What does it mean to be Lord Mayor of one of the world’s most liveable cities? And how can we keep that ‘liveable’ status – and the relaxed lifestyle we enjoy – in the face of pressures like a booming population, an upwards-shooting skyline, traffic congestion and crime? As 2012’s Melbourne City Council elections approach, Sally Warhaft hosts eight of nine mayoral candidates – incumbent Robert Doyle, Liberal candidates Gary Morgan and Gary Singer, plus Keith Rankin, Alison Parkes, David Nolte, Joseph Toscano and Brian Shanahan.
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• Since the Council’s last elections, which campaign issues are similar or different? Are parks and bicycles on the agenda?
• Is population growth inevitable?
• What are candidates views on the proposed East-West Link freeway/tunnel project?
• How about their ideas on carbon emissions and climate change?
• Questions of campaign transparency
• Cultural, age and gender diversity of candidates
• The merits of different democratic systems of representation
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