La Trobe candidates get behind Tecoma locals in their fight against McDonalds






By Michelle Slater August 16, 2013 Residents of Tecoma, a small township in the La Trobe electorate, believe they have won the support of all local federal election candidates in their campaign to stop the building of a McDonald’s restaurant. The fierce two-year battle in the electorate’s eastern foothills is far from over with protests ongoing, […]






Favoured Liberal in marginal La Trobe avoids public forum, as first shots fired in campaign for Julia Gillard’s old seat of Lalor






By Jenny Bates in Lalor and Michelle Slater in La Trobe August 13 Liberal candidate for  the marginal outer-Melbourne seat of La Trobe Jason Wood has declined to attend a public meet-the-candidates forum about education, saying he does not want to attend a single-issue forum. The forum, to be held on Thursday at Emerald Secondary College, […]






Marginal La Trobe: @DottedLine3MDR reports






View Larger Map La Trobe Seat Profile By Michelle [email protected] 4 August 2013 Welcome to the beautiful bellwether seat of La Trobe! Let’s take a tour through an electorate that includes a rainforest-covered mountain dotted by small villages, then sweeps down to rapid urban growth-belts on its southern flat-lands. Who the hell is Michelle? I’m […]