Coburg rallies for welfare rights

Welfare_Coburg[By Chris Peterson] A protest to defend welfare rights and public housing was held in Coburg’s Victoria St mall on August 3. The rally called for a rise in all welfare payments to a liveable income, the restoration of the sole parents pension, an end to welfare quarantining and public housing for all who need it. Continue reading

Protest shames banksters

Banksters[By Chris Peterson] Australia’s four biggest banks — the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, NAB and Westpac — dubbed the “banksters”, were condemned for crimes against people and the environment during a protest in Coburg’s Victoria St mall on June 29. Protesters marched to each bank, cordoned of the entrance to create a symbolic crime scene and read out a charge sheet. Continue reading

Moreland Council votes for CCTV despite opposition

big-brother[By Chris Slee] At its June 12 meeting, Moreland Council voted to accept a state government offer of funding to install CCTV cameras along Sydney Road. The offer was made following the rape and murder of Brunswick resident Jill Meagher in a side street near Sydney Road last year. Interest was high with 30-40 people in the gallery, most obviously opposed to the decision. Continue reading