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Meet the candidates who want your vote on November 26

Candidates for the seats of Brunswick and Pascoe Vale have provided short statements about why they should be elected

Updated: Sunday, November 20, 2022

LABOR candidate Mike Williams has scored a small early advantage in the battle for the Brunswick electorate, drawing the second place on the ballot paper for voting that opens today.

Incumbent MP Tim Read drew the bottom spot of the nine candidates on Friday.

Second place on the ballot paper may hand Mr Williams a slight advantage in his quest to regain the seat as conventional wisdom is that higher positions tend to benefit from the donkey vote and can add a fraction of a percentage to a candidate’s vote.

Only 2% is the difference between victory and defeat for Labor in Brunswick, a seat the party held for 83 years before it fell to Dr Read in 2018.

Brunswick covers the suburbs of Brunswick, Brunswick East, Princes Hill, Carlton North, Fitzroy North and most of Brunswick West. Residents living west of Melville Road and north of Hope Street are now part of the district of Pascoe Vale following a redistribution and redrawing of the boundaries last year.

Three-times former Mayor of the City of Moreland, Anthony Helou, who is standing as an independent, drew the top spot on the ballot paper for Brunswick. In total, there are nine candidates vying for Brunswick.

At the last state election in 2018, Dr Read achieved a swing of 2.53% for 40.06% of primary votes to 38.02% for Labor’s Cindy O’Connor. After preferences, Dr Read finished with 50.57% of votes. The seat’s margin has increased to 2.0% following redrawing of the boundaries which added Carlton North and Fitzroy North to the electorate but took away Parkville, Coburg, Pascoe Vale South and part of Brunswick West.

Booths in Brunswick polled strongly for the Greens at the May 21 federal election, winning 10 out of 11 booths and 54.3% of the two-candidate preferred vote. If that was replicated at the state election, Dr Read would romp it in.

New faces in Pascoe Vale

In the neighbouring seat of Pascoe Vale, Victorian Socialists candidate Madaleine Hah drew the top position on the ballot paper and Liberal Tom Wright took second.

The bottom two positions are occupied by Labor’s Anthony Cianflone at seventh spot and the Greens’ Angelica Panopoulos at eighth spot.

Mr Cianflone hopes to retain the safe Labor seat after the sitting member, Planning Minister Lizzie Blandthorn, moved to the Western Metropolian region in the Legislative Council.

Pascoe Vale is one of the government’s safest seats with a margin of 22.3% and has never fallen out of Labor’s hands since it was first contested in 1955, but in 2018 Ms Blandthorn suffered a primary vote swing of almost 10%, much of that benefitting independent candidate Oscar Yildiz, who secured 23.51% of the primaries.

Mr Yildiz, a Merri-bek Councillor, had been intending to stand for the newly-formed Victorians Party before the party collapsed in the middle of this year.

To help voters make informed decisions, Brunswick Voice invited all the candidates for the Brunswick and Pascoe Vale districts to provide a short statement and/or biography about why they should be elected, their policies and what they stand for.

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on ballot papers.

Eight of the candidates standing for Brunswick and six standing for Pascoe Vale have provided statements. Three did not respond to the opportunity, however if they do at a later date, their statements will be added to this page.

Brunswick

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I’m standing for the seat of Brunswick district election on 26 November 2022.

I’ve lived in the Brunswick district for over 50 years. I’ve been actively involved in community issues, and through my work as an employment officer at the CES (Commonwealth Employment Service) for over 22 years, and I have devoted much of my time to community work, including over 16 years as a councillor and three terms as a Mayor in the City of Moreland.

Many people over the years have encouraged me to take the second step and go for seat of Brunswick district as they not happy with the performance of the current member for various reasons. I will mention some:

  • many attempts to remove parking from Sydney Rd (what will happen to the traders and their business?);
  • the name change of the city of Moreland (I believe over 85% against the name change);
  • no proper consultation with the constituents and during the last four years I haven’t seen any representatives from local council or state attending any forums or community events.

We need competent representation in the state and effective performance in a dynamic  government. My experience and proven ability will add strength to the renewal of the parliamentarians’ team.

I have never deviated from my promises for the sake of political expediency and will not be  silenced when a matter needs to be raised. My loyalty and accountability will be to the residents and people of Brunswick district.

Nothing is more important than the safety of our loved ones I will work to make our community a safer place.

I believe that the quality of services to the elderly and families should be improved and not to be allowed to deteriorate.

I’m an experienced representative who has proven to be accessible and responsive to residents’ needs, a tireless worker, a campaigner for the preservation of our lifestyle.

I have an exceptional track record on environmental issues and I will continue to do so to improve our state.

Together, we have and will continue to make a difference. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions or any questions at any time.

I will be a local MP who can deliver for Brunswick. Not words, but actions for our local schools, community organisations and sports clubs. In me you will have a local MP delivering for our community inside the most progressive government in our history.

I am a working-class boy who got into politics so I could give back for all the opportunities I have been given in education. My values are Brunswick’s progressive values: hard work, empathy, supporting others, and rolling up my sleeves to get positive outcomes. I have been a tenants’ advocate, a volunteer refugee lawyer and today I work as a union organiser achieving better pay and conditions for call centre workers.

