Here is an extract from the Australian comrades report of their conference, August 2004.

Joe Higgins successful visit to Australia

Joe spoke directly to almost 2,000 workers and shop stewards during his brief tour, plus four SP public meetings in three States, did media, met with union executives, and had an official welcome by Melbourne City Council. The Celtic Club in Melbourne organised two separate functions for him.

The highlights for Joe were the SP National Conference (see separate report), the 350-strong delegates meeting of the NSW National Union of Workers, the site meeting at the massive Eureka job of 500 workers, and the Southern Cross job of 350 workers.

2 - SP National Conference 2004 SP National Conference Report

Our best ever Conference - in terms of its political analysis, attendence, recruitment, money raised and morale...

The Conference was held at Melbourne's Trades Hall and was opened by John Gowland from the Perth branch. International messages of support from Belgium, Sri Lanka, Canada, Austria. Germany and Belgium were read out by our Nigerian comrade Wale.

After lunch, Irish Socialist Party MP Joe Higgins spoke to over 100 people and outlined the struggles of the Irish working class, the socialist alternative to capitalism, and the inspiring work of his party in Ireland. He also showed footage from Ireland's national TV station RTE on the bin tax dispute that led to 22 people, including Joe, being jailed last year.

On Saturday night Conference attendees and supporters had a great night at the Celtic Club.

On Sunday Joe gave a report on the work of our comrades in the different sections of our international, the CWI.



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