December Newsletter

Here are my latest updates from Parliament and around our community. Win for renters: vacant land tax During a housing crisis, homes should not be sitting empty.  After pushing Labor for stronger action on the housing crisis, the Greens successfully secured some relief for renters and those trying to find a home. Last week we passed […]

My vision for Brunswick

A lot has changed since I was elected in 2018. But my vision for Brunswick remains one where you can easily walk to a beautiful green space, safely ride your bike to the shops, or hop onto frequent, accessible public transport – perhaps to catch a gig on Sydney Rd.  Together, we can build a […]

The government should go further and faster on COVID

If something terrible happens on Friday night and you call an ambulance, how long will it take to arrive? That’s not normally a concern for those of us living in the inner city, but this year ambulances have too often been unable to get to serious emergencies on time. We all know why. New COVID […]

Protecting Forest Activists

Recently in parliament I made a speech denouncing the government’s concerning new anti-forest protest bill. This bill will give authorities new, broad search and seizure powers, and discretion to restrict free movement in our forests based merely on suspicion that someone may commit an offence in the future. Plus, peaceful forest defenders will now face […]

Fixing Sydney Road

Sydney Road could be much easier to walk or ride a bike along, and with a rethink we could make it a much nicer place to shop, hang out, eat and drink, or see some music – no matter how you choose to get around.  But to get there, we need the state government to […]

Brunswick Survey Response: Fixing Victoria’s Healthcare System

In a year with federal and state elections and with a big increase in healthcare spending, we should talk about how we could improve our health system, so it’s not always struggling to cope. That’s why I asked people in my electorate to tell me about their personal experiences with the health system and what […]

Safer School Streets Brunswick

Late last year I heard something that shocked me, the rates of kids walking and riding to school were declining, nationally estimated at just 25% of trips as opposed to 75% of trips 40 years ago. Walking and riding to school is good for children’s health, communities and our environment. I was determined to find out how […]

Sydney Road Survey Results Released

This post was first published on 21 May 2020. After almost a 12-month wait, and a clear attempt to bury them, the findings of the VicRoads survey on Sydney Rd have finally surfaced, thanks to a freedom of information request. The survey findings bring to light, something that I learned during the 2018 state election. […]

Cities around the world adapting to COVID-19

Cities around the world are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic by creating more space for people and bikes and the Andrews State Government and the City of Moreland must do the same. Riding bikes and walking allow people to exercise while adhering to social distancing, and as cities around the world consider lifting lockdowns, many […]