Albert Park Candidate Information

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Questions and thoughts from Action for Health are italicised.

Andrew Bond - Liberal | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
A councillor and former businessman who has worked for national and multinational companies as well as more local entrepreneurial endeavours.

If elected, how will you work to promote active transport, ensure public transport infrastructure is improved, and reduce traffic congestion?

Information taken from Liberal Party Victoria press releases

  • Building the biggest connected highway in Victoria’s history – an East West Link and a North East Link.
  • A $4.1 billion to $5.3 billion infrastructure project to remove traffic lights and roundabouts through grade separations at 55 of Melbourne and Geelong’s intersections
  • Cranbourne line to Clyde
  • $450 million Frankston to Baxter rail extension, and upgrade of bus networks in that area
  • A $633 million investment in new long-haul V/Locity carriages for our country rail services
  • European-style ‘high speed rail link’ between Melbourne and regional hubs based in Latrobe Valley (Traralgon, Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong)
  • Rail extension from Tarrawarra to Healesville
  • One metre minimum passing distance law for cyclists

Andrew Bond wants to see (taken from his Facebook, above)

  • Public transport confirmed for Fisherman’s Bend

Our thoughts - 2: Roads are a big part of the Liberal Party's transport plan - with only scant reference to public transport improvement.

 

If elected, how will you work to protect and expand public and community housing stock, improve living standards for renters, and housing affordability?

Information taken from Liberal Party Victoria press releases:

  • The Liberal Party plans to allow development on greenfield sites. In the west, this includes parts of the Local Government areas of Melton and Wyndham. In the north, it includes parts of Hume, Whittlesea and Mitchell. In the south east growth corridor this land includes parts of Casey and Cardinia. Along with residential suburbs, also included are areas allocated for employment.
  • The Coalition would set up a population commission to oversee population growth, development of suburbs and towns and lock further development in these areas until enough teachers, doctors, health-care workers and police were working in the area.
  • The Liberal Party will re-introduce a two-dwelling limit on established residential streets, decreasing height limits in built up areas.

Our thoughts - 1: The Liberal Party plan for housing worsens urban sprawl and does not seem to improve affordability of housing.

 

If elected, how will you work to limit and restrict outdoor alcohol and junk food advertising?

Taken from Liberal Party Victoria policies (no further information found):

  • Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment for young people whose offending or risky behaviour is a result of severe substance abuse.

Our thoughts - 2: The Liberal Party have not publically articulated concerns regarding the harmful nature of junk food or alcohol advertising in the community.

 

Jarryd Bartle - Reason Party | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
A criminal lawyer and lecturer, who consults on issues surrounding sex, drugs and crime with a keen interest in evidence-based harm reduction.

If elected, how will you work to promote active transport, ensure public transport infrastructure is improved, and reduce traffic congestion?

Victoria needs to invest in safe, direct and continuous bike routes, separated from other forms of traffic. This will come as a result of a fully funded state-based cycling strategy, including strategic cycling corridors.

To keep up with the expected growth in Fishermans Bend, it’s imperative that we prioritise construction of Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stage 2. Other developments in public transport infrastructure should be guided by evidence-based assessments of need.

Long term planning in physical infrastructure must be evidence-based and bipartisan. The Reason Party is committed to see road projects to completion outside of four year election cycles and without the waste of public funds in political tit for tat. As such we are committed to facilitating existing recommended road projects to reduce congestion and to continue to support independent recommendations in future.

Our thoughts - 5: Jarryd and the Reason Party outline some concrete steps for improving access to cycling and improving the efficiency of public transport.

 

If elected, how will you work to protect and expand public and community housing stock, improve living standards for renters, and housing affordability?

Fiona Patten’s Reason Party is committed to workable and rational approaches to dramatically increase housing affordability. We will do this by permitting increased density in inner and middle suburbs, adopting more ambitious targets for public and community housing as well as reduced stamps duty on investment in social housing.

Long-term renters need greater security. We will extend upon the increased protections awarded to renters by the current government whilst ensuring there are continued incentives for property owners to offer residential tenancies.

