Hi! My name is Minoo Toussi and I am excited to be your Greens candidate for Penrith in this year’s state election.
I have lived in the Penrith area since coming to Australia in 2007 and in that time, I have fallen in love with the natural environment and the Penrith community. It has been such a great place for my husband and I to raise our two children that there’s no way we would want to live anywhere else.
Now I want to represent our vibrant community. I will fight to lower the cost of living for the people of Penrith and deliver affordable housing, better public health (including dental and mental health) and education. I believe we all have a right to this standard of living, which must be promoted and recognised in all interpersonal, community, institutional, and structural settings.
We are in the midst of a rising housing crisis and our environment is in a concerning ecological state as a result of investor greed, over development and our economy’s over-reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, the gender pay gap and lack of access to health and disability support is merely maintained and rarely spoken about.
Our community is formed by a rich array of backgrounds, beliefs and experiences, all of which must be heard and understood. Working with refugees from the Middle-East and Africa living in Western Sydney as a human-rights activist has made me passionate about inclusion, equality and defending women’s safety here in Australia and around the world (I have a particular interest in opposing the current regime in Iran).
As an immigrant, an Interior designer and an activist for human rights, I have a vision that combines the demand for inclusion and diversity with a sustainable future for all. From my professional studies in design, I have developed principles and policies aimed towards the support of sustainable and affordable design. Our community deserves equal and universal access to high quality public services with enough diversity to take into account everyone’s needs.
If elected, I intend to broadcast this voice alongside those unheard as I would love to see our environment designed by those living in it. I am hopeful for our future because I recognise the kindness and capabilities that we have in our society.