Greens elated with Melbourne win: Labor wins Government. @Takvera on #vicvotes from #GreeningBrunswick

The dust is settling on the Victorian election with Labor winning Government. It is the first time since 1955 of a single term Government being kicked out in Victoria. The Greens also celebrated Ellen Sandell winning the seat of Melbourne from Labor’s Jennifer Kanis. While elation in the Greens camp was high with this win, other races are too close to call or the Greens may just fall short. I reported election night from the Brunswick Greens election night party. Brunswick has been a real contest between Labor and the Greens with Tim Read requiring a 3.6% swing from Labor’s Jane Garrett. At the end of the night Jane Garrett […]

Victorian Labor looks to Government as hung Legislative Council likely: @takvera on #vicvotes

As we enter the final days of the Victorian election campaign the polls show Labor headed for Government with a possible majority of 8 seats. But like all elections there will be expected wins and losses and some surprises. The result is never guaranteed. There is even a possibility of a hung parliament with the Greens having the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly. Labor needs to win seats in south-eastern Melbourne and bayside suburbs such as Carrum, Frankston, Bentleigh and Mordialloc where transport and education are important. Also in play are marginal Liberal seats on the north-eastern fringe of Melbourne like Yan Yean and Monbulk where the Great […]

Brunswick battle of progressive values between ALP and Greens – @Takvera #vicvotes

The next government of Victoria is not likely to be decided in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs where I reside, but in marginal electorates in Melbourne’s east and bayside suburbs, and regional electorates around Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. But the innercity and inner north may see a sea-change in representation, if the results of the 2013 Federal election with the re-election of Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt and recent polling are anything to go by. The Greens may win the seats of Melbourne and Richmond, a Lonergan research poll reveals in a report in The Age, and are in with a fighting chance in Brunswick, and have longshot hopes in Northcote […]

Eight hours up on the rig and @Rosiemay_28 is still fighting #EWLink

By Rosie Elliott @Rosiemay_28 19th November 2014 The Victorian Coalition Premier Denis Napthine wants an 18 kilometre tolled freeway and tunnel linking Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs, and his tunnel vision has changed my life already! Since last October, around 30 to 40 picketers have held daily protests in the inner city streets of Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton. We are met daily by 40 to 200 police. There are all sorts on the pickets: maybe 200 picketers all up, local residents, some great young socialist types, public transport activists, and our community protest is backed by our excellent local Yarra Council. A lot of us determined but peaceful protesters are women […]