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Issue #1910      April 6, 2020

Party Women Show Leadership Ability

“No Other Party Has Such A High Proportion Of Women With Leadership Capacity In Politics And On Behalf Of The Economic And Social Problems Of The Working People, And Particularly Working-Class Women And Children” Said Mr. J B Miles, In Summing-Up The Msw Communist Women’s Conference Held Last Week-End.

Of The 228 Delegates, 112 Were Members Of Trade Unions. Conference Included Interstate Delegates From Victoria And South Australia And A Visitor From West Australia.

Mr Miles Said: “The Success Of This Conference Is Indicated In The Number Of Party Committees, Party Branches, And The Special Spheres Of Mass Work Represented.

“To Carry Our Party Forward As The Leader Of The Democratic Masses, Our Women’s Committees And All Women Members Must Connect Themselves Closely With Greater Numbers Of Women And Their Organisations.

“Our Women Must Represent The Interests Of The Masses In The Name Of Our Party, And All Who Can Do So Should Become Recognised As Communists Working, As Indeed They Always Are, On Behalf Of The People.”

Mrs Johnston’s Report

The National Communist Women’s Leader, Mrs Phyllis Johnston, Submitted The Main Political Report.

Mrs Johnston Said: “We Can Say With Pride That We Were Successful In Many Of The Campaigns We Organised In Peacetime. In The War Years, Communist Women Have Played No Less An Important Role For Victory. Today Communist Women Occupy Important Positions As Shop Stewards, Union Organisers. They Are In The Forefront Of The Fight For Greater Production.

“Many Communist Women Are In The Waaf’s, The Awas, And The Land Army. Some Are Here In Uniform Today.*

“The Communist Housewife, Along With The Other Women, Is The Leader Of A Hundred And One Activities – Packing Parcels, Comforts, Rolling Bandages, Making Nets, Doing Voluntary War Loan And War Savings Work.

“By These Activities Australian Housewives Are Really Taking The Offensive. They Are ‘Backing The Attack.’

Housing Needs

“The Housing Problem Must Receive Attention. In Sydney Alone There Is A Shortage At Present Of Over 100,000 Homes.

“We Do Not Consider We Can Afford To Wait Until The Post-War Years. The Aim Of The Communist Party Is To Unite With All Progressive People In The Struggle For Victory Over The Forces Of Fascism.

“That The Communist Party Is The Champion Of Democratic Liberties, The Best Organiser Of The People’s War, And The Most Consistent Fighter In Defence Of The People’s Real Needs And For Socialism Is Accepted By Ever-Increasing Numbers Of Workers, Farmers, And Middle-Class People.

People’s Unity

“Tonight We Send Greetings To The Women Of Britain, America, And Soviet Russia, Who Stand With Us In The Fight To Free The World Of Fascist Slavery.

“We Send Greetings To The Women Of China, Whose Struggle Together With Their Menfolk Has Done Much To Keep The Fascist Invader From Australian Shores.

“Victory Over Hitler Will Be Brought Nearer When All Allied Blows Are Rained On His Head At The One Time, And The Concentration Of Vast Resources In The Pacific Will Bring Relief To The New Guinea Battlefront.

“Our Task Is To Establish A Firm Alliance Between Workers’ Organisations, The Middle Class, And Farmers.

“Our Task Is To Win The Masses For Socialism, To Show Them The Communist Party Is The Only Truly Socialist Party.”

Mrs Diana Gould And Miss Carmen Coleman Made Special Supplementary Reports.

Discussion, Which Was Keen And Enthusiastic Throughout The Conference, Gave Much Attention To Child Welfare, Black Marketing, Education, Housing, Work In The Auxiliaries Of The Armed Services, And Other Patriotic Tasks.

Miss Flo Davis, Organiser Of The Hotel, Club And Restaurant Employees’ Union, Described How Low Wages And Bad Working Conditions In The Textile, Catering And Other Industries Were Impeding The War Effort.

Mrs Danica Covich, A Yugoslav Delegate From Broken Hill, Said That Twenty-Five To Twenty-Nine Per Cent, Of General Tito’s Partisans Were Women.

“When We Read Of Their Heroism And Sacrifices, We Women Of Australia Should Ask Themselves, ‘Are We Really Doing Enough?’ ”

Mrs Minnie Wilson, A Member Of The Newcastle District Committee Of The Party, Declared That Black Marketing Was Fifth Column Activity.

“The Black Markets And Other Racketeering In Foods And Clothing Are Undermining Morale. It’s Not Just A Question Of Prices And Money – It’s A Matter Affecting The Whole Conduct Of The Military Struggle Against The Fascist Enemy.”

[* (Waaf) Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, And (Awas) Australian Women’s Army Service.]

This Article Originally Appeared In Tribune, November 1943.


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