20 Questions with Diane Evers

Continuing our profiles of the new WA MPs, we're proud to introduce 53-year-old Diane Evers, MLC elect for the South West Region WA.  

By Rosanne Bersten
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Diane Evers has been a member of the Greens for more than 10 years. In that time, she has been Australian Greens National Treasurer and a local Councillor in the city of Albany. She lives her values too: she is a strong advocate for sustainable living and her home features solar panels, a rainwater only water supply, a small veggie garden, and reuse/recycle principles abound throughout the property.

1. What do you remember about your first election?

I enjoyed opportunities for public speaking.

2. Endangered Australian animal who has captured your heart?

Western Ground Parrot

3. What’s your precious place and why?

My home — it is on a four-hectare bushblock backing on to the coastal reserve on the Southern Ocean.

4. Favourite Greens policy?

Ask me in four years. They are all important. It's like asking which is your favourite child.

5. Best part of your work with the Greens?

The potential of financial oversight in WA governance.

6. What keeps you going?

My family, and my extreme distaste for an inactive mind.

7. Favourite political song?

"Alice's Restaurant" - by Arlo Guthrie.

8. Who inspires you? Why?

I read the book, In the Name of Peace by Erin Ladd Sanders and I found that very inspiring. All of history's great pacifists inspire me.

9. Comfort food?

I don't have one.

10. What would you spend $20 billion on?

The renewable energy industry, and education (health, values, life skills).

11. Secret vice?

I fall asleep when bored or stressed.

12. Best coffee/drink in town?

Water, with a little scotch if the time is right.

13. Apps you can’t live without?

I can live without apps.

14. What did you want to be when you grew up?

An accountant.

15. Morning run or night time swim?

Ugh! Yoga?

16. What’s your greatest hope for the future?

World peace, reversal of human-caused climate change, compassion, co-operation.

17. Magic wand to solve one world problem — what would it be?

Inequity.

18. What advice would you give a new volunteer?

It takes a wide range of people to make change, so do the bits that you enjoy.

19. You can travel through time — where do you go?

2050 so that I can try to change the future if it isn't good.

20. If you weren’t doing this for a living, what would you be doing?

Managing Green Skills Inc — an environmental NFP here in WA.