Banyule Council, Olympia Ward by-election

Ride of the Valkyries

By Kevin Biaggini

I went to the The Centre at Ivanhoe on Thursday, February 25th to ‘meet the candidates’.

I was reminded of a music video, with musicians, cameras and no audience , at best perhaps there were 20 people from the general public. Councilors, Mayor, Assistant Mayor, other worthy functionaries, and the all-important PRESS.

8 of the 10 candidates were there and immediately it became apparent that 4 of them were just there to take votes off some other person. It was interesting to hear who had urged them to stand for Olympia. More interesting to wonder why….but I’m just an old cynic.

Here are the runners:

HEBBARD, Adam Thomas……….Good man, but an Amateur ( capital A )….will steal a few votes perhaps.

ANDERSEN, Lisa……………….Absent on the night.

SCHUTENKO, Marcus…………Labor annointee, well spoken, confident perhaps too confident, and looking the goods. His only problem would be his party’s political baggage ( and its smell ).

CELESTIN, Rose-Marie……….Absent on the night.

SCHOREL-HLAVKA, Gerrit Hendrik……Still an Amateur, all he can do is reduce someoneelse’s vote slightly.

LANDSBERG, Ben……………………….Green Party, a good honest sounding sincere person, slight lack of timbre in his voice but a clear eye.

LANGDON, Craig……………………….Looking and sounding pretty good, fatherly , confident, able, but would I let him operate on my teeth? Is this the last ride of the Valkyries?

McCOLL, Karen-Joy…………………..An amateur, cringification all the way.

MULHOLLAND, Evan…………………If he stays in politics he will be a force to be reckoned with.Get his autograph now while you can. 21 years of Age and a Liberal? No, not this time….but in the future…..

PAVLOVIC, Nancy…………….a teacher with, she says, Labor Values…Sounded very idealistic in conversation but, when she addressed the throng she came across very confident, upright and learned. Upon being asked the awkward questions about a few issues, they all responded with popular painless solutions.

When I asked about the North-East Link Craig Langdon jumped to his feet to say how he had been against it from early years. What a guy. Marcus Schutenko came out with the standard 2010 Labor response about responsible investigation of ways to mend the traffic problems and we couldn’t rule out some form of transport corridor. He sounded good saying it but please, someone buy him a calendar. Does he know that John Brumby is gone? Here is my judgement of the way it will go after that evening’s meeting.

It comes down to these four:

Craig LANGDON…………..He has to be the favourite, if only by a nose, but past history could be too much baggage.

Marcus SCHUTENKO……Labor and skilled, but , they don’t always like Labor glammer boys, especially as some voters think the party ignored their needs.

Ben LANDSBERG……….. Worthy honest man pushing the Green message to people who have many other sometimes more important concerns.

Nancy PAVLOVIC…………Joan of Arc on a white horse. I think she could well reduce someone else’s vote enough to make them lose?? No idea what the two absent people are like or what the voters may think of them. I do not know what sort of report the media will write up on the candidates, nor do I know how they well the candidates have door-knocked the area. Marcus could well benefit from some rusted-on Labor voters to get him across the line. But, on what I see, its Marcus or Craig. Flip a coin.

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About Friends of Banyule Inc

President & Public Officer of Friends of Banyule Inc, a community not- for-profit organisation to enhance and protect the environmental assets of Banyule City. Currently fighting the proposed NE Link freeway through one of inner Melbourne's most ecologically sensitive areas and historical areas.
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