their lifetime; while one in four girls will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 and 80% of them will know their attacker. Domestic violence is now the most likely cause of preventable death for women under 45. It is also the leading cause of preventable disabilities and illnesses for women under 45. The rising rates of violence against women are made considerably worse by inadequate support services. government funding for women’s services is considerably less than it was a decade ago, despite the marked rise in demand.
This situation is the result of neoliberal funding cuts and a conservative anti-feminist ideological campaign. Consecutive Australian governments have blamed domestic violence on individual family breakdowns and unhealthy relationships, rather than recognising the social basis of violence against women. A huge injection of public funding is needed to support essential crisis services for victims of domestic violence to prevent the needless death of so many women and children. Beyond that, the underlying causes of domestic violence — unemployment, insecurity, poverty, disadvantage and women’s financial dependence on male partners — have to be addressed.

Collective opposition to attacks on women’s rights is the only force powerful enough to empower women, to change sexist social attitudes and stop all forms of violence against women.
Resolutions
The Socialist Alliance calls for:

  • Adequate funding for women’s services, and a growth in services available.
In addition, the Socialist Alliance commits to:
  • Being involved in Reclaim the Night to focus on both violence against women and abortion rights.
  • Being involved in International Women’s Day as another opportunity to relate to radicalising women and to focus on both violence against women and abortion rights.
  • Re-working our women’s rights charter (‘Gender Agenda’) given the changing political situation, and to include the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on women in our workers’ rights material.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

38c
Moved Naomi Rogers-Falk, Brisbane Seconded Dominic Hale, Brisbane
Change the first dot point to:
being involved in International Women’s Day, to focus on violence against women, abortion rights, pay equity, parental leave and childcare and, where possible, taking a leading role.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
38d (amendment to 38c)
Moved Kamala Emanuel, Perth Seconded Various
Change:
taking a leading role
to:
taking an organising role
LOST

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

Fighting for women’s liberation is an essential part of the socialist struggle and of liberation for all humanity. It is a critical aspect of our work in The Socialist Alliance – with our general positions on women’s oppression outlined in our women’s rights charter, the Gender Agenda.
As the capitalist system experiences economic crisis, the effects are being borne disproportionately by women. Aside from being highly concentrated in low-wage, low-status, and less-unionised sectors of the workforce, women’s services have in recent years experienced serious funding cuts, including to abortion and crisis centres, women’s refuges, childcare, and also aged and disability care, education and health.
Meanwhile, a 2009 United Nations report stated that the increased financial pressure is also having a flow-on effect in terms of domestic violence, as well as increasing the number of women remaining in abusive relationships due to the lack of affordable alternative accommodation, an inability to sell properties, and decreased support services.
The question before us now is “How will women radicalise against these conditions, and will the crisis give rise to conditions that we can utilise to further the struggle for women’s rights as part of the broader fight-back?”
Abortion rights
Preamble
The campaign to de-criminalise abortion is the primary women’s rights campaign mobilising people in Australia right now. The 2003 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes conducted by the Australian National University’s Centre for Social Research, found that more than 80% of respondents supported a woman’s right to choose. This widespread public support for the right to access abortion services means that the campaign has a strong base to build on. However, the campaign to de-criminalise abortion nationally is very uneven because the grounds on which abortion is considered legal in Australia varies from state to state.
The ACT became the first state in Australia to legalise abortion when the procedure was removed from the criminal statute books altogether in 2002 after years of pro-choice campaigning. And last year Victoria passed legislation to decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks, moving abortion from the Crimes Act into the Health Act, after ongoing pro-choice mobilisations.
In WA, after two doctors were charged with performing an “unlawful abortion” in 1998 under the WA Criminal Code, an intense pro-choice campaign was sparked that led to substantial changes to the WA legislation. However, abortion was not removed from the WA Criminal Code; rather it was amended. Abortion in the Northern Territory , The Socialist Alliance, and Tasmania is available, in restricted circumstances, while it remains apart of Crimes legislation.
In NSW, there is an ongoing campaign to remove abortion from the Criminal Code. While that campaign has been somewhat exclusive in its composition, and the mobilisations have been small, the escalation of the Queensland campaign (in the face of a 19-year-old woman’s prosecution under Queensland’s abortion laws) has had a boosting effect on the NSW campaign.
Queensland is widely considered to have the strictest law on abortion in the country. As many will be aware, in early September, a young Cairns woman was committed to trial on charges brought under the anti-abortion laws. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ prison. Her partner will also face trial on charges that carry a maximum penalty of three years prison. Premier Bligh and the Queensland government have repeatedly claimed that the case is related to the importation of the drug allegedly used for the abortion. They are lying. The charges have been brought under the anti-abortion laws, not drug-related law.
This legal situation is not unique to Queensland. In all states and territories (with the exception of the ACT and Victoria), the danger of prosecution remains until abortion is a legal right instead of a criminal offence. Only then, when abortion is solely a health issue between a woman and her doctor, will the way be open to ensure free, accessible abortion services for all women.
If the charges against the Cairns woman are upheld, the access to abortion that does exist in Queensland will be seriously threatened. It’s up to all supporters of women’s right to choose to raise their voices in protest. We must make it politically untenable for the Queensland government to maintain their position of inaction – the charges against the Cairns couple must be dropped immediately, and we must raise our voices for the repeal of all anti-abortion laws in Queensland and around the country.
Resolutions
The Socialist Alliance calls for:

  • The full repeal of all anti-abortion laws in all states and all instances.
  • The Queensland government to intervene to drop the charges against the Cairns couple.
  • An end to compulsory counselling to those seeking abortion, from biased counselling services, and the provision of counselling services provided by the public health system where desired, provided by qualified clinical psychologists who are unbiased.
  • Free, safe and accessible abortion on demand.
In addition, the Socialist Alliance commits to:
  • Helping build the pro-choice campaign to involve the broadest possible forces in order to activate the majority opinion in favour of a woman’s right to choose.
  • Establishing a Socialist Alliance women’s rights committee in Queensland to co-ordinate our involvement in the burgeoning Queensland pro-choice campaign; and
  • Utilise the Socialist Alliance women’s rights e-group to facilitate discussion within the Alliance on the pro-choice campaign.
Violence against women
Preamble
Police figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics show that domestic violence in Australia is on the rise. In 2007, 600 domestic Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) were issued in Newcastle, up from 490 in 2006. Port Stephens recorded a similar increase with 311 issued, up from 231 over the same period in 2006. In Queensland, in the first quarter of 2005, 6874 new cases of domestic violence were reported. In the first quarter of 2009, it rose to 9739 new cases — a 42% rise in 4 years.
Sexual violence against women is also receiving increased media attention at the moment. Of particular note are the gang rapes perpetrated by footballers, and the 14-year-old who revealed on radio, while hooked up to a lie detector, that her first sexual experience had been rape at age 12.
The sad reality is that violence against women is prevalent in Australia. Australian women have a one in three chance of being raped during their lifetime; while one in four girls will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 and 80% of them will know their attacker. Domestic violence is now the most likely cause of preventable death for women under 45. It is also the leading cause of preventable disabilities and illnesses for women under 45. The rising rates of violence against women are made considerably worse by inadequate support services. government funding for women’s services is considerably less than it was a decade ago, despite the marked rise in demand.
This situation is the result of neoliberal funding cuts and a conservative anti-feminist ideological campaign. Consecutive Australian governments have blamed domestic violence on individual family breakdowns and unhealthy relationships, rather than recognising the social basis of violence against women. A huge injection of public funding is needed to support essential crisis services for victims of domestic violence to prevent the needless death of so many women and children. Beyond that, the underlying causes of domestic violence — unemployment, insecurity, poverty, disadvantage and women’s financial dependence on male partners — have to be addressed.

