Monday, February 23, 2009

Communist Party elects new General Secretary

The Communist Party of Australia last weekend elected a new leadership after the death of long time General Secretary Peter Symon. The Party has for the first time elected a woman to the position of Party General Secretary, well known political activist and former Party President Dr. Hannah Middleton.

Dr. Middleton was elected unanimously to the Party’s highest leadership position. Guatemalan born West Australian trade unionist Vinnie Molina was elected as the CPA’s new National President. For the first time in two decades the Party elected a National Organiser Denis Doherty.

“This election signals a process of renewal and reinvigoration for the Communist Party”, said Central Committee Chairperson Warren Smith.

“Capitalism is undergoing yet another severe crisis and the people of Australia are looking for answers to why their jobs are being lost and why their savings and their hard earned superannuation contributions are going down the gurgler. They are questioning the greed and dysfunction inherent in the capitalist system.

“In the CPA’s view the government should create a national superannuation fund and a nationally owned bank.”

The Party is riding a wave at present with the recently announced registration of the Communist Alliance of which the CPA is a member. “Registration of the Communist Alliance will allow the name Communist to appear on Australian federal ballot papers.”

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