This election year the Workers Party is standing candidates in the main centres of the country.
Discussing his candidacy with workmates at smoko time, one of our comrades was challenged:
“If you get into parliament and youâ€™re walking down the road with a suit and tie on and we see you, you might not want to know us any more!”
Our comrade replied: “Mate, thereâ€™s not going to be any tie. Look at this publicity photo on my pamphlet. Iâ€™m in my overalls like you, and thatâ€™s how itâ€™s going to stay. Our party is trying to do something different in this election. Weâ€™re not standing for ourselves, and weâ€™re not standing to try and make the system work better. Weâ€™re standing 100% for the workers and against the bosses.”
Any Workers Party candidate elected to a position in national or local government will transform their seat into an active organising centre to push workersâ€™ interests. Our members will take a minimum wage sufficient for genuine expenses and put the rest of their parliamentary salary towards the struggle. Successful socialist electoral candidates have already taken this road in Ireland, Australia and other countries.
Socialist parliamentary candidates stand against capitalism, to represent the ideas of the future, and to build the practical struggles of today. Inside this issue of the Spark you can read about some of the ways weâ€™re trying to do that.
If you like the look of our new way with no ties to capitalism, please join us.