This has been a tough couple of years, and we need progressive representatives who work hard to get positive outcomes for our community. We need representatives who actively find solutions to the problems we face, whether that is more funding for local services or more affordable housing for Brunswick. Neither of my parents own property and if elected I will be a passionate advocate on housing affordability.

Brunswick will be transformed by the removal of level crossings, with more trains and more local jobs. As your local MP, I will lead the level crossing removal consultation and deliver the outcomes the community wants: a dedicated bike path to the city, better east to west transport connections and protection of our environment and historical landmarks.

The Andrews Labor Government is putting electricity back into government ownership. We are leading the world with our emissions reduction targets, and we are ending coal. We are delivering Treaty with First Nations Peoples, a first anywhere in Australia. We are rebuilding our closest public hospitals, the Royal Melbourne, and The Women’s, and massively boosting the health system through free nursing courses and free TAFE. And we are rolling out free kinder for every 3- and 4-year-old across Brunswick in 2023, a reform that will set every kid up the best start in life.

If Brunswick elects me to be their local MP, they will have one of the hardest working people inside government working for them.

Hi! I’m Nahui Jimenez. I’m a Mexican-Australian socialist and community activist.

I believe that racism, climate change, the housing crisis, the cost of living crisis, and all big challenges we face as a society are grounded in the destructive, competitive nature of capitalism. That’s why I’m running with Victorian Socialists for the seat of Brunswick.

Victorian Socialists is different to other political parties. We want to take away the vast wealth that is concentrated in the hands of billionaires and use it to deal with the challenges our society faces, such as: ending the fossil fuel industry and building a zero carbon economy by 2035; ending Indigenous deaths in custody by defunding the police and prisons and putting that money into essential services; making Victoria a sanctuary state for asylum seekers; a five-year freeze on rent increases; building 150,000 new public housing units over 10 years; reversing the privatisation of transport and power-generation; wage increases and improved conditions to fix the crisis in our schools and healthcare system; ending the deregulation and casualisation of work and using every means to improve wages and conditions for workers.

We think if we are going to achieve any of this, we need to mobilise the collective power of ordinary people against the vested interests that make their wealth at the expense of ordinary people.

And as an activist, I’ve seen how we can win change. I’ve been involved in the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism that has stopped the growth of far-right groups. In 2019, I worked with environmental activists to build a blockade against the International Mining and Resources Conference. Last year, I was part of the campaign that rallied outside Carlton’s Park Hotel prison to free the refugees held inside.

If elected, I will use my platform to amplify the voice of all those standing up against injustice and inequality.

Hi, I’m Shea Evans. I’m running for the seat of Brunswick because I want politics to be a fair and open process based on evidence, progressive politics and pragmatic solutions, not rusted-on ideologies

I grew up in country Victoria but moved to Brunswick because of its inclusive and eclectic vibe. I am a gay man who lives by myself, loves performing arts, tattoos, comedy and have had a long history volunteering in with young people.

My current work in the cemetery sector is focused on environmental sustainability and innovation, which allows me to shape how these important public spaces are used now and in the future. This work is underpinned by my belief that mitigating and reducing the effects of climate change is a society-wide issue that all politicians must be committed to addressing.

If elected as your member for Brunswick, I will work hard to strengthen our society and ensure that the community of Brunswick is represented on the issues that affect us – including climate, social inequity, transport, homelessness, housing availability and affordability and drug reform. I will also ensure that the progress Reason has already made to establish voluntary assisted dying laws, decriminalise sex work, and advocate for safe and easy access to abortion services isn’t eroded by loud minorities looking to enforce their conservative views on others.

The adversarial nature of old fashioned politics isn’t inclusive, nor does it inspire confidence. In contrast, progressive politics is all about making considered and well informed decisions that improve people’s lives. Doing so requires leaders who truly represent their community and its best interests. This is why I want to be the voice of Reason for the district of Brunswick and ensure that we are heard on the issues that affect us the most.

Lilian Sabry Shaker did not respond to the opportunity to provide a candidate statement or photo.

Arriving in Australia with his siblings and parents in 1984, Minh faced financial hardships associated with starting a new life, alongside language and communication barriers. This inspired Minh to make the most of his opportunities in Australia and to one day be able to help others.

Currently working as an Assistant Manager for a local logistics company, Minh believes in hard work and a vibrant community. Earlier this year, Minh graduated with a Master of Business Administration, majoring in Innovation and Leadership.

Minh wants to use his experience to be a strong voice for the Brunswick community. Helping the community has always been a goal of his and this coming election is an opportunity to provide Real Solutions for all Victorians, including:

• $2 flat fares for public transport.
• Rebuilding or upgrading more than 20 hospitals across Victoria.
• A 50% emissions reductions target by 2030 and grants for rooftop solar and batteries.

My name is Rachel Lamarche, I am a Ph.D. candidate in marketing, and I am proud to be the Animal Justice Party candidate for the lower house district of Brunswick. I am running alongside Leah Horsfall, our lead Upper House candidate in the Northern Metropolitan region. I am a new Australian born in Canada, and I have been a resident of Brunswick for over eight years.

I am a renter, and I am passionate about the cost of living and real wages, which I believe underlines the importance of training in financial literacy. I advocate for equality and intersectionality and more investments in inclusion programs to fix the mental health care system.

