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Issue #1440      27 January 2010

Adelaide CPA on campaign trail

The CPA in South Australia is busy putting the finishing touches to its campaign for the state seat of Lee. State Secretary Bob Briton is the endorsed candidate for the western suburbs electorate at the poll to take place on March 20. A campaign committee has been bringing together the most professional campaign conducted by the Party for a long time and members are confident their work will lift the profile of the CPA in the area considerably.

The Rann Labor government is expected to be returned to office in March but the CPA decided to present voters in the working class electorate with the opportunity to protest the skewed priorities of the current administration. South Australia has spent tens of millions of dollars attracting transnational weapons manufacturers to set up at the “Techport” located a short distance up the LeFevre Peninsula from the suburbs of Lee. It is backing the federal government’s expansion of uranium mining despite the poor safety record of the corporations presently exploiting these resources in SA. The state’s teachers still do not have an EBA with the Rann government after 660 days of frustrating negotiation. A funding model is being imposed that will take finances away from struggling schools.

The current member for Lee, Michael Wright, was the minister for industrial relations when the government pushed through its massively unpopular changes to the state’s WorkCover workers’ compensation scheme. This has had the effect of forcing the sick and injured back to work quicker and sicker. Development of the inner Port Adelaide area has resulted in the construction of expensive apartments and marinas that have converted riverside sites into virtual private property.

Right now it’s all about meetings and deadlines for Party members – finalising copy for leaflets, the design for T-shirts and posters to go on Adelaide’s distinctive “stobie” electricity poles, the content of the campaign website at vote1communist.org.au and much more. Local Party organisations have been knocked out by the response to an appeal for funds and offers of help with leafleting and handing out how-to-votes on the day.

Some comrades from interstate have volunteered to come over for the weekend! There is genuine excitement that the CPA is putting its name and its policies before the community in a prominent way.

The campaign will be officially launched at the Exeter Hotel on Semaphore Road in Semaphore at 4:30pm on Saturday February 13. For more details or to get involved ring Bob Briton on 0418 894 366.

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