The fight against profit driven planning

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By Cllr Stephen Jolly

The Age newspaper recently reported that the main two areas of profit generation in Australia at the moment are in the mining industry and in property. In the major cities, tax incentives for property speculation plus a growing population is leading to a rise in land values and a boom in the construction of tiny apartment development.

Developers are buying dilapidated homes and ex-industrial sites in the inner city and, with the necessary zoning changes and planning approval from compliant Councils, demolishing and then building apartments as high as they can get away with. The more units they squeeze in, the higher the profits. Car parks for residents and their visitors, and open space for quality of life are seen as lost revenue.

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Help our state election campaign

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On November 29 Victorians go to the polls. In most places the choice will be between the mainstream parties but in the seat of Richmond voters will have the chance to vote for a candidate that is in no way connected to the establishment.

The Socialist Party have selected Stephen Jolly to stand in the seat – a socialist Councillor who has proven himself as an active, responsive and effective local representative.

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Labor and the fight for a new high school in Richmond

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By Socialist Party reporters

The Labor Party opposition in Victoria have recently announced that they would build a co-educational high school in Richmond if they win November’s state election. This is to be welcomed cautiously. The details of the announcement are suspiciously sketchy and a lot of questions remain unanswered.

Education in Richmond was devastated during the 1990s under the Kennett Liberal government. In fact only a year-long community occupation saved the site of the closed co-ed Richmond Secondary College for state education. Thanks to this struggle, the site now houses Melbourne Girls College (MGC).

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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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