Adopting a vegetarian diet at 18 and becoming vegan at 22 following increased awareness of the plight of farmed animals, I have participated in anti-fur rallies, protests for the banning of live exports, and animal rights marches. I am a believer in shifting how we see animals from resources to individuals. A fierce advocate for urgent climate action, I understand the role played by animal agriculture in land degradation, forest clearing, water pollution, and energy use which are secondary to the suffering that animals endure when viewed as commodities.

Brunswick is the home of many companion animals, which is why I am advocating for the adoption of animal-centered management policies, as per my recent involvement in raising concerns surrounding the negative impacts for animals anticipated by the change in management at the Epping Animal Welfare Facility. I will urge council to fund desexing programs and commit additional resources to the many rescue organisations that aid in the management of stray and abandoned animal populations which will benefit companion animals as well as wildlife. The many parks, reserves, and creeks found in Brunswick are home to an abundance of native birds and wildlife, and it is important that these spaces be maintained and for climate change adaptation policies to protect them from degradation.

Myself and Northern Metropolitan Region candidate Colin Mansell are standing as Independents after the Indigenous-Aboriginal Party of Australia’s formal registration was rejected by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

We are standing on behalf of the IAPA in electorates where racism is rare, there are people from all corners of the Earth, and much of the community is open to change away from the malicious power-mongering of our least honest political organisations.

If I receive more than 4% of first preferences he will regain the $350 deposit my landlady is patiently waiting for. More importantly, if Colin gains a few per cent of first preferences and preference support from a range of other candidates, he may be the first Indigenous person to gain a Voice IN Parliament to align with existing Voices TO Parliament. A new concept is parallel progress.

So what does the IAPA bring to the community?

It originates in late 2020, in outback NSW, by Uncle Owen Whyman and those around him. The party achieved federal registration before the May 21 election and stood a handful of candidates mostly for the Senate. A modest beginning has led to this first time that members of a genuine Aboriginal party are standing for election and whatever the results this time the sounds of thunder will go on.

The Indigenous Party’s policies and positions are good directions, but some need further development, and other issues need to be addressed. The current positions can be indicated at IAPA website, but add to those an emphatic consideration of Deaths in Custody, a number of public transport proposals, and the “restrained” decriminalisation of cannabis.

I’m Tim Read, the sitting MP for Brunswick. I’m a dad, a doctor and I’ve lived in Brunswick with my family for over 30 years.

For the last four years since I was elected, I’ve been pushing the government to go further and faster on climate change, runaway housing prices and rents, the over-incarceration of First Nations Victorians, and active transport and bike safety.

If I’m re-elected, my priorities will be climate, housing and improving active and accessible transport for Brunswick.

I’ve been hearing from people across our area about how tough renting is right now. Rents are rising fast and many people are struggling to make ends meet. Many Brunswick rentals are run down, freezing in winter and sweltering in summer.

The Victorian Labor government doesn’t have a plan for renters, and people have been asking me what can be done. We need a fairer renting system that puts people before profit.

I’ll push the government to:

• Limit rent increases in line with wage growth,
• Create new minimum standards for cooling and insulation
• Introduce a public housing levy, so developers have to contribute their fair share to affordable housing.
• Ban political donations from property developers.

Victoria needs to speed up its transition out of coal and gas. The major parties want to open up new fossil fuel projects – the Labor Party is even allowing new gas drilling off the coast near the 12 Apostles.

With fires and floods getting worse, it’s clear that the climate crisis is here. I’ll push the government to stop all new fossil fuel projects in Victoria, stop logging our native forests, and move to 100% renewable energy by 2030, while protecting workers and creating jobs.

With your support, I’ll keep working in parliament to hold the government to account.

I’m standing for the seat of Brunswick district election on 26 November 2022.

I’ve lived in the Brunswick district for over 50 years. I’ve been actively involved in community issues, and through my work as an employment officer at the CES (Commonwealth Employment Service) for over 22 years, and I have devoted much of my time to community work, including over 16 years as a councillor and three terms as a Mayor in the City of Moreland.

Many people over the years have encouraged me to take the second step and go for seat of Brunswick district as they not happy with the performance of the current member for various reasons. I will mention some:

  • many attempts to remove parking from Sydney Rd (what will happen to the traders and their business?);
  • the name change of the city of Moreland (I believe over 85% against the name change);
  • no proper consultation with the constituents and during the last four years I haven’t seen any representatives from local council or state attending any forums or community events.

We need competent representation in the state and effective performance in a dynamic  government. My experience and proven ability will add strength to the renewal of the parliamentarians’ team.

I have never deviated from my promises for the sake of political expediency and will not be  silenced when a matter needs to be raised. My loyalty and accountability will be to the residents and people of Brunswick district.

Nothing is more important than the safety of our loved ones I will work to make our community a safer place.

I believe that the quality of services to the elderly and families should be improved and not to be allowed to deteriorate.

I’m an experienced representative who has proven to be accessible and responsive to residents’ needs, a tireless worker, a campaigner for the preservation of our lifestyle.

I have an exceptional track record on environmental issues and I will continue to do so to improve our state.

Together, we have and will continue to make a difference. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions or any questions at any time.

I will be a local MP who can deliver for Brunswick. Not words, but actions for our local schools, community organisations and sports clubs. In me you will have a local MP delivering for our community inside the most progressive government in our history.

I am a working-class boy who got into politics so I could give back for all the opportunities I have been given in education. My values are Brunswick’s progressive values: hard work, empathy, supporting others, and rolling up my sleeves to get positive outcomes. I have been a tenants’ advocate, a volunteer refugee lawyer and today I work as a union organiser achieving better pay and conditions for call centre workers.

This has been a tough couple of years, and we need progressive representatives who work hard to get positive outcomes for our community. We need representatives who actively find solutions to the problems we face, whether that is more funding for local services or more affordable housing for Brunswick. Neither of my parents own property and if elected I will be a passionate advocate on housing affordability.

Brunswick will be transformed by the removal of level crossings, with more trains and more local jobs. As your local MP, I will lead the level crossing removal consultation and deliver the outcomes the community wants: a dedicated bike path to the city, better east to west transport connections and protection of our environment and historical landmarks.

The Andrews Labor Government is putting electricity back into government ownership. We are leading the world with our emissions reduction targets, and we are ending coal. We are delivering Treaty with First Nations Peoples, a first anywhere in Australia. We are rebuilding our closest public hospitals, the Royal Melbourne, and The Women’s, and massively boosting the health system through free nursing courses and free TAFE. And we are rolling out free kinder for every 3- and 4-year-old across Brunswick in 2023, a reform that will set every kid up the best start in life.

If Brunswick elects me to be their local MP, they will have one of the hardest working people inside government working for them.

Hi! I’m Nahui Jimenez. I’m a Mexican-Australian socialist and community activist.

I believe that racism, climate change, the housing crisis, the cost of living crisis, and all big challenges we face as a society are grounded in the destructive, competitive nature of capitalism. That’s why I’m running with Victorian Socialists for the seat of Brunswick.

Victorian Socialists is different to other political parties. We want to take away the vast wealth that is concentrated in the hands of billionaires and use it to deal with the challenges our society faces, such as: ending the fossil fuel industry and building a zero carbon economy by 2035; ending Indigenous deaths in custody by defunding the police and prisons and putting that money into essential services; making Victoria a sanctuary state for asylum seekers; a five-year freeze on rent increases; building 150,000 new public housing units over 10 years; reversing the privatisation of transport and power-generation; wage increases and improved conditions to fix the crisis in our schools and healthcare system; ending the deregulation and casualisation of work and using every means to improve wages and conditions for workers.

We think if we are going to achieve any of this, we need to mobilise the collective power of ordinary people against the vested interests that make their wealth at the expense of ordinary people.

And as an activist, I’ve seen how we can win change. I’ve been involved in the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism that has stopped the growth of far-right groups. In 2019, I worked with environmental activists to build a blockade against the International Mining and Resources Conference. Last year, I was part of the campaign that rallied outside Carlton’s Park Hotel prison to free the refugees held inside.

If elected, I will use my platform to amplify the voice of all those standing up against injustice and inequality.

Hi, I’m Shea Evans. I’m running for the seat of Brunswick because I want politics to be a fair and open process based on evidence, progressive politics and pragmatic solutions, not rusted-on ideologies

I grew up in country Victoria but moved to Brunswick because of its inclusive and eclectic vibe. I am a gay man who lives by myself, loves performing arts, tattoos, comedy and have had a long history volunteering in with young people.

My current work in the cemetery sector is focused on environmental sustainability and innovation, which allows me to shape how these important public spaces are used now and in the future. This work is underpinned by my belief that mitigating and reducing the effects of climate change is a society-wide issue that all politicians must be committed to addressing.

If elected as your member for Brunswick, I will work hard to strengthen our society and ensure that the community of Brunswick is represented on the issues that affect us – including climate, social inequity, transport, homelessness, housing availability and affordability and drug reform. I will also ensure that the progress Reason has already made to establish voluntary assisted dying laws, decriminalise sex work, and advocate for safe and easy access to abortion services isn’t eroded by loud minorities looking to enforce their conservative views on others.

The adversarial nature of old fashioned politics isn’t inclusive, nor does it inspire confidence. In contrast, progressive politics is all about making considered and well informed decisions that improve people’s lives. Doing so requires leaders who truly represent their community and its best interests. This is why I want to be the voice of Reason for the district of Brunswick and ensure that we are heard on the issues that affect us the most.

Lilian Sabry Shaker did not respond to the opportunity to provide a candidate statement or photo.

Arriving in Australia with his siblings and parents in 1984, Minh faced financial hardships associated with starting a new life, alongside language and communication barriers. This inspired Minh to make the most of his opportunities in Australia and to one day be able to help others.

Currently working as an Assistant Manager for a local logistics company, Minh believes in hard work and a vibrant community. Earlier this year, Minh graduated with a Master of Business Administration, majoring in Innovation and Leadership.

Minh wants to use his experience to be a strong voice for the Brunswick community. Helping the community has always been a goal of his and this coming election is an opportunity to provide Real Solutions for all Victorians, including:

• $2 flat fares for public transport.
• Rebuilding or upgrading more than 20 hospitals across Victoria.
• A 50% emissions reductions target by 2030 and grants for rooftop solar and batteries.

My name is Rachel Lamarche, I am a Ph.D. candidate in marketing, and I am proud to be the Animal Justice Party candidate for the lower house district of Brunswick. I am running alongside Leah Horsfall, our lead Upper House candidate in the Northern Metropolitan region. I am a new Australian born in Canada, and I have been a resident of Brunswick for over eight years.

I am a renter, and I am passionate about the cost of living and real wages, which I believe underlines the importance of training in financial literacy. I advocate for equality and intersectionality and more investments in inclusion programs to fix the mental health care system.

Adopting a vegetarian diet at 18 and becoming vegan at 22 following increased awareness of the plight of farmed animals, I have participated in anti-fur rallies, protests for the banning of live exports, and animal rights marches. I am a believer in shifting how we see animals from resources to individuals. A fierce advocate for urgent climate action, I understand the role played by animal agriculture in land degradation, forest clearing, water pollution, and energy use which are secondary to the suffering that animals endure when viewed as commodities.

Brunswick is the home of many companion animals, which is why I am advocating for the adoption of animal-centered management policies, as per my recent involvement in raising concerns surrounding the negative impacts for animals anticipated by the change in management at the Epping Animal Welfare Facility. I will urge council to fund desexing programs and commit additional resources to the many rescue organisations that aid in the management of stray and abandoned animal populations which will benefit companion animals as well as wildlife. The many parks, reserves, and creeks found in Brunswick are home to an abundance of native birds and wildlife, and it is important that these spaces be maintained and for climate change adaptation policies to protect them from degradation.

Myself and Northern Metropolitan Region candidate Colin Mansell are standing as Independents after the Indigenous-Aboriginal Party of Australia’s formal registration was rejected by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

We are standing on behalf of the IAPA in electorates where racism is rare, there are people from all corners of the Earth, and much of the community is open to change away from the malicious power-mongering of our least honest political organisations.

If I receive more than 4% of first preferences he will regain the $350 deposit my landlady is patiently waiting for. More importantly, if Colin gains a few per cent of first preferences and preference support from a range of other candidates, he may be the first Indigenous person to gain a Voice IN Parliament to align with existing Voices TO Parliament. A new concept is parallel progress.

So what does the IAPA bring to the community?

It originates in late 2020, in outback NSW, by Uncle Owen Whyman and those around him. The party achieved federal registration before the May 21 election and stood a handful of candidates mostly for the Senate. A modest beginning has led to this first time that members of a genuine Aboriginal party are standing for election and whatever the results this time the sounds of thunder will go on.

The Indigenous Party’s policies and positions are good directions, but some need further development, and other issues need to be addressed. The current positions can be indicated at IAPA website, but add to those an emphatic consideration of Deaths in Custody, a number of public transport proposals, and the “restrained” decriminalisation of cannabis.

I’m Tim Read, the sitting MP for Brunswick. I’m a dad, a doctor and I’ve lived in Brunswick with my family for over 30 years.

For the last four years since I was elected, I’ve been pushing the government to go further and faster on climate change, runaway housing prices and rents, the over-incarceration of First Nations Victorians, and active transport and bike safety.

If I’m re-elected, my priorities will be climate, housing and improving active and accessible transport for Brunswick.

I’ve been hearing from people across our area about how tough renting is right now. Rents are rising fast and many people are struggling to make ends meet. Many Brunswick rentals are run down, freezing in winter and sweltering in summer.

The Victorian Labor government doesn’t have a plan for renters, and people have been asking me what can be done. We need a fairer renting system that puts people before profit.

I’ll push the government to:

• Limit rent increases in line with wage growth,
• Create new minimum standards for cooling and insulation
• Introduce a public housing levy, so developers have to contribute their fair share to affordable housing.
• Ban political donations from property developers.

Victoria needs to speed up its transition out of coal and gas. The major parties want to open up new fossil fuel projects – the Labor Party is even allowing new gas drilling off the coast near the 12 Apostles.

With fires and floods getting worse, it’s clear that the climate crisis is here. I’ll push the government to stop all new fossil fuel projects in Victoria, stop logging our native forests, and move to 100% renewable energy by 2030, while protecting workers and creating jobs.

With your support, I’ll keep working in parliament to hold the government to account.

Pascoe Vale

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Hi, my name is Madaleine Hah and I’m running as the Victorian Socialists candidate for Pascoe Vale. I’m a socialist activist and a food service worker, and I want to fight for a better world for everyone who is oppressed and exploited in our society. A second generation Chinese-Malaysian immigrant, I’ve helped organise campaigns to combat racism, Islamophobia and the far right with Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, and for climate action with Uni Students for Climate Justice. I’ve been volunteering with Victorian Socialists since it launched in 2018.

Life is becoming even more unbearable for working-class people. As inflation rises, we’re asked to take a pay cut for the sake of corporate greed. Shopping to feed our families, filling our petrol tanks, and paying the rent is becoming a near impossible task, all while we work longer and longer days for worse pay and conditions. Bosses expect business as usual while homes across the country are flooded or burnt down. They expect us to risk our lives and our family’s health for them while the pandemic rages on.

We need a state that works for everyone. That means taking the power back and building a society that looks after working people and those who have been left behind.

