Ros Spence, the clever spouse of Victorian ALP Assistant Secretary Kosmos Samaras, has been pinged for using the same happy pic of a working family as two other Socialist Left candidates in the Hume elections in different wards.
Former Socialist left member Moe Abbouche told the Hume Leader that using the same pic was misleading voters, opening up a potential court challenge to Spence’s successful election, which most observers consider likely.
Keep in mind that Spence and her fellow travellers are paid-up, card-carrying, power-wielding active members of the leadership of the Victorian ALP faction called the Socialist Left. Indeed they are part of the group aligned with Senator Kim Carr, which enjoys most of its support outside the Latte Curtain heartland of Melbourne FEA and among many of the union secretaries associated with the Left. Spence works for Liz Beattie, the Socialist Left’s Member for Yuroke.
Spence implores voters to be concerned with the tax-and-spend Hume council:
Do you want to stop 15% rate hikes? As a mother and local resident I know how hard it is for ratepayers and their families. The cost of food and petrol just keeps going up but Hume councillors have ignored these pressures and raised rates by 15% over 3 years. That’s why I will oppose council rate rises above the CPI and put the needs of local residents first.
Can’t argue with that. Indeed it’s positively Reaganesque.
And it doesn’t end there. There’s waste and Spence is going to cut it:
From 2005 to 2008 Hume councillors spent over $80,000 of ratepayers money on travel. I will not travel overseas at your expense.
There’ll be a new era of Reagan style accountability for the money spent by the Hume bureaucracy. Impressive.
I will provide an annual report directly to you on how your money is being spent.
Her fellow user of the working family pic Helen Patsikatheodorou is committed to the same:
Hume residents pay some of the highest rates in Victoria, but receive very little in return. Since 2005 our rates have hiked by 15% adding to everyone’s financial pressure. That’s why I will oppose rate rises that are above the CPI. I will not use your money to travel overseas. Some Hume councillors have spent over $80,000 of our money on travel alone.
Go you good thing.
Vic Dougall, married to an electorate officer of SL federal MP Maria Vamvakinou, is on the same track of righteousness too, with an agenda designed to appeal to working families that he might not feel the need to boast about at Socialist gatherings:
I will also ensure that our rates remain at CPI and put a stop to unfair rate hikes.
There’s no disputing the common-sense and clear thinking of the candidate’s policies.
But you have to wonder where all the tax and spenders have gone from the Labor Party.
If Ronald Reagan were alive today and had relocated with Nancy and his Secret Service detail to Roxburgh Park, chances are he’d have little to quarrel with about the policies of the Hume Socialist Left brigade.
If the moderate Labor Unity faction of Victoria Labor hadn’t recently made it more difficult to join their ranks than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, they would do well to make an approach to the tax-cut trio.