Cigar wielding wealthy motorist entitlements: the @sarah_capper column






Sitting on the train, surrounded by other poor people, sans cars, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Abbott Government is becoming increasingly out of touch with its constituents. Sure, there are a lot of discrepancies on public transport – for example, on the not-so-rough Sandringham line, taking in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, I’m guessing some […]






East West Link a collision course for Victorian state election: @tackvera reports






In the lead-up to the Victorian state election in November 2014, the East West Link tunnel toll road continues to be a divisive and unpopular issue for the Premier Denis Napthine and his Liberal Government. The toll road is projected to cost $8 billion to connect the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink as […]






Ain’t nothing like the real thing: #GriffithVotes candidates’ forum @GriffithElects reports






[clear] Video by Mark Doyle @ffrickenstein Both Bill Glasson and Terri Butler held virtual ‘town-hall’ meetings in recent days, using new technology which enabled them to talk simultaneously with audiences of 10,000 and more. These virtual meetings gave all the control to the candidates and their teams, allowed them to target particular sections of the […]






Abbott’s transport rear vision takes us nowhere @e2mq173 comments






By Errol Brandt [email protected] 13 December 2013 It’s clear that the Abbott government lacks vision. Its attack on the Climate Commission, dismantling of Gonski, ‘cheap and nasty’ NBN and its unwillingness to cooperate with Holden all bear testament to a government with a profound lack of concern for the future. The Abbott government’s next target […]






Doing politics differently: @indigocathy maiden speech






Madam Speaker, Colleagues, special guests, friends and family. Madam Speaker, warm congratulations on your election. I thank you and my colleagues for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners and custodians of this land, both past and present. Today I am going to share a story – about myself, about my electorate […]






The road to economic vandalism in Victoria @e2mq173 comments






By Errol Brandt November 19th 2013 In 2010, the Liberal/National coalition was elected in Victoria on a promise of investment in public transport. After ditching Premier Ted Baillieu in March 2013, the LNP appear to have abandoned public transport in favour of a series of massive new toll roads, championed by Baillieu’s replacement, Premier Denis […]






Peak car: has Australia reached the limit? @e2mq173 reports






By Errol Brandt Tony Abbott told Australians during the election campaign that he wanted to be known as ‘the infrastructure Prime Minister’.  He may have made an excellent ‘infrastructure Prime Minister’ in 1963, but his ideas on transport don’t make sense in 2013. Abbott believes that the federal government should not fund urban rail.  With […]






Lianna Sliwczynski, Batman Candidate, The Australian Sex Party






[clear] By Bumpy Favell 4 Sept 2013 I requested an interview with Lianna Sliwczynski, the Australian Sex Party, ASP candidate for Batman in late July 2013, along with all of the other Batman candidates. If candidates didn’t reply within a few days, I kept contacting them. Three responded promptly: Phillip Sutton, Save the Planet Party, […]






Labor voter @jenoutwest turns Green in Lalor






By Jenny [email protected] 3 September, 2013 The journey is almost over, and my mission to better understand Lalor candidates has proven to be mission impossible. I naively believed the candidates would be keen to answer questions from any local. My first plan of attack was to ask our retiring MP, former prime minister Julia Gillard […]






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 […]