Just one day after the launch of the Victorian State Election, the Bracks Labor Government is facing a crisis with members across the State threatening to ignore the voting directions of the Party bosses by voting below the line on the ballot, and in an even more significant move, withholding volunteer support on election day itself if the Machiavellian party bosses cut any sort of sleazy preference deal with Family First.
Local campaign organisers and booth roster arrangers have been flooded with calls from concerned members who would like to help, just like they’ve always done, but find it morally wrong to support their own party if there is any hint that Family First will be preferenced anything other than last.
Cult-like and secretive, Family First is scary. With a dangerous anti-Green agenda that ignores the threat of Global Warming in a Bolt-like anti-Planet binge that also includes the imposition of strict wowserism and sticking their puritanical bib into the lives of ordinary hard working Australians who just want to have a little fun after a hard day’s work.
ALP members know in their hearts that Family First, despite their name, is not about families at all, but about tightening and straightening (and polluting). Family First values are not values that ALP people want to see pushed on the people of Australia.
To add to this, ALP members, despite their ageing and fading memories, still remember the ill-conceived deal done by the Labor Unity power brokers, that put Family First’s Steven Fielding in the Senate and effectively handed control of the Federal Senate to John Howard,
Threats of a member’s boycott this coming election are not new. The Broadmeadows branch announced way back in June that it wasn’t going to play ball, and now ALP members across the State are livid that the Victorian ALP is considering playing sneaky buggers in the same way again.
The Brack’s Government in Victoria has done too much that’s good, most notably toward the cutting carbon of emissions (despite the intransigence of the HowGov), to start handing preferences over to a group that would have us turn back the clock even more than the Howard Government already has.
The ALP Membership base is shrinking and aging, and the number of volunteers is small. So as the smarmy deal makers and political hacks do their number crunching, tradeoffs and deal cutting with the other parties over the next week, they need to factor something else into their calculations, and that is this: How may potential ALP voters will be lost because they were not handed a how to vote card by a grizzled but smiling and committed ALP member? It won’t just be the loss of those of us who have difficulty figuring out where to write the “1”, but it will also be the loss of those who hoped that the ALP wasn’t just a machine, but did have real people too?
We’ll know at Midday on November 12th what their decision was.
(Crossposted at LF)