BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS
Following successful campaigns to gain electoral registration at the federal level, and in NSW and Tasmania, the Socialist Alliance is now campaigning for electoral registration in Victoria.
To register in Victoria, the Socialist Alliance must have at least 500 members enrolled to vote in the state, Jackie Lynch told Green Left Weekly. Lynch is the Socialist Alliance's candidate for Northcote.
Beginning the year with around 350 members in Victoria, interest in the Socialist Alliance has grown with the federal government's attacks on refugees and militant trade unions. At the end of July, membership was approaching 500.
Our central campaigns are the defence of AMWU Victorian secretary Craig Johnston, the overturning of the federal government's racist treatment of refugees and the repeal of the so-called 'anti-terrorist' legislation, Lynch said.
The Socialist Alliance aims to have at least 700 members on the electoral roll before it makes its submission for registration at the end of August.
The state government may call an election as early as November. In order to guarantee registration as a party, and therefore have our name on the ballot paper, we have decided to go all-out to join as many supporters to the alliance as possible, Lynch said.
To join the Socialist Alliance, visit web site (<http://www.socialist-alliance.org>) or fill in the clip-off on page 11.
From Green Left Weekly, July 31, 2002.
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