[Marxism] Strong surge in socialist vote in Victorian council elections

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Dec 1 21:16:41 MST 2008


Strong surge in socialist vote in Victorian council elections
Socialist Alliance
2 December 2008


*"The surge in the vote for socialist candidates in the weekend Victorian
local government elections shows that increasing numbers of working people
are looking for candidates whom they trust to defend their interests as
economic crisis looms", Socialist Alliance Victorian State Convener Sue
Bolton said on December 2.*

 Noting that the socialist vote had grown most in Labor heartlands Bolton
said that it largely came from working people who were fed up with being
taken for granted by the ALP, but didn´t trust the Greens to take a
forthright, pro-worker stance.

"The vote is also an expression of trust in socialists who are active
fighters for people's rights, and known as organisers against developer and
Brumby government plans to close or privatise essential services and as
bulldoze the urban environment."

Bolton congratulated Socialist Party Yarra City Councillor Steve Jolly on
his re-election with 29.2% of the formal vote. "Steve Jolly's vote is
testimony to all the work he has done in defence of the community and the
workers of Yarra City Council", she said.

The Socialist Alliance spokesperson said that the socialist vote also showed
that the Brumby government would have a very hard time driving ahead with
the cross-city tunnel and the freeway extensions envisaged in the Eddington
plan. "Votes like the 18.9% for the Socialist Alliance's Stuart Martin in
Maribyrnong City Council indicate that a lot of the community is dead
against the Victorian ALP model of urban vandalism."

The Socialist Alliance campaign also struck a strong response in Geelong,
where candidates Bronwyn Jennings and Lisa Gleeson won 10.8% and 11.8% of
the vote on a platform of "making Geelong a climate action council", with a
strong emphasis on improving public transport and housing and residents'
democratic participation in council decision-making.

Bolton added that the increase in the socialist vote was part of a wider
progressive swing in politics, as the increased vote for the Greens
confirmed.

"People are increasingly voting against mainstream Liberal-Labor politics.
The Socialist Alliance will build on these results to strengthen real worker
and community resistance to the economic crisis, destruction of services and
degradation of the environment. We look forward to collaborating with all
other political forces that support those goals."

For more information visit http://www.socialist-alliance.org.

The Socialist Vote in the November 29 Victorian Local Government Elections



Candidate
Organisation
Council
% of formal vote

Steve Jolly
Socialist Party
Yarra City
29.2

Stuart Martin
Socialist Alliance
Maribyrnong
18.9

Margarita Windisch
Socialist Alliance
Maribyrnong
12.4

Lisa Gleeson
Socialist Alliance
Greater Geelong
11.8

Bronwyn Jennings
Socialist Alliance
Greater Geelong
10.8

Sue Bolton, Vannessa Hearman, Turan Ertekin
Socialist Alliance
Moreland
9.0

Anthony Main
Socialist Party
Yarra City
5.5

Chris Johnson
Socialist Alliance
Queenscliff
3.2

Denise Dudley
Socialist Party
Yarra City
2.1

For more information or interviews: Sue Bolton on 0413 377 978


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