Sunday, May 3, breakfast from 10am; speeches 11am. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). For more info ph 9639 8622. Afterwards march in the May Day rally 1pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
In an extensive interview with Links online magazine Sue Bolton talks about her experiences over two years on Moreland Council. It makes fascinating reading. See the article here.
[By Sue Bolton] At the April Council meeting I successfully moved a motion to protest against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities, to call on the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Victorian Local Government Association to also protest and to send a letter of solidarity to the threatened communities. Continue reading
[The following statement was released by Sean Brocklehurst, Socialist Alliance candidate for Pascoe Vale, and Sarah Hathway, Socialist Alliance candidate for Geelong, on November 8.]
Victoria has a housing crisis. According to the 2011 census, 22,773 Victorians were homeless at that time. Many more people are barely able to afford rent or mortgage repayments. Housing is a human right. But the ‘free market’ system of production for profit has failed to deliver housing at a reasonable price to all who need it. Continue reading
[By Sean Brocklehurst] Moreland residents were outraged when they heard Moreland City Council had voted to cut $100,000 from its Carbon Management Plan in the council’s budget last month. This cut the budget for climate action from $525,000 to $424,000 and would have resulted in some of the council’s solar energy projects not going ahead. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] The big story from the July council meeting was the Labor councillors voting to strip $100,000 from Climate action in the proposed budget. This amendment was moved by Michael Teti and carried on the casting vote of the mayor. Continue reading
[Socialist Alliance Moreland Councillor Sue Bolton delivered the following speech at the Trains Not Tolls rally in Melbourne on June 28.] It’s great seeing people here from all over Melbourne, because this issue affects not just people from the inner city where the East West Link is designed to go, but it affects people from all over Melbourne and all over Victoria. Continue reading
Divestment from fossil fuels
[By Sue Bolton] On June 11, the Moreland council became the first council in Australia to threaten divest from a bank if it continues to invest in fossil fuel projects. Moreland council has traditionally banked with the Commonwealth Bank. Since 2008, the Big Four banks (Commonwealth, ANZ, Westpac and NAB) have invested $18.8 billion in fossil fuel projects in Australia. The Commonwealth Bank provides more than $1 billion to projects that will ship coal and gas through the Great Barrier Reef. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] The East West Link is not the vote-winner that Victorian Premier Denis Napthine had hoped it would be. A recent opinion poll shows most Victorians are opposed to the state government’s plan to build the new toll road and want the money spent on public transport infrastructure instead. Continue reading