VICTORIAN SOCIALISTS 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Anyone who wants a better world wants to see the back of the Liberal government. But we also know that a future ALP government is not going to be much better.
For starters, the industrial laws we so desperately need to change today are hangovers from the time of the Rudd and Gillard ALP government.
Then there's the vicious racist scapegoating ramped up to new levels by the Liberals. Shamefully, this is echoed by Bill Shorten who also talks about the importance of 'strong borders' to stop asylum seekers seeking safety in Australia.
And while the planet is burning, the ALP has shown they're just as committed to the coal industry and refuse to commit to stopping the new Adani coal mine.
What we need instead is to see a radical restructuring of the economy to save the climate and lift all of our living conditions.
These are some of the reasons the Victorian Socialists has decided to stand candidates in the Federal election.
WHERE WE ARE RUNNING
At the Victorian Socialists conference on February 16th we decided to contest three seats in the northern part of metropolitan Melbourne.
The first is Calwell, which covers the blue-collar working class and migrant outer northern suburbs, where the population has long been neglected by both major parties.
The other seats we are contesting are Wills and Cooper (formerly Batman). In both these areas we did well in the State election and they are also where the battle between Labor and the Greens has been the most fierce.
We want to make the case to left-wing people who are sick of Labor's sell-outs that they also deserve more than an increasingly right-wing Greens.
All our candidates are socialists who have a long history fighting for working class communities and for social justice.
Jerome Small is the candidate for Calwell. He has been a construction worker for two decades and he's been a trade unionist activist for his whole working life. He is a long time anti-war and anti-racism campaigner. In the 1980s he led student walk-outs against the nuclear industry & US bases and in the late 1990s he was a leader of the protest movement against Pauline Hanson.
Sue Bolton is the candidate for Wills. She's been a socialist councillor on the Moreland City Council since 2012. She has a strong record of standing up for her community against greedy developers and to demand action on the toxic waste dumps that scar the northern suburbs. Sue initiated the campaign for more trains on the Upfield Line. She also has a proud record of standing with Aboriginal people. In 2017 she was central to the push to cancel celebrations of Australia Day (Invasion Day) in Moreland.
Kathleen Larkin is the candidate for Cooper. She is a rank and file leader with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union. In 2015 she helped organise the first strike in rail in 18 years and from 2014-2017 she was the RTBU Women's Officer to give women a stronger voice in the industry. Today she is active with Unionists for Refugees. Kath has lived in the Cooper electorate for most of her life. She attended Northcote High and today lives in Preston.
To organise the ground campaign, we are establishing campaign committees in each electorate.
All Victorian Socialists supporters are welcome to participate. To find out details about upcoming meetings, contact one of the electorate coordinators.
Calwell: Contact Colleen Bolger 0449 678 621
Cooper: Contact Liz Walsh 0405 736 265
Wills: Contact Jacob Andrewartha 0458 958 385
Every dollar you can donate will make a big difference to our campaign. Unlike the major parties, we don't have big donors. We only have our grassroots supporters like you.
Our Federal election bank account details are the following:
Account 1098 0094