Josie Vine

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    A column by Josie Vine, RMIT senior journalism lecturer.

    Spending our money

    Well, it’s that time of year again. When councils decide what they’re gunna spend our money on. And because they can’t spend it without our say-so, they put draft proposed budgets out for public consultation before heading back to chambers to be voted on. 

    The bill of bickering

    Irrelevant, vexatious, obscene, improper, incorrect, collusive, and garbage! These are just some of the words our elected councillors use to describe each other.

    Bigger’n Taylor Swift!

    The meetings at Hobsons Bay and Brimbank council last month were bigger’n Taylor Swift!. Well no, maybe your correspondent exaggerates. But there were a lot of people both in and outside council chambers.

    Local council boundaries about to change under new review proposals

    A radical review of the way our four councils are structured is about to be signed off, just eight months out from the October local government elections.


    Well, it’s that time of year again – out with the old and in with the new.