Albert Park Candidates Forum

Kate Arnott – Host of the Albert Park Candidates Forum
The next Victorian State Election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018.
The Albert Park Candidates Forum is being organised by community groups from  Port Phillip. If you live in the District of Albert Park why not attend the forum at
6.30 pm on Monday 29 October at the Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda?
Meet the candidates seeking your vote at the State Election. Find out their policies and ask them questions about issues that are important to you and your community.


Martin Foley MP (Labor) is a Minister in the Andrews government. Has responsibility for the social justice portfolios of Housing, Disability and Ageing, Mental Health and Equality, as well as Creative Industries. Having previously worked in the public housing sector, community development and protecting the rights of working people, he has been the Member for Albert Park since 2007. Martin holds a BA (Hons) in History and Politics … MORE
Martin Foley has accepted.

Andrew Bond (Liberal) has served Albert Park as a Councillor at the City of Port Phillip since 2012, giving him a deep understanding of the issues that matter most to the people of Albert Park. Andrew will bring a lifetime of business and commercial experience to Parliament, gained from a career working for large national and multinational companies as well as home grown entrepreneurial success. As an active member of his local…  MORE

Ogy Simic (Greens) arrived in Australia when he was eleven years old as a refugee after a civil war erupted in his hometown of Sarajevo. As a trained lawyer and a long-standing social justice campaigner, he has worked tirelessly to promote a society with acceptance of human rights at its core. As a Port Phillip councillor, he works to promote ecologically sustainable development that respects the unique urban environment. … MORE
Ogy Simic has accepted.

Dr Tamasin Ramsay (Animal Justice Party) is a former Melbourne paramedic and a medical anthropologist (PhD). She was born in Melbourne to two actors (and had a brief career of her own), but spent much of her early childhood living on a big country property outside of Bega, NSW. It was here that Tamasin experienced the inherent value of nature and other lifeforms. She was brought up in South Melbourne from the age of 7, has … MORE
Tamasin Ramsay has accepted.

Jarryd Bartle (Reason Victoria) is a policy consultant and university lecturer. Jarryd has a long history advocating for evidence-based public policy through his work as a consultant on dicey political issues surrounding ‘sex, drugs and crime’ as well as a defender of the most vulnerable as a criminal lawyer. Jarryd has advised government and not-for-profit organisations on the best methods to reduce drug and alcohol-related harms as well as to prevent violence in the community. MORE
Jarryd Bartle has accepted.

Steven Armstrong (Sustainable Australia) Steven Armstrong is a long-time resident of Elwood and electrical engineer. Population numbers are now a democratic issue because the two big parties and the Greens are colluding to push extreme population growth. People will vote against population growth if given the opportunity because it is causing a decline in urban lifestyle. Some of the problems it is causing is severe . . . MORE
Steven Armstrong has accepted.


The Forum will be held from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm on Monday 29 October 2018.


The Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

The “Alex Theatre” was formally “The George”. It is across the road from St Kilda Station. The entire first floor has been totally renovated into an upmarket entertainment centre. The forum will be held in Theatre 1, which has a seating capacity of 500 people in ultra-comfortable theatre chairs.


The host for the forum will be Kate Arnott, a lecturer at Collarts. Kate has 18 years experience with the ABC as a journalist, presenter, producer, researcher and editor for high profile domestic and international radio and TV news and current affairs programs.

Kate will be assisted with audience questions by the specialists listed below.


Livability –  Architect and planner Rob McGauran.
Education – Two senior students from Albert Park College.
Arts and Culture – Nicole Beyer, Executive Director, Theatre Network Australia.
Crime and Safety – Local Herald-Sun journalist Selby Stewart.


Several Port Phillip community groups are working together to organise this forum. We feel that local residents need to hear what the candidates have to say on important issues that affect our community. See and hear the candidates who want your vote.

Community Groups supporting the forum are: unChainLIVE.ORG.AU, Port Phillip Alliance for Sustainability (PPAS), South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR), Port People, Port Phillip EcoCentreSt.Kilda Junction Area Action Group (JAAG), Sacred Heart MissionPort Phillip Bicycle Users Group (BUG), Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP), This Week in St Kilda (TWISK), Bayside Climate Change Action Group (BCCAG), Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda, (VEG OUT), Friends of the Earth (FOE), Beach Patrol Port Melbourne, Albert Park, South Melbourne and St Kilda and Love Our Streets (LOS) Port Melbourne and Elwood, Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Association (BCNA), Montague Community AllianceFriends of St Kilda.

We need your Port Phillip community group to promote attending the forum to your members. For details email

Business Supporters are the Alex Theatre who is providing the venue and the Port Phillip Leader who will promote the forum and cover the event on the night.


This free event requires no ticket or registration. Please be seated before 6.30pm.


You may submit questions for the candidates now.
Use the form on the questions page www.FORUM.ORG.AU/Questions/


1 – Introduction by the moderator.
2 – Introduction by each candidate.
3 – Each topic introduced by the expert with questions directed to candidates.
4 – General Q&A with questions from the audience.
5 – Closing statements by each candidate.
6 – Closing statement by the moderator.


Tram 96 to Stop 132 at St Kilda Station. “The Alex Theatre” is across Fitzroy Street.
Tram 16 to Stop 133 at Canterbury Road. Then cross Fitzroy & Grey Sts to “The Alex”.
Tram 109 to Stop 124B Whiteman St, then Tram 96 Stop 132 at St Kilda Station.


Depending on when you arrive you cannot rely on finding a parking place in Fitzroy St. Better to park in Canterbury Rd, near one of the Number 96 Tram stops, then take the 96 Tram to St Kilda Station (Stop 132), then cross Fitzroy Street to “The Alex Theatre”.


This version of was created on Monday 24 September 2018.
The website is being updated whenever another local group joins our list of supporters.

Please email David Robinson at if you have any questions regarding supporting, promoting or participating in this forum.