Jerome Small

Jerome Small is the Victorian Socialists candidate for Calwell. Jerome has been a construction worker for two decades, and 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.

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Jerome stands for policies that put people before profit.

TAX THE RICH TO FUND HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SERVICES

The richest 200 people in Australia increased their wealth by $49 billion last year. The corporate tax rate has been cut from 49% in the 1980s to 30% today. A third of major corporations pay no tax! There should be a wealth tax for the super rich, an increase in company tax to 50% and a crackdown on tax evasion by multinationals. We can use the proceeds to fund public education and health, and make uni and TAFE free.

INCREASE WAGES, RESTORE WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Real wages are in decline. Legislate for an immediate increase to minimum wages – a rise from $18.93 to $25 would be a good start – and for an increase in all award wages. Restore penalty rates and reverse all anti-union laws, including restrictions on the right to strike. We need secure jobs that we can rely on for a living.

REVERSE PRIVATISATION

Privatisation has been a disaster, resulting in fat profits and high prices. Put transport, energy and the banks in public hands, and extend public housing to reduce housing costs. For-profit childcare and aged-care are too expensive and low quality. We need free public preschool and aged-care systems.

PUT POLITICIANS ON A WORKER’S WAGE

Politicians are out of touch with ordinary people. No wonder, when their salaries start at $207,100 a year.
Politicians should be on a worker’s wage. Jerome Small, along with all Victorian Socialists candidates, has pledged to only take $87,000 a year, the wage of an average public servant (a nurse or a teacher), and to put the rest into community campaigns for better services.

REAL ACTION ON JOBS

In suburbs such as Dallas and Broadmeadows, unemployment is at crisis levels of 25%. This should be unthinkable in a country as wealthy as Australia. With 15 people who want work for every job vacancy, the government should focus on job creation and publicly funded training, and raise welfare payments above the poverty line, not punish welfare recipients with “robo debt” and other similar schemes.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

It’s a disgrace that on average women earn only 84% of the male wage. Victorian Socialists support struggles like the Big Steps campaign by early childhood educators to get wage justice and close the gender pay gap. We want a public childcare system, taking the burden off women and families.

STAND AGAINST RACISM

Instead of fixing the problems facing ordinary people, politicians and the media run scare campaigns about migrants, Muslims and refugees. The horrific racist massacre in Christchurch shows where this racism leads. Victorian Socialists campaign against all forms of racism, including Islamophobia. We’re for welcoming refugees instead of locking them up. We support the struggles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We support a free Palestine and oppose our government’s support of Israeli war crimes. And our activists have always been in the front line of campaigns against fascists and the far right.

ACT NOW ON CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Climate change is already affecting the most vulnerable in our society. Put the power industry in public hands to achieve 100% renewables within 10 years. Stop the Adani mine. No new coal mines. Phase out all coal and gas. Guarantee secure jobs for workers from the fossil fuel industry in the renewable energy sector.

ACTION ON TOXIC WASTE

Unscrupulous businesses use Craigieburn, Campbellfield and other working class suburbs as dumping grounds for toxic waste, including highly flammable chemicals. Years of deregulation, turning vital services over to for-profit operators, and defunding of enforcement agencies has led to this disaster. It’s time for the government to take control of the waste disposal industry before it poisons more people in Melbourne’s north.