Bayswater: strong for the Liberals?

Bayswater: strong for the Liberals?

    The seat of Bayswater in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs has been held by Liberal incumbent and minister, Heidi Victoria, for eight years. Ms Victoria obtained a swing to her of 11.8% at the last state election. However, the recent re-distribution leaves Bayswater with a notional 6.8% margin  in favour of the the sitting member. Sophie Boyd and Sarah Maunder from RMIT University spoke to the three major contenders for Bayswater from the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties. Unfortunately, the original podcast was marred by technical problems. This is a transcript of that podcast. BAYSWATER ELECTORATE PROFILE PODCAST SOPHIE BOYD: Hullo and welcome to the Bayswater electorate podcast in partnership with UNIPOLLWATCH. I’m Sophie Boyd. SARAH MAUNDER: And I’m Sarah Maunder. The Victorian election will be held on 29 November and the entire state will be given the chance to choose their political representation for the next four years. SOPHIE BOYD: We will be taking an in-depth look at the seat of Bayswater by introducing you to the candidates and the major issues in the area. The Bayswater electorate encompasses an area of almost forty square kilometres in the outer eastern suburbs – including the suburbs of Boronia, Heathmont and Bayswater. SARAH MAUNDER: There are over thirty-four thousand voters who live in the electorate and the seat is held by Liberal MP, Heidi Victoria. The last election saw a swing of 11.8% towards Liberal and Ms Victoria’s retaining the seat she has held since 2006. SOPHIE BOYD: There are two other major candidates contesting Ms Victoria’s seat: James Tennant from the Greens and the Labor representative, Tony Dib. We sat down...
All politics is local, even in the alternative premier’s seat of Mulgrave

All politics is local, even in the alternative premier’s seat of Mulgrave

As the alternative premier, Daniel Andrews is busy campaigning on statewide issues. But many of the voters in his eastern suburbs seat of Mulgrave are much more worried about local matters, such as the promised Rowville rail line and the lack of facilities in the district for women playing AFL football. RMIT University’s Abbie O’Brien went to the electorate to talk to local residents and experts about their...
The fight over windfarms in Macedon

The fight over windfarms in Macedon

Windfarms are a big deal in the seat of Macedon. The Ballieu Coalition Government legislated for a blanket ban on windfarms within two kilometers of a residential zone.Some in this electorate oppose windfarms on aesthetic, health and fire-risk grounds. Supporters simply want a choice and see this form of renewable energy as inevitable and good for local jobs and the environment. Both sides invoke “community” to justify their positions. Sumeyya Ilanbey from RMIT University reports on a rural electorate facing one of the most contentious of...
Jobless in Geelong: a youth perspective

Jobless in Geelong: a youth perspective

As a fading manufacturing and industrial centre, Geelong is suffering acute unemployment exacerbated by cuts to the TAFE sector and declining local facilities generally. The youth of the region are especially hard hit. Despite what most observers see as a deepening crisis, the topic has not been widely discussed during the campaign. Soothing words about “transitions” and emerging service industries to replace the disappearing jobs offer little practical support or solutions for the today’s unemployed and under- educated young people. Dragana Mrkaja from RMIT University reveals some of the pain and despair being experienced by some typical young people in...
Geelong jobs crisis

Geelong jobs crisis

Is Geelong and its immediate region Victoria’s Detroit? Some say it is “in transition”. Others maintain this traditional manufacturing city is facing economic and social collapse. As the local car industry winds down and upstream suppliers search for diversification including “clean” fabrication of products such as solar panels, there seems to be an emerging consensus that Geelong’s key opportunities for continuing viability lie with the service industries. From RMIT University, Geelong resident, Michael Walsh, reports on the Geelong jobs...