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A Doyle majority – what will it mean?

By Stephen Mayne Now that the City of Melbourne election results have been finalised by VCAT President Greg Garde, what will it mean for governance at city hall? The return of former deputy lord mayor Susan Riley as the vital sixth member of Team Doyle, along with the election of non-Doyle Liberal Party member Philip

Plenty of town hall intrigue to come

By Shane Scanlan Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has been returned for a third term, but he won’t have it all his own way over the next four years. Despite increasing his lord mayoral primary vote (from 41 per cent to 44 per cent), this support did not translate into the councillor election and he failed

Team Doyle removes its website

Constituents will struggle to scrutinise the performance of Team Doyle during the new council term following the removal of its website. When questioned by CBD News during public question time at the November 15 Future Melbourne Committee, Cr Doyle initially said people could find Team Doyle policies on its website. Asked whether he did not

Deal or no deal?

In the pre-election environment everyone was running away from a reported Queen Victoria Market deal between building unions and the Lord Mayor – everyone, that is, except Team Doyle. The Age newspaper had earlier run a prominent story about an alleged secret deal to ensure the QVM redevelopment. Council administration distanced itself from the suggestion that

Phil Cleary

CBD: an electoral powerhouse

By Shane Scanlan October’s Melbourne City Council election is likely to be determined right here in the CBD, despite fewer than one in five residents being enrolled to vote. The CBD punches well above its weight in political terms.  The tiny postcode 3000 contains more than a third of the city’s 133,805 eligible votes. With

A Phil Cleary supporter attempts to upstage Robert Doyle at a recent media "stand up".

Council election: Doyle by how far?

By Shane Scanlan The interest in this month’s City of Melbourne council election is not whether or not Robert Doyle’s team wins but, rather, wins by what margin. After eight years in the job, the Lord Mayor has made the role his own. And, while there are plenty of people who’d love to see the

Residents are a low priority for council election

By Shane Scanlan If you are a CBD resident, the chances are you won’t be voting in the council election to be held later this year, but your landlord probably will. Fewer than a quarter of the CBD’s residents appear to be enrolled to vote and, even then, there is little confidence in the accuracy

Battle lines are drawn in council election

By Shane Scanlan October seems a long way off, but tensions are rising over this year’s City of Melbourne council elections. The first skirmish of a probably-protracted war took place at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting on February 16 over voting methodology. The battle-lines didn’t take long to form up – with Team Doyle and

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