Around 200 people gathered outside Geelong’s Mercure Function Centre at midday today to protest the restructuring of TAFE funding announced in the 2012-13 state budget.
Of the 13 impromptu audience questions [at the mayoral forum], I believe six were obviously asked by advocates or people who were there to direct ‘Dorothy Dixer‘ questions at a particular candidate.
Here’s my evidence for that claim:
The following is Hansard parliamentary transcript of the debate in the Victorian Legislative Council over the bill to establish a directly elected mayor for Geelong. Grab another cup of tea (or another wee dram) and enjoy.
The following is Hansard parliamentary transcript of the debate in the Victorian Legislative Assembly over the bill to establish a directly elected mayor for Geelong. Grab a cup of tea (or a wee dram) and enjoy.
Most English mayors are elected in a similar fashion to most mayors in Australia: by ward councillors. But in May of this year 11 English cities participated in referenda to determine whether citizens should directly elect their mayors.
This is a quick poll to get a sense of who might win the coming mayoral election in Geelong. Who will you vote Mayor of Geelong? Submit your answer below.
In March 2011 the Victorian Government Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) released a discussion paper on the form that direct mayoral elections could take in Geelong. The paper identified procedural and administrative issues that remained to be decided and asked for submissions from the public on those issues. DPCD received sixty-five written submissions in total. Below is a summary of the public submissions opposed to the introduction of a directly elected mayor in Geelong.
Nominations have closed. Nine candidates will vie for the crown of Geelong’s first directly-elected mayor. The race is on. Here’s a brief form guide.
What was Costagate?
‘Costagate’ refers to an episode in which a number of candidates in the November 2004 Geelong council elections received funding from six Geelong businessmen and developer Lascorp. Under Section 81 of the Victorian Local Government Act 1989 a Councillor ‘…must disclose … particulars of any gift of or above the amount or value of $500 received by him or her from a person other than a person related to him or her by blood or marriage…’ A number of candidates were thought to have breached the Local Government Act.
The name ‘Costagate’ refers to the involvement of Frank Costa (pictured right), head of the Costa Group and then President of the Geelong Football Club. The term is a piece of journalistic hyperbole whereby Costa’s surname was appended with the suffix ‘-gate’. The allusion to the Watergate affair conveys the idea that the parties involved engaged in gross misconduct.