Victorian State Election 2018: Meet Hudson for Northern Victoria!

I don’t have time to read all of this!
The Basics

Facebook page:
Themes: End the neglect of Northern Victoria.  Give me infrastructure or give me death! (I may be being a little more melodramatic than is warranted here.)

With friends like these…
The Group Voting Ticket

At the top of the ticket we have a mix of parties.  (Why are the group voting tickets so varied within individual parties this year?  I don’t remember it being nearly this inconsistent previously)  The Aussie Battlers are in the top five on seven our of eight tickets, and Fiona Patten’s Reason Party, the Animal Justice Party, Transport Matters, and Sustainable Australia each appear five times in the top five.  Derryn Hinch, health Australia, the Australian Country Party, the Democratic Labour Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Shooters and Fishers also each appear in the top five at least once.

The bottom of the ticket is reserved for independents (both grouped and ungrouped) and the three major parties.  The Greens are usually, but not always last.  The Liberal/National Parties are listed before the ALP on four out of the eight tickets.  The Australian Liberty Alliance is always in the bottom five unless it is pushed out by the independents, and the Victorian Socialists are usually listed right before that.

If you are getting a sense of deja vu reading this, there’s a reason for it.  These tickets are VERY similar to that of the Health Australia Party.  They are not identical within regions, but they have a lot more in common than they do separately.

Once again, we don’t like major parties, and we don’t like either the extreme right or the extreme left of politics.  And at the top, we seem to be favouring small parties with somewhat confused but broadly leftish tendencies.

The Body Politic
Policies, Snark, Terrible Theme Songs and Other Observations

Hudson wants you to ‘Use your vote to achieve more on November 24’.  Which rhymes.  I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to notice that.

This isn’t a bad slogan – once again, it empowers the voter and tells them that they can make a change.  Excellent!  So, what are we going to achieve?

Would you like to see your region of Northern Victoria given more attention at the State Government level? Do you believe you could be better represented in the Victorian Parliament? Then Vote 1 for Hudson for Northern Victoria!

We believe that Northern Victoria is a great region to live, work and play and that’s worth fighting for, from Mildura to Wodonga, Corryong to Healesville, Bendigo to Mansfield, Hopetoun to Wallan, and every place in between.

This party has been set up by like-minded Northern Victorians who want greater grassroots advocacy, focusing on local issues such as our industry and economy, small business, our water, health/mental health, education, roads, rail, sporting and recreation facilities, our CFA and our diverse agricultural and horticultural industries.

The website goes on to cite the examples of Cathy McGowan and Suzanna Sheed, grassroots candidates and successful independents.

We are not interested in party politics and gaining government like the Liberals, the Nationals and the Labor Party. Our effort will be focused 100% on issues that affect Northern Victoria and what we can do to address them and negotiate the best outcome for our region.

Great to hear!  So why, exactly, are you running candidates in Eastern Victoria, South-Eastern Metropolitan Victoria, Western Victoria, and… well, you get the picture.

This is a really strange political party. The website is a single page, with very little policy information, and it feels like the kind of website you’d get from an independent.  The opportunity to sign up is prominently displayed, and you can also donate.

In terms of policy…

Our policies are non-controversial and are focused on strong representation and more Government support for Northern Victoria.

I am trying to think of a non-controversial policy and failing.  Hell, I saw Daniel Andrews post a policy about giving each Prep student in Victoria a handful of free picture books, and people still went ballistic all over the comments (apparently, this is just typical and encouraging a culture of entitlement.  Also, what about taxi drivers?).  So I am very interested to see what Hudson views as non-controversial.

We get a bit of biographical information about Josh Hudson, which is mostly about how he grew up in the region and is proud of this.  He is a Certified Practising Accountant and is the Executive Corporate Services Manager of the Work Group, a company that ‘runs successful commercial businesses that fund community programs in these areas which makes it the most advanced social enterprise in the State, if not the country.’

He’s done a bunch of community leadership stuff – football and schools – and apparently initially planned to run as an Independent, ‘ but quickly discovered that Independents rarely get elected to Victorian Upper House, hence why we have started our own party and that’s why we need your help!’

Heading over to his Facebook page, we get a little more.

Hudson 4 NV was set up in Northern Victoria to serve Northern Victoria. We are a community-based minor party that wants to fight for big ticket infrastructure, health and education services for Northern Victoria. The advantages of voting for Hudson 4 NV are:
– We are never in opposition and are able to get things done no matter which party is in power
– 6 of the 11 lower house seats in Northern Victoria are set to be won by the Liberal/National parties and Labor is expected to win the election, according to the polls, meaning most of our Lower House seats will be in opposition and unable to be effective for the next 4 years.


No need to shout, mate.

So, infrastructure, health and education in Northern Victoria.  That is indeed reasonably non-controversial.  The North West Rail Alliance endorses him because he supports the return of passenger rail in Northern Victoria.

According to the Sunraysia Daily, Hudson is a former Coalition voter who is basically expecting the Andrews government to be returned, and reckons that if this happens, and the region is represented by the Coalition, there won’t be any funding for Northern Victoria.

This is probably sound reasoning, and Hudson’s Facebook page is full of examples of regional areas getting infrastructure upgrades when they are in marginal areas or crossbench hands.

And… look I really don’t have a lot more to add.  If you are in Northern Victoria and are feeling that your region is under-represented, Hudson 4 Northern Victoria might be a good option for you.  He certainly doesn’t look any worse than your average country independent.  But with such a dearth of policies, he doesn’t look any better, either.

And I have to say, I can’t imagine why you’d vote for Hudson if you lived in a different region.

To be honest, from his comments about wanting to make sure he counted as a political party so that he could be above the line in the Upper House, a little part of me is wondering if Hudson has actually entirely understood how the rules about parties versus independents work, and whether he thought he had to run candidates in each region to count…

7 thoughts on “Victorian State Election 2018: Meet Hudson for Northern Victoria!

    • Could be, but I’m really not an expert on the vote-whispering business! I pretty much confine my research to the internal evidence of the various party websites, because I don’t have time to do more.

  1. You know, when you first mentioned Victorian Socialists, I kept picturing steampunk, H. G. Wells types pontificating in straw boaters. Then I belatedly realized Victorian is a geographic adjective in this case, rather than the temporal one I’m more used to. Too bad; they’d undoubtedly be more interesting in the boaters.

  2. Hudson is a former Coalition voter who is basically expecting the Andrews government to be returned, and reckons that if this happens, and the region is represented by the Coalition, there won’t be any funding for Northern Victoria.

    Because the Liberals-Nationals have been so good at funding regional areas. Honestly we probably need more Independents in regional areas to focus attention. But I honestly wouldn’t like his funding odds under either major party.

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