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The story of MITS

2016 to present day
Robert Durkacz, 6 Oct 2020

MITS, the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy, was a task that the Moreland council set itself for the 2016 to 2020 term. Resources were expended but in the end nothing was achieved. The principal object of MITS was parking reform. How close did we get to achieving economic and environmental benefits and what went wrong?

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Australian Labor party branches

There are a few ALP branches in Moreland. The two well-attended ones are based in Brunswick and North Coburg. Until recently the Brunswick branch had its own website (from which this one was cloned) but generally the branches merely provide passive support for the ALP and have little to say to the community on their own account. In recent years the ALP has refrained from interfering in municipal affairs allowing Labor members to stand for election to council on their own terms and at their own initiative. This year however, in supposedly independent decisions but all across Melbourne, the party has decided who may stand as an ALP candidate while they rest may not stand at all if they want to remain in the party.

Moreland Council

The council's news page.


  • South Ward: Cr Mark Riley, Cr Lambros Tapinos, Cr Jess Dorney.
  • North-East Ward: Natalie Abboud, Sue Bolton, Annalivia Carli Hannan, Ali Irfanli.
  • North-West Ward; Helen Davidson, John Kavanagh, Dale Martin, Cr Oscar Yildiz.


Horrible mining scene

Green's make policy proposals on political donations

They need work

Corporate donations are distorting our democratic process...

Right now, our political system is stacked in favour of big corporate donors who buy access and outcomes through political donations and powerful lobbying. The Greens’ plan will clean up politics, end the corrupting influence of corporations and ensure that our representatives are accountable to all of us...

Neither of the above pieces come up to Brunswick News's standard of journalistic advocacy, being short on detail and constructive argument, but the Green's policy can only improve if they are willing to take part in our discussion.

The virus

Tim Read on the government's coronavirus response

Are we are turning the corner in Victoria?

Tim Read is not sure either way about that. He does not believe the situation will get out of control as long as people do a good job of observing restrictions, such as distancing, masks, and isolation if symptomatic. Getting the infection rate down is a matter of careful, "curious" epidemiological work. A small sub-population not following health advice for some reason is enough to keep the virus propagating. A non-judgemental curiosity is what is needed to find and plug the leaks...

Hotel quarantine disaster: Coming from the Liberals, are their views on this matter are informed with the benefit of hindsight?

Tim says he does not recall Liberals raising the issue before it blew up...

Code red for Premier Daniel Andrews as coronavirus crisis reignites

The Andrews story is no longer a parochial Victorian tale about a former backroom Labor head kicker’s 10-year leadership and six-year hold on a state. It is now overwhelmingly about the virus death and illness toll, the stalled national economy and how his government has contributed to Lockdown 2.0.

Is it all Dan Andrew's fault? Constructive comments on this opinion piece are welcome in Brunswick News. You can't comment in the The Australian unless you subscribe. Then again, your comment does not need to be constructive in that case.

Tim Read MP responds.


'Annexation' is a misnomer: Israel wants a safe way to hand land to Palestinians in return for peace

The Israeli government is considering applying Israeli civil law jurisdiction and administration to parts of the Jordan Valley and/or certain settlement blocs. This possibility was proposed under the US Trump Administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and agreed in the broad national coalition agreement between most of Israel’s political parties. The specific areas and timings are under internal negotiation.

There is a lot of controversy in Israel and worldwide about whether this is a wise or even legal step, as is apparent in the incandescent opinion of Ben Saul, writing in the Herald on Thursday about Israel's so-called "annexation" plans...

Discussion (Carlo Carli)

Carrie Lam with facemask

Hong Kong’s Democracy Confronts Its Own Pandemic Threat

For senior figures in Hong Kong’s democracy movement, April is truly the “cruelest month”—and has been for two years in a row.

Last April, the most prominent nonstudent leaders of the 2014 protest movement known as the Umbrella Movement were sent to prison. Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man, both in their 50s, were longtime advocates of nonviolent civil disobedience. Last weekend, the police arrested 15 more veterans of the uphill battle to preserve the freedoms that make Hong Kong special...

Paul Keating's speech on Australia's China policy

... The key question is about the United States itself: Is the United States capable of fundamental renewal? Can it overcome its debilitating political gridlock; can it regain its sense of magnanimity and mission; can it rebuild its productive base and more equitably divide its wealth? Can it renew the enthusiasm of its middle and working classes for the national story, and can it redress the growth in its budget imbalance and national debt? ...

So where does all this leave Australia?

The answer: in the deep blue sea between two great powers – the US and China. ...

Discussion of Keating's views


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"Save Local Brunswick"

22 Apr 2020. Tim Read has an initiative to support local businesses dealing with the quarantine crisis. It is basically a list of businesses who are adapting to the new conditions in their own way. Hey, Brunswick News gives free advertising to any business.

The climate

Four Corners logo

Australia’s most senior former public servants and scientists reveal their anger about climate policy failure

Usually they keep their thoughts private, rarely making a foray into public debate, even in retirement. Now, after the devastating "black summer" fire season, the former heads of the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of the Treasury, along with former chief scientists, have decided they can no longer stay silent...

☛ Rudd (discussion)

Watch the Four Corners episode (click here).

Tillerson: You can't game a carbon tax.

... "We knew, we knew it was a real issue," Tillerson said. "We knew it was a serious issue and we knew it was one that's going to be with us now, forevermore, and it's not something that was just suddenly going to disappear off of our concern list because it is going to be with us for certainly well beyond my lifetime." More ...


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