The first Double Dissolution election in Australia for 29 years is going to be conducted on the 2nd of July. This gives us an unprecedented opportunity to get AJP candidates elected in several states, with our best possibility being here in Victoria. Pre-polling will probably start on about the 14th of June, just over 4 weeks from now.
We have a total of 28 candidates in lower house seats, and two standing for the Senate. We are typically not standing in the country seats (like Gippsland, Wimmera, etc) but are standing in nearly all the metropolitan seats. Our thanks and congratulations go to the candidates. They are a great bunch of people, standing up for animals. Every vote we win is a measure of power. We are currently using that negotiating power to wrestle with the bigger parties some outcomes and commitments for animals. Hopefully you will start to see announcements on these in the next month or so.
Naturally, we need your help!
Because news and work is flowing at such a fast pace during the election, we will probably send out slightly more newsletters than normal so we can keep you all in touch with the activities.
The AJP Vic Writers' Group
We have developed a writers' group that will be helping the party to respond to events in the next weeks leading in to the election. The idea is that the key news items involving animals are introduced every day, and somebody from the group volunteers to write a media release. We also need people to review this work, and then release and follow things up. If you can write (!) and wish to get involved in getting the AJP message out there, ask to join the group by signing up at ajpvic.org.au/volunteer
Volunteering in general
All the candidates will need help now and on the day, July 2. If you can hand out HTVs on election day, doorknock or flyer before then, let us know at ajpvic.org.au/volunteer
The party and all the candidates will be out and about over the next 8 weeks. In addition, you will see our online advertising start to roll out, and our TV ads appear in June. Please help us online by sharing these promotions and get the work out as widely as possible to those who might not yet have heard about our party.
Our fundraising team are working hard to get us the money we need to pay for our campaign. Help them out if you can.
Tickets to our Gala Trivia night will go on sale soon.
...and our online fundraiser has opened up, with great options to get hold of our merchandise and get our eternal gratitude. <Click on the image below>
Rally to Ban Live Export
Join us at our Ban Live Export rally 11am, 28th May. Meet at the Carousel, 1 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong. The Facebook event is here.
Next members' meeting - Thursday 26th May 2016
Our next members' meeting will be our regular monthly meeting next Thursday 26th May at 6:30pm at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Join us for tea, coffee and biscuits as we focus on election campaign actions. Come along and share your ideas, hear how the Animal Justice Party is progressing and learn about ways in which you can help over the next month or so.
Also, a reminder that each of eight Regional Groups hold monthly meetings, one in your area. If you want to know where and when, check out the Victorian website (ajpvic.org.au) or contact us on [email protected]
For the animals...