Following our story last week, many were keen to hear how the battle royal in the left-wing Melbourne Unitarian Church turned out. We are told their election results declared yesterday are
Peter Abrehart 19
Lev Lafayette 14
Total Votes 34
The one informal was deliberate, and wrote â€œNIETHER (SIC) WORTHY OF SUPPORTâ€ on their ballot paper.
Committee of Management (5 to be elected)
Anne Kay 27
Ralph Knight 27
Lindy Gilham 25
Toula Nikolaou 25
Florence Wathen 19
Lev Lafayette 17
Carol Campbell 15
Elizabeth Kourtis 15
Lev missed out by five votes Chairperson, and by two votes for the Committee.
Our informants reveal the AGM was more exciting than the Grand Final with one explaining â€œLev and Carol, two failed candidates for the Committee, were both handing out election literature. It didnâ€™t seem to impress a majority of voters, who appeared to have made up their minds not to support a candidates with backing from Diane Anderson.â€
â€œThe combined votes of former stacks from Diane Anderson and recent stacks from supporters of Lev were not enough,â€ one observer remarked.
Some comrades think Lafayette had something to offer but teaming up with controversial former member Diane Andersonâ€™s backers was a fatal error.