I haz been shifted. Our state electoral boundaries have changed to take into account the changing population. I am no longer in the Victorian State electorate of Albert Park but in Prahran, well come the next state election. What does this mean to me? Albert Park is a marginal Labor(sic) seat with a margin of our around 2%. Prahran is a safer seat, but for the Liberals with a margin of around 4%. It hasn't always been so. Prahran was often marginal, in my memory. Albert Park was more inclined to be Labor but lost significant Labor votes when the high profile John 'Buckets' Thwaites left office. The buckets reference is to when he was a minister responsible for the water supply when there was an extreme drought.
I live on the western side of St Kilda and I expect while I know some passionate leftie Labor voters on the street, I would guess the inclusion of this part of St Kilda Road has many Liberal Party voters.
NB for you foreign types, the Liberal Party is the conservative party.
Our present Albert Park Labor member is Martin Foley. He does well enough and is quite personable. I have had some contact with him.
Our new Prahran Liberal member will be Clem Newton-Brown. While I know little of his thoughts on the economy, he seems to socially progressive, unlike many Liberal Party members who would like to turn the social calendar back to the 1950s white picket fences. I actually think he is not a bad bloke, and no higher Aussie style compliment can I pay.
So who to vote for? I will check if there is a Communist Party party member running, but failing that, in spite of Sarah Hanson Young, a Greens Party person who would like to flood Australia with refugees from every country on earth, as long as they can say 'I am a refugee', I will vote for the Green Party. Why?
Sister took Mother to visit a friend who lives at a most beautiful place, in the green hills above where Mother lives. It is a combination of cleared land and bush forests. Mother communed with slightly tame kangaroos on the property, yet when Mother looked down the hill, the march of the four bedroom and three living room house suburbs was coming up the hill at a rapid rate.
Every new housing estate is taking land away from our native animals. Many are using up productive land used for grazing and vegetable and fruit growing. It is big business developers allowed to run rampant to make mega profits. This is so unsustainable.
What you say? A higher density inner to middle Melbourne? This has already happened to the point where the infrastructure can't cope.
The extraordinary Ponzi Scheme of growth of economy via the population growth of Australia must be stopped. Now, which party is going to pull back this absurdly rapid population explosion?