Next Saturday will be an interesting day. It’s the day of the Aston by-election, which is interesting to me in two ways.

Firstly, with my member-of-the-Public-Transport-Users’-Association
hat on, I’ve been a little bit involved with the campaign. The PTUA’s campaigning against the Scoresby freeway, which they argue won’t solve congestion problems, and is three times the cost, and much more polluting than the public transport improvements needed to bring the same economic benefits.

So I’ve been doing a little bit of letter box dropping, and writing a little bit of propaganda for them. And this Saturday, provided I’m finished dying from flu, I’ll be out there with them handing out How To Vote cards. I’ll try not to be too annoying – I know I sometimes get annoyed by those people trying to thrust them into my hands.

Secondly, it turns out a guy I went to school with is the Democrats’ candidate for the electorate. Pierre Harcourt has suddenly got his face plastered onto the Democrats web site, and today I saw a picture on the news of some kind of advertising truck with a piccy of him and party leader Natasha Stott-Despoja on it.

Okay, so admittedly I didn’t know him all that well, but I certainly remember him, and from what I recall he was one of the good guys. So it’ll be interesting to see how he does on Saturday.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.