21 April 2021
Dear <<First Name>>
NOW THAT NATIONAL CONFERENCE IS OVER ...
The National Conference took place on the 30/31 March 2021.
L4R submitted a resolution comprising of four key policy changes to Labor's refugee policy.
The ALP accepted three of our four demands (refer our last Newsletter dated 4/4/21 for details). However, L4R had to agree to drop the most contentious demand which was to end the offshore processing regime.
NSW Labor has since announced that the State Conference has been deferred to the 9/10 October 2021. This provides L4R members and supporters with a further opportunity to submit conference agenda items as the new timetable for these has been extended to 5pm on 14 July 2021.
Rather than continuing to advocate for our original National Conference resolution, we have adapted it to reflect the gains made at National Conference. We have therefore dropped three of the four demands we won and retained our key demand to end offshore detention. Together with the introductory paragraph, the new motion reads as follows.
Labor’s Policy should be framed to provide a positive and compassionate approach by a Labor Government to the treatment of refugees, rather than a reaction to the punitive and cruel approach of the Coalition Government. Refugees and those seeking asylum in Australia are to be welcomed under a Labor Government as assets who enhance this nation and our economy and provide positive contribution to our strong multicultural society.
To achieve this goal we urge Labor to adopt the following policies in the Party Platform:
End offshore detention and the offshore processing regime.
This motion reflects the core of our Labor for Refugees values and we will not rest until Labor adopts this policy.
If you wish to support us, please move this motion at your next branch meeting. If it is supported by branch members, your Branch Secretary should submit it as an agenda item for the NSW ALP Conference and send a copy to your SEC.
Next L4R Meeting - Wednesday 28 April @ 6pm
Our meeting will take place by Zoom next Wednesday 28 April at 6pm.
Our Zoom link is:
A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of our meeting,
The Minutes of our last meeting can be accessed at L4RNSWmin24Mar21 Please bring a copy of these minutes with you to our Zoom meeting.