Collective opposition to attacks on women’s rights is the only force powerful enough to empower women, to change sexist social attitudes and stop all forms of violence against women.
Resolutions
The Socialist Alliance calls for:

  • Adequate funding for women’s services, and a growth in services available.
In addition, the Socialist Alliance commits to:
  • Being involved in Reclaim the Night to focus on both violence against women and abortion rights
  • Being involved in International Women’s Day, to focus on violence against women, abortion rights, pay equity, parental leave and childcare and, where possible, taking a leading role.
  • Re-working our women’s rights charter (“Gender Agenda”) given the changing political situation, and to include the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on women in our workers’ rights material.

39. Resolution on childcare

Moved Kerryn Williams, Sydney West Seconded Margarita Windisch, Melbourne West
Preamble
Over the past two decades, the childcare sector has become increasingly corporate-dominated. This shift began when in 1991 the federal Labor government ended public subsidies to non-profit childcare centres and instead began providing payments to individual parents to use at a childcare centre of their choice.
The escalating crisis in childcare availability and the inability of many families to afford exorbitant childcare fees led to successive governments furthering this system, with the Howard government’s introduction of the Childcare Benefit, and the Rudd Labor government’s increase in the Childcare Tax Rebate to 50%. As a result, private childcare providers are now reaping massive government subsidies.
This means that childcare fees have sky-rocketed, provision of quality services is held hostage to the private companies’ efforts to increase their profits and childcare workers remain among the lowest-paid workers in the country.
Just how problematic this set-up is was exposed in late 2008 with the collapse of childcare giant ABC Learning. Yet instead of bringing the childcare centres under public control, the government gave the company a massive bailout package and the least profitable centres were closed down or taken over by other companies.

Resolution
The Socialist Alliance calls for:

  • An end to the massive public handouts to private childcare companies
  • For the establishment of an adequately funded, not-for-profit, community-run childcare sector that is free and accessible to all
  • For employer-funded, worker-controlled childcare services in larger workplaces
  • For the services to provide before and after hours and occasional care
AMENDMENT MOVED
39a
Moved Margaret Gleeson, Brisbane Seconded Kerryn Williams, Sydney West
Add:
In the lead-up to the federal election and in the update to the Gender Agenda, the Socialist Alliance produce a comprehensive childcare policy which expands on resolutions passed at this conference.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

Preamble
Over the past two decades, the childcare sector has become increasingly corporate-dominated. This shift began when in 1991 the federal Labor government ended public subsidies to non-profit childcare centres and instead began providing payments to individual parents to use at a childcare centre of their choice.
The escalating crisis in childcare availability and the inability of many families to afford exorbitant childcare fees led to successive governments furthering this system, with the Howard government’s introduction of the Childcare Benefit, and the Rudd Labor government’s increase in the Childcare Tax Rebate to 50%. As a result, private childcare providers are now reaping massive government subsidies.
This means that childcare fees have sky-rocketed, provision of quality services is held hostage to the private companies’ efforts to increase their profits and childcare workers remain among the lowest-paid workers in the country.
Just how problematic this set-up is was exposed in late 2008 with the collapse of childcare giant ABC Learning. Yet instead of bringing the childcare centres under public control, the government gave the company a massive bailout package and the least profitable centres were closed down or taken over by other companies.

Resolution
The Socialist Alliance calls for:

  • An end to the massive public handouts to private childcare companies
  • For the establishment of an adequately funded, not-for-profit, community-run childcare sector that is free and accessible to all
  • For employer-funded, worker-controlled childcare services in larger workplaces
  • For the services to provide before and after hours and occasional care
In the lead up to the federal election and in the update to the Gender Agenda, The Socialist Alliance will produce a comprehensive childcare policy which expands on resolutions passed at this conference.

40. Policy on equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people

Moved Rachel Evans, Sydney West Seconded Rose Matthews, Hobart
Preamble
This proposal is to change the Socialist Alliance policy statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender to include Intersex people.
We live in a society in which attempts to dictate sexual preference and gender identity through promoting the gender stereotypes and homophobic attitudes which underpin the heterosexual nuclear family and by promoting marriage and the nuclear family as the only legitimate model for relationships.
Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and intersex people suffer oppression because their lives are a challenge to the nuclear family which is an economic cornerstone of capitalism.
The Socialist Alliance opposes all attempts to shoehorn people into sexual and gender conformity. We believe it is a basic democratic right that a persons’ self-definition of sexual preference and gender identity should be recognised. Heterosexism exists at almost every level in this society, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is entrenched in all of the key institutions of society - education, health, the law, the media, family, church and state.
The Socialist Alliance supports politically independent and self-organising social movements that fight the oppression of women, lesbians and gay men, trans and intersex people, people with HIV and sex workers through mass action, public demonstrations, lobbying, voting and by building alliances with the broader working class, feminist, and anti-capitalist movements.
We oppose sexism, racism, ageism and discrimination against people with disabilities within the lesbian and gay communities, as we do in the broader community.
The Socialist Alliance supports:

  • Enforceable anti-discrimination legislation to protect lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, people living with HIV/AIDS and trans and intersex people. We will remove existing exemptions for private schools, religious organisations, the insurance industry, the tax system, superannuation etc; legislate for the right of trans and intersex people to be issued with passports, drivers licenses and other documents specifying the gender (or non-gender) of their choice.
  • Legislation of full social, legal, trade union and industrial recognition of same-sex relationships. This would include extending to same-sex relationships equal status with heterosexual de factos in superannuation, immigration, taxation, family law, industrial relations and any other laws and regulations; ensure the right of gays and lesbians to choose to marry if they so wish; provide independent incomes (Newstart, Pensions, etc) for all regardless of relationship status - this will end state-enforced economic dependency.
  • Guarantee the right of gay men and lesbians to adopt or foster children and end discrimination against gay men, lesbians, trans and intersex people in child custody cases.
  • Legislate against use of non-violent homosexual “advance” as a defense of “provocation” in violent crime.
  • Provide full state funding for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex youth programs including refuges and housing services, health services, coming out, self-esteem and suicide prevention programs.
  • All public funding for education, youth, aged, health, employment and welfare to be directed though non-discriminatory government and/or secular non-profit community organisations. Education in schools to incorporate positive material on homosexuality, trans and intersex peoples.
  • Support Pride Marches, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, film and video festivals and other queer community events; defend and extend gay, lesbian trans and intersex programming on the ABC, SBS and community broadcasters; work vigorously for an end to the vicious and destructive portrayal of gay men, lesbians and transgender people in some sections of the media.
  • Support gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans and intersex workers; promote strong policies within unions to defend gay, lesbian, trans and intersex workers; support the establishment of gay and lesbian caucuses within trade unions.
Resolutions
  • That the Socialist Alliance support the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) community in their fight for full marriage equality, and assist with organizing rallies, forums, events, around the 2010 Year of Actions for the Marriage Equality campaign.
  • That the Socialist Alliance phases out the slogan “Same-sex marriage rights” and promotes “Equal Marriage Rights”, which includes the demands of the transgender and intersex community.
  • That the Socialist Alliance builds and supports International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers events, in whichever way is appropriate.
  • That the Socialist Alliance, where possible, and where events are organised, builds and supports Trans and Intersex Remembrance Day events.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

