May 10, 2010
ROSE Iser lost a close-run race for Greens preselection in the marginal seat of Melbourne, but it has picked her to take on Planning Minister Justin Madden in the safe Labor seat of Essendon.
In November, Mr Madden, now in the upper house, hopes to claim a spot on the green benches of the lower house when he contests Essendon.
But the Greens say discontent over planning decisions should draw voters away from the ALP. Retiring MP Judy Maddigan holds Essendon with an 11.8 per cent margin. Ms Iser says this number is soft.
”I think the resignation of Judy Maddigan leaves the field more open than the current margin indicates,” she said.
”People often hold their cards close to their chest, but they want to be heard and they are looking for representation that puts residents’ views at the forefront.” Ms Iser, 36, has sat on Moonee Valley Council since 2007 and is Victorian Local Governance Association president.
Moonee Valley takes in all the state seat of Essendon, and Ms Iser – who lives in Flemington on the border of Melbourne and Essendon – says Mr Madden doesn’t consult residents about planning decisions, giving rise to much frustration.