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North Richmond safe injecting centre opens after mass overdose deaths

IN a small, inner-city suburb of Melbourne, drug use is rampant and flagrant. But the solution has caused division among locals. Rohan Smith @ro_smith HIGH-rise housing commission flats tower over Lennox St in North Richmond. There’s a pub across the road, graffiti scribbled all over an adjacent laneway and signs of drug use everywhere. This is


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Recap: An Evening with Fiona Patten, Thornbury, 25th June 2018

On Monday, Fiona Patten invited the Northern Metro residents to a Q&A. The evening was hugely popular with residents that were...

Take it on notice? Wrapping-up PAEC

I LOVE asking questions, I have a very inquisitive nature. Actually, sometimes I wish I could switch it off! But … it h...

Fiona Patten MP secures campaign expenditure cap for major parties and fairer funding model for all

Later today Labor will introduce their Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill to the Upper House. A Bill originally prepared by the ...


Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of REASON, and a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region.

She came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights movement – including small businesses, sex workers, HIV/AIDS organisations, adult media and online anti-censorship groups.