40a
Replace existing text with the following;
(based on feedback from January 3 LGBTI workshop)
Policy on equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and intersex people
We live in a society which attempts to dictate sexual preference and gender identity through promoting the gender stereotypes and homophobic attitudes which underpin the heterosexual nuclear family, and by promoting marriage and the nuclear family as the only legitimate model for relationships. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and intersex people suffer oppression because their lives are a challenge to the nuclear family which is an economic cornerstone of capitalism. The Socialist Alliance opposes all attempts to shoehorn people into sexual and gender conformity. We believe it is a basic democratic right that a persons’ self-definition of sexual preference and gender identity should be recognised. Heterosexism exists at almost every level in this society, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is entrenched in all of the key institutions of society - education, health, the law, the media, family, church and state.
The Socialist Alliance supports politically independent and self-organising social movements that fight the oppression of women, lesbians and gay men, trans and intersex people, people with HIV and sex workers through mass action, public demonstrations, lobbying, voting and by building alliances with the broader working class, feminist, and anti-capitalist movements.
We oppose sexism, racism, ageism, and discrimination against people with disabilities within the lesbian and gay communities, as we do in the broader community.
In government the Socialist Alliance will:

  • Enact enforceable anti-discrimination legislation to protect lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, people living with HIV/AIDS and trans and intersex people. We will remove existing exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation in relation to employment for private schools, religious organisations, the insurance industry, the tax system, superannuation etc. The Socialist Alliance will legislate for the right of trans and intersex people to be issued with passports, drivers licenses and other documents specifying the gender (or non-gender) of their choice.
  • Legislate full social, legal, trade union and industrial recognition of same sex and gender variant relationships. This would include extending to same sex relationships equal status with heterosexual de factos in superannuation, immigration, taxation, family law, industrial relations and any other laws and regulations; ensure the right of gays, lesbians and gender variants to choose to marry if they so wish; provide independent incomes [Newstart, Pensions, etc] for all regardless of relationship status - this will end state-enforced economic dependency.
  • Guarantee the right of gay men, lesbians and gender variants to adopt or foster children and end discrimination against gay men, lesbians, trans and intersex people in child custody cases;
  • Legislate against use of non-violent homosexual “advance” as a defense of “provocation” in violent crime.
  • Provide full state funding for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans people and intersex youth programs including refuges and housing services, health services, coming out, self-esteem and suicide prevention programs;
  • All public funding for education, youth, aged, health, employment and welfare to be directed though non-discriminatory government and/or secular non-profit community organisations. Education in schools to incorporate positive material on homosexuality, trans and intersex peoples.
  • Support Pride Marches, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, film and video festivals and other queer community events; defend and extend gay, lesbian trans and intersex programming on the ABC, SBS and community broadcasters; work vigorously for an end to the vicious and destructive portrayal of gay men, lesbians and trans people in some sections of the media.
  • Mandatory sensitivity training and refresher courses for the police force in how to deal with LGBTI issues.
  • Support gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans and intersex workers; promote strong policies within unions to defend gay, lesbian, trans and intersex workers; support the establishment of gay and lesbian caucuses within trade unions.
RESOLUTIONS
  • That the Socialist Alliance support the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans people, intersex (LGBTI) community in their fight for full marriage equality, and assist with organizing rallies, forums, events, around the 2010 Year of Actions for the Marriage Equality campaign.
  • That the Socialist Alliance phases out the slogan “Same-sex marriage rights” and promotes “Equal Marriage Rights”, which can more readily include the demands of the trans people and intersex community.
  • That the Socialist Alliance builds and supports International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers events, in whichever way is appropriate.
  • That the Socialist Alliance, where possible, and where events are organised, builds and supports Trans and Intersex Remembrance Day events.
40b
Moved Carla Gorton, North Queensland Seconded Rachel Evans, Sydney West
Change first bullet point:
people living with HIV/ AIDS
to:
people living with HIV
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
40c
Moved Rachel Evans, Sydney West Seconded Rose Matthews, Hobart
In The Socialist Alliance supports section, amend the third dot point to read:
Guarantee the right of gay men and lesbians to adopt or foster children and to access free, safe reproductive technology like IVF. End discrimination against gay men, lesbians, trans and intersex people in child custody cases.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
40d
Moved Paola Harvey, Illawarra Seconded Rachel Evans, Sydney West
Under point 6, amend the point on sensitivity training to read:
Mandatory sensitivity training and refresher courses for the police force in how to deal with LGBTI issues. This education and training must be developed with and by the LGBTI community. The selection of LGBTI liaison officers should be under the control of the LGBTI community and recallable.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

We live in a society which attempts to dictate sexual preference and gender identity through promoting the gender stereotypes and homophobic attitudes which underpin the heterosexual nuclear family, and by promoting marriage and the nuclear family as the only legitimate model for relationships. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and intersex people suffer oppression because their lives are a challenge to the nuclear family which is an economic cornerstone of capitalism. The Socialist Alliance opposes all attempts to shoehorn people into sexual and gender conformity. We believe it is a basic democratic right that a persons’ self-definition of sexual preference and gender identity should be recognised. Heterosexism exists at almost every level in this society, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is entrenched in all of the key institutions of society - education, health, the law, the media, family, church and state.
The Socialist Alliance supports politically independent and self-organizing social movements that fight the oppression of women, lesbians and gay men, trans and intersex people, people with HIV and sex workers through mass action, public demonstrations, lobbying, voting and by building alliances with the broader working class, feminist, and anti-capitalist movements.
We oppose sexism, racism, ageism, and discrimination against people with disabilities within the lesbian and gay communities, as we do in the broader community.
In government the Socialist Alliance will:

