Socialist Alliance to preference Greens in Marrickville
Socialist Alliance has announced its preferences for the Wali (North) ward of Marrickville Council in the local government elections on September 8.
Community activists Pip Hinman, Josie Evans and Jill Hickson will contest the election with the platform of “Power to the people!” and “Community and environment before developers’ profits”.
Although New South Wales has an optional preferential system for local government elections, Socialist Alliance will allocate preferences to all candidates in the ward.
“We are giving our first preference to the Greens as we share many goals including the need to stop coal seam gas and for more accountability in council,” said lead candidate Pip Hinman.
“We also want to indicate our total abhorrence for the far-right politics of Sergio Redegalli by placing him last.” Redegalli, infamous for his “Say No to Burqas” mural in Newtown, is running as an Independent in Wali ward.
“The very real prospect of an Abbott-led federal government next year makes it so much more important to have socialists in local government,” said Hinman.
“The Liberal Newman government in Queensland shows how fast the attacks on our rights will be under a federal Abbott government: cuts to services for the most vulnerable in society, penny-pinching cutbacks to health and education, and attacks on workers’ rights.
“However bad Labor has been in government, the Liberals will be worse. That is why we are putting the Liberals below Labor.”