|President of the Victorian Socialists|
|Assumed office |
16 February 2019
|Preceded by||Stephen Jolly|
|Councillor for the City of Moreland|
|Assumed office |
27 October 2012
|Political party||Socialist Alliance|
|Victorian Socialists (since 2018)|
ACT Greens (in 1990)
|Residence||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Occupation||Councillor (Moreland City Council)|
|Known for||Change the Date campaign|
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Sue Bolton is an Australian politician and prominent socialist activist. She is a Socialist Alliance councillor for the City of Moreland and the President of the Victorian Socialists electoral alliance. She is known for her activism in anti-racism and for the Change the Date campaign.
Bolton was born in Queensland, where she initially worked as a bus driver.
In 2016, Bolton organised an anti-racism rally in Coburg, Victoria in protest of "vilification of Muslim and African communities" which was attended by 400-500 people.
In 1990, Bolton contested the seat of Fraser in the ACT for the Australian Greens, where she received 4.0% of the vote. This was due to the involvement of the Democratic Socialist Perspective (the precursor to the Socialist Alliance) within the Greens, before the party banned members of other parties in 1991. In 1993, she re-contested the seat without party affiliation and received 2.24% of the vote.
Local government (2012–present)
In her first campaign for local government in 2008, Bolton attempted to run in the South ward of the City of Moreland, where she only received 4.95% of the vote and failed to get elected. At the next council elections, she ran in the North-East ward, where she was elected with 9.5% of the vote. In 2016, she was re-elected with a greater vote margin. As of 2019, Bolton is one of only three councillors elected as socialists in Australia, with the others being Sam Wainright of Fremantle City Council and Stephen Jolly of Yarra City Council.
In 2017, Bolton voted in favour of removing references to Australia Day during local council citizenship ceremonies. She justified this change by saying it was similar to "celebrating the Nazi Holocaust". Her comparison was described by the federal Turnbull government as "deeply offensive to all Australians". Far-right groups United Patriots Front and Patriot Blue protested the decision by storming the council.
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State and Federal campaigns (2018–present)
During the 2018 Victorian state election, Sue Bolton ran with the Victorian Socialists electoral alliance as the second leading candidate for their campaign in the Northern Metropolitan Region. The ticket achieved 4.19% of the vote, the largest vote of the microparties. However, the ticket did not elect any members.
Bolton has announced she is running during the 2019 Australian federal election for the Victorian Socialists in the electorate of Wills.
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