Along with increasing density within inner suburbs, the Reason Party will remove tax barriers to build-to-rent and rent-to-buy schemes increasing the overall supply of housing stock to the community.

Our thoughts - 4: Jarryd recognises the need to dramatically increase housing affordability, and supports recent changes to the protections afforded to renters.

 

If elected, how will you work to limit and restrict outdoor alcohol and junk food advertising?

Reason Party does not support paternalistic interventions in relation to adults but does support protections for children. We will support reasonable restrictions in junk food advertising targeted toward children where this is evidence to support such restrictions.

As such we will support reasonable restrictions in outdoor alcohol advertising where there is clear evidence such advertising has a detrimental impact on developing minds.

Our thoughts - 3: Jarryd suggests he will support restrictions in advertising of food and alcohol targeted at children, recognising the potential detrimental impact for developing minds, but doesn't extend this to adults.

 

Martin Foley - ALP | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
The current Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Creative Industries, Equality and Mental Health with a long track record of campaigning for inclusive communities.

Martin did not respond to our requests for comment. Below are some of Labor's policies and platforms taken from their actions and their 2018 platform.

If elected, how will you work to promote active transport, ensure public transport infrastructure is improved, and reduce traffic congestion?

From the 2018 Victorian Labor platform: Walking and cycling are important parts of Victoria’s transport network, which benefit people’s health the environment and reduce traffic. Labor recognises Government has an important role promoting the benefits of walking and cycling and will make it easier and safer for people to ride and walk where they need to go. Labor will:

  • provide better infrastructure, including footpaths, bike paths, separated bike lanes and pedestrian crossing;
  • improve cycling and pedestrian links to public transport, schools and public amenities;
  • expand and link up the existing bike path network;
  • look at ways to improve pedestrian safety around congested intersections;
  • make sure options for cycling and walking are factored into road upgrades;
  • encourage safe and efficient use of shared paths and roads through improved design and communication;
  • promote active transport to school; and
  • ensure that road design encourages pedestrian and cycling amenity

Our thoughts - 4: The ALP plan for transport in Victoria makes lots of inclusion for supporting public and active transport - however it makes scant reference to the polluting and congesting implication of ongoing investment in roads. Labor continues to support major road projects such as the West Gate Tunnel and the Mordialloc Freeway upgrade. Their commitment to protected cycle lanes on St Kilda Road is a welcome recent commitment.

 

If elected, how will you work to protect and expand public and community housing stock, improve living standards for renters, and housing affordability?

From the 2018 Victorian Platform - more contained at the source: Housing affordability

Labor believes that all Victorians have a right to safe, affordable and secure housing. Having a home provides the foundation for financial, social and emotional security. A strong and sustainable housing sector is critical to ensuring that all Victorians can own or rent housing that meets their needs. Labor will:

  • lobby the Federal Government to continue to play an active role in social housing;
  • consider policy settings that allow for institutional investment in rental housing, including build-to-rent schemes;
  • assist low income Victorians to buy affordable housing;
  • ensure that Development Victoria and other statutory authorities deliver a range of housing options at suitable sites across the State using the redevelopment of under-utilised urban sites to achieve appropriate urban densities of housing, including social housing;
  • ensure Victoria’s planning system and building regulations require new construction to incorporate universal design principles that facilitate better access for persons with disability and older persons;
  • explore further mechanisms to underpin long term, sustained investment in affordable housing measures;
  • and consider extending stamp duty concessions for individuals who have been impacted upon by family violence to give them the chance to start a new chapter in their lives.

