What we do
What we do
The SEARCH Foundation is working to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities as a unified, inclusive and influential force that contributes to the wider Left through its ideas, policies and activities.
Globally, we have had the Brexit vote, the election of the extreme right-wing populist Trump as US President, the growth of right-wing movements and parties in Europe, dangerous confrontation in the South China Sea, and continuing bloody conflicts in the Middle East reflecting ongoing imperialist interference, big power conflicts, and the complexity of regional and national politics including clashes between Islamist fundamentalisms and more secular political forces.
Left and progressive movements and parties are also emerging in response to the consequences of the GFC and the failures of neoliberalism, including Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, the election and re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as British Labour Party leader, and the strong showing of Bernie Sanders in the US Democratic Party primaries.
The challenge for the Left everywhere is to build support for its own policies rather than just respond to those of the populist Right.
We have identified the following priority areas and established working groups to develop our policies and activities and network with other organisations to achieve these goals.
Environmental Justice Working Group
Convener: Jacquie Widin
Feminist Network Working Group
Convener: Sally Trevena
Education and Training Working Group
Convener: Matt Kunkel
Equity and Inclusiveness Working Group
Convener: Sally Trevena.
International Solidarity, Peace and Security Sub-Committee
Convener: Brian Aarons.
Jobs and Work Place Justice Sub-Committee
Convener: Adrian Graves
The 2016 SEARCH AGM provided a great opportunity for all members to participate and review our achievements over the past year and set directions for the year ahead.
This year’s AGM featured important reports and resolutions about the political directions, finances and governance of the SEARCH Foundation. The guest speaker was social activist and political commentator Luke Whittington who spoke on the growing call within the Left for a universal basic income.
The following papers were prepared for discussion and decisions at the meeting:
- Agenda (including times and venues for the meeting and details of our guest speaker). (View or Download here)
- The Consolidated Audited Financial Report 2016 prepared by Pitcher Partners (Agenda item 5)(View or Download here)
- Executive Summary of the Independent External Review of past investment performance and practices by Good Governance and Assurance (Agenda item 6)(View or Download here)
- Treasurer’s Report (View or Download here)
- Resolutions’ Paper (incorporating the Agenda and Member resolutions) (View or Download here)
- Minutes of the AGM, 30 November 2015 (Item 4) (View or Download here)
- Minutes of the General Meeting, 27 August 2016 (Item 4) (View or Download here)