Parliament Station Rally Leafletting today
This morning found us outside Parliament Station in the CBD. It was a revelation to me; I'd never realised before that the Station was so widespread with exits in four separate locations. And at each one of them enthusiastic supporters of public transport were there, handing out leaflets for the upcoming rally on 15 November.
The timing of our rally is designed to coincide with the Victorian State election, which follows a mere two weeks later on 29 November. We have no doubt that transport will be THE key election issue, and our widely-based, diverse coalition of Public Transport community groups are determined to influence the result. Leafletters were there this morning to alert commuters to the rally's imminence as well as the opportunity it represents to take a stand on improved and expanded public transport.
We believe that the winners of the election will be those who have committed uneqivocally in advance to a 3-fold agenda: On assuming power, they will scrap the East-West Link, rip up the contracts and invest in Public Transport.
There is massive and growing opposition within the community to the splurging of public funds on white elephants like the East-West Link. Although there are exceptions, notably the Greens candidates and the Socialist Party's Stephen Jolly, most politicians need to catch up, to be prepared to ignore the pressure of big business and instead to listen to their citizens. Otherwise they will be the biggest losers.
So join us outside the State Library of Victoria at 1pm on Saturday 15 November. We will be having our say. Come and have yours!