Council and local government elections in Australia

Socialist Alliance Merri-bek councillor Sue Bolton wants Labor to abandon the move from proportional representation to single-member wards. Darren Saffin reports.

 

Green Left News Podcast Ep 37, April 6, 2024

Green Left journalist Isaac Nellist goes through the latest news from across the continent and around the world.

Long-term activist Monica Harte will become the second socialist councillor on Moreland City Council after a March 21 count-back by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

Communities will keep up the pressure on the Labor majority elected to the Newcastle Council, reports Kerry Smith.

Redfern Town Hall

Long-term Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been returned to the position in the local government elections, along with four others from her Independent Team. Andrew Chuter reports.

The campaign to demerge councils is about shifting power back to residents and away from developers, the biggest beneficiaries of the forced amalgamations argues Pip Hinman.

Supercars, council transparency and Stockton Beach’s sand erosion problems were key discussion topics at a Newcastle lord mayoral candidates’ forum. Kathy Fairfax reports.

Steve O’Brien, who is running for Lord Mayor of Newcastle and councillor in Ward 1, discusses his people before profit campaign.

Rob Pyne supporting anti-nuclear activists campaigning against nuclear-powered submarines.

Defamation laws favour those who have the funds to threaten and launch suits. Jonathan Strauss reports on a defamation suit against anti-corruption campaigners Lyn O’Connor and Rob Pyne.

In a shift of alliances, Inner West councillors elected the Greens’ Rochelle Porteous as the new mayor, reports Pip Hinman.

The Socialist Alliance will contest the Newcastle City Council elections, with a focus on affordable housing and real climate action. Kathy Fairfax reports.

Inner West residents will finally have a say on forced council amalgamation in a non-binding referendum at the local government elections on September 4. Peter Boyle reports.