Vic­to­rian So­cial­ists put up their hands

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Vic­to­rian So­cial­ists have con­firmed lower-house Lowan and Ripon can­di­dates for Vic­to­ria’s ap­proach­ing state elec­tion.

Life­time worker and union­ist Trevor Gren­fell, who has been liv­ing be­tween Dim­boola and Gee­long for the past year, will stand for Lowan and Gee­long teacher Bron­wyn Jen­nings, who went to school in Mary­bor­ough, will stand for Ripon.

Both said they had put up their hands to sup­port for­mer Gee­long Trades Hall sec­re­tary Tim Gooden, who is stand­ing for a West­ern Vic­to­ria Re­gion up­per-house seat.

They have also pledged, if elected, to ac­cept only a skilled-worker wage and to pro­vide any ad­di­tional money to com­mu­nity cam­paigns.

Mr Gren­fell said key is­sues in re­gional Vic­to­ria were jobs, pub­lic hous­ing and health­care.

“I’m con­fi­dent peo­ple want a bet­ter deal. If we can get some peo­ple from Vic­to­rian So­cial­ists elected, then there’s a greater chance we’ll en­cour­age work­ers and the com­mu­nity to fight for their rights,” he said.

“We’re a party of fight­ers and we stand up for work­ing peo­ple.”

Ms Jen­nings, also a worker and union­ist all her work­ing life, said she was fa­mil­iar with Ripon and its needs.

She said work­ing peo­ple ‘paid for ev­ery­thing while re­ceiv­ing lit­tle in re­turn’ and echoed Mr Gren­fell’s points on key is­sues, adding do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to the list.

“I am work­ing as a sec­ondary school teacher and pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tional is­sues in re­gional ar­eas, where pub­lic school fund­ing is in des­per­ate need of se­ri­ous in­creases. I bring this pas­sion and com­mit­ment to my can­di­dacy,” she said.

“With­out se­ri­ous and re­gion­ally spe­cific job cre­ation, we can­not ad­dress many of the is­sues that stem from poverty and alien­ation.

“Vic­to­rian So­cial­ists are com­mit­ted to restor­ing pub­lic health in all ar­eas and end­ing the out­sourc­ing of ser­vices such as pathol­ogy, ra­di­ol­ogy, food, clean­ing, se­cu­rity, even pa­tient tele­vi­sion ac­cess.

“In fact the whole ques­tion of ac­cess to all types of ser­vices in the bush is a ma­jor prob­lem that we need to start ad­dress­ing.”

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