Monday, January 16, 2012

CPA launches by-election campaign in the Port

The Port Dock Brewery Hotel was packed on Saturday afternoon as the CPA launched its campaign for the seat of Port Adelaide. Among the crowd was Pas Forgione from Left Unity who spoke first on the need to continue building strong and united left coalition in South Australia. Pas relayed Left Unity's support for the CPA campaign before Bob took the stage to introduce the CPA's election platform. Follow this link to read Bob's speech (PDF).

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Support the campaign to elect Bob Briton today!

CPA State Secretary Bob Briton is standing in the seat of Port Adelaide vacated by former Treasurer Kevin Foley and we need your support. Running a strong election campaign is a costly exercise - newspaper ads, flyers, posters, t-shirts and associated costs all add up.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to our campaign to give the people of Port Adelaide a genuine working class alternative at the upcoming by-election, all you need to do is click on the blue button (top right of this blog) to make a secure online donation via PayPal using your PayPal account or your credit card.

Don't trust the web and would rather pay by cheque?

No problem. Cheques can be made out to the Communist Party of Australia (SA Branch) and posted to PO Box 612, Port Adelaide BC, 5015.

Can't afford a financial donation but would still like to help?

We are going to need volunteers for things like handing out how-to-votes on election day, letterboxing and a whole lot more. To volunteer some time to our campaign please email us at or call Bob Briton on 0418 894 366.

VIDEO: Follow this link to see Bob talk about the campaign.

Thanks for helping us provide the people of Port Adelaide with a real working class alternative at the February 11 by-election.

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Safety exemption leads to uranium spill

Communist Party candidate in the by-election for Port Adelaide, Bob Briton, today expressed concern over the recent spill of uranium and copper concentrate into the Edith River in the Northern Territory following a train derailment. An exemption from the SA government’s SafeWork department allowed the toxic material to be transported from Oz Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine in wagons covered only by tarpaulins rather than in the sealed containers normally required.

“The government and SafeWork SA stand condemned over this incident. The rules were bent to allow the greatest profits to flow to the already profit-gorged resource sector,” Mr. Briton said.

“The concern for people of Port Adelaide is that, with exports of hazardous material out of the Port set to increase sharply over the next few years, any accident could seriously threaten the environment and the health of thousands of residents,” he said.

“The government needs to explain itself. It has to demonstrate how the increase in exports of uranium and other hazardous materials out of Port Adelaide can be reconciled with plans for developers to build many new homes around the inner Port,” said Mr. Briton.

“What plans are in place to deal with an emergency presented by the spilling of uranium and copper concentrate, for example, in the district or into the Port River?”

“What assurances can the government give that it won’t grant further exemptions from safety regulations to favour mining sector companies?” he asked.

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