16 September 2020
Dear <<First Name>>
L4R Zoom meeting on Wednesday 23 September at 6pm
Please join us next Wednesday via Zoom.
Date: Wednesday 23 September 2020
The minutes of our last meeting can be read at L4RNSWmin26Aug20
ALP National Conference
Due to COVID-19, the 49th National Conference scheduled for 10-12 December 2020 was deferred until further notice. The National Policy Forum (NPF) decided to continue the National Platform process adopted by the NPF in December 2019.
The NPF met this month to approve a Consultation Draft of the National Platform and was meant to consult with the membership and affiliated unions on this Draft.
What happens next?
Many of you would have read yesterday's article in The Australian newspaper revealing some of the policies being recommended by Labor in the Draft Policy Platform. Apparently, this was leaked to the media which means that The Australian had a preview of this Draft, before ALP members had an opportunity to examine it.
We expect that the NPF will now send us the Draft Policy Platform asap because following these consultations and by the end of November 2020, the National Policy Forum is meant to provide a Final Draft of the Platform to the National Executive.
After the National Executive receives the Final Draft of the Platform to consider specific amendments, the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (FPLP) and the National President will convene:
Consultative forums with affiliated unions and
with State Branches, a forum for rank-and-file members.
Upon the completion of this process, the National Executive will determine the status of the Final Draft of the Platform.
We have also been informed that In the event that the National Conference does not meet before the next federal election, the FPLP will make a statement of the Labor Party’s values, program and intentions for government, based on the final draft of the Platform as endorsed by the National Executive.
The National Executive will ensure that alternative arrangements are put in place for members and affiliates to participate in the finalisation of that statement.
L4R Meets Senator Keneally
Labor for Refugees held a meeting on Monday with Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kristina Keneally.
Our aim was to ensure that Labor for Refugees would have input in developing Labor's refugee policies in the "simplified" Draft Policy Platform, in addition to having the opportunity to make our submission to the NPF.
Please join us next Wednesday for a report on how our meeting went and what issues were raised and discussed with Senator Keneally.
In addition to discussing the National Policy Forum, we will cover a number of issues such LGBTQIA+ refugees, Christmas Island and an update on the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill, better known as the Mobile Bill.