ELECT A PERSON,
NOT A PARTY!
ELECT A PERSON,
NOT A PARTY!
I am a passionate bushwalker and have led community groups on walks in our parks, along the coast, and further afield. I’ve learnt our environment is precious. We must ensure that it is cared for in a sustainable way for our health and the benefit of ours and future generations.
Global warming and climate change resulting from human produced emissions is a looming crisis for Australia and the world. Climate change poses significant risks to the economy including agriculture, the environment and safety with extreme weather events.
Australia signed onto the Paris agreement to reduce our emissions, by 28% of our 2005 emissions, by 2030. This was a modest and inadequate target. At present even this target is not going to be met.
Australia has not responded adequately to limit and prepare for climate change. We and the international community must do more, for both ours and future generations.
Some key points from the 2011 CSIRO Climate Change report (www.publish.csiro.au/book/6558):
- It is now likely that the world will see 2°C global warming on top of changes already experienced within the lifetime of the current generation. Without rapid action to reduce CO2 emissions, there is a serious risk that global warming could be as much as 4°C by later this century.
- Once Greenland’s ice cap is committed to melting it is unlikely to reform for thousands of years, leading eventually to sea-level rises of several metres.
- For electricity production, Australia has over three times the greenhouse gas emissions per capita than the OECD average
- There is a limited window of opportunity before thresholds for largely irreversible environmental impacts are reached.
Australia needs to give priority to Climate Change mitigation.
- Switching from high emission power sources (coal, oil, gas) to zero/low emission sources (solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, hydro, bioenergy etc).
Stopping any new high emission (eg coal) power plants.
- Switch transport to zero emission sources (electricity, hydrogen etc).
- Stopping new coal mines, fracking operations, and new oil operations and exploration. No drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
- Forest plantings to sequester carbon in rural landscapes.
I will actively support policies for surpassing our Paris agreement obligations achieving at least a 50% reduction on our 2005 levels by 2030, and in moving to zero net emissions by 2050.
We need policies that result in quick and significant reductions in emissions. We need legally enforceable limits on emissions and for the companies that are polluting our environment to pay for the costs of abatement.
Australia should and can set an example for the world in living sustainably and responsibly on this unique and wonderful planet.
A Better Economy for All of Us
As a recent director of a small business I understand the needs and challenges of business.
To make Australia better we need to support businesses to flourish, and provide jobs, and at the same time ensure that the economy is fairer for all.
Everyone should be given a fair go and also contribute a fair share. We need to ensure that large multinational companies and the extremely rich contribute, and are not able to exploit the system. If not the gap in Australia between the mega rich and the poor will continue to grow.
Oxfam report that “The richest one per cent of Australians continue to own more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent of Australians combined. While everyday Australians are struggling more and more to get by, the wealthiest groups have grown richer and richer.” (www.oxfam.org.au/media/2018/01/inequality-crisis-paper)
Our politicians have failed us in allowing this to continue.
- Introduce a higher income tax on those with a yearly income over 1 million. And a wealth tax on billionaires.
- Stop the tax avoidance of large companies. Introduce tough tax transparency laws.
- Introduce innovative employment programs to provide meaningful jobs to all wanting to work. Consider a job guarantee.
- Ensure a living wage for all, and adequate financial security for those who are unable to have paid work.
- Increase the Newstart allowance by $75/week.
- Use our foreign aid budget where it can best be of help, particularly to our neighbours, and not as a political tool for our self-interest.
- Promote a pay ratio for companies’ top executives that is no more than 20 times their median employees’ pay.
Helping not Harming
Let’s build a healthy community together, where each of us are valued and respected.
Let’s control our borders and maintain our dignity by treating others how we would like to be treated.
Let’s seek reconciliation with Aboriginal people, taking the Statement from the Heart seriously, and listening with respect.
For many years now Australia has treated asylum seekers and refugees badly to deter more from seeking safety in Australia. The most extreme example of this is our off-shore centres in Manus Island (PNG) and on Nauru, but is also evident in our treatment of those in Australia.
This does not need to be the case. Australia is capable of controlling numbers of people coming here without mistreating those that have come.
We do not need to fear these people. They do not have plans for our harm, rather they are seeking safety and hope, and are so thankful to countries that do offer this to them. They desire to become part of the community and contribute.
Our humanitarian intake (currently about 19,000 per year) should be focused on helping some of the neediest people in the world, with a priority on our local region. Worldwide there are about 28 million asylum seekers and refugees, and a further 40 million people who are internally displaced in their own countries.
We cannot help all, but we can help some. We can be a generous and welcoming community and country.
- The off-shore detention centres need to be permanently closed. All those still there (under 1,000) should be offered settlement in the US, New Zealand or Australia. They need particular welcome and care in recovering from being harshly treated over the last 5+ years.
- Negotiate with Indonesia an agreement where asylum seekers or refugees arriving from there can be returned. This would be in both Indonesia’s and Australia’s interests. It would allow us to receive people in an orderly way, and to be able to help the neediest refugees and remove any possible reason for using those who have come as a deterrent.
- Temporary protection visas leave refugees with great uncertainty and stress. Permanent visas need to be granted with an achievable pathway to permanent residency and citizenship.
- Our Humanitarian intake should be progressively increased to 50,000 and our Immigration intake (160,000 in 2018) being progressively reduced.
- Work with Indonesia to provide a pathway to safety for the many refugees stuck there in harsh conditions.
- Support Indigenous programs that are achieving positive results, double the funding and provide long term security for the Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas programs.