  • Enact enforceable anti-discrimination legislation to protect lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, people living with HIV and trans and intersex people. We will remove existing exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation in relation to employment for private schools, religious organisations, the insurance industry, the tax system, superannuation etc. The Socialist Alliance will legislate for the right of trans and intersex people to be issued with passports, drivers licenses and other documents specifying the gender (or non-gender) of their choice.
  • Legislate full social, legal, trade union and industrial recognition of same sex and gender variant relationships. This would include extending to same sex relationships equal status with heterosexual de factos in superannuation, immigration, taxation, family law, industrial relations and any other laws and regulations; ensure the right of gays, lesbians and gender variants to choose to marry if they so wish; provide independent incomes [Newstart, Pensions, etc] for all regardless of relationship status - this will end state-enforced economic dependency.
  • Guarantee the right of gay men and lesbians to adopt or foster children and to access free, safe reproductive technology like IVF. End discrimination against gay men, lesbians, trans and intersex people in child custody cases.
  • Legislate against use of non-violent homosexual “advance” as a defense of “provocation” in violent crime.
  • Provide full state funding for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans people and intersex youth programs including refuges and housing services, health services, coming out, self-esteem and suicide prevention programs;
  • All public funding for education, youth, aged, health, employment and welfare to be directed though non-discriminatory government and/or secular non-profit community organisations. Education in schools to incorporate positive material on homosexuality, trans and intersex peoples.
  • Support Pride Marches, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, film and video festivals and other queer community events; defend and extend gay, lesbian trans and intersex programming on the ABC, SBS and community broadcasters; work vigorously for an end to the vicious and destructive portrayal of gay men, lesbians and trans people people in some sections of the media.
  • Mandatory sensitivity training and refresher courses for the police force in how to deal with LGBTI issues. This education and training must be developed with and by the LGBTI community. The selection of LGBTI liaison officers should be under the control of the LGBTI community and recallable
  • Support gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans and intersex workers; promote strong policies within unions to defend gay, lesbian, trans and intersex workers; support the establishment of gay and lesbian caucuses within trade unions.
Resolutions
  • That the Socialist Alliance support the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans people, intersex (LGBTI) community in their fight for full marriage equality, and assist with organizing rallies, forums, events, around the 2010 Year of Actions for the Marriage Equality campaign.
  • That the Socialist Alliance phases out the slogan “Same-sex marriage rights” and promotes “Equal Marriage Rights”, which can more readily include the demands of the trans people and intersex community.
  • That the Socialist Alliance builds and supports International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers events, in whichever way is appropriate.
  • That the Socialist Alliance, where possible, and where events are organised, builds and supports Trans and Intersex Remembrance Day events.

41. Sex worker policy

Moved Paola Harvey, Illawarra Seconded Dave Kerin. Victoria at large
Preamble
Sex work is still on the criminal code in all states and Territories, except NSW. Having sex work on the criminal code means increased police harassment for marginalised groups, such as Aboriginal street-based sex workers, Asian and migrant sex workers, HIV positive workers and transgender sex workers. Criminalising sex work means significantly lower health and safety standards. Decriminalisation in NSW, combined with other health and sex worker peer education community support measures, has resulted in better sexual health outcomes for sex workers and improved access by community outreach and support agencies.
The Socialist Alliance demands:

  • Decriminalisation of sex work;
  • Discrimination on the basis of occupation to be made unlawful
  • The Socialist Alliance supports the work of sex worker organisations in their decriminalisation campaigns and for health and safety on the job.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

41a
Moved Rachel Evans, Sydney West Seconded Conor Montgomery, Sydney Central
Replace existing text with the following (based on feedback from January 3 LGBTI workshop)
Sex work is still on the criminal code in all states and territories except NSW. Having sex work on the criminal code means increased police harassment for marginalized groups such as Aboriginal street-based sex workers, Asian and migrant sex workers, HIV positive workers, and trans people sex workers. Criminalizing sex work means significantly lower health and safety standards. Decriminalisation in NSW combined with other health and sex worker “peer education” community support measures, has resulted in better sexual health outcomes for sex workers and improved access by community outreach and support agencies.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government:

  • Decriminalisation of sex work
  • Demand an end to discrimination on the basis on the basis of occupation
The Socialist Alliance supports the work of sex worker organisations in their decriminalisation campaigns and for health, and safety on the job.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

Sex work is still on the criminal code in all states and territories except NSW. Having sex work on the criminal code means increased police harassment for marginalized groups such as Aboriginal street-based sex workers, Asian and migrant sex workers, HIV positive workers, and trans people sex workers. Criminalizing sex work means significantly lower health and safety standards. Decriminalisation in NSW combined with other health and sex worker “peer education” community support measures, has resulted in better sexual health outcomes for sex workers and improved access by community outreach and support agencies.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government:

  • Decriminalisation of sex work
  • Demand an end to discrimination on the basis on the basis of occupation
The Socialist Alliance supports the work of sex worker organisations in their decriminalisation campaigns and for health, and safety on the job.

42. Marriage and civil union policy

Moved Rachel Evans, Sydney West Seconded Paola Harvey, Illawarra
The Socialist Alliance supports the right to marry regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
In other countries civil unions have been offered to the LGBTI community to placate the movement for equal marriage rights. This is not the situation in Australia, where even civil unions have been suppressed by the federal government because they “mimic marriage”. It is for this reason that the Socialist Alliance supports civil unions as well as marriage rights. Yet civil unions are not a substitute for marriage rights.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government:
1) Equal marriage rights for LGBTI people.
2) Civil unions legislation in each State and Territory, as well as on the federal level. Civil unions legislation should allow official, legally recognised ceremonies, and it should be open to all LGBTI people as well as heterosexuals.

AMENDMENTS MOVED

42a
Moved Rachel Evans, Sydney West Seconded Conor Montgomery, Sydney Central
Replace existing text with the following (based on feedback from January 3 LGBTI workshop)
The Socialist Alliance supports the right to marry regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
In other countries civil unions have been offered to the LGBTI community to placate the movement for equal marriage rights. This is not the situation in Australia, where even civil unions have been suppressed by the federal government because they “mimic marriage”. It is for this reason that the Socialist Alliance supports civil unions but will continue the campaign for marriage . Civil unions are not a substitute for marriage rights.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government:
1) Equal marriage rights for LGBTI people.
2) Civil unions legislation in each State and Territory, as well as on the federal level. Civil unions legislation should allow official, legally recognised ceremonies, and it should be open to everyone regardless of gender or sexuality.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

The Socialist Alliance supports the right to marry regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
In other countries civil unions have been offered to the LGBTI community to placate the movement for equal marriage rights. This is not the situation in Australia, where even civil unions have been suppressed by the federal government because they “mimic marriage”. It is for this reason that the Socialist Alliance supports civil unions but will continue the campaign for marriage . Civil unions are not a substitute for marriage rights.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government:
1) Equal marriage rights for LGBTI people.
2) Civil unions legislation in each State and Territory, as well as on the federal level. Civil unions legislation should allow official, legally recognised ceremonies, and it should be open to everyone regardless of gender or sexuality.

