Brunswick Candidate Information

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Catherine Deveny - Reason Party | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
Writer, comedian, public speaker and author with prolific liberal and feminist commentary on contemporary social issues.

Catherine did not respond to our requests for comment. Below are some of Reason's platforms taken from their party website (link above).

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

  • Reorient planning and services so that infrastructure keeps up with population growth Increase public transport spending in outer high-growth areas
  • Urgently improve train frequency, including new express services
  • Establish new bus routes and timetables to connect trams and trains
  • Prioritise construction of Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stage 2
  • Support for high speed regional transport and services between regional hubs
  • Improve traffic management for faster traffic flow and increased capacity
  • Improve planning and access to pharmacies, medical, dental, and allied health services
  • Facilitate access to local employment via local jobs action plans
  • Restrict urban boundaries and urban sprawlA fully funded state-based cycling strategy, including strategic cycling corridors
  • Invest in safe, direct and continuous bike routes, separated from other forms of traffic
  • Revitalise and expand existing cycling trails
  • Provide bike racks on buses and trams as well as trains.

Our thoughts - 5: The Reason Party Victoria outline a number of steps for both improving the efficiency of public transport and prioritising walking and cycling.


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

  • Focus on early interventions to identify and support those at risk of homelessness
  • Coordinated, multi-agency, well-funded responses to homelessness
  • Appoint a Victorian Commissioner for the Homeless
  • Tackle social isolation for 16 – 25 year olds
  • Permit reasonable increases to density in inner and middle suburbs
  • Remove tax barriers to build-to-rent and rent-to-buy schemes
  • Adopt more ambitious targets for the Public/Community Housing Renewal Plan
  • Reduce Stamp Duty on investment in social housing
  • Greater security for long-term renters.

Our thoughts - 4: Reason Victoria outline a number of steps that address structural barriers to affordable and sustainable housing. 


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

There is no information directly available on the Reason Party website.

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


Cindy O’Connor - ALP | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
Trade unionist in occupational health and safety with a strong interest in wellbeing and workers' rights.

Cindy 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.


Tim Read - The Greens | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
A sexual health doctor and researcher with a history of supporting sustainable transport and integrity in politics.

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

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.

Public transport infrastructure: 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
  • Build the Doncaster rail
  • 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

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: Tim understands health benefits and implications of increased active transport use and has been an active advocate for improving the safety of cyclists. He articulates support for focusing on the financing of public transport rather than focusing on roads.


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

There are 82,000 people on the waiting list for public housing and public housing accounts for a lower percentage of housing stock than it has for decades. The Greens have a plan to build 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 provides about 20,000 affordable units across Victoria including high quality housing for groups with special needs that are not met in the public or private rental markets, such as 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. Our planning policy calls for 30% of large apartment developments to be given to public, community or other affordable housing.

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.

Our thoughts - 5: The Greens have a detailed plan to improve the availability 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?

Outdoor advertising: The Greens support restricting outdoor alcohol and junk food advertising, to create a less obesogenic environment. 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.

Junk food advertising: 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: Tim recognises 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.