Thursday, December 3, 2009

Higgins by-election - Candidate Info and How to Vote cards.

There are 10 candidates for the Higgins by-election on the 5th of December. Here they are in the order they appear on the ballot paper. All pictures and candidate information are taken from their official website where possible,

Stephen Murphy - Independent
A member of The Climate Sceptics Party. Running as an independent as the party has not yet finalised it's registration.
Here's what Stephen says on his website. "I strongly believe that we have been mislead on the issue of climate change.I can find no credible scientific evidence supporting the claim that human CO2 emissions are causing dangerous global warming - can you ?"

Fiona Patten - Australian Sex Party
Fiona is the convenor of the Australian Sex Party and has had 20 years experience as a lobbyist and industry association CEO around the federal parliament. “I’ve had more experience representing people around the parliament in Canberra than most candidates for a House of Reps seat have had”, she said. “Representing the people of Higgins would be a challenge but I’d hit the ground running”.
Ms Patten’s background is in representing adult retailers and small business operators and she is committed to getting rid of the extraordinary amount of red tape and taxes that hinder people setting up small and family businesses.

Kelly O'Dwyer - Liberal Party 

After leaving university, Kelly embarked on a legal career at Freehills.
Later, she spent almost four years working as a Senior Adviser to the Federal Treasurer. Most recently, she was an executive at the National Australia Bank.
Kelly is a board member of Creativity Australia, an organisation working with marginalised members of the community. Prior to this, she volunteered as a member of the Victorian Advisory Council of Camp Quality, an organisation that helps children with cancer and their families.

Issac Roberts - Liberal Democrats

Isaac works as a Chartered Accountant with a large Melbourne accounting firm.
He has specific expertise in the areas of tax policy and legislation, and regularly provides advice in relation to those areas to large private companies and high wealth individuals.
He specific areas of interest include civil liberties and freedom, energy policy and climate change, immigration, LGBTI rights, welfare policy and taxation.

Clive Hamilton - The Greens

Clive Hamilton is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals. He founded The Australia Institute in 1993 and built it into Australia’s leading progressive think tank, serving as its executive director until early 2008 when he took up a position as professor of public ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
Clive is particularly well known for his expertise and commentary on the politics and science of climate change, on which he has written two books, with a third on the way. His work on ‘affluenza’ and consumerism, including the ‘downshifting’ phenomenon, has stimulated a national debate on materialism and the sources of happiness.

David Collyer - Australian Democrats
David Collyer was previously senior adviser to then-senator and party leader Lyn Allison.  Earlier, he held key public affairs roles at the Metropolitan Ambulance Service and at Kodak Australasia.  He is a graduate of Melbourne’s film and television school, then at Swinburne and now at the VCA.  He is the father of two and lives in Kew East.  He publishes on the Victorian Democrats’ blog at

Joseph Toscano - Independent
Well known Anarchist who has contested the Victorian Senate at every Federal election since 1990. Dr Toscano is a medical practitioner, having qualified in medicine through the University of Queensland, and was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine by Melbourne University in 1987 for a thesis on spinal cord paralysis.. Toscano is the editor of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review, a radio commentator with 3CR, and describes himself as a public intellectual and historical author.  (Info Source: Antony Green)

Steve Raskovy - One Nation
Steve came originally from Hungary in 1956 and has joined One Nation because he knows the horrors of living under a totalitarian regime where only one way of thinking is tolerated people can be jailed for speaking their views. When Steve came here migrants blended into the community and didn’t try to impose their culture and values on the rest if the nation. In 1964 Steve represented Australia as a wrestler at the Tokyo Olympics. He has since been awarded the Order of Australia medal.

Peter Brohier - Independent
Peter Brohier was Chairman of the former National Sea Highway Committee, a group that successfully lobbied for the ferries crossing Bass Strait to be subsidised as if part of the national highway system. He is a law graduate from Monash University and is standing in Higgins to bring attention to his plans for transport infrastructure. He runs a company that prints map reproductions, including reproductions on an intriguing variety of clothing items. (Info source: Antony Green)

John Mulholland - Democratic Labor Party
Mulholland is secretary of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) and is something of a warhorse for the party, having stood at most state and federal elections since his first contest in Bruce at the 1977 federal election. He had a brief moment of glory at the 2006 Victorian election when he was initially declared elected as a member of the upper house North Metropolitan Region. A re-count revealed a data entry error had boosted the DLP vote, and Mulholland's victory was not confirmed by the re-count. Mulholland has had a varied working life as a fruiterers hand, postie, foundry worker, teacher, guidance officer, school principal, psychologist in one of Melbourne s major hospitals and now as DLP activist. He was married in 1968 and has six adult children and six grandchildren (Info and Picture Source: Antony Green)

How to vote cards.
(All how-to-vote cards have been taken from the candidate's website or provided to me by the candidates themselves.)

