Results are trickling in for the 2012 NSW local council elections. Thus far, the ‘mysterious’ Australia First Party — which has stood a larger number of candidates than at any previous election — appears to have received only a negligible tally; so too Nicholas Folkes (the Australian Protectionist Party’s sole candidate in Leichhardt (Wangal/Rozelle-Lilyfield)) and Muslamic oppositionist Sergio Redegalli — though Sergio’s ticket has thus far attracted moar support than the beleagured Socialist Alliance in Marrickville (North Ward – Wali).
Australian Protectionist Party
Update (September 12) : Oops. While Folkes may have proven to be electoral poison in Leichhardt, Nathan Smith in Forbes has managed to attract 215 votes (3.9%). Placed 12th of the 14 candidates, Nathan narrowly avoided being one of nine candidates elected to Council.
The Australian Protectionist Party — widely referred to as Australia’s most Pathetic — stood one candidate in the local council elections: Nicholas Folkes (Leichhardt, Wangal/Rozelle-Lilyfield). The APP previously (June/July 2012) obtained some minor notoriety for organising a public rally in Sydney demanding that the Australian Government mass murder asylum seekers (the resulting publicity creating a minor split in the party and prompting the resignation of chief spokesperson Darrin Hodges) and briefly appearing in an episode of Joe Hildebrand’s ABC-TV documentary series Dumb, Drunk & Racist expressing hatred and contempt for the detainees at Villawood. Most recently, Folkes was featured in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sadly for the Protectionists, Folkes has proven to be a massively unpopular candidate for local council, obtaining the puny sum of 32 votes (0.53%) [final total: 41]. Previously (2011), Folkes stood for the state seat of Balmain, obtaining more votes (289) but only a slightly improved percentage (0.60%). These dismal results are unlikely to dissuade Folkes from continuing to rabbit on about Filipinos and Muslamics, communists and homesexualists, but do suggest that the Pathetic party has a long way to go before its army of keyboard commandoes obtain even a modicum of electoral support from the general public.
Of related interest, fellow bigot and sometime APP ally Sergio Redegalli also threw his tinfoil helmet into the ring, joining two other concerned Australians (George Reiterbauer and Chelsea Kovic) competing for the political loyalties of the citizens of Marrickville (North Ward). For their efforts the trio received 396 votes (4.49%).
Australia First Party
The Pathetic party’s principal rival on the far right is the ‘Australia First Party’, currently under the leadership of convicted criminal and veteran fascist militant Dr James Saleam (pronounced ‘Sail-‘Em’, apparently). AF stood a total of 23 candidates in six councils: Blacktown (Ward 5), Blue Mountains (First Ward), Hawkesbury, Penrith (East Ward), Sutherland (Ward A) and Wollondilly (North Ward). Initial results suggest that the return has been negligible, the party appearing to have done best in Penrith (East Ward), obtaining a little less than 10% of the total. Surprisingly, given their outspoken support for what the party described as being the ‘White Civil Uprising’ in Cronulla in December 2005, AF only managed to secure the measly sum of 180 votes (0.7%) in Sutherland.
Bonus! The Battle for Communism in Auburn
A wombat has told me that a communist was also battling for a place on local council: Tony Oldfield in Auburn. Tony and his comrades have at this stage obtained a total of 1,269 votes (9.23%). Depending on the preference flow, this may mean Auburn will be re-dubbed Red Auburn.
Or maybe not.
Denis Doherty on the other hand is part of a historic shift in left politics in Sydney where the team of which he is the lead member is composed of Socialist Alliance members and other community members. The Housing Action Team has Ray Jackson from the Indigenous community, Raul Bassi an Argentinian migrant and now activist, Jay Fletcher journalist with the Greenleft and Andrew Chuter a maths teacher from Erskinville.
Sadly, the whole historical movement remains concentrated in the hands of the bourgeoisie — in Sydney, at least, as the historic shift has hit a slight roadblock, with just 548 votes (1.11%) being cast for communism.
SA also stood candidates in Woodville Ward, Parramatta. They gots 284 votes (2.9%) for their troubles, thumped by Liberals (3836 votes/30.4%), Woodville Independents (3481 votes/27.5%), Labor (3314 votes/26.2%) and Independents (1722 votes/13.6%). As noted, in Marrickville (Wali Ward) SA also proved to be less popular than anti-Muslim campaigner Sergio Redegalli: 516 (5.7%) to 361 (4.0%).
See also : Two Communists running in local government elections, Dr Hannah Middleton, The Guardian, No.1559, August 8, 2012 | NSW local council election results : far left and far right (September 14, 2008).