The vote is in the post

Melbourne City Council Voter Return Rate

66,432 votes (61.3% of enrolled voters) have been posted and received by the returning officer at the close of the ballot at 6PM Friday October 26. The number of votes returned is lower than in 2008. The vote is cast and it is just a matter of time before we know if expectations meet reality. Scrutineers should know the overall out come by 1PM Saturday as envelopes are opened and counting beings.


Sadly the VEC has opted to not hold an open and transparent count. Ballot papers will not be presorted into primary votes prior to data-entry and counting by computer (The VEC ignoring the provisions of Schedule 3 clause 11B of the :LGA). A move that many think has diminished the quality of the scrutiny of the election and generated allegations that the postal vote election is not transparent and is wide open to corruption, fraud and ballot stuffing.
The VEC informed candidates last night that ballot papers will not be subject to voter verification prior to being admitted into the count. Cr Ong (Singer/So team) indicated that if the election result is close and evidence of fraud comes to light then the election could be challenged and set aside.

Campaign managers are expecting a high informal vote with most punters predicting a slump in preferences for Team Doyle (Estimated at 32-33%).

If predictions are correct than this could be a close race and Doyle’s second term is not guaranteed. If it is a Doyle/Green contest Doyle will win. If it is a Singer Doyle contest Doyle has the advantage, if Shanahan and the Greens out poll Singer and Shanhan has more votes than the Greens after preferences than Shanahan is in a position to out poll Doyle. Shanahan needs around 15% primary to be a contender and he is expected to pickup the donkey vote which in 2008 elected Robert Doyle. The Greens are estimated at 16%-18% Singer 15%-16% (Singer needs 20-22% to be a serious contender)  

Close of ballot 6PM Friday October 26

Rigging the vote: Call for VEC to conduct preliminary sort of ballot papers

Vote-rig investigation sparks city raid

Date by Melissa Fyfe, The Age
Detectives remove items after the raid on the city offices. Detectives remove items after the raid on the city offices. Photo: Jason South
Police have raided the city offices of a Melbourne Council candidate, dramatically escalating investigations into suspected vote-rigging ahead of this weekend’s election.
Azezzur Rahaman, a candidate for the upcoming Melbourne City Council elections. Azeezur Rahaman, a candidate for the upcoming Melbourne City Council elections. Photo: Jason South

Police and local government officers investigating an illegal “vote harvesting” scheme entered the Queen Street offices of Azeezur Rahaman today.

The allegations of vote rigging are backed up by anecdotal evidence from poll workers who have been reporting that when the door knocked public housing tenants voting papers had been collected from tenants with African and Indian decent and presumably posted.   This has raised ongoing concern as to the probity of postal voting. 

Mr Anthony van der Craats, Systems Analyst and Independent Candidate in the City Council election, has called on the returning officer to facilitate the proper scrutiny of the ballot by undertaking a preliminary sort of ballot papers by primary vote as is required by the Local Government Act. 

A preliminary sort will enable scrutineers to monitor the ballot and detect if there is common handwriting on ball papers favouring a particular candidate. There is concern that the VEC will seek to cut corners by not undertaking a preliminary sort.  Without a a preliminary sorting of ballot papers prior top the data-entry of below the line votes it is impossible for scrutineers to properly observe the counting of the votes

Time to vote or risk a fine: Voting closes this Friday 6PM

Voting in the Melbourne Municipal Elections is compulsory. 

Votes need to be returned to the City of Melbourne Returning Officer, Town Hall, Swanston Street
before 6PM Friday October 26, 2012

If you have not yet posted your votes by return mail you need to do so now in order to ensure they arrive before the Friday deadline and to avoid the risk of being fined

For information on How-to-vote click below.

How-To-Vote

Anthony van der Craats

Independent ungrouped Candidate

Please vote below the line and number every candidate in the order below. – Thanks
 

Fill in Ballot –>
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FOSTER, Richard
9
D’CRUZ, Emily Lee
10
RUBBO, Mark Dattilo
11
SYME, Wendy
12
EDWARDS, Jason
13
MAYNE, Stephen
14
ANDERSON, Michele
3
DOWNING, Luke S.
Next Step –>
2
CRAGG, David
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CHAMBERLIN, Kevin
6
DUTTA, Roshena
5
PARISI, Nick
Followed by –>
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MACDONALD, Alex
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RAHAMAN, Azeezur
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FISCHL, Leesa
17
ANDERSON, Gerard
18
NORRIS, Maree
19
OKE, Cathy
20
LEPPERT, Rohan
21
RHODES, Lachlan
22
PODESTA, Jennifer
23
THIEL, Philip
24
LOUEY, Kevin
25
WOOD, Arron
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PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley
27
JETTER, Carl
28
SHEN, Harvard
29
SWEETMAN, Fiona
30
WEI, Hope
31
WATTS, Jackie
32
KENNEDY, Michael
33
KINSELLA, Marie
34
O’BRIEN, Sue
35
ONG, Ken
36
PAGANO, Carlo
37
HEWITT, Sally
38
SMITH, Leona
39
VISA, Moti
40
LOH, David
Start Here–>
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van der CRAATS, Anthony

