[Updated : Monday]
1) In the safe Labor seat of Broadmeadows, Will Marshall stood for the horribly-named Socialist Equality Party (nee Socialist Labour League). Preliminary results suggest that he came last of seven candidates, receiving just 425 first-preference votes, or 1.53%.
2) In the safe Labor seat of Brunswick, Vannessa Hearman stood for the mighty Socialist Alliance. Hearman did slightly better than Marshall, gaining 549 first-preference votes, or 1.97%: enough to beat Family First (442 votes / 1.59%) and People Power (433 votes / 1.56%).
3) In the safe Labor seat of Derrimut, Jorge Jorquera of the Marxist-Solidarity-Direct-Action-Workers-&-Community-First Network-Party has failed to capture the electorate’s imagination: No son Chavistas en Derrimut. (Jorquera came last of six candidates, receiving 262 first-preference votes or 0.97%).
4) Margarita Windisch‘s bogus attempt to arrest Paul Wolfowitz last Saturday didn’t seem to endear her terribly to the good, Labor-voting people of Footscray; as the other Socialist Alliance candidate for a Lower House seat in the state of Victoria, Windisch came last of six candidates, receiving 406 first-preference votes or 1.45%.
5) Of all the socialist candidates in the election, Steve Jolly of the Socialist Party did best: he got 1,632 votes or 6.09% in Richmond. But despite this and a significant Greens vote, the seat remains safely in Labor’s hands.
6) Finally, in the Upper House seat of Western Victoria, Socialist Alliance candidates Sue Bull and Rowan Stuart got something like 0.28% of first-preference votes (985).
All in all, another nail in the coffin for the unfortunate SA.
- [See also : ‘Vote for the socialists!’ (except Will Marshall), The DSP/SA Candidates, Green Left Weakly, November 22; ‘Labor returned in Vic election’, Selena Black, GLW, November 25; ‘Obscuring the violence inherent in the system’, Tony Iltis (with apologies to Monty Python), GLW, November 24: “More than three thousand people had a somewhat surreal experience on November 18. They attended a rally, called by the Melbourne Stop the War Coalition and Stop G20, to oppose the genocide by poverty being promoted by the finance ministers’ meeting, and the warfare that makes the corporate plunder of the Third World possible… What made the experience surreal was turning on the evening news, or opening the next day’s papers, to see what coverage the protest had received. They were confronted by scenes quite different from anything they’d witnessed at the rally, involving people in strange white outfits and masks battling it out with police.”]