All the talk about the “need” to increase the GST with “appropriate” compensation has me worried. When the Howard government introduced the GST in 1998, the way was eased for him by Australian Council of Social Services coming out in support of a GST. ACOSS position emboldened the Democrats to vote for the GST. Continue reading
This is a letter from a concerned Coburg resident published in the Moreland Leader on November 9, 2015. The letter is about the loss of rights of Coburg residents regarding the plan for 10-story buildings in the centre of Coburg.
‘DON’T LEAVE COBURG HIGH AND DRY’
I’m writing in response to the new Moreland mayor’s stated list of priorities (“Change in council dynamics”, Moreland Leader, November 2). Continue reading
[By Dave Holmes] Moreland council became one of the first organisations to vote not to participate in the federal Work for the Dole scheme on October 7. The scheme was expanded in July to job-seekers aged under 50 who have been receiving welfare payments for more than six months. Continue reading
[By Sue Bolton] Moreland councilors voted on October 26 to elect Sam Ratnam as the first Green mayor. Left Labor councilor Lita Gillies was voted in as her deputy. I voted for the Green mayor to break the stranglehold of the two big-business parties, Liberal and Labor. The Labor Party has controlled the Moreland council for many years. Continue reading
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