Dr Kate Wylie | Australian Greens

Dr Kate Wylie

Candidate for Legislative Council

My name is Kate Wylie. I am a general practitioner working in suburban Adelaide. I love my job. No two days are the same in GP land and every day at work I meet all types of people from all walks of life. For me, health care is a right not a privilege and I believe that all people should enjoy the same access to quality health care, no matter their income.

Outside of work, I am happiest walking my dogs along the creek beds and looking out for birds and kangaroos. The natural world brings such beauty and calm to our lives, if only we take the time to cherish it. Growing up in Broken Hill, I learnt to love a dry arid land, to respect the natural balance of nature and the need to protect water sources.

It is my family however, that is my inspiration to stand with the Greens. With the Greens I can help make a world where they can thrive and be safe and happy. When we look at the future that is coming due to climate change, it is easy to fall into despondency and to despair, but if we act we can be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The solutions are there - we could have 100% renewable energy, we could rid ourselves of fossil fuels, we could protect our groundwater and our rivers and cease deforestation - we just need the political will to do so. Unfortunately Australia is a global lagard when it comes to emissions reduction and we continue to employ a destructive agenda when it comes to our natural resources. Only the Greens take the environment seriously, only the greens care about the health of our planet and therefore the health of humanity.

The Greens also care about social justice and believe in the equality of all people. This too has inspired me to stand as a Green. Growing up I was taught that racism was wrong and as a doctor I find racism ridiculous, we all have hearts and lungs, livers and spleens. White Australia’s cruel treatment of our first nations peoples is the great shame of our nation. Our inhumane treatment of those asylum seekers stuck in island prisons is our second great shame. The Greens are the only political party standing up for a treaty with our first nations and who want to close the camps.

For me, the Greens are about respect for people, respect for the planet and respect for democracy. I am very proud to stand as a legislative council candidate for this party.