Posts Tagged ‘Elections’

Dave Riley mystifies the Brisbane council vote

March 22, 2008

Bob Gould

Dave (Ratbag Radio) Riley has posted some strange comments about the Brisbane local government elections on the Green Left discussion list, and Greg Adler has responded. Riley lives up to his self-chosen soubriquet and just tells bald untruths about the Greens vote.

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Progressive Australians sink Howard

November 28, 2007

100,000 progressive Australians provide the push to sink the Howard government

Bob Gould

On November 24, about 100,000 campaigners from the left side of Australian society turned out nationally to staff about 6000 polling booths in 150 seats, providing the push necessary to sweep the Howard Tory government out of power.

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Howard’s brutal wedge politics

June 26, 2007

And the workers movement

 Bob Gould

John Howard has wheeled out his wedges for the federal election. They are alleged union power in society and the Labor Party, and the sudden discovery of child abuse in Aboriginal communities as a justification for trying to roll back Aboriginal land rights.

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Between Rudd and a hard place

June 5, 2007

The left, the unions and the Labor ranks

Bob Gould

Green Left discussion list, June 5, 2007

There’s overwhelming sentiment throughout the workers’ movement, except among a small coterie of cranks, that the pressing question of the moment is the removal of the Howard Government and its replacement by a Labor government led by Kevin Rudd.

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The 2007 NSW election

March 30, 2007

The media and the will of the people: a view from the left

Bob Gould

Green Left discussion list, March 28, 2007

After the heroic East German uprising against Soviet occupation in 1953 the German playwright Bertold Brecht, who was an enigmatic Stalinist politically, wrote a short poem, The Solution.

After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writer’s Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

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Electoral success and sectarian babble

March 5, 2007

Bob Gould

Green Left discussion list, March 5, 2007

For a month or two I’ve observed a self-denying ordinance on contributing to the Green Left list, which these days is mainly a sounding board for very unusual contributors such as Nemo, Mato Ska and the rather nasty Stalinist Roger Raven, who libelled me as an agent provocateur.

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The September 2006 Queensland election

September 12, 2006

September 10, 2006

The Queensland election result represents a rather dramatic closing of ranks by the organised working class, migrants and the progressive section of the intermediate social layers around the Labor Party and to a lesser extent the Greens.

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The Tasmanian and South Australian elections

March 20, 2006

And socialist electoral tactics

Bob Gould

Despite the inevitable abusive response to Greg Adler’s short pieces on the South Australian and Tasmanian elections, and the abuse of me, which is dragged into these pieces by DSP’s Boyleite loyalists, these latest elections, and the byelection in Western Australia, throw into bold relief a number of the issues that have always faced Marxists in Australian about running independently in elections.

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Voting in Australia

March 18, 2006

A tale of two states

Greg Adler

State elections were held today [Saturday, March 18] in Tasmania and South Australia. The incumbent Labor Party governments were returned in both States. In South Australia there was a swing of about 11 per cent to Labor. In Tasmania there was about a 2 per cent drop in the Labor vote and a similar drop in the Greens vote. However, Labor is still expected to win a clear majority of seats.

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DSP front well to the back

March 12, 2006

Greg Adler

The Socialist Alliance was set up in Australia as an attempt to develop left unity for campaigns and electoral work. I understand how that is working out is a matter of interest for some on this list.

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Hysteria over the Marrickville by-election

September 26, 2005

Bob Gould

The DSP leadership is clearly divided into two caves over what to do next in the face of the stagnation of its sect-building project. I’ve obviously blundered into the middle of a brawl that is going on in the DSP leadership, which has recently spilled over into the DSP ranks, with my rather careful analysis of the Marrickville by-election. This partly explains the politically obscene “whitey” response to me by Peter (Eldridge Cleaver) Boyle, which I’ll comment on at the end of this piece.

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Minuscule vote for Socialist Alliance in Marrickville

September 21, 2005

Greg Adler

The Socialist Alliance received another minuscule vote at the Marrickville by-election on September 17, 2005.

The Alliance now operates, with the possible exception of some areas in Melbourne, as a virtual subsidiary of the Democratic Socialist Perspective. That fact was underlined by the way in which the decision to contest the by-election was taken.

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NSW by-elections and Mark Latham’s book

September 19, 2005

How the DSP sect views the world

Green Left Weekly discussion list, September 19, 2005

Many of my associates on the left scratch their heads in amusement, and ask me why I waste so much time arguing with the bloody mad DSP? However, old habits die hard, and the DSP’s increasingly dogmatic and opportunist sectarianism is such an extreme example of how a Marxist sect can evolve that it is worth some discussion.

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Stanley Bruce and John Howard compared

June 29, 2005

History repeats itself

Bob Gould

“Ex-senator Arthur Rae bluntly expressed the more militant viewpoint: ‘why shouldn’t some unions run between two sets of courts trying to get the best deal? Doesn’t the capitalist try to get all he can? And when by an oversight or through their unscientific methods, or their own conflicting interests, they leave loopholes through which the workers can draw some few slender advantages, what arrant fools we would be to help them close the gaps and patch their rotten social structure’.” Labor Daily, June 16, 1926. (From Studies in Australian Politics: the 1926 Referendum, A.W. Wildafsky. The Fall of the Bruce-Page Government by D. Carboch.)

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Green Left Weekly’s wall of silence on the WA election

February 28, 2005

Labor substantially increases its vote and the Greens do well. Socialist Alliance literally nowhere, electorally speaking

Bob Gould

Green Left Weekly discussion list, February 28, 2005

The election result in WA is a dramatic confirmation of the class divide in Australian politics between the Labor-Green side and the conservative side.

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