Morrison’s Hand-Out to Developers no Solution to Housing Affordability Crisis

housing[By Sue Bolton] The federal treasurer’s “solution” to the housing affordability crisis is to get state governments to relax restrictions on housing developers to increase supply. Scott Morrison told the industry’s peak body, the Urban Development Institute, on October 24 that “housing in Australia, especially in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, is expensive and increasingly unaffordable, but that does not mean it is overvalued.” How can you have more affordable housing and keep prices up at the same time? The answer is you can’t do both. Continue reading

Anti-Conscription Commemoration Community Song Project

28 October this year was the 100th anniversary of the 1st anti-conscription referendum during WW1. One of the activities organised by the Brunswick-Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Committee was a workshop to create a new song about peace, then two weeks later attend a workshop to learn it.

The song is inspired by the campaign in Brunswick and Coburg which voted down conscription during WW1; and the gaoling of leaders like Adela Pankhurst. This is in commemoration of when prominent suffragette Adela Pankhurst was jailed in Pentridge Prison for her anti-war and anti-conscription activities and a women’s choir sang outside the prison while Adela was stuck in her prison cell.

Elder Care a Burning Issue for Local Councils

[By Susan Price] Out door-knocking for Sue Bolton in Moreland during the local council elections, we came across a dilapidated block of flats in an otherwise gentrified part of Brunswick. One of the last doors in the block was answered by an elderly man still in his pyjamas, breathless and clearly in distress. All he could manage to say was, “Can you please call someone?” I took one look at him and said, “Are you ill? Would you like us to call an ambulance?” He nodded. Continue reading

Sue’s Election Victory: A Massive Thank-You to Everyone

[By Sue Bolton] I would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who helped out in my re-election campaign. The results came through from the Victorian Electoral Commission late on Friday night. I got 13.03% of the vote and was the second councillor elected to the North-East ward. Continue reading

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

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

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

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