Dominic WY Kanak is a proud first nations man and long-term community activist, passionate about justice for all peoples and the planet.
As a Waverley Councillor since 1999, Dominic has delivered for the Bondi community at the grassroots. He knows how the values and needs of our community are ignored in Canberra by the Coalition government and is passionate about delivering a federal ICAC to bring integrity to decision making. Dominic has been a leader of climate change action and justice for first Australians.
“The Greens stand for a fairer Australia, for protecting our future and fixing the rigged political system that only seems to serve the interests of big business and the politicians they pay.”
As a Torres Strait Islander grandfather of an Erub-Epi Murri-Yorta Yorta family, Dominic respects the sovereign caring for country that has been provided by First Nations’ culture since time immemorial. Dominic's vision is for the principles of Aboriginal custodianship and love for country, to be central to Australia's response to the global climate emergency.
“We must care for our country - but while coal and fossil fuel companies call the shots in federal parliament, Australia's record on climate action continues to go backwards. We are missing the opportunity to deliver a secure renewable energy sector, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change, and ensuring our planet is safe for future generations."
As a First Australian, Dominic will play an influential role if elected as a federal MP in advancing the ‘Statement from the Heart’, implementing the Royal Commission into Blak deaths in Custody recommendations.
"The mood for change is alive and the need to deliver real justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is felt by communities across Australia. We need to start with Truth telling and build our shared future on the understanding that will come from the truth."
Dominic will advocate for Australia to commit to a national Treaty or Treaties to address the injustice upon which Australia was founded; reframe how we care for Community; change the course of this country’s history and set us on a new path.
"We cannot change the past, but we can build a better future for us all, a future that starts with bringing people peacefully together."