Candidate for Mining and Pastoral
Robin Chapple is The Greens (WA) Upper House Candidate for the Mining and Pastoral region in the 2017 WA election.
Robin Chapple was first elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 2001. He is now in his third term as a Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region. With a background in mining and automotive engineering, Aboriginal community development, local government representation and activism, Robin is well placed to represent the diverse communities of his electorate. Robin’s fervour for a sustainable future for our planet, an ethos he believes is missing from today’s political philosophies, is why he chose to be a Parliamentarian and is passionate about creating social change.
In his time as a parliamentarian Robin has introduced legislation for Voluntary Euthanasia in 2002 and 2009, a Container Deposit Recycling Scheme in 2002 and 2010 (recently announced, finally, by Premier Colin Barnett), legislation to protect remote Aboriginal Communities and their right to essential services and a bill giving Land-Owners more rights over intrusions on their land. He also brought to the Government's attention in 2015 concerns over Synergy's legal agreement with rooftop solar customers, which disallowed them from connecting battery storage systems or electric vehicles if they wished to feed electricity back into the grid. This agreement was quickly changed to reflect the needs of consumers and the importance of emerging technologies in the energy market.
The WA Greens have a plan for WA to become a more connected, sustainable and liveable state, with a diversified economy and investment into renewable energy to mitigate the very serious threats imposed by climate change. Robin has been a vocal supporter of the Greens WA flagship policies - WA 2.0 - and Energy 2029, and will continue to advocate for these principles at a state government level.