43. Intersex policy

Moved Rose Matthews, Hobart Seconded Conor Montgomery, Sydney Central
Intersex people are people born with physiological differences that may be seen as being both male and female at once, not wholly male or female, or neither male nor female.
Intersex people are subjected to discrimination in employment, in housing, in the provision of medical services, and the provision of government services.
There are no laws preventing discrimination because of ones Intersex.
Intersex children may be subjected to non-consensual surgery so that their bodies conform to dominant ideas of what constitutes a ‘male’ or ‘female’ body. Non-consensual genital surgery is particularly controversial and where there is little debate against prohibitions on female circumcision similar procedures on Intersex happen with little community comment.
The Socialist Alliance rejects pathologising definitions of intersex such as “disorders of sexual development”. The difficulty for Intersex is not differences in anatomy but rather how those differences are perceived by the community. Social prejudice against non-conforming bodies such as Intersex, are the issues that needs attention. Intersex should not be compelled to change their bodies, their behaviour, or them selves to meet mainstream social expectations.
The Socialist Alliance demands:
1) That non-consensual surgery on children, where the child is denied the informed and cognisant right to consent or reject, cease immediately save for those cases where surgery is life preserving.
2) That children are able to declare their sex, even if that is none, when they are fully informed and able to understand those concepts.
3) That any individual may have their passport marked with X rather than sex or gender if they so desire.
4) That there is an affirmative action policy in public housing, work opportunities, education, the provision of medical and government services.
5) That education campaigns are conducted in schools and wider society that debunk the myth of sex and gender binaries that inform individuals about sex and gender diversity and oppose bigotry because of perceived sex and gender differences.
6) That there is no sex testing in sport. No indisputable definition of what constitutes a male or a female exists.
7) Legislation that provides protection against discrimination and vilification and promotes equal opportunities for Intersex.
8) Access to appropriate medication and surgery when and if required based on the needs of the individual and not on the expectations of diagnostic protocols. This includes the abandonment of the diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” for those Intersex who reject their birth assignment.
9) All people, particularly legislators and medical professionals, must acknowledge that sex is more than men and women, male and female.
Governments have to ensure that services and laws are in place that provide for those who do not fit prevailing ideas of sex and gender binaries and by unshackling the community from the need to conform to and enforce those ideas and allow each individual to participate in society as themselves.

AMENDMENT MOVED

43a
Moved Rachel Evans, Sydney West Seconded Conor Montgomery, Sydney Central
Replace existing text with the following
(based on feedback from January 3 LGBTI workshop)
Intersex people are people born with physiological differences that may be seen as being both male and female at once, not wholly male or female or as neither male nor female.
Intersex people are subjected to discrimination in employment, in housing, in the provision of medical services, and the provision of government services.
There are no laws preventing discrimination against intersex people.
Intersex children may be subjected to non-consensual surgery so that their bodies conform to dominant ideas of what constitutes a ‘male’ or ‘female’ body. Non-consensual genital surgery is particularly controversial and where there is little debate against prohibitions on female circumcision, similar procedures on intersex people happen with little community comment.
The Socialist Alliance rejects pathologising definitions of intersex such as “disorders of sexual development”. The difficulty for Intersex is not differences in anatomy but rather how those differences are perceived by the community. Social prejudice against non conforming bodies such as intersex, are the issues that needs attention. Intersex people should not be compelled to change their bodies, their behavior, or themselves to meet mainstream social expectations.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government
1) That non-consensual surgery on children, where the child is denied the informed and cognizant right to consent or reject) cease immediately save for those cases where surgery is life preserving.
2) That children are able to declare their sex, even if that is none, when they are fully informed and able to understand those concepts.
3) That any individual may have their passport marked with X rather than sex or gender if they so desire.
4) That there is an affirmative action policy in public housing, work opportunities, education, the provision of medical and government services.
5) That education campaigns are conducted in schools and wider society that debunk the myth of sex and gender binaries, that inform individuals about sex and gender diversity, and oppose bigotry because of perceived sex and gender differences.
6) Intersex athletes like Caster Semenya should not be publically outed. That there are no compulsory sex testing procedures in sport.
7) Legislation that provides protection against discrimination and vilification and promotes equal opportunities for intersex people.
8) Access to appropriate medication and surgery when and if required based on the needs of the individual and not on the expectations of diagnostic protocols. This includes the abandonment of the diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” for those intersex who reject their birth assignment.
9) All people, particularly legislators and medical professionals, must acknowledge that sex and gender is more than men and women , male and female.
governments have to ensure that services and laws are in place that provide for those who do not fit prevailing ideas of sex and gender binaries and by unshackling the community from the need to conform to and enforce those ideas ,allow each individual to participate in society as themselves.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

Intersex people are people born with physiological differences that may be seen as being both male and female at once, not wholly male or female or as neither male nor female.
Intersex people are subjected to discrimination in employment, in housing, in the provision of medical services, and the provision of government services.
There are no laws preventing discrimination against intersex people.
Intersex children may be subjected to non-consensual surgery so that their bodies conform to dominant ideas of what constitutes a ‘male’ or ‘female’ body. Non-consensual genital surgery is particularly controversial and where there is little debate against prohibitions on female circumcision, similar procedures on intersex people happen with little community comment.
The Socialist Alliance rejects pathologising definitions of intersex such as “disorders of sexual development”. The difficulty for Intersex is not differences in anatomy but rather how those differences are perceived by the community. Social prejudice against non conforming bodies such as intersex, are the issues that needs attention. Intersex people should not be compelled to change their bodies, their behavior, or themselves to meet mainstream social expectations.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government
1) That non-consensual surgery on children, where the child is denied the informed and cognizant right to consent or reject) cease immediately save for those cases where surgery is life preserving.
2) That children are able to declare their sex, even if that is none, when they are fully informed and able to understand those concepts.
3) That any individual may have their passport marked with X rather than sex or gender if they so desire.
4) That there is an affirmative action policy in public housing, work opportunities, education, the provision of medical and government services.
5) That education campaigns are conducted in schools and wider society that debunk the myth of sex and gender binaries, that inform individuals about sex and gender diversity, and oppose bigotry because of perceived sex and gender differences.
6) Intersex athletes like Caster Semenya should not be publically outed. That there are no compulsory sex testing procedures in sport.
7) Legislation that provides protection against discrimination and vilification and promotes equal opportunities for intersex people.
8) Access to appropriate medication and surgery when and if required based on the needs of the individual and not on the expectations of diagnostic protocols. This includes the abandonment of the diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” for those intersex who reject their birth assignment.
9) All people, particularly legislators and medical professionals, must acknowledge that sex and gender is more than men and women , male and female.
Governments have to ensure that services and laws are in place that provide for those who do not fit prevailing ideas of sex and gender binaries and by unshackling the community from the need to conform to and enforce those ideas, allow each individual to participate in society as themselves.