We need to put essential services and infrastructure in public hands again – where they can be used to benefit everyone, rather than just make profits for the few.

We need a society of equality, social justice and environmental sustainability, in which we can organise together to save our planet and reclaim our future.

In short, we need to put people before profit.

Hi, I’m Tom Wright the Liberal candidate for Pascoe Vale. I’ve put my hand up to run, as this election will be the most important in Victoria for 30 years.

Integrity in politics is a major concern across the state and I’m proud that it was a Liberal Government that implemented IBAC, and I’m proud that a future Liberal Government will strengthen it. We will restore IBAC’s powers to undertake public hearings, increase its funding and ensure future funding decisions are taken out of the hands of the government of the day.

We have a plan to fix our health crisis by shelving the Cheltenham to Box Hill train line and putting all this money into our health system. We will improve the Triple Zero system, add an additional 40,000 nurses to the workforce, build new hospitals, reduce the dental and surgery waiting list and cut the cost of IVF treatment.

Education is also a major concern in our area which is why we are committing $32.3 million in building upgrades across Coburg High School and John Fawkner Secondary College. We will also prepare, in consultation with the local community, an education plan for secondary schools in Merri-bek north to ensure the long-term success of schools in this area.

To tackle the cost-of-living crisis we are reducing the cost of public transport to $2 a day, helping younger generations buy their first home by cutting stamp duty and providing $200 vouchers to cover the cost of kids’ sport activities.

We will activate the Central Coburg area by investing $2.5 million in Coburg City Oval and $200,000 in revitalising the shopping strip. We will also help small businesses by freezing local government business fees and cutting payroll tax.

I look forward to hearing from you during the campaign.

Richard Cimbaro did not respond to the opportunity to provide a candidate statement or photo.

Elizabeth Adams did not respond to the opportunity to provide a candidate statement or photo.

My name is Margee Glover, and I am your Reason candidate for Pascoe Vale.

I enjoy reading and visiting art galleries and local markets. I also love seeing live music, especially my husband, a drummer with several local bands. I have owned an electric bike for the past nine years- it has changed my life in terms of fun and fitness!

I have lived in Coburg with my extended family for over 22 years. I have long been involved in school and community groups in the electorate of Pascoe Vale. I have worked with numerous cultural and community organisations during my 35-year career in publishing, arts, and education, which has given me an understanding of the policy and operational context of the cultural and community sectors.

I am particularly passionate about transparency in funding for schools. I was formerly on the School Council at our local public primary school, joining because I was concerned over the School Chaplaincy program. I have recently been involved in Coburg High School’s petition campaign calling on the state government to address the inadequate funding of the school. As the only co-educational public school in the Pascoe Vale electorate, the government must increase funding immediately — our kids deserve better!

As a long-time Coburg resident, I’m tired of seeing the same ineffective approaches to our community’s problems underpinned by the abuse of power and privilege that seems ingrained in our politics. We need equitable long-term solutions to the major issues we currently face and will face in the future. I will work with the community to advocate for evidence-based, transparent, and compassionate policies. I will be an approachable community representative and communicate and collaborate with you to get things done!

This is why I am standing for Pascoe Vale as your candidate for Reason.

I’m Sue Bolton. I’m a local Merri-bek councillor and a member of Socialist Alliance.

I have always been a trade unionist as well as being an activist for climate action and justice for refugees.

I have been involved in many local campaigns: saving land along the Merri Creek and Moonee Ponds Creek from being sold off; pushing for duplication of the Upfield train line; winning pedestrian crossings on busy roads; campaigning to save 113 trees at Gandolfo Gardens; stopping Merri-bek Council outsourcing its Home Care.

We need a cap on energy prices and an emergency plan to address the housing crisis.

That means we need to stop selling public housing and build at least 100,000 public housing dwellings in the next five years. Renters’ rights need to be improved by freezing rents and banning “no grounds” evictions.

We need to stop developers driving up the cost of housing by land banking.

Serious climate action, means the energy industry needs to urgently shift to 100% renewable energy with a serious transition plan for workers in the industry which guarantees alternative jobs. There should be no new gas and coal projects.

Public transport needs to be expanded so that it is a realistic alternative to driving for many more people. The single track at the end of the Upfield line needs to be duplicated so that trains aren’t frequently terminated at Coburg and cancelled for everyone north of Bell St.

Tram stops needs to be 100% accessible by 2026 to give thousands of people with disabilities access to public transport.

Socialist Alliance’s slogan Community Need not Corporate Greed is an important guide to how we approach issues. As a single vote on Merri-bek Council, I have had many victories because of my support for local community campaigns. I would take the same approach into Parliament.

Anthony is a proudly born and bred local from the Pascoe Vale electorate.

As the son of Italian migrants, growing up in Coburg, attending local public school, playing for local sport clubs including Brunswick Juventus, and working in hospitality, Anthony grew up learning the values of hard work, resilience and the fair go.

Living in Pascoe Vale with his wife and young family, Anthony is campaigning to build a better and fairer community to live, learn, work and retire.

Whether it be more local jobs, free kinder and TAFE, better schools, transport infrastructure, health and environmental outcomes, Anthony will be a strong voice as part of a re-elected Victorian Labor Government, who can take real action and deliver on the things our suburbs need.

