Victoria

Oct 4, 2010

Socialist sets up Vic election battle for Richmond

Left-wing Victorian trade unions have rallied behind veteran socialist campaigner Stephen Jolly's bid for the state seat of Richmond, setting up a battle with the Greens and potentially shoring up the reign of teetering Brumby government minister Richard Wynne.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Left-wing Victorian trade unions have rallied behind veteran socialist campaigner Stephen Jolly’s bid for the state seat of Richmond, setting up a stoush with the Greens and potentially shoring up the reign of teetering Brumby government minister Richard Wynne.

The state secretary of the ALP-affiliated Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Bill Oliver, confirmed to Crikey this morning that he would provide in-kind support and a financial “chop out” to Jolly, who is threatening to push his primary vote into double figures at the November 27 poll.

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  1. Douglas Evan

    Steve Jolly is one of my local councillors. He is hard working and well liked but it would be a travesty if leakage of his preferences to Labor in the upcoming State election allowed Dick Wynne, a senior minister the tired, cynical Brumby Government to stumble back in for another term. It wouldn’t help the credibility of the Socialists either if a spat between them and the Greens was seen to gain another term for Wynne in Richmond. On the other hand this whole issue might be more about Andrew Crook inventing scenarios in an attempt to embarrass or disadvantage the political left than anything that is actually happening.

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