Fiona Patten - Australian sex Party

Kelly O'Dwyer - Liberal Party

Clive Hamilton - The Greens

Joseph Toscano - Independent

Steve Raskovsky - One Nation 

Peter Brohier
Peter has told me he is not directing preferences or giving out how-to votes

John Mulholland

Polling Places
ARMADALE Armadale Primary School
Densham Rd
8am - 6pm Yes
ARMADALE Lauriston Girls School
38 Huntingtower Road
8am - 6pm Yes
ARMADALE Malvern Memorial Kindergarten
15 Orchard Street
8am - 6pm Yes
ASHBURTON Craig Family Centre
7 Samarinda Ave
8am - 6pm Assisted access
ASHBURTON Ashburton Primary School
Fakenham Road
8am - 6pm Yes
ASHBURTON Solway Primary School
Winton Road
8am - 6pm Yes
CAMBERWELL Camberwell Primary School
290 Camberwell Road
8am - 6pm Yes
CAMBERWELL Camberwell Church of Christ
620 Riversdale Road
8am - 6pm Yes
CARNEGIE Carnegie Primary School
51 Truganini Rd
8am - 6pm No
GLEN IRIS Melbourne Chinese Christian Church
29 Summerhill Rd
8am - 6pm Assisted access
GLEN IRIS Sacre Coeur Girls School
172 Burke Road
8am - 6pm Assisted access
GLEN IRIS First Camberwell South Scout Hall
Ferndale Park, Glen Iris Road
8am - 6pm Assisted access
GLEN IRIS Gardiner Church of Christ
1542 Malvern Road
8am - 6pm Assisted access
GLEN IRIS Alfred Road Pre School
48a Alfred Road
8am - 6pm Yes
GLEN IRIS Camberwell South Primary School
Peate Ave
8am - 6pm Yes
GLEN IRIS Glen Iris Road Uniting Church
Glen Iris Road
8am - 6pm Yes
HUGHESDALE Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College
77-81 Willesden Road
8am - 6pm Assisted access
KOOYONG Vision Australia
454 Glenferrie Rd
8am - 6pm Yes
MALVERN Malvern Central School
Spring Rd
8am - 6pm Assisted access
MALVERN Presbyterian Church Hall
161 Wattletree Road
8am - 6pm No
MALVERN EAST Malvern Primary School
17 Tooronga Road
8am - 6pm Assisted access
MALVERN EAST Malvern Valley Primary School
Abbotsford Avenue
8am - 6pm Yes
MALVERN EAST Malvern East Primary School
Lloyd Street
8am - 6pm Yes
MALVERN EAST First Malvern Scout Hall
Cooinda Pl, Belgrave Rd
8am - 6pm No
MURRUMBEENA Murrumbeena Primary School
Hobart Rd
8am - 6pm Yes
PRAHRAN Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
7 Wynnstay Street
8am - 6pm Yes
PRAHRAN Prahran RSL Memorial Hall
301 High Street
8am - 6pm Yes
PRAHRAN Old Prahran Theatre
29-31 Macquarie St
8am - 6pm No
SOUTH YARRA South Yarra Community Baptist Church
12 Surrey Road
8am - 6pm Assisted access
SOUTH YARRA Toorak-South Yarra Library
340 Toorak Road
8am - 6pm Yes
SOUTH YARRA Renown Kindergarten
20 Cliff Street
8am - 6pm Yes
SOUTH YARRA Melbourne Girls Grammar Junior School (Morris Hall)
100 Caroline Street
8am - 6pm Yes
TOORAK Toorak Uniting Church
603 Toorak Road
8am - 6pm Yes
TOORAK Toorak Primary School
Canterbury Road
8am - 6pm No
TOORAK WEST Melbourne High School
Main vehicle access via Alexandra Ave
8am - 6pm Yes (from 679 Chapel St, South Yarra)
WINDSOR Stonnington C of C and Community Rec Centre
61-71 McIlwrick
8am - 6pm Assisted access


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