Sue’s Re-Election Campaign Launch: September 10

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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, a bar and live acoustic music. Kids are welcome.

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We will have local speakers talking about community campaigns. This is also an opportunity for people to talk to me about any local issues that are important to you.

If you’re interested, there is a Facebook Event. Anyone is welcome to come along. For more information, please phone 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978, or email sueboltonformoreland@gmail.com or message me on my Facebook Page or leave a comment on the event page.

Authorised by Dave Holmes, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000.

Refugee Rally on August 27th

On the 27th of August 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.

Since Turnbull tried to get elected (and only technically succeeded), largely on the back of the scare campaign against refugees and muslims, the pressure needs to be put on the government to close the camps and stop the vilification of muslims.

There is a Facebook Event for the rally, which is being held on Saturday, August 27th. Starting at the State Library of Victoria (328 Swanston Street) at 1pm.

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Sue Bolton for Moreland Council, NE Ward

Community Need Not Developer Greed!

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Since 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.

Sue is the Victorian convenor of Socialist Alliance.

See also Sue Bolton’s 2016 Election Platform and some of Sue’s achievements since her election in 2012.

If you want to discuss any local issues that are important to you, or if you think that Sue’s work on council has been important to the local community and want to help the campaign in any way, please feel free to contact Sue. Details below.

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0413 377 978 or 03 9639 8622
M Socialist Alliance, PO Box 12427, A’Beckett St, 8006 VIC
E sueboltonformoreland@gmail.com

Follow Sue
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W www.suesmorelandreport.org
T @sueabolton
Donate:  https://www.mycause.com.au/page/120091/

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Authorised by Dave Holmes, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000.

Merlynston Progress Hall Saved

There was a great Merlynston community gathering on August 6th 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.

Over the years, many of these facilities have been sold off. If the Merlynston community hadn’t taken up the battle over the last 8 years, it’s highly likely that the council would have ended up selling the land.

In the Latrobe Valley, the SEC workers paid for the building of the Moe hospital, only to have it sold off by the Kennett government in the 1990s.

The Merlynston victory is a victory for their community and a a victory for ALL communities which are fighting to save their community facilities from being sold off and lost to the community. Thanks to Jerry Galea for this photo and all the other photos on the night. Photo from the Save Merlynston’s Progress Hall Facebook.

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Public Meeting: Brunswick Anti-war Activist – Who was Frank Anstey?

Most 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.

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Don Dale Atrocity Shows We Must Reject the Major Parties’ ‘Law and Order’ Agenda

Also posted on Green Left Weekly, Here.

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

Report on June 8 Council Meeting and Council Budget

Issues which came up at the June council meeting were:

Construction sites in Moreland. After many complaints by residents about neighbouring building sites blocking access to houses, blocking the footpath, damaging neighbouring properties and creating excessive noise, the council has agreed to carry out an independent review of the management of construction sites and will upgrade its website to provide more information to residents about how to report issues to council. Continue reading

Why I Voted Against the Council Budget

[By Sue Bolton] Last night I voted against the Moreland budget. Previously, I have consistently voted against budgets with rate rises greater than CPI. This is because rates are a very inequitable means of funding councils. Rates are a regressive so that you can have the old aged pensioner paying living beside a millionaire and paying the same rates. Rates aren’t progressive like income tax is. I believe that rates should be on a scale according to your income. Continue reading

The Anti-Racisism Rally in Coburg the Media Ignored

[By Sue Bolton] The “Say NO to Racism in Moreland” rally on May 28 was originally conceived early this year and organising for it started back in February. We wanted to offer residents and communities an opportunity to take a public stand on the racist policies of the major parties: their Islamophobia, xenophobia and fear mongering. We also wanted to stand in solidarity with First Nations peoples, who are on the receiving end of institutionalised racism. Continue reading