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16914Re: [GreenLeft_discussion] Re: `Left-wing' Laurie Ferguson's betrayal of Nauru detainees

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  • Jennifer Haines
    Apr 24, 2005
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      It must be so easy sitting in the smug comfort of a group like the DSP, looking at the ALP and deriding those who struggle on a day by day basis to bring the ALP around to a more humane policy and practice on refugees. There are many many people inside the ALP who are very dismayed and upset by the utterings of Laurie Ferguson on immigration and refugee matters. But the solution is not to just sit there and be upset, but to take action. I'm impressed to hear that there are 100 motions that have been passed. To me, that indicates that there is healthy debate taking place at least at rank and file level in the ALP. Is there a healthy debate going on inside the DSP on refugee policy? What exactly has the DSP achieved in terms of changing the policy of the ALP, or for that matter the Liberals, on refugee policy?
       The effort that went into presenting the Labor for Refugees amendments at the National Conference of the ALP in 2004 was enormous, and again many many ALP members are disappointed that all that effort was made, the policy was adopted, and we now have a Spokesperson who doesn't follow that policy. The people who were involved in that effort put up with a lot of bullying, shouting and harassment by factional heavies inside the ALP. They were courageous in standing up to it, because the change in refugee policy was so essential. These people need support from fellow left wingers, not derision.
      Jenny Haines
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2005 6:47 PM
      Subject: [GreenLeft_discussion] Re: `Left-wing' Laurie Ferguson's betrayal of Nauru detainees

      --- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "glparramatta"
      <glparramatta@g...> wrote:
      > but why should I know about this campaign within the
      > ALP? It's the first time you've reported on it here that I can
      > remember. And I have looked in vain for evidence of it on your
      > website, or much else about your struggles within the ALP to build a
      > genuine socialist pole (as opposed to every twist and turn of your
      > ongoing debates with the DSP).
      > I think it is terrific that such a struggle is taking place. But why
      > keep it so well hidden? Go public! Keep us in the loop. Tell us about
      > this campaign's successes on the list more often. Write an article or
      > letter about it for Green Left Weekly. Tell us when actions or forums
      > are being organised and we'll help publicise them. We are happy to
      > cooperate with those who prepared to build a genuine uncompromising
      > fighting left in the ALP.
      > Norm

      Further to this, since posting the above I have searched the web in
      vain for any evidence of this ``vigorous'' campaign by Labor for
      Refugees and others within the ALP against the sell-out Labor ``left''
      Ferguson. I've heard some ISO comrades say 100 motions have been
      passed. When were they passed, where have they gone to and where have
      they been debated. What are the plans after these motions have been
      discussed, passed or rejected?

      Labor for Refugees' web site comes to a screaming halt in February
      2004 with this:

      ``Labor for Refugees: where to now? 01 February, 2004

      ``Following the close defeat of the Labor for Refugees amendment at
      the ALP's National Conference, supporters are invited to put forward
      ideas on the path ahead.''

      Nobody posted any ideas and the site has lay dorment ever since.

      Please Bob, give us more details of this camapign and just how much
      life there is to it.

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