Social housing

Ensuring a strong and sustainable social housing sector is critical to ensuring that all Victorians have access to housing that meets their needs. Labor is committed to upgrading and strengthening our public and community housing system for future generations. Public and community housing plays an integral role for people on Centrelink payments and low incomes. Labor will:

  • support, maintain and grow Victorian’s public housing stock;
  • expand Victoria’s social housing assets through its contribution to the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) and State initiatives;
  • promote and expand not-for-profit, community Housing Associations and Housing Providers;
  • develop an Aboriginal Victorian housing and homelessness strategy with Aboriginal Housing Victoria, that increases stock, responds to demands and addresses Aboriginal Victorians’ barriers to securing housing;
  • enable organisations providing Aboriginal housing to provide Aboriginal-specific case management support services, including for Aboriginal Victorians on waiting lists and current public and social housing tenants;
  • increase the supply of community housing through the Social Housing Growth Fund, the Victorian Property Fund, loan guarantee and loan facility;
  • strengthen the protections and rights for those who reside in community housing;
  • encourage local government to develop policies that facilitate investment in social and affordable housing through Affordable Housing Agreements, enabling inclusionary housing policy outcomes at the local level;
  • develop a Homelessness Strategy that addresses LGBTI Victorians as a specific cohort and works with LGBTI community organisations to address barriers to securing safe and inclusive housing;
  • support energy efficient changes to social housing; and
  • apply inclusionary zoning principles to ensure affordable rentals are incorporated into major developments.

Our thoughts - 4: The ALP have just introduced an impressive set of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that will improve living standards for renters. They plan to ensure housing is affordable and accessible, and to tackling homelessness.

The score is not 5 here as there is not consensus on the benefits for those requiring social housing of their recent announcement regarding selling of public housing land to private developers and there may be an overall reduction in public housing stock, despite the intention of developing a mix of social and private housing and costs of redevelopment by the government.

 

If elected, how will you work to limit and restrict outdoor alcohol and junk food advertising?

From previous Labor press releases: The Andrews Labor Government will ban alcohol advertising within 150 metres of all Victorian schools, as part of new measures to protect children, support consumers and reduce red tape.

Our thoughts - 3: The ALP banned alcohol advertising within 150 metres of all Victorian school earlier in 2018 - but have not made any comments on the impacts of of junk food advertising in the community.

 

Ogy Simic - The Greens | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
A refugee, lawyer and a long-standing social justice campaigner with a strong focus on human rights.

If elected, how will you work to promote active transport, ensure public transport infrastructure is improved, and reduce traffic congestion?

If elected, how will you work to promote active transport?

The Greens have long promoted active transport as a legitimate form of transport for Victorians. We want to move away from the old, tired fallback of more and more toll roads and to rejuvenate our cities by making it easier and safer to travel by public transport, walking and cycling. This year’s budget allocated less than 1% of new transport infrastructure spending for cycling. The previous government was no better, cutting the bike budget to zero.

The Greens know that good cycling infrastructure is essential to a liveable Melbourne, and we know that more of us would be willing to cycle if we felt safer on our roads. The Greens have long been fighting for better infrastructure and safety measures for cyclists. We support the Metre Matters campaign and have twice introduced legislation to create minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking cyclists, while this government refused to support it. We are calling for separated bike lanes on the busiest and most dangerous route, such as on Sydney Road in Brunswick, on Flemington Road in North Melbourne and on St Kilda Road. We want to see better integration of cycling and other forms of transport so Victorians can cycle to a train station and leave their bike in secure bike storage. We will continue fighting for better and safer active and sustainable transport infrastructure.

If elected, how will you work to ensure public transport infrastructure is improved?

For too long Labor and Liberal have been focused on building mega toll roads and bypasses instead of investing in Victoria’s public transport system. The result is more traffic congestion, more cars on the road and a public transport system that is overcrowded and unreliable.

