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Votezilla: East West Link impact upon 2014 State Election



First up, here’s for a word to two from Tunnel Picket, it has to be said that their actions in 2013 and 2014 seriously placed East West Link into the wider public debate, and front and centre on the 2014 state election agenda >>

How to Vote – here’s a basic guide from VEC

How to vote: State elections – The Legislative Assembly and The Legislative Council


We can’t go past Antony Green’s election commentary and interpretation:

Anthony Green’s Election Blog: 2014 Victorian Election – Summary of Nominations

A record 896 candidates will contest the 2014 Victorian election, an increase from the 711 candidates that contested the 2010 election. For both houses the number of candidates sets a new record. There are 545 candidates contesting the 88 lower house (Legislative Assembly) electorates, up from 502 in 2010 and representing an average of 6.2 candidates per electorate.

Guide to Candidates | Guide to Seats | Pendulum | Key Seats

Additional state election analysis


VEC: State Election 2014 Candidates


Public Transport Users Association: 2014 election scorecard – on transport policies this scores Greens: A, ALP: B and LNP: D.

RACV State Election Report card – who really really want East West Link to be built.

Vote Climate: Victorian election 2014  Climate policy summary: a handy guide as environmental policies are not mutually exclusive to wanting more public transport.

Environment Victoria Scorecard 2014

Party/Candidate Positions on East West Link

What we’ve found so far – if you know of more or have an micro-party or independent candidates position on East West Link please let us know in the comments below.

Australian Labor Party – Daniel Andrews: Better public transport and local roads or an $8 billion dud tunnel.

Liberal Party:  We ♥ ♥ ♥ East West Link

Victorian Greens: “The Greens will cancel the contracts to build the East-West Tollway and invest in public transport instead

Voice for the West: “Oppose the East-West Link development as a poorly-conceived response to road congestion

Australian Cyclist Party: East West Link

Doug Mann (Geelong, Independent) “Should the $18 billion East-West tunnel be built we can say goodbye to the infrastructure improvements we need and deserve

Palmer United: PUP Backs East West Link tollroad

Peter Allan (Brunswick, Independent): The Major Reasons Why We Need to Stop the East West Tollway

Sean Brocklehurst (Socialist Alliance, Brunswick): Speaker at #Rally4PT on 15 November 2014

Sex Party: Statement on the East-West Link project – Supports EWL Stage 2

The Nationals Victoria Policy reference guide : Build East West Link as part of the Coalition government

Preferences – the devil is in the details

ABC Vic Votes: Group Tickets

Group ticket voting works by each group lodging a full ticket of preferences to all candidates on the ballot paper. When a voter selects a party using the group ticket voting square, the vote is deemed to have the full list of preferences lodged by that group.

How-to-vote cards – but how they want you to vote

VEC: State Election 2014 How to vote cards

A Referendum on Melbourne’s future


A Referendum on Melbourne’s future By Andrew Herington

The Prime Minister has sealed the fate of the controversial East West Link. When Tony Abbott declared the November 29th Victorian election to be a referendum on the project, he gave the winner a mandate – that most precious of things in politics.

If Labor wins, the project is dead. Daniel Andrews’s recent answers have been emphatic. If the Liberals win, it will have the political legitimacy that it has so far lacked. The final hurdle for the project would be whether the planning approval survives each of the three Supreme Court challenges currently underway.

Lend Lease and its consortium partners would still face protracted and well organised community resistance. In the early months, this would focus on sit-ins to prevent the excavation of a huge cutting in the central part of Royal Park – the largest hole ever proposed to be dug in Melbourne.

Denis Napthine has misread the public mood and put all his eggs in one basket, making the tollway the cornerstone of his Government whilst Daniel Andrews has staked his reputation on reversing the hastily signed contracts. The tollroad may turn out to be a very large political hole. Continue Reading…

Royal Park vigil + photo shoot

Sue Jackson: ‘Could you please ask your surveyors to exit Royal Park?’

Cathy was handed this notice yesterday by the East-West Connect contractors she met in Royal Park. Just in case you can’t read it, it says: ‘If you have any questions about the East West Link project please call 03 9828 5135′. So, meeting at 6.30 this morning at the park and spotting a group of surveyors already at work, Jill did exactly as requested. Her question was a simple one: ‘Could you please ask your surveyors to exit Royal Park?’ The somewhat bemused Lendlease employee on the other end of the line said that although she personally did not have the authority, she would certainly pass on the request. Surprisingly, when I left Royal Park for work at 8am, we were still awaiting our reply. (More in link)

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Second Rally for Public Transport in Melbourne: #Rally4PT – 15 November 2014


The second #Rally4PT organised by community groups was held on Saturday 15 November in the heart of Melbourne to demonstrate Victorians continued strong rejection of the deeply unpopular East West Link. The following crowd-sourced accounts are collated from mainstream media, blogs, twitter and facebook via storify.

Gallery: Rally for Public Transport: 15 November 2014

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Ray Jordan from All Aboard speaks at #Rally4PT

This is Ray Jordan letting the people know how hard it is for people like him to use Public Transport. Video by Tom Stafford.

Ray was a speaker at #Rally4PT organised by community groups held on Saturday 15 November in Melbourne to demonstrate Victorians continued strong rejection of the deeply unpopular East West Link.

Find out more about All Aboard: www.all-aboard.net.au  or the facebook group: www.facebook.com/allaboard4access

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