Ethical investment policy for Yarra

Ethical investment policy for Yarra

Last night Yarra Council voted on the ethical investment policy that I proposed earlier this year. This means Yarra has formally committed to end investment in and ban procurement from the fossil fuel and refugee detention industries. It was voted up unanimously. Huge thanks and congratulations to the activists who came to me with the […]

Autumn 2016 newsletter – Can you help?

Autumn 2016 newsletter – Can you help?

Since I was first elected in 2004 I have published a 6-monthly newsletter for Yarra residents. This means printing 40,000 copies to be distributed to every house/unit/apartment across the City of Yarra. The newsletter helps keep people informed of community struggles and local issues. It helps provide focus and support to local […]

Fake controversy over aged care facility in Clifton Hill

Fake controversy over aged care facility in Clifton Hill

An article today in The Age (here) about an aged care facility in Clifton Hill is misleading and inaccurate. In response, I have written some points of clarification. The absurd claim being made is that socialists are against the poor while Labor Councillors stand up for more community facilities in the face of […]

Smith Street mural to be repainted

Smith Street mural to be repainted

Over the past week a number of people contacted me about the defacing of the iconic feminist mural on Smith Street. Last night I moved a motion for Yarra Council to assist in the repainting of the mural. Thanks to all those who brought this issue to attention. Council should […]

Support the Safe Schools program

Support the Safe Schools program

At last nights Yarra Council meeting at Fitzroy Town Hall I moved a motion in support of LGBTIQ inclusive education and in defence of the Safe Schools program. It was passed unanimously. See you all at the rally 5:30pm Thursday March 10 @ the State Library of Victoria. Background: In […]

Resignation from the Socialist Party

Resignation from the Socialist Party

It is with deep regret that I announced my resignation from the Socialist Party this week. The dispute was over a matter of principle, not politics. Many of us have left because despite our best attempts it was irreconcilable. Please read our resignation letter below. I will continue to represent Yarra residents as […]

Dealing with the drug trade in Yarra

Dealing with the drug trade in Yarra

In recent years Yarra – especially North Richmond – has been centre stage in the public debate about the illicit drug industry. The current ‘law and order’ approach is clearly not working as figures have shown a 68% rise in drug use in the past five years. The proposal to install […]

Yarra Council budget woes

Yarra Council budget woes

For more than a decade Yarra Council has jacked up rates every year by the rate of inflation plus about 2% extra. These rate increases have been extremely difficult for residents on low or fixed incomes. Knowing this, I have voted consistently against these above inflation rate rises. While councils […]

Fighting against exploitation of workers in Yarra

Fighting against exploitation of workers in Yarra

Yarra is a municipality of extreme inequality. Over 40% of locals earn $2600+ a week, yet Yarra is also home to three huge public housing estates where many residents survive on very low incomes. The area is also home the many students and artists who struggle with skyrocketing rents. Residents […]