8 Oct. 2020 The Age
This Age article claimed that crashing membership numbers in Moderates faction branches controlled by Mr Somyurek: Springvale branch went from 95 to 5, Casey Central branch from 111 to 41 and Endeavour Hills branch from 112 to 56. The Turkish-dominated Coolaroo branch lost 110 members, Parkmore branch 74 members, and both Thomastown West and Heidelberg lost more than 55.
Socialist Left branches also had big losses with Italian-dominated Lalor South losing 115, Greek dominated Batman North dropping 84 to 12 and Deer Park 150 to around 60.
Party members paying their membership online by traceable means has increased from 67% to 87%.
Victoria-wide 3500 members did not renew before the September renewal cut-off .