Posts Tagged ‘politics’

State Government media release or partisian hack job?

In recent years I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon in Victorian Government media releases – blatant partisan attacks on the opposition. ‘Liberal’ search results at www.premier.vic.gov.au Down the rabbit hole One might think the https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ domain is supposed to be for the Premier of Victoria to crow about their own achievements, but in reality it seems […]

Protective Services Officer propaganda in the leadup to the 2018 state election

The leadup to the 2018 state election has started, with law and order looking to be one of the main fronts that the Liberal opposition will use attack the Andrew’s Labor Government. Their solution – covering every railway station in Melbourne with advertising for Protective Services Officers. ‘See you at 6pm’ and ‘Safety you can […]

Did the Kennett Government do anything good for public transport in Victoria?

When most people reflect upon the 1990s Liberal government led by Jeff Kennett, they remember it as a time of ideologically driven cutbacks to public transport. However the truth is a little more complex, with one being able to argue that they were actually setting out to make improvements to the system – for better […]

A trip back to 1976 – ‘What the Hamer Government is doing for Public Transport’

Among many people (specially railfans!) the Liberal Party is seen as an anti-rail boogeyman, doing everything they can to slash and burn public transport and replacing them with roads. But the reality is a lot more subtle, as this 1976 election advertisement from the incumbent Liberal government led by Rupert Hamer shows.

1976 Liberal Party advertisement - 'What the Hamer Government is doing for Public Transport'

Prahran station and a pitiful political promise

Leading up to every election, politicians from all parties pull out their wallets and start flinging money around on promises to the electorate – new roads, railway lines, hospitals and schools are a common theme. However during the knife edge fight for the seat of Prahran at the 2014 State Election, the promise was a lot lower budget – an additional exit at the local railway station.

Alstom Comeng 597M departs Prahran station with an up Sandringham service