[Marxism] Balance sheet of the struggle in the Australian DSP
Ozleft at optusnet.com.au
Tue Jan 17 17:50:09 MST 2006
A summary of the factional struggle in the Democratic Socialist
Perspective and likely future developments.
Not to praise, not to blame, but to understand
By Bob Gould
The DSP conference has now been over for a couple of weeks and the two
factions in the DSP have obviously been making their arrangements for
the future in the steamy heat of a Sydney January.
The new national secretary, Peter Boyle, has belatedly released a poorly
drafted letter to the national executive of the Socialist Alliance, in
which he says he's the national secretary, John Percy is the national
president and Sue Bolton is the assistant national secretary. More news
of the conference is promised in the first issue of Green Left Weekly
for the year, on January 25, three weeks after the event ended.
My understanding is that the conference was extremely heated and
intense. It was a small event with a relatively high delegate ratio, and
the DSP departed from its usual pattern of having a residential
conference for its new year gathering, instead hiring a high school in
inner-city Sydney. Observer numbers were down and the usual educational
and public sessions of the annual gathering, which are usual even at
decision-making conferences, apparently were absent.
The relationship of forces was comfortably on the side of the majority.
Minority platforms were counterposed to all the reports, and I'm told on
good authority that the voting was uniform through with the majority
having 44 delegate votes and 29 consultative votes, while the minority
had 16 delegate votes and 11 consultative votes.
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