Andrews holds Mulgrave and takes Victoria

Andrews holds Mulgrave and takes Victoria

MATILDA MAROZZI Labor leader, Daniel Andrews, has held his seat and taken the office of Premier after the party’s convincing win in yesterday’s election. ‘The people of Victoria have given us the greatest of gifts,’ Mr Andrews told Labor faithful as he claimed victory shortly after 10pm last night. ‘We will not let them down.’ With two-thirds of the vote counted, Mr Andrews has gained a 2.4 per cent swing towards Labor in the seat of Mulgrave, doubling his notional hold on the electorate. Despite concerted campaigning, Liberal candidate and local councillor for Mulgrave, Robert Davies, attracted only 41 per cent of the primary vote, a 2.4 per cent swing against the Liberal party. The Greens attracted approximately 7 per cent of the vote, ahead of Family First (2.4 per cent) and Rise Up Australia (1.5 per cent). Greens candidate, Josh Fergeus, says he is feeling ‘pretty good’ despite early figures indicating a slight swing against the Greens in Mulgrave. ‘I think we’ll have essentially have retained our vote from the last election, which, given the redistribution and the addition of a few more conservative areas, is a pretty good result,’ Mr Fergeus said. According to Mr Fergeus, the Greens’ historic win in Melbourne, as well as promising figures in the upper house, show the party has cut through with voters. ‘We’ve well and truly broken through now,’ Mr Fergeus told UniPollWatch. ‘We are in contention in a few contests in the Legislative Assembly and I think we’ve achieved our goal of putting Nina Springle right in there with a chance … in the Legislative Council.’ Mr Davies was contacted for comment...
Domestic violence: ‘politicians need to take women and children seriously’

Domestic violence: ‘politicians need to take women and children seriously’

 Matilda Marozzi ‘Carol’, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is a survivor of domestic violence. She says her former partner had been emotionally manipulative and abusive during their relationship. ‘He treated my dogs better than me,’ she told UniPollWatch. Now, a number of years after she found the strength to leave him, he is using the justice system to maintain some control over Carol and their son. ‘I’m so re-traumatised, I am so re-triggered by this whole process,’ Carol said. ‘I’m scared, often in the court system these perpetrators seem to behave like sociopaths. They can actually really turn it on. They can turn on the tears, they can put on this whole performance that makes it look like I am in the wrong.’ One particular holiday is seared into Carol’s memory. ‘From a week before we left he was incognito,’ Carol told UniPollWatch. ‘Leading up to it he is still saying,  “yes, we are going on this trip”, but in a very threatening angry tone. He wouldn’t answer any questions about what the plans were.’ Later, Carol found out she was pregnant. Her then partner began threatening her saying, ‘this better be a healthy child and it better be mine’. Although Carol had tried to leave many times, when she became pregnant, she still wanted the relationship to work out. ‘Throughout the pregnancy, the only messages I got from him were pretty much threats,  you know, “you need to be put down like a sick animal”, this kind of stuff.’ After the child was born her then partner, once again wanted to be involved in Carol’s life. It...
Climate change and women’s health: a forgotten election issue?

Climate change and women’s health: a forgotten election issue?

MATILDA MAROZZI Women’s health groups are calling on politicians to investigate the impacts of climate change on Victorian women’s health as a top priority. A document circulated to politicians by the Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) calls on government to ‘invest in a comprehensive analysis of women in a changing society’ including to ‘investigate the impacts of climate change (and related natural disasters) on the health of Victorian women’. The CEO of Women’s Health in the South East, Susan Glasgow, says the impacts of climate change on Victorian women’s health became apparent after the Black Saturday bush fires of 2009. ‘Women were impacted more because of caring responsibilities for school aged children, being homeless, supporting their partners and so on,’ Ms Glasgow said. She advocates for more research into the effects of climate change on women’s health as vital for governments wanting to implement effective health policies. These requests come as Victoria’s fire season forecast for this summer has been upgraded from average to “potentially major”. Less than a week out from polling day, the major parties have made no specific commitments in relation to women’s health and climate change. Climate change needs to be a top health priority for people across the world according to convener of the Climate and Health Alliance, Fiona Armstrong. ‘As the planet warms … it is changing our weather patterns and leading to much more severe, extreme weather events like heat-waves, floods [and] bush fires, Ms Armstrong told UniPollWatch. ‘These have impacts on health … in terms of their direct impact on people if there are injuries or illnesses that are occurring...
Has domestic violence in Victoria been side-stepped?

Has domestic violence in Victoria been side-stepped?

 MATILDA MAROZZI Kids will die without court reform: survivor A domestic violence survivor has called for urgent reforms to the Victorian court system to ensure women’s and children’s safety is not put at risk. ‘You have to wait until a child is no longer here and then they go, “Oh, gee”. This is what is going on with the court system right now,’ the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told UniPollWatch. She points to the murders of Luke Batty and sisters Indianna and Savannah at the hands of their fathers last year as proof the current system is failing children affected by family violence. ‘[The courts should] consider the perpetrators’ profiles carefully, as they can be retaliatory when women stand up for the rights of these children,’ she said. ‘This is when these kids can get killed.’ In an interview with UniPollWatch early in the 2014 election campaign, Labor Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews labelled family violence the ‘biggest law and order challenge in our state today’. http://www.vic14upw.org/daniel-andrews-talks-to-unipollwatch/ ‘It’s a crisis,’ Mr Andrews said. ‘Too many women are dying, too many children are being impacted beyond measure.’ If elected, Mr Andrews has promised to instigate a royal commission into family violence to be completed by the end of 2015. The Coalition state government has dismissed the promise of a royal commission into family violence as an expensive delaying tactic. ‘We have a plan and we are investing in what we know works based on the best advice of victims of family violence, frontline family violence workers, Victoria Police and the courts,’  Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said in a statement....