The frustrating news for dedicated urban planners is that WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has lost his seat.
This is not good for anyone who supports Australian cities being reshaped to serve people and not cars – and I say that as a car owner.
I was lucky to hear him speak once at a conference in Sydney and it is now clear to me that the Australian parliament has lost an articulate urban visionary.
I drew on his public transport proposals for Perth to update my own position on light rail here in the Randwick and Botany Council areas.
It is some comfort that he will still serve as a senator until July next year.
His forced exist highlights the need to abolish the current senate voting system that sees micro parties being able to lodge hidden group voting tickets weeks before polling day that force feed preferences all over the political spectrum to the ignorance and sometimes detriment of the actual voter. They were done away with in the NSW upper house and at the Council level so lets get rid of them in the Senate and restore transparency.
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson