Aboriginal activist and writer Ken Canning will head the Socialist Alliance NSW Senate ticket — For a People's Movement — in the coming federal election.
“I've joined this election campaign to build a people's movement to free all our communities from the tyranny of the old big parties which have been bought out by the rich and the multinational corporations.
“I've been out in the streets fighting racism and for the rights for my people but also for a better future for all communities,” said Canning, who is from the Kunja Clan of the Bidjara People of south-west Queensland.
“My platform will always be based on the fight for my peoples, the First Nations Peoples. Having stated this, fighting for our peoples rights is a fight we must all take up and it is a fight against the stranglehold of the LNP and Labor in the parliaments of this country. This is a fight that will benefit all disenfranchised peoples from all sectors of our community.
“Our future is grim if the big corporations and their parties continue to rule the world. Lots of people are beginning to realise this – just look at the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US.
“People have had enough of corporate greed and the endless war, oppression and environmental destruction this has inflicted on the world. We need real change and we need it real soon.
“We need to turn this sentiment for change into a powerful people's movement for change and I believe we can do it and that now is the time.”
Also on the Socialist Alliance NSW Senate ticket will be Susan Price, a national co-convener of the Socialist Alliance and former UNSW president of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU); Sharlene Leroy-Dyer, a descendant of the Guringai, Gadigal, Wirajuri and Dhurag peoples of NSW and National Councillor in the NTEU; and Howard Byrne, a construction worker and Construction Forestry Energy Mining Union (CFMEU) member.