Nov 10, 2017

It’s the battle of the progressives in Northcote as Labor pulls out all stops

Will the Greens nab another inner-city Melbourne seat from the Labor party?

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

The historic Northcote Town Hall was absolutely packed last night for what was, even by the standards of inner city Melbourne politics, one of the more dramatic candidate forums you are likely to see as the November 18 Northcote byelection contest goes down to the wire.

Twelve candidates are shooting it out in the battle to replace Labor’s Fiona Richardson, who lost her battle with cancer in August.

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3 thoughts on “It’s the battle of the progressives in Northcote as Labor pulls out all stops

  1. CML

    If the voters of Northcote are stupid enough to vote for a Green MP…then they deserve all they get!
    And what does that look like??? Instability…in the form of a dog’s breakfast in the parliament. Then nothing will get done…ENJOY!!!

  2. Xoanon

    Labor’s sudden conversion to progressive causes it’s refused to move on for years – the safe injecting room in particular – is not impressing anyone in the context of a by-election campaign. That policy and tenancy reforms are welcome, but you know they wouldn’t have been offered without the Greens being a threat to Labor seats. Sounds like a good reason to vote Green, if you live in an inner-city ALP traditionally safe seat that gets taken for granted.

  3. Paddlefoot

    Being a resident in this electorate, the very fact that the seat has become marginal has produced a flood of high-viz workers and general improvements generally only available to Frankston. The colonial construction – Chandler Highway – railway bridge is finally being replaced after decades of vapour-plans and a mini-suburb ( presumably a favela of one-bedroom studio apartments ) is about to challenge the barista-meisters and avocado smashers. Keep swinging I say. And no far Right trumpanzees. What’s not to like ?

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