The Greens have a plan to put communities first, and create a transport network that all Victorians can rely on, no matter where you live. We will:

  • Extend Melbourne Metro to provide metro rail services to people in the western suburbs and Melton, and the south-eastern suburbs beyond Cranbourne,
  • Begin planning for Melbourne Metro 2, which will include a new underground line between Clifton Hill and Newport, new stations in neighbourhoods with no rail access such as Fishermans Bend and Fitzroy, and allow for future rail extensions to Wyndham Vale, Wollert and Doncaster
  • Transform our bus network by upgrading some of Melbourne’s busiest bus routes to provide commuters with a quick reliable service in areas that aren’t serviced by trains and trams
  • Transform Melbourne's overcrowded and unreliable tram network by upgrading all tram routes to include level access stops along entire routes, better separation from traffic and traffic light priority, and 30 new high capacity trams every year for the next 10 years
  • Transform our train system from an overcrowded, unreliable train network into a modern, high capacity, metro system by implementing high capacity signalling across the entire network; building more high capacity metro trains; and planning for further level crossing removals along key lines.
  • Reverse decades of damaging privatisation by bringing our transport system back into public hands, and create a Transport Super Agency for better planning and coordination

If elected, how will you work to reduce traffic congestion?

Building more roads does nothing to reduce traffic congestion; it simply puts more cars on the road. Our plan for Victoria’s transport system, described above, will get more cars off the road and more people onto trains, buses, trams and bicycles.

Our thoughts - 5:  Ogy says he will be "tough on heavy trucks roaring up and down residential streets" - and The Greens have solid plans to increase accessibility to public transport.

 

If elected, how will you work to protect and expand public and community housing stock, improve living standards for renters, and housing affordability?

If elected, how will you work to protect and expand public and community housing stock?

The Victorian Greens believe that everyone should have a place to call home. Our public housing stock has suffered from years of neglect by successive governments, with no major investment for decades.  More than 82,000 people are languishing on the waiting list today.

The Greens have a plan to reverse this decline and give the public housing system the biggest investment it has seen in decades. We will create 40,000 new public housing units in the next six years. We will also stop the Labor government’s sell-off of public land and ensure that existing public housing land remains 100% public housing.

Victoria’s community housing sector plays a key role in our housing system. It provides about 20,000 affordable units across Victoria, and plays a crucial role in providing high quality housing for groups with special needs that are not met in the public or private rental markets, including people with disabilities and women and children escaping family violence. The Greens will invest $200m in our community housing sector. This funding will allow the sector to continue expanding its stock and supply more affordable homes for Victorians over the next two years until the Social Housing Growth Fund is in a position to properly support community housing.

If elected, how will you work to improve living standards for renters?

Rents are out of control. The Greens will introduce a rent cap linked to inflation to curb out of control rent increases.

The Victorian Greens have long campaigned for better standards and protections for renters. Our campaign for renters’ rights during the Northcote by-election was instrumental in spurring the government into action on renters rights. We supported the Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which introduced many of the changes we have called for, including minimum standards, the right to have a pet and to hang pictures on the walls.

If elected, how will you work to improve housing affordability?

For too long property developers have dominated our housing sector, pushing prices up and turning housing into a commodity instead of a right.

The Greens will introduce inclusionary zoning into our planning system, so that new developments will only receive planning approval if they include a minimum number of affordable homes. The minimum numbers are:

I.              30% of all new dwellings in large housing complexes (100+ dwellings)

II.             20% of all new dwellings in housing complexes with between 15-100 dwellings

III.            For apartment and townhouse developments of 15 or less dwellings, either 15% affordable housing or the contribution of an affordable housing levy in lieu.

We will also commit to creating another 40,000 new affordable homes in the six years from 2025. These homes will be a mix of public, community and affordable housing.

The Victorian Greens will also work with our federal colleagues to dismantle the rigged system that privileges investors and landlords over the rest of us. Negative Gearing and Capital Gains Tax discounts have driven house prices sky high, making it easier for wealthy people to buy more homes and harder for first home buyers. We are committed to reforming the unfair rules that have locked generations of Australians out of a place to call their own.

Our thoughts - 5: Ogy grew up in social housing and is a vocal supporter of The Greens' plan to improve the availabliltiy of public housing stock and curb increases in rent and housing affordability. The Greens supported and will uphold the ALP's 2018 Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.

 

If elected, how will you work to limit and restrict outdoor alcohol and junk food advertising?