Lord Mayor: How-To-Vote

For Melbourne City Council – 9 City wide Councillors How-to-vote click here  

Below is our recommendation on How to Vote for the Lord Mayor – “Leadership Team” ballot.


Brian Shanahan


Judy Katz

2 FORWARD TOGETHER

  RANKIN, Keith   Lord Mayor

  HAN, Grace   Deputy Lord Mayor

Start Here –>

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SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE


  SHANAHAN, Brian   Lord Mayor

  KATZ, Judy   Deputy Lord Mayor
3 TEAM DOYLE

  DOYLE, Robert   Lord Mayor

  RILEY, Susan   Deputy Lord Mayor
4 MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY

  MORGAN, Gary   Lord Mayor

  ELLIOTT, John D.   Deputy Lord Mayor
5 OUR MELBOURNE

  NOLTE, David   Lord Mayor

  PAGLIANITI, Connie   Deputy Lord Mayor
Finish here –> 9 THE GREENS

  PARKES, Alison   Lord Mayor

  COLLIS, David   Deputy Lord Mayor
8 GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING

  SINGER, Gary   Lord Mayor

  SO, John   Deputy Lord Mayor
7 COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

  AHMED, Berhan   Lord Mayor

  LU, Sunny   Deputy Lord Mayor
6 PUT PUBLIC FIRST

  TOSCANO, Joseph   Lord Mayor

  ELY, Jean   Deputy Lord Mayor

Most Likely Outcome

With one week to go in the 2012 Melbourne City Council Cup the expected outcome of the election has not changed much.

Baring a major mishap or The Age’s political campaign begining to bite and undermining Team Doyle’s vote the results of the Lord Mayor election is most likely going to be a contest between Robert Doyle and Gary Singer with Brian Shanahan being an outside chance.  Doyle remains the favourite. The Greens Alison Parkes – pulling up lame towards the end of the count, can not win

In the Council C9 Stakes it is the same old stable hands that cross the line.,  Only 12 Candidates out of the 40 starters have a chance of winning.

The Thirteenth wild card selection is Roshena Dutto.  Roshena Dutto has run an excellent grass roots campaign behind the scenes attracting the support of Williams Street and the Indian Community.  An experienced Lawyer and community advocate Roshena has been endorsed by Vasan Srinivasan President of the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria. She shows promise if not in this election in  the election promising candidate.
 
 

Order Candidate Team
1  LOUEY, Kevin TEAM DOYLE
2  ONG, Ken SINGER/SO
3  OKE, Cathy GREENS
4  WOOD, Arron TEAM DOYLE
5  PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley TEAM DOYLE
6  CHAMBERLIN, Kevin CHAMBERLIN
7  FOSTER, Richard NOLTE
8 WATTS, Jackie MORGAN/ELLIOT
9  PAGANO, Carlo SINGER/SO
10 LEPPERT, Rohan GREENS
11 MAYNE, Stephen MAYNE *
12  JETTER, Carl TEAM DOYLE

* Stephen Mayne’s chances of winning are remote It depends on the level of support for the Morgan and the Greens Ticket.  Mayne’s odds are 500 to 1.  We estimate he will poll less than 3%. Carl Jetter (Team Doyle) can only win if Doyle polls in excess of 39%. All other candidates must poll or have an excess of greater than 5% to be in the race. (The exception is Roshena Dutto who can survive with a below the line primary of 3-4%). The Greens most likely to hold what is referred to as the “Wasted Quota” – Total votes / (Number of positions plus one) minus one.  If the Morgan/Elliot team polls more than 9% and the Greens over 17% then the Greens will elect a second position on the transfer of votes from Stephen Mayne. Richard Foster (Note Team is also border line and if he falls below 5% will be replaced by either the Greens. If Jackie Watts (Morgan/Elliot) falls below 5% and Stephen Mayne is able to out poll her in the distribution or the Greens vote collapses (Falls below 15%) then Mayne has a chance to climb the pack and come up the inside rail.

Most Likely Outcome

With one week to go in the 2012 Melbourne City Council Cup the expected outcome of the election has not changed much.

