Thursday, August 8, 2013
Check over some of the comments people have made for Socialist Alliance candidate Sam Wainwright:
Sam Wainwright has always been a champion for workers' rights. I've known him as a workplace delegate and a workers' rights activist and he's always been willing to support people in their workplace. He would make a great member for Fremantle.
Socialist Alliance Sam Wainwright‘s passion is always great to watch and he made good points that made a lot of sense, which cannot be said for some of the other wannabees on the panel.
Sam is a personal friend of mine. We work together in a local advocacy group. He is a down to earth, genuine guy who is incredibly motivated. He truly believes in what he does and is extremely passionate about the causes he supports.
Sam's a good bloke, he's a good wadjula. He stands up for the downtrodden. He sees us Nyoongar people as the most downtrodden in Australia. He can see there is a lot of hopelessness and fear. He will always stand with us in our Aboriginal protests and rallies. So vote for him down Fremantle way because he will be good for the downtrodden people.
In an era of panic-stricken political opportunism and escalating austerity fascism, Sam's strong and steady commitment to social justice for the oppressed is rare and inspirational. He is a fearless activist and intellectual who knows how to 'learn from below' and create dynamic and hopeful dialogues about real social change. It is a relief to see Socialist Alliance drawing urgent attention to the human need for public ownership of mining and banks. Sam can also be counted on to fight for single mothers and their children who are more often than not the canaries in the mineshafts of neoliberalism.
Fremantle city councillor Sam Wainwright is a socialist – a truly international socialist. His commitment to social justice and fair play, for all, is reflected in his pursuit of justice for the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Sam has studied the plight of the Tamils and has taken their cause to heart. He works so hard to highlight their sufferings and canvases their right to self-determination. I have always admired the energy and enthusiasm with which Sam pursues his politics.
Sam Wainwright is my local councillor and now a candidate in the federal election in my electorate of Fremantle. I will be voting for Sam because over the years I have seen him stand up for local services in Hilton (e.g. Buster the Fun Bus) as well as for human rights (e.g. refugees). He has convictions and stands by them. He sees injustice and tries to change it. He is eloquent and intelligent and a great debater. I believe that Australia would be a better place with Sam Wainwright in parliament.
I am a Hilton resident, former Secretary of Hilton Precinct and Suburb Manager of Neighbourhood Watch. I first met Sam Wainwright when he was a newly elected Councillor on Fremantle Council. In the ensuing years I have observed Sam to be a hard worker and a man of his word. He embraces strong principles and is passionate about the welfare of the low-income and marginalised community. He believes in an ethical government. If Sam were elected to Parliament he would stand out as a principled, honest man who cares. In this election there is very little difference between the major parties. They have shown how little we can believe in their promises. Vote for Sam for truth and justice!
I've worked with Sam mainly because of his involvement in Hilton Harvest Community Garden. As our local Fremantle councillor Sam has thrown his full support behind the garden in our representations to council where he succeeds in getting real results like funding for paths and administrative support. He has also been our MC at the Twilgiht Fair, returning officer for our AGMs and seems to find himself on the end of a tea towel after most of our events! He's not bad at swinging a shovel too! Sam is a doer, a person of great integrity and honesty. He will say what he thinks and work hard at what he believes in.
This year the government made more money cutting single parent payments than what they took from the mining giants via the mining tax. Sam Wainwright has my support because he stands for wealth distribution, so ordinary people can benefit from the state’s mining wealth. Abbott and Rudd are racing to the right on asylum seeker policy, scapegoating refugees and distracting us from their policy failures. Refugees pose no threat to society and we could fund higher education with the $8 billion the government spends annually locking up asylum seekers. We need political representatives – like Sam – who understand this, who stand for what is fair and just, who stand up for what matters.
Earthworker Cooperative's most ardent supporters.
With now two key unions, the Australian Services Union and the National Tertiary Education Union in Victoria, having negotiated the insertion of an Earthworker Clause into their EBA's with three major employers, Earthworker Cooperative is now at the production end of the process.
Workers Cooperatives manufacturing green technologies, distributing the goods through the Agreements which unions negotiate with employers; creating a worker's and community market for the worker and community-owned green goods; at this stage in our history, does it get any better than that for the future of Australian democracy?
We have always said we are working towards the same factories in each State and Territory of Australia, and Sam is the activist politician we speak to when we want to look at the factory in Fremantle. His work as a Councillor in Fremantle has seen him play a key role in identifying the new green jobs for Freo, in very practical ways. Practical steps at the moment are absolutely critical, especially as conservative politicians still spread denial politics around climate emergency.
With our key union supporters being the Maritime Union of Australia's West Australia branch, WA Branch of the CFMEU and the West Australian AMWU, Earthworker Cooperative is well placed to establish the first cooperative factory in the West.
In speaking on Earthworker Cooperative's behalf in the past, Sam has always insisted that ours should become an Australian democracy which at last includes the economy when seeking to determine the will of the people.
What I like most about the Socialist Alliance is the way their meetings don't just make tokenistic gestures towards matters such as inclusivity and diversity and marriage equality. It is good to see a party that actively makes sure that their grassroots members are able to influence policy platforms. In this age of plastic promises, flexible morality and rampant capitalism and consumerism being sold by the major political parties it is good to see Sam Wainwright unambiguously standing up for social justice and providing a real vision for our society. If our country and indeed our species is to survive to the next millennium then now is the time for a NEW "real" paradigm. I think Sam Wainwright and the Socialist Alliance are deserving of your vote in the seat of Fremantle because I believe Sam will indeed stand up and fight the cronyism and big business interests that are morally corrupting our Communities.
I am the primary carer of 2 small children and a student at Murdoch University. I have been living in the Fremantle City Council area for 5 years. In that time Sam Wainwright has been my representative on Council. He has been an important part of many campaigns for woman's rights and to improve services for parents. It is a testament to Sam's community motivation that he has listened and acted on the needs of women and parents so well. This included providing vital support for the campaign to save 'Buster the Fun Bus', slowing traffic on local roads, creating safe places to cross South Street for parents with prams and those will mobility issues, supporting the street rally 'Reclaim the Night Fremantle 2012' and pushing council to provide baby changing / feeding facilities in the refurbishment of Fremantle. Sam would be a fantastic voice for Fremantle locals in federal parliament and I have no hesitation supporting him for this position.