The Victorian Socialists’ campaign to get Stephen Jolly elected to the Victorian Legislative Council ramped up on June 17, as nearly 100 people blitzed the Richmond electoral district in the party’s first major doorknock of its campaign.
Activists, including candidates Jolly, Socialist Alliance’s Sue Bolton and Socialist Alternative’s Colleen Bolger, braved the rain, wind and frigid temperatures to knock on more than 2000 doors. The response received was mostly warm and positive.
Jolly has represented much of the area as a councillor since 2004 and has stood for the Richmond electorate at every state election since 1999, regularly getting about 8% of the vote.
In the coming weeks, the party will be campaigning around public transport. Its demands include: bringing public transport back into public hands; investing an additional $1 billion to improve public transport; making public transport fare-free; and ensuring public transport is frequent and more reliable, including on weekends and at night.