44. Resolution on transgendered people’s rights

Moved Farida Iqbal, Canberra Seconded Rachel Evans, Sydney West
Preamble
Trans people are a diverse group of identities, including transsexual, transgendered, crossdressers, genderqueers and gender variants of all kinds. Their common ground is that they do not conform to society’s expectations of how someone of their physiological sex assigned at birth is supposed to be in the culture they live in. There are trans people who seek sex reassignment surgery, although there are also many who only seek hormone therapy. Trans people suffer hate crimes, murder, sacking from jobs, discrimination in renting and buying houses, and high rates of suicide because of the bigotry they face.
In Australia, trans people face barriers to changing their sex. To access any medical transition technologies, such as hormone therapy or surgeries on Medicare they have to be diagnosed with “gender identity disorder”. This is a psychological disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). The definition of trans people as mentally ill is rejected by the trans movement.
Quality free surgery is unavailable in Australia. Therefore trans people are forced to access expensive surgeries in the private sector. Hormone therapy is only free to people on the pension. Otherwise, it is very expensive.
Trans people are not granted legal recognition of their gender without surgery. This is a major problem for many trans people who either cannot afford surgery or do not want it. A major problem with the requirement of surgery is that it coerces trans people into sterilisation.
The government determines the surgeries required to achieve automatic legal recognition of one’s gender. Unless people undergo these very specific operations they are not granted legal recognition. Expensive passport and birth certificate change processes add to the trauma and humiliation trans people are forced to endure. The Socialist Alliance supports the work of trans rights organisations in their campaigns.

Resolution
The Socialist Alliance campaigns for:

  • Free access to hormones, if requested, without being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder”.
  • Free, quality sex-change operations and access to other medical needs such as electrolysis.
  • Full legal recognition of gender identity regardless of whether or not a person gets surgery. This includes, but is not limited to, passports and birth certificates. A person’s legal identity should be “male” or “female” as they choose, or they should also have the option of marking an “X” or “transgender”, or something else, if they choose.
  • Anti-discrimination laws that support trans people in fighting discrimination in jobs, housing and schooling.
  • Affirmative action in public housing and employment, including crisis accommodation to cater specifically for the needs of trans people.
  • Anti-bigotry campaigns in schools and wider society that teach people about transrights.
  • The repeal of all legislation discriminating against trans people.
  • government funding for services run by and for the trans community, such as Gender Centres. There should be a Gender Centre in every capital city, at least.
  • Hate crimes against trans people to be taken seriously by the police.
  • Specific units in hospitals to cater to the needs of trans people.

AMENDMENT MOVED

44a
Moved Farida Iqbal, Canberra Seconded Rachel Evans, Sydney West
Replace existing text with the following (based on feedback from January 3 LGBTI workshop)
Trans people are a diverse group of identities, including transsexual, transgendered, crossdressers, genderqueers, and gender variants of all kinds. Their common ground is that they do not conform to society’s expectations of how someone of their physiological sex assigned at birth is supposed to be in the culture they live in. Most trans people do not seek sex reassignment surgery, although many seek hormone therapy. Trans people suffer hate crimes, murder, being sacked from jobs, discrimination in renting and buying houses, and high rates of suicide because of the bigotry they face.

In Australia, trans people face barriers in changing their sex. To access any medical transition
technologies, such as hormone therapy or surgeries, on Medicare they have to be diagnosed with “gender identity disorder”. This is a psychological disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). This pathologising terminology is rejected by the trans movement.
Free, quality, CARRIED surgery is unavailable in Australia. Therefore trans people are forced to access expensive surgeries in the private sector. Hormone therapy is only free to people on the pension. Otherwise, it is very expensive.
Trans people are not granted legal recognition of their gender without surgery. This is a major problem for many trans people who either cannot afford surgery or do not want it. Potential loss of sexual function is one reason why some people do not want surgery. A major problem with the requirement of surgery is that it coerces trans people into sterilisation.
Even after hormones and operations trans people are not granted automatic government recognition of their sex. Expensive passport and birth change processes add to the trauma and humiliation trans people are forced to endure. The Socialist Alliance supports the work of transgender and transsexual rights organisations in their campaigns.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government

  1. Free access to hormones, if requested, without being diagnosed with ’gender identity disorder’
  2. Free, quality sex change operations and access to other medical needs such as electrolysis.
  3. Full legal recognition of gender identity regardless of whether or not a person gets surgery. This includes but is not limited to passports and birth certificates. A person’s legal identity should be “male” or “female” as they choose, or they should also have the option of marking an “X” or “trans”, or something else, if they choose.
  4. Anti-discrimination laws that support trans people in fighting off discrimination in jobs, housing, schooling.
  5. Affirmative action in public housing and employment, including crisis accommodation to cater specifically for the needs of trans people.
  6. Anti-bigotry campaigns in schools and wider society that teach people about trans rights.
  7. The repeal of all legislation discriminating against trans people.
  8. government funding for services run by and for the trans community, such as Gender Centres. There should be a Gender Centre in every capital city at least.
  9. Specific units in hospitals to cater to the needs of trans people.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

Trans people are a diverse group of identities, including transsexual, transgendered, crossdressers, gender queers, and gender variants of all kinds. Their common ground is that they do not conform to society’s expectations of how someone of their physiological sex assigned at birth is supposed to be in the culture they live in. Most trans people do not seek sex reassignment surgery, although many seek hormone therapy. Trans people suffer hate crimes, murder, being sacked from jobs, discrimination in renting and buying houses, and high rates of suicide because of the bigotry they face.
In Australia, trans people face barriers in changing their sex. To access any medical transition
technologies, such as hormone therapy or surgeries, on Medicare they have to be diagnosed with “gender identity disorder”. This is a psychological disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). This pathologising terminology is rejected by the trans movement.
Free, quality surgery is unavailable in Australia. Therefore trans people are forced to access expensive surgeries in the private sector. Hormone therapy is only free to people on the pension. Otherwise, it is very expensive.
Trans people are not granted legal recognition of their gender without surgery. This is a major problem for many trans people who either cannot afford surgery or do not want it. Potential loss of sexual function is one reason why some people do not want surgery. A major problem with the requirement of surgery is that it coerces trans people into sterilisation.
Even after hormones and operations trans people are not granted automatic government recognition of their sex. Expensive passport and birth change processes add to the trauma and humiliation trans people are forced to endure. The Socialist Alliance supports the work of transgender and transsexual rights organisations in their campaigns.
The Socialist Alliance demands of the government:

  1. Free access to hormones, if requested, without being diagnosed with ’gender identity disorder’
  2. Free, quality sex change operations and access to other medical needs such as electrolysis.
  3. Full legal recognition of gender identity regardless of whether or not a person gets surgery. This includes but is not limited to passports and birth certificates. A person’s legal identity should be “male” or “female” as they choose, or they should also have the option of marking an “X” or “trans”, or something else, if they choose.
  4. Anti-discrimination laws that support trans people in fighting off discrimination in jobs, housing, schooling.
  5. Affirmative action in public housing and employment, including crisis accommodation to cater specifically for the needs of trans people.
  6. Anti-bigotry campaigns in schools and wider society that teach people about trans rights.
  7. The repeal of all legislation discriminating against trans people.
  8. government funding for services run by and for the trans community, such as Gender Centres. There should be a Gender Centre in every capital city at least.
  9. Specific units in hospitals to cater to the needs of trans people.