Baring a major mishap or The Age’s political campaign begining to bite and undermining Team Doyle’s vote the results of the Lord Mayor election is most likely going to be a contest between Robert Doyle and Gary Singer with Brian Shanahan being an outside chance.  Doyle remains the favourite. The Greens Alison Parkes – pulling up lame towards the end of the count, can not win

In the Council C9 Stakes it is the same old stable hands that cross the line.,  Only 12 Candidates out of the 40 starters have a chance of winning.

The Thirteenth wild card selection is Roshena Dutto.  Roshena Dutto has run an excellent grass roots campaign behind the scenes attracting the support of Williams Street and the Indian Community.  An experienced Lawyer and community advocate Roshena has been endorsed by Vasan Srinivasan President of the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria. She shows promise if not in this election in  the election promising candidate.
 
 

Order Candidate Team
1  LOUEY, Kevin TEAM DOYLE
2  ONG, Ken SINGER/SO
3  OKE, Cathy GREENS
4  WOOD, Arron TEAM DOYLE
5  PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley TEAM DOYLE
6  CHAMBERLIN, Kevin CHAMBERLIN
7  FOSTER, Richard NOLTE
8 WATTS, Jackie MORGAN/ELLIOT
9  PAGANO, Carlo SINGER/SO
10 LEPPERT, Rohan GREENS
11 MAYNE, Stephen MAYNE *
12  JETTER, Carl TEAM DOYLE

* Stephen Mayne’s chances of winning are remote It depends on the level of support for the Morgan and the Greens Ticket.  Mayne’s odds are 500 to 1.  We estimate he will poll less than 3%. Carl Jetter (Team Doyle) can only win if Doyle polls in excess of 39%. All other candidates must poll or have an excess of greater than 5% to be in the race. (The exception is Roshena Dutto who can survive with a below the line primary of 3-4%). The Greens most likely to hold what is referred to as the “Wasted Quota” – Total votes / (Number of positions plus one) minus one.  If the Morgan/Elliot team polls more than 9% and the Greens over 17% then the Greens will elect a second position on the transfer of votes from Stephen Mayne. Richard Foster (Note Team is also border line and if he falls below 5% will be replaced by either the Greens. If Jackie Watts (Morgan/Elliot) falls below 5% and Stephen Mayne is able to out poll her in the distribution or the Greens vote collapses (Falls below 15%) then Mayne has a chance to climb the pack and come up the inside rail.

Breaking the sound barrier

At last weeks “Meet the candidates” meeting in Kensington residents expressed concern at the increasing level of noise pollution and risk to residents health arsing from Melbourne train network.  When asked what the candidates will do no to address this issue.  The Greens’ Lord Mayor Candidate’s solution was to hold an environmental impact study.

My response: We know what the impacts are, we know that high level noise and electromagnetic radiation is detrimental to human health. We do not need another Environmental Impact study.  We need action. Good design, noise barriers and proper development planning. If that is not possible then the Government should.negotiate to buy out those home owners most adversely effected.  The solution is simple action not words. We build sound barriers on roads, why not on the train network?

If words count vote Greens, if action is what you want don’t vote Green

Breaking the sound barrier

At last weeks “Meet the candidates” meeting in Kensington residents expressed concern at the increasing level of noise pollution and risk to residents health arsing from Melbourne train network.  When asked what the candidates will do no to address this issue.  The Greens’ Lord Mayor Candidate’s solution was to hold an environmental impact study.

My response: We know what the impacts are, we know that high level noise and electromagnetic radiation is detrimental to human health. We do not need another Environmental Impact study.  We need action. Good design, noise barriers and proper development planning. If that is not possible then the Government should.negotiate to buy out those home owners most adversely effected.  The solution is simple action not words. We build sound barriers on roads, why not on the train network?

If words count vote Greens, if action is what you want don’t vote Green

Traffic Congestion in Melbourne: Green overkill

How much of Melbourne traffic congestion is due to overkill in bike paths?

Painting a line on a road and reducing the number of lanes available does not create a bike friendly city?  To the contrary it reduces safety and causes more congestion and traffic chaos.

Bad design and poor choices no consultation.  It is time to review our bike network and take into consideration other road users.

Traffic Congestion in Melbourne: Green overkill

How much of Melbourne traffic congestion is due to overkill in bike paths?

Painting a line on a road and reducing the number of lanes available does not create a bike friendly city?  To the contrary it reduces safety and causes more congestion and traffic chaos. 

Bad design and poor choices no consultation.  It is time to review our bike network and take into consideration other road users.

