The Social Experiment

This a long form profile piece by Sandra Boul, for a University Assignment. 

Victoria Pye is curious. After a long conversation about her political views, her motivation to stand for election and her life in general she poses a rhetorical question: Is it possible to win an election with a clean campaign?

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Running a different campaign

Media release

23/08/2017

 

Young Gay Independent, Victoria Pye, running a different a campaign

 Whilst the ‘Yes’ campaign for Marriage Equality is at full speed, Victoria Pye, 29, is currently in the midst of a different campaign. Victoria is aiming to be one of three councillors elected by residents to represent Marrickville on the newly formed Inner West Council. As an Independent, Victoria says her sole focus will be on representing the people of Marrickville, St Peters, Sydenham and Tempe without getting caught up in party politics.

 Half way through her campaign the postal plebiscite was announced and the Yes campaign for marriage equality has now started in earnest.

 “I’d really like to be out campaigning for the Yes side, but I just have to concentrate on my own campaign at the moment, and in 3 weeks, when it’s all over I can devote some energy to marriage equality” She said.

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I'm a woman! Yessss!!!!

This is the re-telling of an experience I had when attending the candidate information sessions, which struck a chord on facebook.

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What is happening with amalgamations?

One of the most common questions I have been getting whilst door knocking or at the markets is "What is happening the amalgamations"

Here is the (brief and in point form) answer...

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Young Independent for Marrickville

Young Independent, Victoria Pye, launches campaign for Marrickville

Victoria Pye, 29, will officially launch her campaign to be a councillor for Marrickville on Tuesday 25 July, offering a fresh and determined focus to the changing demographic.

Victoria is aiming to be one of three councillors elected by residents to represent Marrickville on the newly formed Inner West Council. As an Independent, Victoria says her sole focus will be on representing the people of Marrickville, St Peters, Sydenham and Tempe without getting caught up in party politics.

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Who am I and what am I about? (Tôi là ai?)

 Victoria Pye - Marrickville Independent

Who am I, why do I want to be an independent councillor in the Inner West Local council and what do I believe in? 

Tôi là ai, tại sao tôi lại muốn trở thành ủy viên độc lập tại hội đồng thành phố Inner West và tôi tin tưởng vào điều gì?

I’m a 29-year-old Marrickville local. I’ve lived in Marrickville for 5 years and the Inner West for 8 years.  Both my parents grew up in the Inner West, my dad lived on Riverside Crescent in Marrickville and used to go swimming in Cooks River (seems really gross now!). They moved to the Central Coast to raise a family and that’s where I grew up. I commuted from Terrigal to Sydney University to complete my degree, and once I finished and got a job I moved into an apartment in Dulwich Hill with friends. In between then and now I’ve moved to Marrickville, completed a Master’s degree in statistics and developed a keen interest in democracy and independent politics.

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What Matters in Marrickville

If you click here you can do me a massive favour and complete my survey. 

It will help me know what matters to you and how I can be represent you! 

Victoria Pye - Marrickville Independent

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What is happening to Marrickville Council?

Victoria Pye - Marrickville Independent

Last year the NSW government decided to amalgamate many councils across NSW, including Marrickville. They effectively sacked the elected council members and put in administrators. These administrators are not elected representatives and have been running the council for the last 12 months. 

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What is local government?

 Marrickville council election

Great question.In Australia we have three levels of government; Federal, State and Local. The Federal Government has control over things like foreign affairs, defence, immigration, pensions and some parts of Health. The Federal Government divvies out tax money from the GST and other taxes to the states, so while they don’t technically control schools and hospitals they do play a major role in funding them. The State Government runs schools, hospitals, emergency services, public transport, state roads and it is State legislation that creates Local Government. Local Government runs local planning, environment management, local roads, parks, sports grounds, libraries and rubbish collection.

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Things I've written

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I've written a few things over the years. Reading them might help you to understand more about who I am and what I stand for. 

 

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