As a former local Citizen of the Year, with a proud record of successfully advocating for locals, Anthony will be dedicated to serving the community he loves so much, to help everyone across Pascoe Vale, Coburg and Brunswick West to reach their full potential, whilst ensuring no one is left behind.

Hi, I’m Angelica and I’m your Greens candidate for Pascoe Vale.

You may know me as a Councillor at Merri-bek Council. I was elected in 2020 and love my role. I’ve fought to keep safe bike infrastructure in Pascoe Vale, got pedestrian safety upgrades in Brunswick West, and helped change the council’s name away from its slave< plantation roots and towards one we can all be proud of.

I’m proud of all my work on council, but I’m also getting frustrated. Our community is crying out for bold action on climate, housing and integrity. But we are one council out of 79 and these big issues need systemic reform.

So to get bigger change, we need to go bigger.

We need real action on climate because the two major parties are still committed to opening up new coal and gas. We need real action on housing because my generation is likely never going to know home ownership. We need real action on integrity because we need to trust our elected representatives are acting in our best interests, not those of their corporate backers.

We, the Greens, are the only ones with a plan get that done.

As a lifelong local and the granddaughter of Greek migrants, I love our unique, multicultural northern suburbs.

Community is fundamental to why I’m here. I came to the Greens through refugee rights activism, volunteered on elections and ran for Council and here I am now, your Pascoe Vale candidate.

My activism, Law and Global Studies degrees and work experiences have all shown me the law’s power to change people’s lives. Having good people in parliament makes a difference. But we need more Greens in Parliament to hold the government to account and to create long-lasting, meaningful change for our community. Vote 1 Greens.

Hi, my name is Madaleine Hah and I’m running as the Victorian Socialists candidate for Pascoe Vale. I’m a socialist activist and a food service worker, and I want to fight for a better world for everyone who is oppressed and exploited in our society. A second generation Chinese-Malaysian immigrant, I’ve helped organise campaigns to combat racism, Islamophobia and the far right with Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, and for climate action with Uni Students for Climate Justice. I’ve been volunteering with Victorian Socialists since it launched in 2018.

Life is becoming even more unbearable for working-class people. As inflation rises, we’re asked to take a pay cut for the sake of corporate greed. Shopping to feed our families, filling our petrol tanks, and paying the rent is becoming a near impossible task, all while we work longer and longer days for worse pay and conditions. Bosses expect business as usual while homes across the country are flooded or burnt down. They expect us to risk our lives and our family’s health for them while the pandemic rages on.

We need a state that works for everyone. That means taking the power back and building a society that looks after working people and those who have been left behind.

We need to put essential services and infrastructure in public hands again – where they can be used to benefit everyone, rather than just make profits for the few.

We need a society of equality, social justice and environmental sustainability, in which we can organise together to save our planet and reclaim our future.

In short, we need to put people before profit.

Hi, I’m Tom Wright the Liberal candidate for Pascoe Vale. I’ve put my hand up to run, as this election will be the most important in Victoria for 30 years.

Integrity in politics is a major concern across the state and I’m proud that it was a Liberal Government that implemented IBAC, and I’m proud that a future Liberal Government will strengthen it. We will restore IBAC’s powers to undertake public hearings, increase its funding and ensure future funding decisions are taken out of the hands of the government of the day.

We have a plan to fix our health crisis by shelving the Cheltenham to Box Hill train line and putting all this money into our health system. We will improve the Triple Zero system, add an additional 40,000 nurses to the workforce, build new hospitals, reduce the dental and surgery waiting list and cut the cost of IVF treatment.

Education is also a major concern in our area which is why we are committing $32.3 million in building upgrades across Coburg High School and John Fawkner Secondary College. We will also prepare, in consultation with the local community, an education plan for secondary schools in Merri-bek north to ensure the long-term success of schools in this area.

To tackle the cost-of-living crisis we are reducing the cost of public transport to $2 a day, helping younger generations buy their first home by cutting stamp duty and providing $200 vouchers to cover the cost of kids’ sport activities.

We will activate the Central Coburg area by investing $2.5 million in Coburg City Oval and $200,000 in revitalising the shopping strip. We will also help small businesses by freezing local government business fees and cutting payroll tax.

I look forward to hearing from you during the campaign.

Richard Cimbaro did not respond to the opportunity to provide a candidate statement or photo.

Elizabeth Adams did not respond to the opportunity to provide a candidate statement or photo.

My name is Margee Glover, and I am your Reason candidate for Pascoe Vale.

I enjoy reading and visiting art galleries and local markets. I also love seeing live music, especially my husband, a drummer with several local bands. I have owned an electric bike for the past nine years- it has changed my life in terms of fun and fitness!

I have lived in Coburg with my extended family for over 22 years. I have long been involved in school and community groups in the electorate of Pascoe Vale. I have worked with numerous cultural and community organisations during my 35-year career in publishing, arts, and education, which has given me an understanding of the policy and operational context of the cultural and community sectors.

I am particularly passionate about transparency in funding for schools. I was formerly on the School Council at our local public primary school, joining because I was concerned over the School Chaplaincy program. I have recently been involved in Coburg High School’s petition campaign calling on the state government to address the inadequate funding of the school. As the only co-educational public school in the Pascoe Vale electorate, the government must increase funding immediately — our kids deserve better!