The Greens support restricting outdoor alcohol advertising. We want to see a phasing out of:

  • alcohol advertising on public transport and outdoor billboards and signs;
  • sponsorship of community sporting organisations and venues by alcohol companies; and
  • all alcohol advertising directed at young people

We also want to ban alcohol advertising during peak children’s viewing times and prevent companies from targeting underage customers via email and smartphones with material promoting alcohol products.

The Greens supporting restricting junk food advertising. We want to ban junk food advertisements on television during peak children viewing times. We also support restricting junk food advertising on public transport and outdoor billboards and signs.

Our thoughts - 5:  The Greens recognise the importance of restricting junk food and alcohol advertising in order to create a less obesogenic environment and reduce alcohol related harms in the community.

 

Tamasin Ramsay - Animal Justice Party | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
Former paramedic and a medical anthropologist, who has worked extensively in the NGO sector at home and abroad.

If elected, how will you work to promote active transport, ensure public transport infrastructure is improved, and reduce traffic congestion?

Our streets are an important habitat that impacts animals as well as humans, especially considering the very real health risks of diesel fumes and road trauma to humans and other species. Walking is the most basic form of transport and is recognised in the City of Port Phillip’s Sustainable Transport Strategy as the highest priority mode of transport in its road user hierarchy. As part of the City of Port Phillip Bike Plan 2011 – 2020, Council’s road user hierarchy places the needs of pedestrians first, followed by bicycles, and public transport, with motor vehicles last.

The Animal Justice Party supports initiatives that enhance our sense of community in local neighbourhoods, whilst ensuring public safety on the roads that we use daily. To that end, we support active transport (the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists) and safe, efficient and timely public transport for those who do not move so easily.

Regarding active transport for children we believe safety is important, as is peace of mind for parents. We would encourage and support initiatives that encourage children from the same neighbourhood to meet each other up and walk to school together. This was common practice as recent as the mid 1990s and – as a collaboration between parents and schools – be easy to implement. The more we are out and about, communicating with our neighbours, forming respectful and friendly connections between people of all ages, the safer our streets feel and the more we support the physical and mental health of our neighbours.

Our thoughts - 4: Tamasin recognises the influence on our modalities of transport on our wellbeing and our sense of community, and supports the prioritisation of active and public transport methods.

 

If elected, how will you work to protect and expand public and community housing stock, improve living standards for renters, and housing affordability?

The Animal Justice Party believe animals of all species (including human) deserve safe, comfortable habitat to support their health and wellbeing. We would campaign to allow renters to live with companion animals and support initiatives that ensure renters have secure, safe and comfortable places in which to live. We encourage the protection and construction of low-carbon, low-rise housing stock that is designed in harmony with the landscape, considering that those areas are also habitat for other species who are often impacted, displaced and killed by insensitive human development. We believe that current under-utilised or vacant housing could be used for people on low incomes in the area. Land-owners may need financial or “tax-break” incentives to do so. These should be considered. Further, a rent-cap on certain categories of housing may reduce the growing problem of homelessness.

Our thoughts - 3: Tamasin identifies areas for improvement a broad plan for improving the availability of public housing stock, however there does not seem to be a recognition of the urgency of the matter to protect the welfare of the community.

 

If elected, how will you work to limit and restrict outdoor alcohol and junk food advertising?

Certain industries have significant social, physical and environmental harms embedded within them such as the alcohol, tobacco and animal agriculture industries. Just as the tobacco industry has certain restrictions that are designed to offset the harms it causes (tax, no sale to children, no advertising), we believe the same should apply to alcohol and animal products. Whilst individuals have the right to consume products that are harmful to them if they wish, it is irrational to publicly advertise products known to be harmful (alcohol, junk food, animal products).

The Animal Justice Party would seek to not only restrict advertising of products known to harm human health but also to tax those products. The funds could then be redistributed into industries that support the health of people Albert Park (and beyond). This could include aged care, youth support, low-carbon transport. education and nutrition services, local garden and city food growing cooperatives and other locally inspired activities.

Our thoughts - 3:  Broadly supports the restriction of advertising products known to harm human health.