Traffic Congestion in Melbourne: Green overkill

How much of Melbourne traffic congestion is due to overkill in bike paths?

Painting a line on a road and reducing the number of lanes available does not create a bike friendly city?  To the contrary it reduces safety and causes more congestion and traffic chaos. 

Bad design and poor choices no consultation.  It is time to review our bike network and take into consideration other road users.

Pocket Parks and Container Housing

Melbourne should use long term undeveloped land for the creation of temporary housing and pocket parks as a short term solution until such time as the sites are ready for construction.

Land in docklands and other disused sites could be used as low cost homes and construction using containers.

Anthony van der Craats, a former RMIT Architecture student and independent candidate for the City of Melbourne municipal election, said that the Universities such as RMIT could  be asked to become involved in providing innovative designs, planning and construction in what would be a social development project involving students and low cost housing tenants. 

The aim of the project would be to provide a creative development solution and an experiment in urban design and living.

Owner occupier’s would own the container homes which would be designed to be moved and relocated and would be asked to pay a site rental fee.  The life of each project would range from 5 to 20 years

The Melbourne City Council, in turn, could waive or lower rates for sites that become involved in the project.

Proposed developments and constructions would be fast tracked and subject to approval of the project planning committees comprising planners, architects and designers. Individual projects would not require Government or Council approval other than agreement that the site be part of the overall project.

The project coordinating committee would have full control over what is built and what is not allowed.  The committee would decide the parameters of the development what is allowed and what is not.  they will also be responsible for negotiating the supply of services and infrastructure.  Sewage water and electricity as part of the project planning and ensure that the sites do not become slums or a risk to public safety.

Unlike the docklands development the low cost temporary urban cities would be a experiment in social  housing and urban design.  They would add life to the city utilizing unused undeveloped land.

 

Pocket Parks and Container Housing

Melbourne should use long term undeveloped land for the creation of temporary housing and pocket parks as a short term solution until such time as the sites are ready for construction.

Land in docklands and other disused sites could be used as low cost homes and construction using containers.

Anthony van der Craats, a former RMIT Architecture student and independent candidate for the City of Melbourne municipal election, said that the Universities such as RMIT could  be asked to become involved in providing innovative designs, planning and construction in what would be a social development project involving students and low cost housing tenants. 

The aim of the project would be to provide a creative development solution and an experiment in urban design and living.

Owner occupier’s would own the container homes which would be designed to be moved and relocated and would be asked to pay a site rental fee.  The life of each project would range from 5 to 20 years

The Melbourne City Council, in turn, could waive or lower rates for sites that become involved in the project.

Proposed developments and constructions would be fast tracked and subject to approval of the project planning committees comprising planners, architects and designers. Individual projects would not require Government or Council approval other than agreement that the site be part of the overall project.

The project coordinating committee would have full control over what is built and what is not allowed.  The committee would decide the parameters of the development what is allowed and what is not.  they will also be responsible for negotiating the supply of services and infrastructure.  Sewage water and electricity as part of the project planning and ensure that the sites do not become slums or a risk to public safety.

Unlike the docklands development the low cost temporary urban cities would be a experiment in social  housing and urban design.  They would add life to the city utilizing unused undeveloped land.

 

Pocket Parks and Container Housing

Melbourne should use long term undeveloped land for the creation of temporary housing and pocket parks as a short term solution until such time as the sites are ready for construction.

Land in docklands and other disused sites could be used as low cost homes and construction using containers.

Anthony van der Craats, a former RMIT Architecture student and independent candidate for the City of Melbourne municipal election, said that the Universities such as RMIT could  be asked to become involved in providing innovative designs, planning and construction in what would be a social development project involving students and low cost housing tenants. 

The aim of the project would be to provide a creative development solution and an experiment in urban design and living.

Owner occupier’s would own the container homes which would be designed to be moved and relocated and would be asked to pay a site rental fee.  The life of each project would range from 5 to 20 years

The Melbourne City Council, in turn, could waive or lower rates for sites that become involved in the project.

Proposed developments and constructions would be fast tracked and subject to approval of the project planning committees comprising planners, architects and designers. Individual projects would not require Government or Council approval other than agreement that the site be part of the overall project.

The project coordinating committee would have full control over what is built and what is not allowed.  The committee would decide the parameters of the development what is allowed and what is not.  they will also be responsible for negotiating the supply of services and infrastructure.  Sewage water and electricity as part of the project planning and ensure that the sites do not become slums or a risk to public safety.

Unlike the docklands development the low cost temporary urban cities would be a experiment in social  housing and urban design.  They would add life to the city utilizing unused undeveloped land.