Victorian parliament in chaos

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Alternative to mainstream parties needed

By Councillor Stephen Jolly

There is an unprecedented crisis of capitalist democracy in Victoria. The stalemate in the parliament reflects a paralysis of the major parties. This stems from a desire of the Liberals and ALP to plough ahead with a neo-liberal programme, but held back by the opposition of voters to these very policies.

When in opposition the major parties lamely criticise the policies of the government to opportunistically gain electoral support, until the roles are reversed after the election.

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Yarra Socialists News – Winter 2014

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Public housing communities under attack

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By Cllr Stephen Jolly

A packed residents’ meeting on Fitzroy’s Atherton Gardens public housing estate last month was unanimous in its opposition to attempts by both federal and state governments to undermine the local community’s living conditions.

On top of the cuts and fee increases that are being levelled against everyone via the federal budget, there are a number of specific cuts announced in the budget papers that affect the Atherton Gardens community specifically.

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Funding our State election tilt

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Vote 1 Stephen Jolly for Richmond!

The Socialist Party is asking our supporters to consider donating to our Victorian state election appeal. We urgently need to raise $25,000 to help finance our campaign.

We are standing Councillor Stephen Jolly in the seat of Richmond. We are offering people a real fighting alternative to the mainstream parties.

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Napthine pushing for anti-democratic laws targeting Councillors

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By Councillor Stephen Jolly

The Victorian state government has introduced a bill into parliament to further limit the powers of elected local Councillors. The bill includes big penalties for those breeching it’s beefed up rules.

The ‘Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) Bill 2014’ is just the latest step in a process whereby right wing parties are trying to erode away the democratic rights won in the past.

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Stephen Jolly set to stand in Richmond

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By Socialist Party reporters

The Socialist Party is gearing up for a major campaign in an attempt to win the seat of Richmond in November’s Victorian state election. Socialist Party Councillor Stephen Jolly has been pre-selected as our candidate. The seat is largely made up of the municipality of Yarra where Stephen has been a Councillor for a decade now.

The party won 20% of the vote in the Yarra Council elections in 2012, including 35% for Stephen in his ward. Since then the Socialist Party has played a leadership role in the successful campaign against the sell-off of the open space surrounding the public housing towers in Fitzroy and Richmond. More recently the party has been integral to the community pickets of the East-West tunnel test drilling sites as well as the broader campaign.

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Council needs to make use of new zones

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By Councillor Stephen Jolly

Most readers of this website would have a gut feeling that planning law in Australia is geared towards the needs of big developers, not ordinary people. In Victoria this is especially the case.

The crisis in the local manufacturing sector has made profit-making in property speculation all the more important. The rapid growth of the city’s population has led to an unplanned boom in construction both in new outer suburban housing as well as inner-city residential towers.

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Keeping our parks public and accessible to all

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By Councillor Stephen Jolly

For the second year running New Year’s Eve celebrations at Yarra Council’s massive Edinburgh Gardens in the inner north of Melbourne featured heavily in the Victorian media for days afterwards.

The beautiful park is situated in the inner northern suburb of North Fitzroy and has a good view of the city fireworks. It is increasingly become the site of choice for thousands of mainly young people to have a free, safe and exciting night to bring in the New Year.

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Anthony Main – Socialist Party candidate for Melbourne

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Prior to 2010 the division of Melbourne was held by Labor for more than 100 years. After decades of betraying their supporters they were replaced by the Greens at the last election. Many had hoped that Adam Bandt would better represent their interests.

Unfortunately soon after being elected the Greens made a pact with Labor and propped up the Gillard-led government for most of the last term. Disappointingly Adam Bandt voted for most of Labor’s unpopular legislation including the carbon tax package which handed over millions in corporate subsidies to big polluters and the bungled mining tax which only brought in a measly $126 million in its first six months.

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Tunnel fight heats up in Melbourne

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By Stephen Jolly

Last month the Victorian state government announced it would build a controversial toll road and tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway to Melbourne’s western suburbs. The cost is estimated to be between $8-15 billion.

The uproar from affected communities has rocked the political scene in the city and has become a big feature of the Socialist Party’s work.

The tunnel would lead to the loss of about 250 properties in North Collingwood, South Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy. If allowed to go ahead other homes would be up close and personal with a massive new road.

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