Constitutional changes

Presenter Bea Bleile
Chair Jeremy Smith

45. Proposed changes to The Socialist Alliance constitution

Moved Bea Bleile, National Executive Seconded Dick Nichols, Sydney Central
NOTE: The following proposed changes, to the Constitution, based on proposals by the Constitution Working Group, were adopted by the December 10 meeting of the National Executive.
A. Aims and objectives (Section 3 of the Constitution)
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION
3.1 The Alliance also operates to conduct campaigns that are based on its platform and policies as adopted, involving trade unions and communities, in order to support the provision of all of the resources and services that workers, unemployed, women, pensioners, Aborigines, refugees, migrants and other oppressed groups have the right to access and receive.
CARRIED
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION
3.3 The Alliance seeks fundamental social and political change by developing policies, campaigns, and protests in co-operation with all workers, environmental, anti-racist, and other social movements, and to propose an alternative to the corporate control of society. A sustained mass campaign of total opposition to capitalism should aim to create the conditions to bring about a transformation to a socialist society that is based on co-operation, democracy and ecological sustainability.
CARRIED
B. Obligation of members winning political office to donate part of their income from office (Section 4 of the Constitution)
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION 4.4
4.4 Once elected, The Socialist Alliance candidates to political office shall donate any part of their salary that exceeds the average weekly wage, as published by the ABS, to the Alliance to help fund its work.
AMENDMENTS MOVED
45a
Moved Margaret Gleeson, Brisbane Seconded Dave Bell, NSW at large
Amend 4.4.to read:
Once elected, The Socialist Alliance candidates to political office, or to official or elected organiser union positions shall pledge any income above that of the base (ordinary) rate of pay for the average skilled worker to the Alliance to help fund its work.
REJECTED BY MOVER
COUNT CALLED FOR
CARRIED (IN FAVOUR 33, AGAINST 25, ABSTENTIONS 3)
PROCEDURAL MOTION
Moved Alex Bainbridge, Perth Seconded Various
To recommit the conference decision on 4.4 to discussion and vote.
CARRIED
SECOND VOTE ON AMENDMENT 45a
LOST
45b
Moved Alex Bainbridge, Perth Seconded Various
Once elected, The Socialist Alliance candidates to political office shall pledge any income above that of the base (ordinary) rate of pay for the average skilled worker to the Alliance to help fund its work.
WITHDRAWN BY MOVER
VOTE ON PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION 4.4
COUNT CALLED FOR
CARRIED (IN FAVOUR 35, AGAINST 24, ABSTENTIONS 5)

C. Acceptance of membership, suspension and expulsions (Section 5 of the Constitution)
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION
5.1 Any individual who agrees to support the aims and objectives of the Alliance and agrees to participate in the non-sectarian, co-operative spirit of the Alliance is eligible to apply to become a member.
CARRIED
5.2 A person who applies to become a member shall complete a membership application form and lodge with the Alliance the prescribed membership fees.
CARRIED
5.3 Applications by individuals to become members of a branch will be processed by the local Branch executive/organising committee for a decision on acceptance or rejection, and its recommendation will then be presented to a meeting of branch members for endorsement or otherwise.
If the meeting of branch members, as formally assembled, approves of a membership application, then the applicant will be accepted as a financial member.
An individual who resides more than 60km from the usual meeting place of a branch is regarded as an ‘at large’ member. An application for membership from such an individual will be considered by the State executive, which will consider an application within 60 days of the receipt of an application.
If the State executive approves of the application, then the ‘at large’ applicant will be accepted as a financial member of the Alliance.
There is no right of appeal against the rejection of an application to become a member.
AMENDMENTS MOVED
45c
Moved Alex Bainbridge, Perth Seconded Karl Miller, Brisbane
Replace first two sentences with:
Applications by individuals to become members of a branch shall be considered by a meeting of either the branch or the branch executive within 30 days. If the meeting approves the application then the application is considered a financial member. If the branch executive makes a decision concerning a membership application they shall report that decision to the next meeting of the branch, which may then accept or overturn the decision of the executive.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
45d
Moved Bea Bleile, New England Seconded Various
Replace:
an individual who resides more than 60 km from the usual meeting place of a branch
with:
An individual who lives too far from any branch to participate at branch level.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

SECTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

5.3 Applications by individuals to become members of a branch shall be considered by a meeting of either the branch or the branch executive within 30 days. If the meeting approves the application then the application is considered a financial member. If the branch executive makes a decision concerning a membership application they shall report that decision to the next meeting of the branch, which may then accept or overturn the decision of the executive.
An individual who lives too far from any branch to participate at branch level is regarded as an “at large” member. An application for membership from such an individual will be considered by the State executive, which will consider an application within 60 days of the receipt of an application.
If the State executive approves of the application, then the “at large” applicant will be accepted as a financial member of the Alliance.
There is no right of appeal against the rejection of an application to become a member.
5.4 A financial member who through his/her actions brings the Alliance into disrepute or who engages in behaviour that is considered to be detrimental to the best interests of the Alliance, may be asked by the branch executive or the National Executive to show cause why the member’s membership should not be suspended or cancelled.
AMENDMENT MOVED
45e
Moved Alex Bainbridge, Perth Seconded Karl Miller, Brisbane
Replace:
his/her on line one with their.
Insert after:
show cause on third line within 30 days.
Add to end:
The relevant branch or the National Executive shall after that time make a decision to maintain, suspend or cancel that person’s membership.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER

SECTION AS AMENDED CARRIED (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)

