Editorial articles

Lord mayoral election is a lottery

Lord mayoral election is a lottery

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne votes for a new lord mayor this month, but the winner won’t necessarily be the most popular. Without the dominant figure of Robert Doyle in the race (with 45 per cent of the primary vote in 2016), the field is wide open and the prize is likely to be claimed by

Doyle drama – how did it happen?

Opinion, by Shane Scanlan Tessa Sullivan’s resignation on December 15 was not a surprise.  But her decision to take down Robert Doyle was a shock. Ms Sullivan never appeared really comfortable as a councillor.  Inexperience is one thing, but she seemed particularly sensitive and unsuited to the rough and tumble of politics. Was she doing

Why Robert Doyle should resign

Opinion, by Stephen Mayne  The imminent end of Robert Doyle’s record-breaking nine-year run as Lord Mayor of Melbourne hadn’t happened when this column was first written but, make no doubt about it, it is inevitable. There are now 4 separate women – ex councillor Tessa Sullivan, current councillor Cathy Oke, the un-named partner of a

City of Melbourne councillor first-term report card

This month the Melbourne City Council will be one year into its four-year term. CBD News gives councillors a report card on their performance to date. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle Staked his lord mayoralty on tackling rough sleeping and succeeding with the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment. Started the year with a clumsy attempt to

Even more government!

By Shane Scanlan Locals were introduced to a new concept in government on September 13 with the first Inner Metro Assembly at Albert Park. Some 200 people from the municipalities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip participated in a two-hour session that attempted to set priorities for the “region”. And while there was no shortage

Local democracy is fading away

By Shane Scanlan City of Melbourne councillors are making only about a third of the number of public decisions they were making 10 years ago. Between January and July this year, CBD News counted from minutes 131 decisions made in council and committee meetings. During the corresponding period in 2007, the number was 365. Even

Political alliance revives market project

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s ambition to redevelop the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) appears to be well and truly back on track after a shoulder-to-shoulder vote of confidence from Premier Daniel Andrews on July 11. “We have the same shared vision, the same goals,” Mr Andrews said. The Lord Mayor, Premier and Planning Minister Richard Wynne

The Drill Hall meeting

Market debate has become ridiculous

Editorial comment by Shane Scanlan There is no doubt about the passion being expressed about the future of the Queen Victoria Market. But what is less clear is whether this passion is based on deliberate or genuine ignorance. A public meeting last month was explosive. Some people are really angry. Many provocative claims were made.

The day the politics started in earnest

Editorial comment by Shane Scanlan July 20 could end up being remembered as the day the City of Melbourne’s well-intentioned Queen Victoria Market redevelopment became a political saga. It was the day that an undercurrent of trader suspicion and discontent racked up several notches and manifested as serious opposition to the whole redevelopment. It was

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