As a long-time Coburg resident, I’m tired of seeing the same ineffective approaches to our community’s problems underpinned by the abuse of power and privilege that seems ingrained in our politics. We need equitable long-term solutions to the major issues we currently face and will face in the future. I will work with the community to advocate for evidence-based, transparent, and compassionate policies. I will be an approachable community representative and communicate and collaborate with you to get things done!

This is why I am standing for Pascoe Vale as your candidate for Reason.

I’m Sue Bolton. I’m a local Merri-bek councillor and a member of Socialist Alliance.

I have always been a trade unionist as well as being an activist for climate action and justice for refugees.

I have been involved in many local campaigns: saving land along the Merri Creek and Moonee Ponds Creek from being sold off; pushing for duplication of the Upfield train line; winning pedestrian crossings on busy roads; campaigning to save 113 trees at Gandolfo Gardens; stopping Merri-bek Council outsourcing its Home Care.

We need a cap on energy prices and an emergency plan to address the housing crisis.

That means we need to stop selling public housing and build at least 100,000 public housing dwellings in the next five years. Renters’ rights need to be improved by freezing rents and banning “no grounds” evictions.

We need to stop developers driving up the cost of housing by land banking.

Serious climate action, means the energy industry needs to urgently shift to 100% renewable energy with a serious transition plan for workers in the industry which guarantees alternative jobs. There should be no new gas and coal projects.

Public transport needs to be expanded so that it is a realistic alternative to driving for many more people. The single track at the end of the Upfield line needs to be duplicated so that trains aren’t frequently terminated at Coburg and cancelled for everyone north of Bell St.

Tram stops needs to be 100% accessible by 2026 to give thousands of people with disabilities access to public transport.

Socialist Alliance’s slogan Community Need not Corporate Greed is an important guide to how we approach issues. As a single vote on Merri-bek Council, I have had many victories because of my support for local community campaigns. I would take the same approach into Parliament.

Anthony is a proudly born and bred local from the Pascoe Vale electorate.

As the son of Italian migrants, growing up in Coburg, attending local public school, playing for local sport clubs including Brunswick Juventus, and working in hospitality, Anthony grew up learning the values of hard work, resilience and the fair go.

Living in Pascoe Vale with his wife and young family, Anthony is campaigning to build a better and fairer community to live, learn, work and retire.

Whether it be more local jobs, free kinder and TAFE, better schools, transport infrastructure, health and environmental outcomes, Anthony will be a strong voice as part of a re-elected Victorian Labor Government, who can take real action and deliver on the things our suburbs need.

As a former local Citizen of the Year, with a proud record of successfully advocating for locals, Anthony will be dedicated to serving the community he loves so much, to help everyone across Pascoe Vale, Coburg and Brunswick West to reach their full potential, whilst ensuring no one is left behind.

Hi, I’m Angelica and I’m your Greens candidate for Pascoe Vale.

You may know me as a Councillor at Merri-bek Council. I was elected in 2020 and love my role. I’ve fought to keep safe bike infrastructure in Pascoe Vale, got pedestrian safety upgrades in Brunswick West, and helped change the council’s name away from its slave< plantation roots and towards one we can all be proud of.

I’m proud of all my work on council, but I’m also getting frustrated. Our community is crying out for bold action on climate, housing and integrity. But we are one council out of 79 and these big issues need systemic reform.

So to get bigger change, we need to go bigger.

We need real action on climate because the two major parties are still committed to opening up new coal and gas. We need real action on housing because my generation is likely never going to know home ownership. We need real action on integrity because we need to trust our elected representatives are acting in our best interests, not those of their corporate backers.

We, the Greens, are the only ones with a plan get that done.

As a lifelong local and the granddaughter of Greek migrants, I love our unique, multicultural northern suburbs.

Community is fundamental to why I’m here. I came to the Greens through refugee rights activism, volunteered on elections and ran for Council and here I am now, your Pascoe Vale candidate.

My activism, Law and Global Studies degrees and work experiences have all shown me the law’s power to change people’s lives. Having good people in parliament makes a difference. But we need more Greens in Parliament to hold the government to account and to create long-lasting, meaningful change for our community. Vote 1 Greens.

Where to vote before the election
Pre-election polling places near Brunswick.

Carlton North
629 Nicholson Street

Monday, November 21, 8.30am – 6pm
Tuesday, November 22, 8.30am – 6pm
Wednesday, November 23, 8.30am – 6pm
Thursday, November 24, 8.30am – 8pm
Friday, November 25, 8.30am – 6pm

Brunswick West
459 Victoria Street

Monday, November 21, 8.30am – 6pm
Tuesday, November 22, 8.30am – 6pm
Wednesday, November 23, 8.30am – 6pm
Thursday, November 24, 8.30am – 8pm
Friday, November 25, 8.30am – 6pm

Coburg
Coburg Baptist Church Hall
298 Sydney Road

Monday, November 21, 8.30am – 6pm
Tuesday, November 22, 8.30am – 6pm
Wednesday, November 23, 8.30am – 6pm
Thursday, November 24, 8.30am – 8pm
Friday, November 25, 8.30am – 6pm

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