Via Stuart J. Whitman
For more than 100 years Labor’s vision, policies and leadership have been the foundation of a fair and just Australia. We have promoted social and economic progress by defending Australians against attacks on their working and living conditions, ensuring a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work and opened opportunity for more people.
Now, in this time of global economic and environmental distress Labor must transform itself to meet unprecedented challenges. With capacity unequalled at any time in human history for our talents and technology to overcome age-old problems of scarcity, disadvantage and poverty, Labor must rise to our mission to empower all people to achieve these ends.
Standing in solidarity with all those who strive for democracy, justice, equality and dignity, as members of the Australian Labor Party, we commit ourselves to the full implementation of the 2010 National Review recommendations endorsed by National Conference.
We call for the allocation of substantial resources to rebuild membership, empower local branches, utilise the power of the internet and embrace the community organising model recommended by Senator Faulkner, Steve Bracks and Bob Carr in their review.
We call for the establishment of Renewal Consultative Forums to enable grassroots members in every state to work closely with national and state implementation committees and party officers to ensure that Labor:
- Develops policies that clearly articulate and promote the Party’s vision, values and ideas.
- Empowers members to more actively participate in Party decision making.
- Grows membership through deeper engagement in our local communities.
- Innovates the Party’s capacity, infrastructure and technology to address the changing needs and potential of 21st century society.
- Embraces inclusiveness through genuine debates and democratic pre-selections of members who reflect the broad experience of the Australian community.
As passed at an ALP National Conference Fringe Forum Event in support of the recommendations of the 2010 National Review, Friday 2 December 2011.