Hi, I'm Carmen.
I grew up in Spain, and I lived in England before settling in Queensland. I have lived at Victoria Point for 24 years. I am a senior administration officer at a major university. In my spare time, I enjoy riding my bike or walking along the seafront, and I volunteer with a local bushcare group.
I love where I live, and I want to protect our environment. I grew up in a family of 8, and we lived in a 3-bedroom flat. This was normal. I am not against development or units, but I am opposed to unsustainable development that threatens our environment and benefits only the developers and property speculators, and not the local community.
We are in the midst of an extinction crisis, yet the proposal to build 3,600 luxury units in our Bay will destroy key habitat for koalas and migratory birds. This proposal has come this far because dodgy donations have compromised our environmental and planning laws. The Greens are fighting to fix these laws.
I am very worried about climate change. The Greens have a plan for a rapid, managed transition to a renewable energy economy. In the Redlands, this plan would create hundreds of jobs. By slightly increasing royalties on mining corporations, we can transition and leave nobody behind.
Both Labor and the LNP continue to take millions of dollars in donations from fossil fuel companies that have a vested interest in stopping investment in renewable energy. As long as they continue to do so, they'll never represent our communities.
The Queensland Greens refuse donations from corporations that want to buy political influence. We can be trusted to make decisions that are in the interests of ordinary people like you and me.
That's why I ask you to vote Green.