Candidate for Butler
Tom Webster is The Greens (WA) Candidate for Butler in the 2017 State Election
I am self employed designer/builder and father of three, and have lived in Perth's Northern suburbs for 20 years. I am motivated to run by a strong desire to leave the children of Australia the country as beautiful as when we got it, and not a degraded landscape with people wandering across barren plains, or hiding in caves which present major party policies on global warming have the potential to lead to .
The key objective for my campaign is to help boost the Greens’ Upper House vote within the Butler electorate, and to help return the Greens’ upper house candidate Alison Xamon to parliament.
I’m determine to create a world that looks after our children; an environment that is healthy, where there are jobs for the future and where inequality is reduced. If we do not act boldly now, global warming will become much worse in years to come, with increased drought, floods, extreme storms and acidification of the oceans. This crisis offers an opportunity to invest in renewable technology and infrastructure that will create jobs for our children and replace jobs lost in declining coal, oil and gas industries.
Political candidates need courage and vision in these times of global environmental and economic challenge, and these are both characteristics which are in short supply in the Liberal, Labor and One Nation parties. A key focus for me in this election will be the fact more than a third of Australia’s top corporations paid no tax last year. That’s money for schools and hospitals that we will never see.
At a local level, I will be supporting the moves to increase the urban tree canopy by 12 per cent to 18 per cent in line with other Perth councils. This will enhance the area's real estate values, reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, and make it a cleaner, cooler place to live.