Jane Anlezark

Candidate for the Senate

Hi, I’m Jane and I’m standing for the Greens to be your Northern Territory Senator.

I’m a school teacher, mother and grandmother, and godmother to three refugee children. I’m running for the Senate so that every person in the Territory can vote for climate action, investment in education, and a realistic vision for prosperity in the NT.

I moved to the Territory for my first teaching job at age 21, when the Land Rights Movement was in full swing and I wanted to work with First Nations communities in bilingual schools. I’ve devoted my working life ever since to education in the Territory. I’ve taught in schools in Umbakumba, Angurugu, Gapuwiyak and the Tiwi Islands, as well as in Palmerston and Darwin where I live today.

We need to properly invest in good education, housing, childcare and aged care, accessible to all. That’s why I’m so excited to offer the Green policy alternative to everyone in the NT.

I raised my two daughters here and now have two wonderful grandchildren. I know that their future depends on getting the climate crisis under control. Our ability to keep living well in the Territory is directly at risk. We have to transition away from fossil fuels like gas and to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.

That doesn’t just mean urgently stopping fracking and dangerous new gas drilling developments like Barossa and Mereenie - it also means a job-for-job guarantee for every gas worker to move into good new employment in renewables, green manufacturing and more.

Like many people, I was a Labor voter for many years, but these days I’m disillusioned with the areas when Labor agrees with the Coalition. Cruel detention policies towards refugees were the line in the sand when I knew I could no longer support Labor with my vote. I’m proud to have supported refugees who were imprisoned by the federal Government here at Wickham Point. My three godchildren who were locked up at Wickham Point now live in the US, because Australia did not offer them a safe place to live.

Every Green vote in the Territory is powerful. It sends a clear message to the other parties that we expect better. I look forward to meeting many of you at stalls and on the streets in the campaign to come.