Richmond Candidate Information

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Kathleen Maltzahn - The Greens | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
A lecturer in social policy with a long history of local and international experience in campaigning for social justice, with particular focus on sex workers and womens' health.

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

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.

Our thoughts - 5: A vocal candidate for expanded bike lanes, Kathleen will fight for saver active transport and more sustainable public transport infrastructure.


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

For most of my working life prior to this campaign, I worked in the community sector. Whether as a front line worker or managing organisations, I saw again and again the negative impact of the housing crisis. I believe passionately in that everyone should have a place to call home, and am deeply committed to protecting and expanding affordable housing.

My seat, Richmond, has the greatest concentration of public housing in the state. I know from talking with local public housing residents that our public housing stock has suffered from years of neglect by successive governments, with no major investment for decades. The number of public housing units has had almost no growth since 1998. As a result, 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.

Here in Richmond, we have a plan for the publicly owned, 4 hectare North Fitzroy Gasworks site; the government currently plans to sell most of the land off to private developers. The Greens will use the site to demonstrate the very best in beautiful, sustainable, secure housing that you can live in on an ordinary wage. Homes will be 8 star rated, so they’ll be cheap to run and environmentally low impact. We’ll mix the housing up, with public housing, community housing and affordable housing, and we’ll prioritise local residents, key workers including nurses, teachers and artists, and people experiencing homelessness. Homes will be a decent size, and there will be 3 and 4 bedroom homes, not just small apartments.

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.

Rents: 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.

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. As described above, we will also build affordable housing on the North Fitzroy Gasworks site.

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: Kathleen talks emphatically about the health implications of having high quality, equitable housing.


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

Outdoor 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.

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: 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.


Judy Ryan - Reason Party | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
A major force in the push for a medically supervised injecting centre in Richmond.

Judy submitted a response to our survey herself, however did not answer our survey questions directly and focussed on the impact of drugs in Richmond as a health issue. Her comment is inserted below our gathered information found here. We have taken information directly from the Reason Party website.

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.


Judy's response:

"Thanks for your inquiry as to how the Reason Party's policies may impact health in Richmond and Melbourne. As a private citizen in Richmond, I have campaigned for two years for a trial Medically Supervised Injecting Room to be established in our area. As a resident, I was severely impacted and shocked by 35 fatal overdoses in 2016 and decided that Enough was Enough.  I worked exhaustively to change the State Govt's mind on its zero policy regarding the MSIC trial.

In October 2017, Dan Andrews announced that there would be a trial which opened at the North Richmond Community Health Centre on 30 June 2018.  It has already supervised 8000+ injections, revived 140+ overdoses & provided rehabilitation treatment for at least 25% of the clients (figures correct at 31 August 2018).

I continue to work with the MSIR to ensure that the 2 year trial period is a success in saving lives, getting proper treatment for sick people, and improving the quality of life for the broader community.

It's a big job - we have a long way to go - but we've started. I am very proud of what I have been able to do, with Fiona Patten supporting the community campaign in the Upper House: the ONLY politician who talked about it.  I have decided to stand as a Reason Party candidate with Fiona in the upcoming election as a protest against the Liberal Party's policy to "close the MSIR if it wins government".  I cannot let this happen.

I warmly invite you - and any of the members for Action for Health - to support me and the Reason Party in our campaign in managing this major public health crisis.  The war on drugs has been a total failure; we need sensible drug law reform and care for those suffering addiction."


Richard Wynne - ALP | Party website | Twitter | Facebook
The current Minister for Planning and a long-term representative of Richmond with a background in social work and a history of supporting inclusive urban policy.

Richard 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.


Craig Kealy - Animal Justice Party | Party website
A Richmond local, working in higher education with a passion for animal welfare.

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

In relation to public transport, particularly due to reasons relating to climate change, Animal Justice Party supports the enhancement of the public transport system in Victoria as opposed to building more roads.

Animal Justice Party would also like to add that we recognise that climate change is one of the most critical issues that exist in the world today and urgent action is required for the sake of both animals and humans. There are more cows in Australia than humans and the total animal population in this country that is used for meat and dairy products is around 200 million. Emissions from transportation of these animals throughout the various stages of their lives not only contributes to animal cruelty as a result of issues such as long haul journeys (up to 36 hours) with no water, but also results in high emissions contributing to climate change as well as congestion on the roads. Animal Justice Party advocate a move towards a plant based diet which will address each of these issues relating to transportation.

Our thoughts - 4: The Animal Justice Party recognises the influence on our modalities of transport on our wellbeing, 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?

Although the AJP does not have a housing policy, we do keep in mind that round 60% of households in Australia include a companion animal. Whilst we do care that people are afforded the right to a good home, our concerns are primarily in the welfare of animals. Historically, a significant impediment to the availability of housing for renters has been the inability to bring their companion animals with them when moving into a new home due to restrictions on tenants. Animal Justice Party has welcomed the recent introduction of the Bill that allows renters this right. We will continue to ensure that tenants cannot be discriminated against for having companion animals in their care where the property is appropriate for the animal/s involved as well as advocate for a stricter code for minimum care standards for all companion animals.

Our thoughts - 2: A lack of housing policy is of concern given the centrality of good housing conditions to community wellbeing.


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

The World Health Organisation have classified processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen – the same category as tobacco and asbestos. Animal products are implicated in a range of serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Apart from the obvious animal cruelty inherent in the meat and dairy industry, animal products are major ingredients in junk food. Animal Justice Party will seek to prohibit advertising of such products and, where applicable, advocate for health warnings on the carcinogenic processed meats. Animal Justice Party will seek to increase funding for research into effective ethical, environmental and health advertising. This should be followed by active Government support for advertising campaigns based around the ethical, environmental and health advantages of plant based diets.

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