Melbourne council backs injecting room

Original article by John Masanauskas, Wes Hosking
Herald Sun – Page: 4 : 26-May-21

The Melbourne City Council has passed a motion in support of establishing a safe injecting room in the CBD. Four councillors voted against the motion; they include Roshena Campbell, who said that locating the facility near a prime tourism precinct is "nothing short of insanity". Greens councillor Olivia Ball said there is no evidence to suggest that the existing safe injecting room in North Richmond has adversely impacted local amenity. The Police Association has expressed concern that a safe injecting room would lead to an increase in crime and drug use in the CBD.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, THE POLICE ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA

Fromelles exhumation can guide market plan over city’s first cemetery

Original article by Ian Royall
Herald Sun – Page: Online : 9-May-18

Pollster and Melbourne lord mayoral candidate Gary Morgan has proposed the construction of an underground car park at the Queen Victoria Market. This would entail exhuming and relocating several hundred of the 6,000-plus bodies that are interred at the site. Morgan stresses that exhumation would occur only where "absolutely necessary", and he says the procedures used for exhuming and DNA-testing bodies from the battlefields of Fromelles could be used at the Queen Victoria Market site.

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CITY OF MELBOURNE, QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET, ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Candidate’s plan to exhume 6000 market bodies

Original article by Clay Lucas
The Age – Page: 11 : 27-Apr-18

Melbourne lord mayoral candidate Gary Morgan has pledged to exhume upwards of 6,000 skeletons buried under the Queen Victoria Market carpark if he wins the upcoming election. Morgan said the skeletons would be DNA tested, and their descendants would be allowed to decide where they should be buried. Morgan, who was one of six candidates taking part in a forum at the Melbourne Press Club, said exhuming the skeletons would enable an above-ground car park to be moved underground instead, with a park to be put on the surface. Other campaign promises aired at the forum included a proposal by Labor candidate Jennifer Yang to ban alcohol at the Town Hall.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, MELBOURNE PRESS CLUB, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, PROPERTY COUNCIL OF VICTORIA

Lord mayoral candidates round on developer lobbyist frontrunner Sally Capp

Original article by Clay Lucas
The Age – Page: Online : 18-Apr-18

Rohan Leppert and Jennifer Yang are among the candidates for the role of Melbourne’s lord mayor who will instruct voters to direct their preferences away from Sally Capp in the upcoming by-election. Capp is the executive director of the Property Council, which lobbies on behalf of developers. Rival candidate Gary Morgan says the by-election has become a referendum on the proposed redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market, which Capp supports. Morgan opposes the redevelopment.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, PROPERTY COUNCIL OF VICTORIA, QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET, ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Stop market rejig

Original article by Wendy Tuohy
Herald Sun – Page: 4 : 17-Apr-18

Pollster Gary Morgan says Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market will become "Queen Victoria Chadstone" if a proposed $A250 million re-development goes ahead. Morgan, who is running for the position of Melbourne lord mayor, agrees with fellow candidate Sally Warhaft that the development should not proceed. Warhaft and Morgan, who had not met before the mayoral campaign, have urged voters to treat the by-election as a referendum on the market’s future. Morgan says Melbourne will lose a major tourist attraction if the re-development proceeds.

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CITY OF MELBOURNE, QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Doyle harassment report of no use to cops

Original article by Chip Le Grand
The Australian – Page: 8 : 15-Mar-18

Tessa Sullivan has indicated that she could pursue legal action against the "Herald Sun" over its coverage of the sexual harassment allegations against Melbourne’s former Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. She has also not ruled out criminal charges against Doyle, whose alleged misconduct prompted her to resign from the Melbourne City Council. Sullivan has not made a formal complaint to Victoria Police about Doyle, and a spokeswoman says it will not request a copy of Ian Freckelton’s report on the allegations unless a formal complaint is made.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, VICTORIA POLICE, MELBOURNE HEALTH

Doyle damned

Original article by John Masanauskas, Aneeka Simonis
Herald Sun – Page: 1 & 4 : 14-Mar-18

Melbourne City Council’s investigation into the conduct of former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has found that he sexually harassed female councillors on three separate occasions. The investigation headed by Ian Freckelton also found that Doyle had consumed a significant amount of red wine on the three occasions when he had sexually harassed Tessa Sullivan and Cathy Oke. Amongst other things, Freckelton’s report has recommended that the council review its policy regarding the serving of alcohol at council meetings. Doyle continues to deny all allegations against him.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL

Melbourne byelection for lord mayor announced after Doyle resignation

Original article by Rachel Eddie
The New Daily – Page: Online : 14-Feb-18

Victoria’s Acting Local Government Minister Martin Pakula has confirmed that a postal vote to elect Melbourne’s new Lord Mayor will be held on 12 May. The by-election follows the resignation of former lord mayor Robert Doyle over sexual harassment allegations. Possible contenders for Lord Mayor include Property Council head Sally Capp, Phil Cleary and acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood. Pollster Gary Morgan will be a candidate. Morgan says he ran against Doyle three times, and had argued on each occasion that Doyle was not a "fit and proper" person to be Melbourne’s Lord Mayor. Morgan was the only candidate to put Doyle last for preferences.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, ROY MORGAN LIMITED, PROPERTY COUNCIL OF VICTORIA

Broken Doyle quits as lord mayor

Original article by Pia Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 5-Feb-18

Robert Doyle has advised through his lawyer that he has resigned as Melbourne’s Lord Mayor in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. An official letter of resignation is expected to be delivered to City of Melbourne CEO Ben Rimmer on 5 February. Doyle, who has also resigned as the chairman of Melbourne Health, is currently in hospital and is receiving treatment for emotional distress. Doyle has again denied the allegations, and his wife Emma Page Campbell says he has been denied natural justice.

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CITY OF MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, MELBOURNE HEALTH, ROYAL MELBOURNE HOSPITAL

Doyle allies say it’s time to resign

Original article by Pia Akerman
The Australian – Page: 3 : 25-Jan-18

City of Melbourne councillors Beverley Pinder-Mortimer and Susan Riley have urged Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to step down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Pinder-Mortimer and Riley are both members of Team Doyle. The former replaced Tessa Sullivan, who resigned from the council after making the initial allegation against Doyle. However, several other councillors have questioned whether it is appropriate for Pinder-Mortimer and Riley to comment at present, given that the allegations against Doyle are still under investigation.

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MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL, MELBOURNE HEALTH, ROYAL MELBOURNE HOSPITAL