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

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

Moreland says NO to Racism rally succeeds in peaceful rally against racism

[By Sue Bolton & Maureen Murphy] Today in Coburg, around 400-500 people rallied peacefully in opposition to the federal government policies that promote racism towards Aborigines, refugees and Muslims. This was despite the rain. Rally participants included the young and the old, people with children, church groups, interfaith groups, refugees, Muslims and First Nations people. Continue reading

Report on May Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] In question time, Merlynston residents expressed their strong disappointment that the council had rejected funding the restoration of the Merlynston Progress Hall in the draft council budget. One resident said that when the campaign began, she was wanting access to the hall for a playgroup. Now, her children are in high school and the community still does not have access to the hall. Continue reading

Council says: Shut Manus & Nauru

[By Sue Bolton] Congratulations to the Glenroy College principal for speaking out against the federal government’s cruel plans to transfer 267 asylum seekers back to Nauru. Glenroy College and many other schools around the country are teaching asylum seeker children. Many school communities have been disraught when asylum seeker students have been ripped out of their schools and put back in detention ready to be shipped off to Nauru. Continue reading

Forum discusses Abbott attacks: Don’t agonise, organise

[By Tony Dewberry] Sue Bolton hosted and chaired a Socialist Alliance public forum at the Anatolian Centre in Coburg on November 21. The subject of the forum — ‘The Abbott government: don’t agonise, organise’ — was addressed by three speakers: Margarita Windisch, the Socialist Alliance candidate for Wills in the recent federal election; Chris Spindler, a Socialist Alliance member and union organiser; and Kate Borland, a public housing activist and independent candidate for Melbourne in the federal election. Continue reading

Council opposes PNG asylum-seeker deal

At the August 14 Moreland Council meeting, Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton moved a motion for the council to oppose the PNG asylum-seeker dumping deal and welcome refugees and asylum-seekers to Australia. The motion also called for asylum-seekers on bridging visas to have the right to work. The motion passed with only two votes against (both ALP; one Labor and one Liberal councillor were absent). The motion reads as follows: Continue reading