Sue Bolton: ‘A True Community Leader’

p8-sue-b-louise-chen[By Susan Price] Community activists, residents and supporters came together to launch Sue Bolton’s campaign for re-election to the City of Moreland Council in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on September 10. Bolton, a member of Socialist Alliance, received some heart-warming endorsements and pledges of support from a number of community members. Continue reading

Report on August 10 Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that were discussed at the August 10 meeting of the Moreland Council included:

Development in Moreland – A report was presented which showed that a record number of planning permit applications were received and determined in the 2015-2016 financial year. Over the past 5 years planning permit application numbers have increased by 31%. There has also been an increase in enforcement cases against builders for breaches of permits, but there is still a big backlog. Continue reading

Report on July 13 Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that came up at the July Moreland Council Meeting were:

After hours respite service – We had a fantastic victory at the July council meeting when the council unanimously voted for my motion to fully reinstate the after-hours respite service for the parents and carers of children with disabilities. Council voted in December to axe the after hours respite service for carers without asking questions about the impact on carers who are also full-time workers. The service began phasing out from June 1st. Continue reading

Refugee rally on August 27

unnamedOn August 27 there is a rally organised by the Refugee Action Collection to shut the refugee detention centres all over Australia and let the refugees into Australia. There will be speakers like Adam Bandt, Greens MP for Melbourne; Pamela Curr from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre; Jane Willey, an ex-teacher from Nauru and the author of some of the leaked files from Nauru; and others to be announced. Continue reading

Sue Bolton for Moreland Council, NE Ward: Community need not developer greed!

Sue Bolton AugustSince her election in 2012, North East Ward councillor Sue Bolton has been tireless in helping residents fight for their rights. Sue meets monthly with residents to hear their concerns. Her presence on council has been invaluable — for the Indigenous community, for residents resisting greed-driven over-development, for people wanting a council that takes a firm stand against racism and Islamophobia, and which takes climate change seriously. From the big things to the little things, Sue has always been there for Moreland residents. If you value Sue’s presence on the council, please get behind her re-election campaign. The council election will be held on October 22, 2016. Continue reading

Sue’s re-election campaign launch: September 10

Election launch[By Sue Bolton] I’m running for re-election to Moreland Council. The election itself is held on Saturday, October 22. We are holding an event to launch the election campaign on September 10 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at the Anatolian Cultural Centre, 195 Sydney Road, Coburg. There will be food, drinks and live acoustic music. Kids are welcome. Continue reading

Merlynston Progress Hall saved

13909130_1744258422493761_9218450007133073999_o[By Sue Bolton] There was a great Merlynston community gathering on August 6 to celebrate the community finally winning council support for the restoration of the historic Merlynston Progress Hall. As happened in many parts of Australia where Progress Associations existed last century, many community halls were built and paid for by ordinary working class people without any government support. Continue reading

Public meeting: Who was Frank Anstey?

13669239_1570314643274239_4122699617758433223_nMost people who catch trains at the Anstey Station would have no idea who the station was named after because there’s no plaque. The station is named after Frank Anstey. Frank was a key figure in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaign during WW1. Frank was both a member of the ALP and the Victorian Socialist Party and he was a member of parliament at the time. Frank played a key role in persuading the senate to block conscription, forcing Billie Hughes to hold a referendum. Frank was an interesting character and his political principle was extremely important. Australia was the only country to hold any sort of vote on the war. There’s lots more to know about Frank Anstey so come along to this event being hosed by the Brunswick-Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Committee if you are free on the 22nd of August at St Ambrose Hall.

Don Dale atrocity shows we must reject the major parties’ law and order’ agenda

[By Sue Bolton] There is ample evidence of the criminality of the prison officers, their bosses and the Northern Territory government ministers for charges to be laid over the horror inflicted on Aboriginal kids in custody at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre. It’s not just a question of proper “training”and “processes” for the prison guards. The horror we saw in the ABC’s Four Corner‘s program on July 25 is the outcome of the law and order agenda of “lock em’ up and throw away the key”. Continue reading