On the weekend of July 18-19 rallies were held across Australia to counter the racism of Reclaim Australia. In the lead-up to these actions Sue Bolton — a long-time activist for refugee and Aboriginal rights and a Socialist Alliance councillor on Moreland Council in Melbourne — was interviewed for Green Left by Zane Alcorn. Continue reading
The council adopted a planning scheme amendment (C134) for Brunswick which will protect the residents of Brunswick with planning controls. The proposal put to councillors was amended to include mandatory height limits and residents’ right to notice and appeal. This was a very important decision which I supported. However, the decision will stick in the throats of many Coburg residents because the Labor Right councillors who voted to include residents’ right to notice and appeal in Brunswick, voted (in November 2014) to strip these same rights away from Coburg residents who live adjacent to or in the Coburg Activity Centre. Continue reading
[By Dave Holmes] One agenda item at the July 8 Moreland Council meeting concerned Green Left Weekly’s Annual Comedy Debate on July 24 at the Brunswick Town Hall. The organisers were seeking two things: a waiver of the hiring fee and a waiving of the requirement for several security guards. Councillor Lita Gillies moved the motion encompassing these requests which was later split into two two separate motions. Continue reading
Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm (for 8pm start). Master of ceremonies: ROD QUANTOCK. With the comic talents of: Simon Keck, Kirsty Mac, Ali MC, Minister of UnAustralian Affairs, Morven Smith, Evan Thompson. Bar & meal available from 6:30pm. Brunswick Town Hall, cnr Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick. Tickets: $50 solidarity, $30 regular, $22 low-waged, $12 unwaged (doesn’t include meal). Bookings essential. Book online at http://www.trybooking.com/HYDM or phone 9639 8622. A fundraiser for the progressive, non-profit newspaper Green Left Weekly.
[By Sue Bolton] Council voted unanimously on a draft resolution to divest from fossil fuel. Public submissions can be received until July 13 and public submissions will be heard at the August council meeting. If the policy gets voted up in August, Moreland will be the first council in Australia to vote for fossil fuel divestment. I have been working on this project with 350.org, Climate Action Moreland and the Greens councillors. This is another example of where community action has been key. There is no way the other councillors would have supported this if there hadn’t been such a strong community campaign from Climate Action Moreland and 350.org. Continue reading
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