Need for a Communist Youth Organisation
The 9th Communist Party Congress supports the right of young people to build a better future. The Party's policies and actions aim to encourage young people to be optimists and to increase their self-esteem. It assists young people to realise that together with the working class and other progressive sections of the community, they are capable of achieving a full, secure and productive life and build a bright future. To this end the Party's 9th Congress decides that steps be taken towards the formation of a Communist youth organisation which can unite young revolutionary-minded men and women in their struggle. An Australian organisation of young communists would have its own constitution and structures, organise its own activities and campaigns. It would conduct its own educational programs based on the scientific theories of Marxism-Leninism, applied to suit the needs and struggle of Australian youth today. In doing so young people will gain experience, learn the leadership, management and decision making skills necessary to allow them to take up effective roles within the CPA and in society. A communist youth organisation would be dedicated to the skilling and training of young women, who are often disadvantaged and discriminated against in capitalist society. The experiences gained will also enable young men and women to take up positions of leadership in trade unions, NGOs and other fields of political and social life. A communist youth organisation would aim to have a broad membership, open to all young workers, students and unemployed who wish to join the struggle for socialism, who support the organisation's policies and principles, abide by its constitution and rules and are willing to be active. Such an organisation while maintaining its own structures and decision making bodies, would have a fraternal relationship with the Communist Party of Australia and be an integral part of the socialist movement in Australia. It is the responsibility of the Party to give political guidance in appropriate forms. The youth organisation would be a helper and reserve of the Party. It would strive to form coalitions with other left and progressive youth organisations and individuals, to work together for commonly held objectives. It would seek to become affiliated with appropriate national youth organisations. As a step towards the formation of an Australian Communist Youth organisation, this Congress supports the proposal to convene a national conference this year to discuss the adoption of a Constitution and Program. This 9th Party Congress regards support for the establishment of a youth organisation as a major responsibility and pledges full support to help make its forthcoming conference a success.