Hello, I'm John.
I grew up in Sydney, studied Economics at Australian National University, and worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra. I retired to Noosa and was heavily involved in local theatre. We moved to the Gold Coast in 2015 to be closer to my grandchildren in South Brisbane.
The Neoliberal economics that has dominated both LNP and Labor thinking has shown itself to be false. Privatisation was supposed to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of essential services. But it simply hasn't.
One of the reasons many people vote for the LNP is that they believe conservatives are better economic managers. The LNP exploits this at election time by claiming they are the best party to fix budget deficits and reduce debt. They are, in fact, incompetent at this.
Since Qld Labor privatised electricity retail in 2006, prices have nearly doubled. We must end privatisation. Now is the time to establish a democratic, public authority, responsible for all energy retail, network and generation in Queensland.
We have the opportunity to use debt to invest wisely in projects that benefit all Queenslanders, not just prop up fossil fuel corporations and provide them with generous tax concessions. The age of the corrosive influence of political donations must end.
Both LNP and Labor in Queensland have seen privatisation as the main answer to homelessness and housing. It has failed. Now is the time for the Government to take responsibility and invest in public housing. The Greens will establish a Queensland Housing Trust that will finance the construction of 100,000 public homes over the next four years and 250,000 homes over 10 years.
The environment is an economic asset, not a barrier to economic development. Preserving the Great Barrier Reef, taking effective action on climate change and protecting places of exceptional biodiversity are all essential to our future health and economic prosperity. The Greens will continue to fight for these issues, just as we have done in the past.
I will work to ensure that essential services like electricity and housing are more efficient and affordable. We can build a future where there are both more jobs for Queenslanders, and where the environment is not trashed by bad land development and inaction on climate change.