I don’t have time to read all of this!
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How to Vote Card
Kavanagh has a multiple-choice how to vote card, telling you how to vote for John Kavanagh if you prefer Liberals ahead of ALP, and how to vote for him if you prefer ALP ahead of Liberals. Nice ducking of the question there, Kavanagh! At the bottom of the card he reminds us that ‘these preferences are recommended, but the choice of preferences is entirely yours!’.
So I don’t think preferences are something he cares much about, basically.
Oscar Yildiz is second on both cards, with the Greens in 3rd place. You then have the option of Labor or Liberal in 4th place, followed by Animal Justice in 5th. Liberal or Labor are back at 6th place, followed by the Socialists at 7th and Francesco Timpano at 8th.
The Body Politic
Policies, Snark, Terrible Theme Songs and Other Observations
John Kavanagh is the current Mayor of Moreland City Council, and apparently is doing quite well, since the entire front page of the Moreland Leader this week is a giant ad for his campaign, with his How to Vote card filling the first facing page.
(Is that actually allowed? It looks dodgy enough that I’m now wondering if Timpano had a point about him. And it takes a LOT of dodgy to make Timpano look like he has a point…)
Also, his how to vote card is very yellow. As is his tie. I’m not sure if that’s allowed, either.
Anyway, the newspaper tells us to
Vote 1 JOHN KAVANAGH
Fair dinkum, hardworking independent for Pascoe Vale
Completely self-funded campaing.
I’m answerable only to you – not to any political party, property developer or donor.
On the reverse side we are told:
After four years of inaction, this is your chance to elect an effective representative.
- Invest in local schools, health services and sporting clubs
- Expansion of tram network, Upfield rail duplication
- Passionate environmentalist, animal enthusiast
- Regulate gaming venues to reduce pokies harm
You know, these are all good policies, but I am seriously turned off by him using the local paper to advertise in this way. I’m having a lot of difficulty giving him a fair hearing as a result of it, to be honest.
I’m also regretting the fact that I pay zero attention to local politics, because there is clearly a lot of subtext floating around with all these independent candidates, and I have no idea what it’s about.
Anyway, it’s too late for regrets! Let’s have a look at Kavanagh’s website, where we learn that he is one of only two independent Mayors in Moreland’s history; that he has a strong family history of community involvement over many generations; that he was a dedicated primary school teacher for 35 years; and that he is ‘a passionate, community focused, honest representative who values integrity’.
He has a Plan for Pascoe Vale, and once more we are reminded that he is fair dinkum and hardworking. Dude, please stop being fair dinkum. Scott Morrison has poisoned that well, and I’m pretty sure the water there wasn’t any good before he got to it.
Anyway, he has six policy areas, which are all in handy bullet points.
He wants to reduce poker machine harm, by adoptiong the Alliance of Gambling Reform package. He supports the Metro Tunnel and suburban rail loop, level crossing removals (especially at Glenroy) and wants to extend the 58 and 19 trams and duplicate the Upfield line from Gowrie to Upfield. This is the same as Oscar Yildiz’s policy, incidentally.
Kavanagh wants better resources for public hospitals, more parks, and mandated renewable energy and water conservation measures for all goverment buildings.
He wants more money for schools, and a broader curriculum.
He wants to ban live exports, and wants to establish an Animal Ombudsman ‘to protect the interests of animals, focussed on endangered species’.
And he has this to say on housing:
The State Government has an essential role in providing public housing.
And that’s it.
Kavanagh seems like the most progressive of our three local independents, and he comes across as being sane and rational. I like his policies more than those of Yildiz at least in principle – but they don’t get much beyond the principle. Yildiz goes into enough detail that you can tell he put some thought into the matter, whereas Kavanagh seems to be handwaving.
And I really, really don’t like the mayor using the local newspaper’s front page to advertise his candidacy. I just don’t. I’m sorry.
I think I’ll be putting Yildiz first among the independents, and Kavanagh right behind him, but they are both going behind the Greens and possibly the Socialists, too. Then I think it will be Labor, Animal Justice, the Liberals and Timpano.
And that’s Pascoe Vale, done! Over the next few days I will write and post my Official and Unauthorised Cate Speaks How To Vote Card for the 2018 Election. I’m sure you can’t wait…!