Little more than half the members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts   Alliance voted in the union’s recent federal election. That’s a pretty poor response. A total of 16,361 financial members were deemed eligible to vote by the Australian Electoral Commission, but only 9,690 people bothered to do so.

At least, that’s how many voted in the election for federal vice president. There were four candidates standing for three positions. I was one of them. Actors Monica Main and Alan Fletcher got 2916 and
2044 votes respectively. Sydney journalist Gina McColl got 2044 votes,  while I got 1892 votes, just 142 votes behind her.

Mine was a good result given the union hierarchy, headed by federal secretary Christopher Warren, encouraged others to spend more than $10,000 in printing and posting leaflets to all members to stop me being elected. The other three were meant be elected unopposed. And all the more so for a candidate from Tasmania with our small membership base.

I congratulate Main, Fletcher and McColl.

  But given the vote, the union hierarchy would do well to remember in these troubled industrial times, that it needs to listen to more than its own voice.

Earlier: $10,000 to stop my election

Margaretta Pos

  But given the vote, the union hierarchy would do well to remember in these troubled industrial times, that it needs to listen to more than its own voice.