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 […]

Walking the Independent path with Janet Mays: @burgewords reports

The first political piece I ever wrote was also the first scoop I ever got. I was a resident of the Blue Mountains for thirty years, give or take my years at university and a six-year stint in the United Kingdom. By the time Blue Mountains City Councillor Janet Mays stood for the NSW State elections in 2011, I was on the bandwagon of change for an area I loved deeply. It was time for us to cease being a political football, an electorate that churned-out state and federal backbenchers who shored-up the numbers in parliament but stood for very little locally. Janet burst onto the region’s political scene with […]

Public transport versus east-west link tollroad issue in Melbourne electorates reports @takvera

By John Englart 30 August 2013 The Victorian Government is proceeding with the East-West link tunnel tollroad which would connect up the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink severely impacting Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek. It is an $8 billion project with high impacts on the seat of Melbourne, but also traffic and environmental impacts in Wills. It comes at a time when several rail infrastructure projects need to be built to upgrade and renew the ailing public transport network to cope with Melbourne’s booming population. Population boom: why we need Doncaster rail, Mernda ext, + more PT, not east-west link @Vic_Premier #trainsnottolls http://t.co/GFqDBDRF7t — Frere Tak (@takvera) […]

Briskey’s back in Bowman: ex state MP riled by Qld sackings says locals are for turning

By Michael Burge August 2, 2013 Not long after I moved into the southeast Queensland electorate of Bowman in late 2012, I spotted a man sitting in a plastic chair on Redland Bay Road, next to a rather fetching retro caravan emblazoned with bright red lettering. The local media confirmed the fellow’s identity as the member for the state seat of Cleveland until 2006, the ALP’s Darryl Briskey. I overtook him once at Victoria Point; I nearly stopped to meet him at Raby Bay but didn’t indicate in time; I swept past him on the roadside at Chandler; and I eventually caught up with him on busy Shore Street West, […]

#QldPol and the birth of Newmanism

By David Marler  @Qldaah No Fibs Queensland Reporter 31 July 2013 Out of all the Australian states and territories, it is Queensland’s Newman Government that is the most indicative of what an Abbott led Australia might look like. Welcome to hashtag #Qldpol. May 17, 2012: New Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman rises and delivers his maiden speech to parliament.Newman is the first Queensland Premier to be elected from outside of the parliament. Astonishingly, he evokes former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.”His government built this state into an economic powerhouse that led the way for our country for so long,” he tells parliament. Given this statement and the Fitzgerald Inquiry borne of the […]