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Issue #1439      9 December 2009

Dear CPA members and supporters and all Guardian readers

We wish you all a happy and restful festive season, well deserved after a year of hard campaigning.

The impact of the global economic crisis on jobs as well as the privatisation agenda have been major battles this year. The appalling human cost of capitalism and the inherent instability of the system became clearer for people to see as we faced the global economic crisis and the widening global environmental crisis.

We will have to work in unity with as many other left and progressive organisations as possible to protect working people from the impacts of these crises. We also have a responsibility to explain the causes of the crises and the alternative to the capitalist system.

This has been a year in which the growing desire for change around the world has not been met as time has shown that the Obama and Rudd administrations are continuing the neo-liberal agenda by other means.

This has been a tough year for the CPA as we began the process of building a new collective leadership following the death of our beloved General Secretary Peter Symon at the end of 2008. The process of rebuilding will continue in 2010, directed by decisions of our Congress this year calling for Party renewal.

Traditionally this period is a time for celebration, for families to come together, for rest and recreation. We hope that CPA members and Guardian readers enjoy the holiday season and that you all recharge your batteries and enter 2010 ready to campaign for our rights at work, against privatisation, to protect the planet, for peace, withdrawal of Australian troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, a cut in military spending to fund public hospitals and public schools, and much more.

Hannah Middleton – General Secretary

Vinnie Molina – President  

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