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Issue #1534      8 February 2012

CPA campaign sprints to the line

The Communist Party’s campaign for the seat of Port Adelaide is peaking at the right time. The by-election caused by the resignation of controversial ALP local member and former state treasurer Kevin Foley is to be held on Saturday February 11 and, while CPA candidate Bob Briton does not expect to become the next member, the campaign has certainly attracted a lot of attention and support. Unity of the left in Adelaide has been strengthened and the working class alternative has been put to a wide audience in South Australia.

CPA candidate Bob Briton

The campaign launch at the Port Dock Brewery Hotel was standing room only. The reception to Bob’s brief addresses at the Semaphore Workers’ Club blues night has been warm and positive. Doorknocking by volunteers from Adelaide’s Left Unity over successive weekends and street corner meetings in the Port have also helped take the word to the people of the electorate and beyond that a working class alternative is on offer at this election.

Media attention has been keen from the announcement of the campaign. A post on ABC election commentator Antony Green’s blog on the Greens decision to put the CPA candidate number two on their how to vote prompted a lively debate in the comments below his piece. Read it at

The most significant coverage came last Friday night with an item on ABC TV’s 7:30 SA program. View in online at:

The program has a wide audience in SA and was commented upon very positively by viewers. An after-party at the Semaphore Masonic Hall is being organised by Left Unity and SLAAM (Semaphore Live Arts, Activism and Music) from 7pm. All welcome. Whatever the final count, members, friends and supporters will be celebrating a well-run, active campaign.  

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