5.4 A financial member who through their actions brings the Alliance into disrepute or who engages in behaviour that is considered to be detrimental to the best interests of the Alliance, may be asked by the branch executive or the National Executive to show cause within 30 days why the member’s membership should not be suspended or cancelled. The relevant branch or the National Executive shall after that time make a decision to maintain, suspend or cancel that person’s membership.
5.5 A member who has responded to such a request, and has subsequently had his/her membership suspended or cancelled, is entitled to lodge an appeal with the National Executive against the decision to suspend or cancel the membership of that person.
CARRIED
5.6 The National Executive is empowered to consider an appeal against the suspension or cancellation of a member’s membership, and may take evidence in writing or other form in making its decision. The National Executive will consider an appeal within 60 days of the lodgement of the appeal with the National Conveners, and convey its decision to the appellant within 7 days of making its decision. A decision of the National Executive under this Section is final.
AMENDMENT MOVED
45f
Moved Dave Bell, NSW at large Seconded Susan Austin Hobart
Insert a new 5.7:
5.7 The National Conference will be the body to review a National Executive initiative to suspend or cancel the membership of a member. The decision of National Conference shall be final.
ACCEPTED BY MOVER
AMENDED SECTIONS 5.6 AND 5.7 CARRIED
AMENDED SECTION 5 OF THE CONSTITUTION CARRIED WITH 2 ABSTENSTIONS (ADOPTED TEXT FOLLOWS)
5.1 Any individual who agrees to support the aims and objectives of the Alliance and agrees to participate in the non-sectarian, co-operative spirit of the Alliance is eligible to apply to become a member.
5.2 A person who applies to become a member shall complete a membership application form and lodge with the Alliance the prescribed membership fees.
5.3 Applications by individuals to become members of a branch will be processed by the local Branch executive/organising committee for a decision on acceptance or rejection, and its recommendation will then be presented to a meeting of branch members for endorsement or otherwise.
If the meeting of branch members, as formally assembled, approves of a membership application, then the applicant will be accepted as a financial member.
Applications by individuals to become members of a branch shall be considered by a meeting of either the branch or the branch executive within 30 days. If the meeting approves the application then the application is considered a financial member. If the branch executive makes a decision concerning a membership application they shall report that decision to the next meeting of the branch, which may then accept or overturn the decision of the executive.
An individual who lives too far from any branch to participate at branch level is regarded as an “at large” member. An application for membership from such an individual will be considered by the State executive, which will consider an application within 60 days of the receipt of an application.
If the State executive approves of the application, then the “at large” applicant will be accepted as a financial member of the Alliance.
There is no right of appeal against the rejection of an application to become a member.
5.4 A financial member who through their actions brings the Alliance into disrepute or who engages in behaviour that is considered to be detrimental to the best interests of the Alliance, may be asked by the branch executive or the National Executive to show cause within 30 days why the member’s membership should not be suspended or cancelled. The relevant branch or the National Executive shall after that time make a decision to maintain, suspend or cancel that person’s membership.
5.5 A member who has responded to such a request, and has subsequently had his/her membership suspended or cancelled, is entitled to lodge an appeal with the National Executive against the decision to suspend or cancel the membership of that person.
5.6 The National Executive is empowered to consider an appeal against the suspension or cancellation of a member’s membership, and may take evidence in writing or other form in making its decision. The National Executive will consider an appeal within 60 days of the lodgement of the appeal with the National Conveners, and convey its decision to the appellant within 7 days of making its decision. A decision of the National Executive under this Section is final.
5.7 The National Conference will be the body to review a National Executive initiative to suspend or cancel the membership of a member. The decision of National Conference shall be final.
D. National leadership structures (Sections 6 and 7)
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION
6.4 The National Conference shall elect the following National Officeholders:
1 National Convener
1 National Treasurer
CARRIED WITH 2 ABSTENTIONS
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION
6.5 The National Executive shall be composed of:
i. The National Officeholders and 12 other National Executive members directly elected by National Conference;
CARRIED WITH 1 ABSTENTION
ii. One representative per affiliate organisation that chooses to exercise the right of representation on the National Executive
CARRIED
iii. State and Territory representatives. The State and Territory representatives shall be Queensland 2, New South Wales 4, Victoria 3, Western Australia 2 and 1 each from the other States and Territories, those representatives to be selected by the relevant State executive or State committee.
CARRIED
PROPOSED AMENDED SECTION
7.1 The National Executive shall be responsible for the running of the organisation and for finance, membership, arrangements of meetings, communications with local groups and individuals, national bulletin production and distribution, liaison with other groups and organisations, and arrangements for seeking and enabling electoral registration and compliance with electoral laws; and any other matters delegated to them by the Alliance as a whole.
CARRIED
7.2 The National Executive has the power to appoint:
1. A National Secretariat to implement decisions of the National Executive and to prepare National Executive meetings;
2. National Working Groups;
3. National Conveners of Working Groups; and
4. Other officers of the Alliance where required to implement its duties as outlined in this constitution.
CARRIED
7.3 The National Executive may appoint (from within its membership) a replacement of a National Officeholder should s/he resign in between National Conferences.
CARRIED
7.4 The National Executive has the duty to both canvass the broadest possible consensus within the Alliance and to initiate and lead political discussion throughout the Alliance to clarify and resolve differences on all important matters whilst continuing to take decisions on behalf of the Alliance on immediate decisions consistent with the platform and decisions of the National Conference.
CARRIED
7.5 In between national conferences, the National Executive may convene a National Council comprising National Executive members, Conveners of National Working Groups, Branch Conveners and members of branch Organising Committees/Executives. National Council shall have the power to set broad political directions for the National Executive.
AMENDMENT MOVED
45g
Moved Ben Courtice, Melbourne West Seconded Vannessa Hearman, Melbourne North
Replace:
branch convenors and members of branch organising committees/ executives
with
representatives elected by branches
REJECTED BY MOVER
LOST
7.6 The National Executive shall meet formally at least every two months. It shall establish new national sub-committees as required, coordinate election campaigns nationally, and shall allocate specific national tasks such as media liaison and the development of draft policy documents in specific areas.
CARRIED
7.7 The National Executive Secretariat, national working groups and individuals acting on behalf of the Socialist Alliance nationally, or the National Executive, should regularly report the substance of their work to the National Executive.
CARRIED WITH 1 AGAINST 1 ABSTENTION
PROCEDURAL MOTION
Moved Lisa Macdonald, Presiding Committee Seconded Various
Due to lack of time, to note and refer to the incoming National Executive the resolution and amendments on welfare policy, and the resolution on Nepal and move immediately to the elections.
CARRIED

The Socialist Alliance elections

Chair Vannessa Hearman, Melbourne North
Motion from the national conference organising committee on conduct of the elections

    1. Moved Lisa Macdonald, Presiding Committee Seconded Various
That the two (2) national office bearers and twelve (12) national executive members to be elected by the national conference be elected using the following procedure:
1. Nominations for both national office bearers positions be opened and, after a period of discussion, a separate ballot be conducted for each office bearer position, with the nominee achieving the largest number of votes being declared elected.
2. Nominations for 12 national executive positions be opened and, after a period of discussion, a ballot be conducted in which delegates vote for up to 12 nominees, with those nominees who receive the 12 highest votes being declared elected.
3. If there are more than 12 nominees and there is a tied vote for the last position, a further ballot be conducted in which delegates vote for one of the tied nominees only, and the nominee with the highest vote be declared elected.
4. All those elected must receive a minimum of 50% plus one of the formal vote.
CARRIED
Election of returning officer
Nominations
John McGill
John McGill was declared elected as returning officer
a. Election for National Convener
Nomination (by outgoing National Executive)
Peter Boyle
There being no other nominations, Peter Boyle was declared elected with 55 votes
b. Election for National Treasurer
Nomination (by outgoing National Executive)
Neville Spencer
There being no other nominations, Neville Spencer was declared elected with 56 votes

Election for National Executive members elected by conference (12 positions)

Nominations (by outgoing National Executive)
Bea Bleile
Dave Holmes
Dave Riley
Dick Nichols
Emma Murphy
Jess Moore
Kerryn Williams
Lisa Macdonald
Pip Hinman
Simon Butler
Stuart Munckton
Susan Price
There were no other nominations.
PROCEDURAL MOTION
Moved Sue Bull, Geelong Seconded Various
That the list be voted for as a slate
CARRIED WITH 1 AGAINST
Bea Bleile, Dave Holmes, Dave Riley, Dick Nichols, Emma Murphy, Jess Moore, Kerryn Williams, Lisa Macdonald, Pip Hinman, Simon Butler, Stuart Munckton and Susan Price were declared elected with 56 votes.
Motion to accept returning officer’s report
Moved Lisa Macdonald, Presiding Committee Seconded Various
CARRIED

Procedural motion

Moved Ben Petersen, Perth Seconded Various

To discuss and vote on Nepal resolution

LOST
After closing remarks by Sue Bull, Geelong, on behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, the conference ended with the singing of the Internationale