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 >>
The most important thing before choosing to vote
Where my Democracy Sausage? A map of sausage and cake availability on election day.
Also see 2014 Victoria State Election Day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall Map – SnagVotes!
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.
Additional state election analysis
- Vote Compass: “When asked if the construction of the East West Link should be cancelled, 46 per cent of 30,000 respondents disagreed. Thirty-five per cent of people said the project should be scrapped, with 20 per cent either neutral or unsure“
- Election Watch articles on election analysis
- The Agenda Group: Election Promises – the list so far
- GeekLections: Victorian Elections
- No Fibs: Victorian Labor looks to Government as hung Legislative Council likely: @takvera on #vicvotes
- Poll Bludger: Victorian Elections
VEC: State Election 2014 Candidates | Guide to Candidates | Guide to Seats
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.
Late announcement: Tony Abbott has issued his very own how-to-vote letter
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
This information is very nerdy but very important, well worth researching where preferences go after voting for your first choice.
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.
- Eastern Metropolitan Region
- Eastern Victoria Region
- Northern Metropolitan Region
- Northern Victoria Region
- South-Eastern Metropolitan Region
- Southern Metropolitan Region
- Western Metropolitan Region
- Western Victoria Region