The Geelong Socialist Alliance released the statement below on September 18.
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The Socialist Alliance has announced today that they will endorse 55-year-old health and safety teacher, Sue Bull, as its candidate for Mayor in the Greater Geelong City Council elections, which take place on October 27.
Bull said: “I’ve decided to run because I can’t see that there are any candidates campaigning against corporate greed and putting the community and the environment first.
“The elections really need a good dose of progressive politics. Where is all the debate around Geelong’s desperate need for a decent public transport system or a CBD plan that is based on what we need, especially in terms of housing, rather than what big business demands?
“And what about the broader political issues which involve the council responding to refugees, education cuts and the environment?
“I think Geelong should announce itself as a refugee welcoming council, especially to those who arrive by boat and not buy into the current vilification of refugees and migrants.
“It’s also important that we campaign for our TAFE and fight against the destruction of Geelong’s training and education needs.
“I also want to see Geelong become a centre for sustainable jobs by leading the way in manufacturing trains, wind and solar technology.
“Finally I pledge that if elected I would live on the average wage of a skilled worker and donate the rest of my Mayoral salary to community campaigns for social justice and the environment.”
[For further comment contact Sue Bull on 0458 747 726.]