Hi, my name is Miree.
As a wife and mother of three adult children and business owner, I have become increasingly concerned at the direction that our politicians are taking us and feel that it’s time to take a stand.
Growing up, I was very active in sport, particularly in competitive sailing at an international level, and this took me around the world. I have experienced so much and always assumed that the environment would continue to thrive and sustain us - that we would have regular spring, summer, autumn and winter. But that’s not where we are.
We are in a time of ecological crises headed towards the sixth mass extinction. And what are our politicians doing? Opening up new thermal coal mines and gas fields! The climate can’t sustain any new fossil fuels, but the two old parties continue to tell us there is still room for thermal coal. We know this isn’t true.
Our world and hence our lives and the lives of our kids and their kids are now in peril. We already have record levels of inequality. During COVID-19, the gap between the well-off and the not so well-off has widened. Politicians have now ramped up their “Game of Mates” rhetoric - giving contracts to companies that donate to them, and in which they have vested interests.
This model is no longer sustainable, and the two-party system is no longer viable. We need more voices in Parliament that side with the community, not big business and the fossil fuel industry.
The role of Government is to support the people and look after them. Years of neo-liberalism has diminished this notion, to the point where people are shocked when the Government actually does something positive.
But there is a way out of this mess we’re in. We can create a sustainable economy based on the transition to 100% renewables by 2030. We can build a job-rich economic recovery that leaves nobody behind.
That’s why we need new clear, incorruptible voices in Parliament. This election, a vote for the Greens is a vote for change. We’ve got this and so have you.
A sustainable and fair future is possible - one that is for all of us.