Friday, March 28, 2014

Socialist Alliance versus Abbott: We need your help on polling day!

The Abbott government's agenda is clear to see: attacks on workers, women, Aboriginal people, lining up the ABC and SBS for privatisation, undermining Medicare, underfunding public education, raising the pension age, cutting even the pretense of taking climate change seriously, opening up world heritage areas like the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania's forests for devastation, approving Barnett's shark cull policy, preparing to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (a bill of rights for corporations that will take away rights for people) - the list goes on. And all the while, efforts to distract attention from their attacks on people and planet, their subsidies for corporate welfare and war, with the shameful vilification and abuse of asylum seekers and refugees.

The Socialist Alliance is committed to building the strongest possible opposition to these attacks - grassroots struggles and a political force that unites them in a challenge for the better world we're sure is possible.

The WA senate election offers us a valuable opportunity to build this opposition, and we're asking for your help.

We are running two candidates, Alex Bainbridge and Chris Jenkins, to argue that it doesn't have to be like this. The corporations don't have to rule: we could take the biggest ones (like mines, banks, power sector) into public hands, share the wealth, and make a transition to an economy, society and political life in sync with the needs of people and our environment.

There are three things we're asking you to do to help our campaign.

1. Please vote number 1 for the Socialist Alliance. 

This is the way to register the strongest opposition to corporate greed and the economic rationalists in Canberra who want to keep shifting the balance in favour of the corporations. We don't do grubby preference deals: our preference flow will be on the basis of principles: to the Greens and other progressives before Labor, then the Liberals and the further right-wing parties. A vote for Socialist Alliance is a vote against the Liberals gaining control of the senate and ramming their policies through in record time.

2. Can you hand out how-to-vote cards for the Socialist Alliance on polling day (Sat April 5th)?

There are some areas we particularly want to cover, but even doing a stint at your local polling place will help get the word out that there is an alternative to dog-eat-dog capitalism. Phone Kamala 0417 319 662 or Alex 0413 976 638 to offer your support!

3. Can you make a donation to our campaign? 

Just the deposit to nominate to stand has cost $4000, and other campaign expenses come to around $4000 on top of that. We're almost there, but your donation could be critical to tip us into the black! Donations up to $1500 are tax deductible and, whether large or small, altogether will help us reach out to a broader audience.

Donations to the WA campaign team can be paid by:
* Deposit or Transfer to: Socialist Alliance State Committee [CBA, BSB: 066 003  Account: 1014 0921]
* Post cheque or money order made out to "Socialist Alliance" to PO Box 204, Northbridge 6865
* Come into the Activist Centre (15/5 Aberdeen St, East Perth - next to McIver station) (we're there most of the time but may be best to phone first to check 9218 9608 or 0413 976 638.)
* Make a credit card payment over the phone (ph 9218 9608 or 0413 976 638)

Please get in touch with us if you can help out in any of these ways, or if you have ideas about other ways to promote our campaign.


Kamala Emanuel
Socialist Alliance Perth