The votes have been counted and the headline results are as predicted months ago. The only talking point of interest, at this stage, has been reflections on the Greens vote. Various commentators have called the Greens result a disappointment, given that they went into the election as favourites in Balmain and strong chances in Marrickville, and on current vote appear Labor appear to have held Marrickville and likely to hold Balmain (though it’s very close).
But was the Greens result really so disappointing? What were the positives for the progressive Left?
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The Powerhouse Museum has a blog called ‘Object of the Week’, which museum staff use to unearth and share objects from the Powerhouse collection and archives.
This weeks blog is titled ‘Sydney’s last trams’.
Apologies for the bad alliteration.
At the NSW Labor election campaign launch, Kristina Keneally announced the Fairness for Families pre-election gift, a package promoted as addressing the cost-of-living stresses faced by NSW households.
In the run up to an election though, we should be particularly wary of such announcements. Is this package well designed policy targeting real stresses, or a $250 bribe to most households across the state?
Back in the day, I got a little carried away about public transport utopia for Sydney. With all that money being wasted on the Metro scheme, it didn’t seem like the normal level of rigour was necessary!
But we all grow up (NSW Labor excepted) and our ambitions narrow. Below is an interactive map of what I believe to be a realistic and affordable option for a light rail network in Sydney, which follows transport corridors, serves activity centres, links to other transport forms and uses existing under-utilised infrastructure. It would cost less than the Metro would have too! Continue reading