Nick Best

Candidate for Lindsay

Hi, I’m Nick and I firmly believe the only way to secure Australia’s future is by prioritising environmental sustainability and social justice when structuring our economy, building infrastructure and creating jobs.

I am proud to live and work in Western Sydney. I am passionate about science: I have a degree in chemistry and a doctorate in philosophy of science, and I now teach science at Western Sydney University.

So I’m glad that The Greens’ plan to transition our economy to renewable energy is based on the science. We will deliver cleaner, more reliable power by investing in solar and storage, developing renewable energy zones and moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Doing this through a publicly owned energy provider is the way to ensure renewable energy savings are passed on to ordinary Australians.

In my job, I encounter many refugees from war-torn countries in the process of rebuilding their lives through higher education. The sooner we can get refugees integrated into the community the better, so we must abolish all offshore detention and process asylum seekers here in Australia. Increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake to 50,000 per year is achievable and our country will benefit from having more people who want to become Australians.

I am a proud member of my union, the NTEU. Beyond ensuring fair wages, I believe unions also have a role to play in ensuring that profitability does not override social and ecological objectives.

If elected, I’ll represent our community’s values in parliament and hold the major parties to account. Together we can create a fairer and cleaner future for all of us.