The Socialist Alliance significantly increased its upper house vote in yesterday's election. With still about a million votes to be counted, the Socialist Alliance ticket had received 12,394 (0.38%) votes by the end of counting on election night. This compares with a Socialist Alliance upper house final vote of 5,428 (0.145%) in the 2003 NSW election.
So at this stage of counting, we have already more than doubled our upper house vote in the state despite running Socialist Alliance candidates in only two lower house seats, Marrickville and Wollongong.
In the lower house, Socialist Alliance's Pip Hinman in Marrickville (where the Greens have raised their vote to 33% from 29% in 2003 ) has so far received 565 votes (1.8%). This was the next highest vote after Labor, Greens and Liberals - beating Democrats, Christian Democratic Party, Unity and a independents) compared with a final vote of 526 (1.5%) in the 2005 Marrickville by-election.
"I congratulate the Greens on their good vote", said Hinman. "Next week we'll be back in the streets campaigning, as we will still have to defend our rights against the incoming government."
In Wollongong, SA's Jess Moore has received 510 votes so far. SA did not run in Wollongong in the 2003 elections.
The Socialist Alliance is still in need of more donations to cover campaign expenses. If you can help, please phone Alex Bainbridge on 0413 976 638, post a cheque or money order made out to "Socialist Alliance" to PO Box 114, Broadway NSW 2007 or drop off cash at the Resistance Centre, 23 Abercrombie St, Chippendale. Phone 9690 1977 for bank account details for direct deposits.