In Hawkesbury City, Australia First hovers at 5%.
In Penrith Ward East, Australia First sits at just under 10%.
In Hawkesbury, the pre-poll votes and the postals are yet to be counted. Members who stood on the pre poll booths reported a very high registration of interest in the party.
In Penrith, we await also the postals.
Traditionally, the postal votes everywhere tend to favour us. In council seats where we have not yet run before, Australia First Party has established not just a presence with voters, but a real leadership alternative. We have laid electoral foundations in each Council Shire and City from which we shall build and grow to secure genuine local representation.
The method of electing councillors is a difficult-to-understand system of quotas and preferences. In both Hawkesbury and Penrith, seats are open to be taken and the party refuses to concede at this point that we have missed out.
Australia First Party received over 5% in Blacktown Ward 5 and 7.2% in Wollondilly North Ward.
The Party congratulates all our candidates, as well as our members for their support, many of whom have handed out how to vote cards, delivered leaflets, and who have nobly contributed behind the scenes.
Your efforts are known and greatly appreciated.
We shall announce progress updates shortly as they come to hand.
Going tabloid is now on the cards for this once nation-leading broadsheet, but it appears the tabloid smear and gossip degradation has already started to appear. Last Thursday's edition on September 6 ran an article by ring-in journalist Kelly Burke.
But it wasn't news. It wasn't a story. It contained nothing but smear against the Australia First Party and its chairman. All Kelly Burke has written is a tirade of nasty suppositions, personal attacks and dug up dirt twenty years old. No critique of Australia First's policy or platform. It was about character assassination and about the political timing of running smear, any smear, against The Party just two days out from today's New South Wales council elections.
As they say, any publicity is good publicity - t'is but water off a duck's back.
What a hollow paper the Herald has become. Last Thursday's edition was as thin as a wafer with less than five pages of news, most of it copy-pasted from other news services - AP, AAP, and the like. The front page three quarters a photograph and the news pages taken up mainly by advertisements for alcohol, foreign cars and foreign whitegoods.
Then today, September 8 on NSW councils' election day, another Kelly Burke article appears in the Herald on top of page 4, again just on the NSW council elections; this time targeting her smear against an independent running for the Hornsby Council. No critique of the independent's policy or platform. Once again, all Kelly Burke has done is dig up personal dirt on her target with background checks to 2004.
Didn't we read recently in The Australian back in June that Gillard had set up a 'dirt file' team under her strategy director Nick Reece to "investigate the backgrounds of Coalition frontbenchers including their financial interests..."?
Ring a bell Kelly Burke?
Thought I would throw this in, bit early for celebrations but you get the idea.